The Brighton & Hove Pride Film Festival
Like last year, we’ll have an online networking event, and the opportunity to take part in pre-recorded Q&As, available during the festival.
We will also of course keep FilmPride on TV! A selection of films from our online festival will be offered the opportunity to be broadcast on Latest TV, Brighton & Hove’s local TV station. There is also a high possibility that a few other local TV channels in the UK will broadcast our shows like they did last year.
And what’s new – we’ve decided to introduce a bit of friendly competition, and give out some awards!
Dir: Ernesto Sarezale – 56:00, UK
Queer Tongues documents today’s vibrant queer spoken word scene. It showcases the work and passions of queer spoken word artists (poets and performers) through snippets of live acts and the answers of over 38 performers, who were interviewed for the camera about sexuality, poetry, performance and social issues.
Dir: Cecilia del Valle – 01:17:00, Argentina
We follow the parenthesis in the life of Canela, as she is torn between having gender reassignment operating surgery or not. A search begins. She consults with healthcare professionals, her sons and old friends until she realizes something she didn’t really expect.
Dir: Sonya Mulligan – 01:28:32, Ireland
A heartfelt documentary that attempts to get to the core of what it means to be lesbian. We spoke to rural and urban lesbians, poets, writers, activists, self professed bar dykes, queer women and curious women.
Julian Dabien, Cristina Tamagnini – 01:10:00, Argentina
Natalio is a passionate village teacher. When his friend Juani comes to live in the town, rumours of Natalio’s homosexuality are confirmed, much to the parents’ disapproval.
And...an incredible short film programme...
Shorts about intimacy, in all its shapes and forms.
Dir: Jamie Weston – 18:00, UK
A heartwarming LGBTQ+ love story that spans over six decades, between two Land Army girls during World War II. A partly silent film, accompanied by a beautiful score, starring BAFTA award-winning actresses Miriam Margolyes, and fifties film legend, Virginia Mckenna.
Dir: Dongni Lanca Li – 19:00, China
An unexpected tropical encounter sparks a fragile romance between a wanna-be astronaut and a village farm boy.
Dir: Felicia Pride – 14:53, US
After an unexpected one night stand, two women at very different stages of their lives, share an even more intimate morning after.
Dir: Luke Willis – 11:00, US
Austin, a college jock home for the summer, unexpectedly develops feelings for Star, his parents’ non-binary pool cleaner, and struggles to hide his growing feelings from his clique of straight friends.
Dir: Rim Kang – 14:04, Republic of Korea
Yeo-bin and Hae-Kwang, a broken-up couple, head to a place to meet with a new family for their cat. But where they arrived is a remote reservoir. There, they couldn’t find the adopter, but instead, a locked fridge.
Dir: Agata Korycka – 35:00, Poland
This love story, set against the backdrop of extreme right-wing protests, reminds us that queer love and politics are never too far apart. When Kinga falls for another woman, she sets off on a journey not only to soul-searching and self-reflection, but also to social-political awareness..
Dir: Hellin Kay – 14:00, US
Two women in love try not to kill each other on their first vacation together.
Dir: Ville Tanttu – 35:00, Finland
Refugee Mohamed finds a special connection with Kristian, a Finnish family man.
Dir: Nancy Cruz Orozco – 20:00, Mexico
Camila and Abril grew up together in a small town on the coast and are best friends. There is an obvious and uncomfortable attraction between them. April’s family will move to the city, their paths will have to separate forever. No one understand how to say goodbye to the person they love.
Dir: James Cooper – 6:32, UK
The artist Wilfrid Wood and his muse Theo Adamson have, over the course of their relationship, produced hundreds of drawings together. This documentary explores the realities and romanticism of that dynamic, and how artist and muse became BFs.
AVAILABLE IN OUR TV FESTIVAL ONLY
Dir: Ida Hansen Eldøen – 5:00, Norway
Tired of waiting, Veronika tries to give her girlfriend direction over the phone, but Susan gets more and more confused with every word. The Corner is a 5-minute-long, one-shot-film, and it’s a story about communication and the sense (or non-sense) of direction.
Dir: Emmanuelle Mattana – 6:44, Australia
Zoom class finally gets interesting for 13 year old Kiki when she discovers that her computer screen doubles as a portal into her crush’s bedroom. A reflection on young queer love, the fantasies we create in our heads, and the lengths we go to to feel connected during isolation.
Dir: Marcel Barelli – 5:00, Switzerland
In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not be aware of it, but homosexuality isn’t just a human story.
Dir: Oliver Mason – 12:03, UK
From hanky codes to the (r)evolution of the internet, this short docudrama utilises slices of LGBT social history to explore our basic human need for sex and intimacy.
Dir: Lauren Vevers – 10:20, UK
Love Spell is about female friendship and queer desire. In 1999 in a high school in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a teenage girl casts a spell to make her best friend fall in love with her.
Dir: Nyko Piscopo – 3:00, Italy
Stay together at home enjoying love is a blessing for a couple. But for those used to meet people, to be active and free, It’s definitely way too much togetherness. Someone can go so far as to shouting out anger, smoking a lot, have erotic visions. Threesome is a stop-motion project made to make movement in a freeze-frame time.
Dir: Megan Ellis – 12:35, Australia
Julia has moved to Australia, where new landscapes dazzle and wild creature’s roam. When her travelling party become stranded on the side of a dusty bush land road, things start to go missing. As Julia realises the mysterious person stealing from her is a girl, she becomes determined to put a stop to it.
Dir: Symeona Maria Kanellou – 3:54, Denmark
An homage to a joyful, gay friend who passed away a bit abruptly. To give him a few more minutes and a proper goodbye hug.
Dir: Abdullah Qureshi – 8:44, Finland
Fictional & experimental narrative, thinking about cruising from mythological & queer perspectives. The film draws on personal memories, encounters, & characters from the paintings of the Pakistani artist, Anwar Saeed (b. 1955). With interviews conducted by in Marseille, France with queer Muslim friends.
Dir: Violeta Fellay – 4:07, Denmark
The Starboard City RIOT5 roller derby team face off against their heated rivals in a decisive match, but something goes terribly wrong…
Dir: Amber – 7:42, US
This LGBTQ+ music video tells the story about two guys that meet during a speed dating event. While we see the connection is there, and very sexy, the trust is broken on multiple levels.
Dir: Ethan Roberts – 6:16, US – CW: DRUG USE, SEXUAL CONTENT
Two stoned boyfriends navigate unexpected vulnerability (as well as the giggles) while attempting to get off. A micro-budget chamber piece that utilizes the immediacy of iPhone cinematography to explore modern intimacy and what it takes to get there.
Dir: Elizabeth Rakhilkina – 12:46, US
CW: SEXUAL CONTENT
A lesbian reverie set amidst the backwoods of New England, New Flesh for the Old Ceremony explores the physicality of grief through a macabre fable about a woman whose wife is devoured by and then possesses their beloved pack of dogs.
Dir: Toni Karat – 16:23, Germany – CW: EXPLICIT SEXUAL CONTENT
Berlin. A FagDyke looks out for a hook-up. Soon they spot a cool leather dyke & follow her. An exploration of boundaries between pure lust, intimacy & trust in an anonymous sexual encounter with BDSM dynamics, celebrating lesbian/non-binary diversity & visibility – & – above all: where are queer people over 50 in porn?
What makes us unique. Put simply, what makes us, us!
Dir: Christopher McGill – 9:45, UK
An intimate portrait of a bio drag queen. Body dysmorphia takes centre stage in this highly visual examination of the selves we invent to navigate the world.
Dir: Elsa Thomas – 18:54, France
One summer day, Elena takes her friend Sacha away from the convent to swim. Lost in the middle of canyons, their sensuality awakens, but the sky begins to rumble.
Dir: Kate Sedlyarova – 38:20, Russian Federation
Lera and Kostya have long been told never to reveal anything about themselves, so they appear ‘normal’ and escape rejection by the wider society. They are intersex, but information available on LGBT+ people in Russia is limited. They decide to tell the world about themselves, that intersex people exist, and that there are millions just like them.
Dir: Nish Gera – 15:30, UK
Bound in flowers, a tattooed hand strokes a face. Ropes unwind on the floor. Tremors of pain, tremors of release. What do you desire? MOTTA follows hard-to-classify Brazilian artist Fabio Da Motta as he questions the boundaries between fantasy, power, provocation and art.
Dir: Joe Solomon – 13:04, UK
Your wedding is meant to be the best day of your life for a young bride, but what if you come out as gay as soon as you’ve tied the knot to your boyfriend?
Dir: Washington Calegari – 11:51, Brazil
Alvaro has been quarantined for 97 days without leaving home. When the delivery man arrives at the building with another meal, an unexpected situation imposes a difficult decision on Alvaro.
Dir: Lesley Marshall – 3:22, Canada
“This song is about a wild night on the town filled with queer desire. There are a lot of songs out there about women’s bodies but this is the only song we know about big gay hands. This song is dedicated to the hotties and to those who love them.” – PARTNER
Dir: Thomas Hescott – 17:58, US
Effeminate, depraved and looking for love. 1965, the eve of decriminalisation for acts of male homosexuality. Matthews, a young gay man at odds with the world discovers love, sex and a family in the backstreets and underground bars of Soho.
Dir: Kate Jessop – 5:00, UK
Who are the queer heroes walking amongst us now or in recent times? A celebration of LGBTQ+ figures who have helped push forward culture and society a little more for the rest of us. A collaboration during the 2020 quarantine between 14 LGBTQ+ identified animators around the world, the structure is based on the old Surrealist drawing game Exquisite Corpses.
Dir: Natalie Jasmine Harris – 12:20, US
On the eve of her cotillion ball, a young Black girl grapples with her queer identity and questions her purity.
Dir: Quinton Baker – 8:05, UK
A trans activist chronicles their street art activism, which combats an anti-trans stickering campaign on the streets of Oxford with unwavering but not untested hope.
Dir: Faye Carr-Wilson – 5:40, UK
Short documentary dealing with issues of disability and empowerment through drag performer, Venus Dimilo.
Dir: Emmalie El Fadli – 18:52, UK
22 year old Alex who wakes suddenly from a dream where she’s intimate with Kayla. Only problem is; Kayla happens to be Alex’s best friend and Alex has never been with a girl before… She now has to navigate through her new found feelings, all the while trying really hard not to mess up the friendship she’s had since she was 5.
Dir: Géraldine Charpentier – 4:53, Belgium
While non-binary representations are rare, Lou talks about their relationship to gender, clothes, and other markers.
Dir: Lucie Rachel, Chrissie Hyde – 4:31, UK
Factory Talk is an intergenerational conversation about identity, sexuality and masculinity in a rural factory. Through the clanging of metal they make small talk, but as the gripes and
grumbles testify to better times, the questions rising on the factory floor are of more than just nostalgia.
Dir: Milda Baginskaite – 12:30, UK
A young immigrant searches for her own identity while fighting for recognition in a male-dominated classroom.
Dir: Justice Khor – 17:00, Malaysia
The COVID-19 Lockdown as a metaphor for queer existential invisibility. LGBTQI people are no strangers to isolation. Lonesome is a documentary that explores the intersection of queerness and isolation. The film weaves together stories left as voicemails that talk about loneliness, seeking love and connection, and ultimately, self-acceptance.
Dir: Carlos Ledesma – 2:46, Argentina
A Queer South American artist transforms her female bust into a male chest in the bathroom of a dive bar in NYC’s East Village. Then transforms their face inside the bar while sharing fragments of their life and getting ready to go out without a certain destination. It all happens in the time provided by one roll of Super 8 film.
Dirs: Zé Kielwagen, M. Serafim, S. Simeon – 22:00, Haiti
In Haiti, men perceived as feminine are known as masisi. Haitian artist and activist Sanba Yonel speaks of the plight of the masisi who, faced with prejudice and hostility, find shelter in the religious context of Vodou.
Dir: Aliza Brugger – 15:00, US
Tillie’s lonely life as a roadkill removal worker is destabilized when Wanda, a lively stranger, comes to town.
Dir: José Alberto Andrés Lacasta – 13:29, Spain
The arrival of a mysterious engraving about Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian at the Historic Palace of the AljaferÃa (Zaragoza) awakens the spirit of its old inquisitors, reviving the invincible designs of guilt and desire.
Dir: Mae Hoffman – 9:31, Us
Portrait of a woman who refused to be a transgender icon. Experimental documentary of an undocumented history. Cosplay and cover songs by the #1 fan of Wendy Carlos.
Dir: Sam Seccombe – 15:14, UK
The morning after a one night stand, Dan and Tommy engage in an interesting and unexpected conversation about relationships, sexuality and themselves.
Dir: Ashlei Shyne – 23:23, US
#TMI is a comedy series that follows Aaliyah Jones, a bisexual woman who recently became single after her ex-girlfriend Simone moved to Berlin. During Pharrell’s (Aaliyah’s best friend) wedding shower, huge secrets are revealed and chaos ensues after Simone shows up to celebrate their mutual friend. Life and love will never be the same for this tight-knit group of friends and lovers.
(First 2 episodes only)
The hurdles we face, and a celebration of those around us who let us be.
Dir: Alfie Dale – 19:30, UK
Social realist fairytale about a trans-feminine teenager, as seen through the eyes of their 7 year old brother. Set in a desolate and prejudiced coastal town, the film examines how a child’s unconditional love can be a powerful and disruptive force for good.
Dir: Guillaume Mainguet – 17:00, France
A father pays his son a visit after years of conflict and turns up in the middle of his house move. The son Vincent reacts violently to that intrusion. Emotionally weakened, the father involuntarily reveals the true reason of his visit, which revives the tension between them.
H. Wong-Kalu, D. Hamer, J. Wilson – 8:28, US
Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.
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Dir: Martina Amoretti – 10:23, UK
Being a conversion therapist, Éidin has always thought she is doing the right thing. But when she meets Iulía, she begins to question whether being gay is that bad after all.
Dir: Ashton Blyth – 2:00, UK
The childhood memory of Blyth trying on his father’s boxers at age eight, before leaving for Brownies still wearing them under his uniform. This memory is one of many that have contributed to Blyth understanding that his gender identity did not align with the sex he was assigned at birth, leading to the artist coming out as transgender at eighteen.
Dir: Liang-Chun Lin – 9:51, US
Indian boy Karan recently gets a white stepsister, Lily, when their lesbian moms move together. Karan does not get along with Lily nor with this whole new family idea. As he desperately needs to blend in with peers at an upcoming party, Lily gets her first period.
Dir: Luke Willis – 13:30, US
After many years away, Greg returns to his family’s secluded vacation house with his boyfriend only to be tormented by the ghost of his homophobic father.
Dir: Patricia Kelly – 10:15, Ireland
A mother’s fractious relationship with her son disintegrates when she cannot accept the man he has become.
Dir: Dominica Harrison – 7:24, UK
During a long hot summer in the forest, Child is forced to grow up. First her Dog becomes ill, then out of the blue her Mother returns with a new lover in tow. Child’s world is turned upside down. A coming of age story, set in an enchanted Russian wilderness.
Dir: Robero Pérez Toledo – 9:26, Spain
Although a volcanic eruption can occur without any prior signal, volcanoes will most likely issue different types of warnings before the eruption begins. We barely saw it coming.
Dir: Luciana Bitencourt – 19:08, Brazil
Suspicious that her son is gay, Joana shares her doubts with her husband. To her surprise, the boy’s father knows much more about the subject than she imagined. After all, why was she the last to know?
Dir: Peter No – 5:00, US
A Korean boy struggles to reconcile broken relationships in his life.
Dir: Guillaume Mainguet – 22:08, France
After the cremation of his father, whose ashes are to be dispersed the following day over a nearby lake, Vincent and his family get close friends and relatives together out back behind the family butcher shop for a last tribute.