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Friday May 25 / 12.30pm / Liberty Carnival Cinemas


The first part of short films made by students of media colleges across the world showcases 6 films with a unique and dynamic interpretation of queer life stories.

12 min / 2017 / Czech Republic, India / English
Dir: Risheeta Agrawal

naughty amelia

A satire on the hilarious hypocrisy of society towards anything that goes against the “conventional social order of things”, told through a story of two girls who may or may not have had a connection.
School / University: Prague Film School, CZECH REPUBLIC

9 min / 2017 / Canada / English
Dir: Maxime Beauchamp


An experimental visual short film, which exposes how society needs to label a person by their sexuality.
School / University: Vancouver Film School, CANADA

IDENTICAL DREAMS (Original Title: Humshakal Khwaab)
20 min / 2017 / India / Hindi, English
Dir: Cynthia Roli Gupta

identical draems

A conversation between two women, this film is a simple story of love. Love of the purest kind. That one can’t help but feel for someone, not based on physicality or infatuation, but a deep connect two people find in each other.
School / University: SYMBIOSIS Center for Media & Communication, Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA

15 min / 2017 / USA / Arabic, English
Dir: Omar Al Dakheel


Everyday Waleed washes his disabled dad Khaled, for prayer, as a part of their religious obligation. But, when Khaled suspects his son’s love interest, he’s torn between accepting him or living on his own unable to pray.
School / University: USC School of Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, California, USA

30 min / 2017 / Austria / German
Dir: Clara Stern


Mathias is transgender. Although he is more than sure about his decision, he still has to find his way in his new identity and especially in his new job. And also his relationship with his girlfriend seems to have changed due to the transition. Mathias tries to figure out what’s best for him.
School / University: Vienna Film Academy, Vienna University of Music and Performing Arts, AUSTRIA

30 min / 2017 / Germany / German
Dir: Tomislav Vujcic


Mike’s biggest wish is to become a mixed martial arts champion. After his involuntary outing, Mike has to face an even bigger fight: the fight for his dignity, recognition and respect.
School / University: Ruhrakademie, Schwerte , GERMANY

Friday May 25 / 3.30pm / Metro INOX


The second part with 5 student short films from European media colleges bringing their own fresh take on gay, lesbian and trans narratives.

I’M ALEX (Original Title: Soy Álex)
16 min / 2017 / Spain / Spanish
Dirs: Itzuri Sánchez, Joss Manz

i'm alex

Documentary portrait of Alex, a youtuber from Barcelona with more than 30 thousand subscribers who wants to help other trans boys by sharing his experience on the social networks. His activity online discovers a relationship between building his body, and developing an online profile.
School / University: UPF Barcelona School of Management (Video editing), SPAIN

AN INSTANT (Original Title: Un Instante)
20 min / 2017 / Spain / Spanish
Dir: Adrià Guxens

an instant

A story about friendship, love and the importance of the small moments that endow our lives with meaning. Hugo’s life is anchored in the routine, focused on his tasks and responsibilities; while Cosmo is a free soul who lives without looking back, always going from one place to another no matter where. One summer afternoon their gazes cross by chance.
School / University: Escola Superior de Cinema i Audiovisuals de Catalunya (ESCAC), SPAIN

LIBERATION (Original Title: Bokser)
24 min / 2017 / Denmark / Danish
Dir: Stefan Pellegrini


Jane is a boxer, preparing for the championship of her life. She wants to win but it’s difficult to keep focus, as her girlfriend Tanja wants to start a family. With sudden changes in her personal life and the training escalating, Jane seems to be unable to get the firm foothold that she so desperately needs in both her life and in her career.
School / University: Independent Film School of Western Denmark, Aarhus, DENMARK

IF ONLY YOU WERE MINE (Original Title: Keby si bol môj)
23 min / 2017 / Slovakia / Slovak
Dir: David Benedek

if only you

Dominik is experiencing his first relationship. Adam becomes a mentor, idol and first love for him. With great feeling, there are also great uncertainties.
School / University: The Academy of Music and Performing Arts, Bratislava, SLOVAKIA

CELEBRATE EILEEN! (Original Title: Feiert Eileen!)
25 min / 2017 / Germany / German
Dir: Judith Westermann

celebrating eileen

From tomorrow Eileen wants to finally start living her life as a girl. So today her best friend Ella throws a good-bye party for Eileen’s old self Leon. The party turns into disaster when no one shows up. The two friends decide to confront the guests who didn’t show, and dive into an absurd odyssey through town that changes everything.
School / University: University of Television and Film Munich, GERMANY

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