SHORT FILM FEST 2022 WINNERS
The jury has spoken! A stellar programme of IMAGE+NATION. COURT QUEER SHORT FILM FEST winners – narratives and docs, comedies and dramas. The cream of the crop from I+N FCQSFF 03 all in one place!
XAVIER GOULD | CANADA | 2021 | 23 MIN | FRENCH + ENGLISH S.-T.EN.
In a small Acadian city in New Brunswick in 2005, young drag queen Mona is auditioning for America’s Next Top Model. Through the gaze of her camera operator best friend we get to know her environment, dreams and fantasies. These visual landscapes – in juxtaposition with the regional Chiac dialect spoken – offer a witty queer exploration of contemporary Acadian cinema.
THE BLACK VEIL
LING LEE | UNITED KINGDOM | 2021 | 29 MIN | ENGLISH
Bradley is non-binary – but is aware that this identity is not fully recognized by wider society. Bradley has two events approaching: their wedding to long-term partner, Emma, and their ordination as ‘Black Veil’ – the highest level within The Order of Perpetual Indulgence. Will these two events give Bradley the confidence to step out into the world as their authentic version self?
THE MAN OF MY DREAMS
TRISTAN SCOTT-BEHRENDS | USA | 2021 | 6 MIN | ENGLISH
Two magnetic lovers traipse around the city streets in a dreamy romance.
KIRNAY BHATT | INDIA | 2020 | 25 MIN | HINDI S.-T.EN.
Inspired by real events, Kirnay is a small town closeted lesbian boxer, who, after winning the state tournament inches closer to her dream of representing the country. Indifferent to her ambitions, Krinay’s mother has already arranged her marriage. Torn between family, love and ambition, Kirnay must fight the battle for freedom outside the ring, before conquering her dreams inside it.
IRÈNE-KIMBERLEY VALIN-AWASHISH | CANADA | 2021 | 4 MIN | FRENCH + ENGLISH
Lullaby is a documentary essay about coming of age and the power of the unconscious. In the continuity of “Sweat Lodge song”, this short film is a message of courage and hope.
MAKE ME A KING
SOFIA OLINS | UNITED KINGDOM | 2021 | 16 MIN | ENGLISH
Ari performs as a Jewish Drag King, much to the confusion of their family. Idolizing real-life hero, Pepi Littman, who carved out a space for Drag Kings over 100 years ago, they use this history to open up a space for acceptance in the present.
LAURENCE GAGNÉ-FRÉGEAU | CANADA | 2021 | 12 MIN | ENGLISH
A look within Laurie’s journey, throughout a night out with friends, to embrace her identity.
HOW NOT TO DATE WHILE TRANS
NYALA MOON | USA | 2021 | 12 MIN | ENGLISH
A break-the-fourth-wall dark comedy, How Not To Date While Trans follows the dating life of a black trans woman and the problematic men she meets along the way.
OB SCENE (OB SCENA)
PALOMA ORLANDINI CASTRO | ARGENTINA | 2021 | 18 MIN | SPANISH S.-T.EN.
A personal and sexual diary. A fake user’s manual whose sophistication and audaciousness free it from the traps of what has to be said and the agenda of commonplace. A discourse with disconcerting and without instructions, with an exploring spirit and without restrictions.