Below are the 11 films we selected for our festival 2020: 10 via FilmFreeway and one submitted directly to us. Our plan was to screen them as the shorts programme but…this was not to be. We still want to screen them and will do that in February/March 2021 online; as part of our contribution to Back in Time, Shropshire’s link to the UK’s LGBT History Month 2021
After that Party (Brazil) 15 mins, director Ciao Scot. Leo had never imagined he would see his Dad kissing another man in the middle of a party… Until it happened. Now, with the help of Carol, his best friend, he has to find the most perfect way to tell his Dad that he found out about his secret.
Coming Out for Christmas (UK) 7 mins, director Caris Rianne. Charlotte, who after meeting the love of her life at university, is determined to come out as a lesbian to her family. What a better time to do it…than on Christmas day. What could go wrong?
Confessional (UK) 4 mins, director Louise Marie Cooke. A teenage Catholic girl has been dreaming of ‘unnatural passions’ and feels she must confess to her school priest. As she stumbles over her carefully prepared speech, choking on words that do not ring true, she learns the delicious joy of owning her desires.
Don’t Let Go (U.S.A.) 10 mins, director Mel Orpen. When Sam and Reggie get engaged, their future seems bright–until a terrible car accident leaves Reggie in a coma. And Sam must confront Reggie’s homophobic mother to fight for a place at her hospital bedside before it’s too late.
Ionut & Calin (Romania) c20 mins, director: Sorin Poama, an award winning independent film. It is one of the very few films in Romanian cinematography which reflects a gay couple’s relationship. A portrayal of those times where a decision has to be made: ‘stay or leave’.
Kiko’s Saints 2020 (France) 25 mins, director Manual Marmier. Kiko, a Japanese illustrator on assignment in France, gets suddenly overwhelmed by a strange inspiration, while she realizes she’s been spying on a gay couple on the beach next to the chapel where she’s working. Obsessed by such a vision, she will spy on those men and draw them secretly. This will slowly push her towards an encounter that will change her life and breaks her social rules.
Missed (U.S.A.) 10 mins., director Fokke Baarssen. A diner on a dusty desert highway in the American Southwest seems an unlikely place to call neutral territory, but it’s Graham’s last chance to try and reconnect with his estranged father, John. With John clinging ever more to his conservatism and the differences between father and son seemingly insurmountable, the stakes are high. Can they reconcile their differences and reconnect before it is too late?
Taboo (U.S.A) 13 mins, director Angela Koh. A short documentary film on LGBTQ Korea. The documentary is centered around two people; Luke Wiliams, who is a YouTuber/ a LGBTQ activist and his fiancé, Joey Cisneros. Luke shares about his coming out story as well as the witch hunting on military bases in Korea. Joey shares how it was to have lived in Korea as LGBTQ with Luke. This film was made to prevent further suicides based in the LGBTQ Community and especially in Korea, which has one of the highest suicides rates reported in the LGBTQ community.
Turn it Around, (Netherlands) 10 mins, director Niels Bourgonje. At a house party, fifteen year old Bram is surrounded by friends and draws the attention of many pretty girls. But he has no interest in them. He has fallen hopelessly in love with the pretty boy on the dance floor: seventeen year old Florian.
Love at first sight. There is only one problem: no one knows that Bram is gay. As the evening progresses and the tension rises between the two boys, Bram realizes that he has to make a choice. When a game of spin the bottle starts, he decides to twist the fate of the evening, and maybe his whole life.
What If (USA) 20 mins., director Francisco Fuertes. David is forced to face his own prejudices and fears when he falls for another man who is not who he thinks he is.
Would You Rather I Was Dead? (U.S.A.) 7 mins., director Laura Lewis-Barr. Bruce and Joe are having a tough day at home.