Here's the full list of films in this year's festival - find your favourite or discover something new.
#Familiar #Touch #Lost #Figures
“#Familiar #Touch #lost #Figures” is an exploration of queer ancestry and diaspora, the hybrids between cultural traditions and contemporary queer identity. This short film is about intimacies that are taboo. It’s about when you’re stuck between not knowing where home is, and finding home in a stranger.
0.5% takes place in a single day in which four different residents of a seaside town connect with each other in an unexpected way. Based on writer/director Yero Timi-Biu’s own experiences, the film explores the joy and comfort to be shared between these residents of a town whose streets are 97% white.
Palestinian artists Osama Atwa and Waseem Khair travel to Lebanon for an artistic tour in the refugee camps. Waseem and Osama (coming from an area under Israeli authority and one from under Palestinian authority respectively), both arrive in the refugee camps in Lebanon and encounter its complex history.
Over three weeks, they find themselves in a place that both resembles them, and creates many questions, confusions and contradictions.
An innovative 5 x 1'min episodic series, shot entirely on an iPhone 12+ pro max, vertically in 9x16.
Turning 21 in 2021 just isn't that easy. We follow 4 young characters trying to figure out what normal is as they try to celebrate a 21st birthday in pandemic London.
7th of August
A homophobic tsunami engulfed Poland in 2020. Vilified by the ruling political party, the LGBTQ+ community became the target of an intense campaign supported by the church and public media. “7th of August” documents the day when the community said enough, demonstrating on the streets of Warsaw in defense of Margot, an activist from the Stop the Nonsense collective.
A Film About a Pudding
Roel Van Beek
After Ronin neglects to clear up her dropped groceries, they start to mix and bubble, transforming into a small pudding. Whilst this initially seems odd, for Ronin, it is easily ignorable. Over the next few days, the pudding grows bigger and bigger. As it threatens to engulf the entire city how far will she, and the other inhabitants of her city, go to continue ignoring it?
A Love Letter to the Basement
A Love Letter to the Basement celebrates The Chateau, an underground DIY LGBTIQA+ bar, cultural space and performance collective in South East London. What began as a three month pop-up in 2018, stretched to two years of queer performance and expression, in an ex-religious themed cocktail bar underneath Camberwell Church Street SE5. The film was built on the memories of those who experienced it. Through voiceover, archival footage and photography of the many nights at The Chateau, the film shows us what the space embodied and how it housed the queer community of South East London.
A Man Trembles
Mark Chua, Lam Li Shuen
In 1998 Singapore, at the peak of the Asian Financial Crisis, a man and his family spend their final day on Earth at Sentosa island. There, he comes to confront the peculiar closeness between salvation and terror.
A Powerful Thang
Zeinabu irene Davis
This innovative drama, set in Ohio, traces a Black couple’s search for intimacy and friendship. The spirited, African-identified Yasmine (Asma Feyijinmi) is a writer and single mother who has been dating saxophone teacher Craig (John Earl Jelks) for a month. Wishing to end her self-imposed celibacy following her son’s birth, Yasmine has reached a turning point in the relationship—but Craig wants to take it slow. Sage advice from friends and family members remind them, “sex is a powerful thang.”
A Tribute to Black Women
Ann Carney & Barbara Phillips
How many famous Black women can you name who aren’t either sportswomen or entertainers’ Mostly the folks of Liverpool draw a blank – making the point that too little is known or taught about Black women.
A Woman on the Internet (Or, The Eternal Scream)
A filmic response to Lynn Hershman Leeson’s text, Romancing the Anti-body (1995), exploring the jarring juxtapositions of friction, toxicity, joy and liberation that trans people, queers and femmes experience when playing as their own custom character creations in video game spaces.
A sip of water
In Korean society, the shamans are considered extraordinary because they bridge the gap between the gods and humans with their psychic talents.
The shamans do not exist in a binary. Neither ordinary people or gods, and distanced from both these spirits and ordinary people, they often feel lonely and confused in equal measure.
This film focuses on their extraordinary position based on their testimonies.
Ada Vs. Abramovic
The slow motion video shows Hannah Cooke breastfeeding her daughter Ada in an exhibition like setting.
They are sitting in front of a woman in a red dress that looks like Marina Abramović in her performance “The Artist is Present”, which was shown at MoMA 2010.
Hannah Cooke wants to confront the Artist Marina Abramović with her negative statement about the compatibility of maternity and art made in an interview
Affairs of the Art
59-year-old factory worker Beryl is totally obsessed with drawing, her fixation dominating the entire household. Apart from husband Ifor, Beryl’s model and muse, the whole family is addicted to something - son Colin is a technical geek and sister Beverly is a fanatically narcissistic taxidermist. Apparently obsession is in the family’s DNA.
Against The Current
Linda Flint, Hildur Gladwin, Jane Harris
An experimental documentary which takes both an historical and a contemporary look at the lack of control women have over their own bodies, focusing mainly on childbirth and developments in reproductive technologies.
Agnes and Boris
Talia Jawitz, Mateusz François Bielinski
Agnes and Boris flee their responsibilities through their screens, ever present in their lives. They are forced to face with their deep anxieties when their apartment suffers a power failure.
All Those Sensations in My Belly
While transitioning from male to female gender, Matia struggles with finding a genuine intimate relationship with a heterosexual man.
Amayi is a story of a woman who is haunted by nightmares of her past and her possible future of becoming the next village circumciser. When she is asked to take up the job and circumcise her daughter, she realizes she can't conform to the traditions and the customs of her community, she must fight back.
An Ode To A Time I Loved Bread
A recollection of incomplete feelings about Neema, the filmmaker’s, time at a colonial legacy boarding school.
And What Does Your Mother Do?
AND WHAT DOES YOUR MOTHER DO? Is a humorous film which cleverly uses the technique of speeded-up action, to expose basic inequalities built into the traditional family structure, which lay the bulk of responsibility and pressure on women