September Events...

  • !f Istanbul International Independent Film Festival
  • Calgary International Film Festival
  • DiversidArte: Festival de Curtas
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
  • Encounters
  • Fabulous Independent Film Festival
  • Fragments Festival
  • Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival
  • Gaze LGBT Film Festival
  • Great Lakes International Film Festival
  • Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival
  • Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • InShort Film Festival
  • Kaunas International Film Festival
  • Lust*streifen Film Festival Basel
  • Nashville Film Festival
  • Netherlands Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • Niagara Falls International Film Festival
  • Oslo/Fusion Filmfest
  • OUT at the Movies
  • Out on Film
  • Painting the Spectrum LGBTQ+ Film Festival
  • Premio Sebastiane
  • Queergestreift Filmfestival
  • QueerX
  • Reeling Filmfest
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival
  • Sardinia Queer Short Film Festival
  • Tallgrass Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival


The Brighton & Hove Pride Film Festival

FilmPride is run on behalf of Brighton & Hove Pride by The Latest Music Bar.

Brighton & Hove Pride is one of the biggest Pride festivals in the world, and The Guardian describes it as “The country’s most popular LGBTQ+ event”.

Our festival is unique as, as well as hosting live events during Brighton & Hove Pride, we offer selected filmmakers the opportunity to be screened on community, not-for-profit local TV channels in the UK such as Latest TV in Brighton and Northern Visions in Belfast (but you can opt out of this). The FilmPride TV festival is a huge success; the two channels combined serve over 700,000 households, so if your film is on our channels, it will be seen by thousands more!

In 2021 we introduced awards for Best Documentary, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Animation (short formats) and Audience Award, and were extremely proud to count Peter Tatchell as one of our Guest Judges.

In 2022 we will again award prizes for (in short / feature format):

- Best Documentary
- Best Drama
- Best Comedy
- Best Animation
- Best Experimental
- Audience Award



We are located in the Community Village in Preston Park. All our films include English subtitles and a BSL interpreter will be present for our introductions.

2.30pm – 3.45pm: Family


Dir: Bea Goddard – 16:34, UK
Spring 2021 is a season of transformation for ex-dancer Jack López – a nonbinary, transmasculine parent of four children. Starting testosterone at 43 and readying himself for top surgery, it is a period of huge physical change, but Diego, Frida, Issac and Emilia see Jack as “mummy” whether he has a moustache or not.
Trailer available here

Three Letters

Dir: Ian Smith – 7:00, UK
Following the death of his beloved step mother and grandmother, disability and LGBT campaigner Paul Davies attempts to write to the father he feels rejected by to find resolution and peace.
Trailer available here


Dir: Rani Gijbels – 4:12, Belgium
Through a board game loosely based on “The Game of Life”, a little girl tries to find her own path, while up against a dominant mother trying to decide her life for her.

My Mother’s Girlfriend

Dir: Arun Fulara – 14:45, India
Renuka and Sadiya, two working-class women in love with each other, enjoy their day out celebrating Renuka’s birthday. After a fun-filled day, they head home to spend the night together. But unknown to them, Renuka’s son, Mangesh, is around. My Mother’s Girlfriend is the story of what happens when these two relationships collide.
Trailer available here


Dir: Ella Glendining – 12:31, UK
Mini returns to the seaside town in which she grew up for the funeral of one of her closest friends, Frank. Frank’s death is beyond tragic, but not a complete surprise to those that knew him best. Having moved away and unexpectedly started a family, Mini is guilt-ridden that she hadn’t seen Frank in the year since she had her baby, a year which has been fraught with adjusting to her new identity as a mum.

Make Me A King

Dir: Sofia Olins – 15:55, UK
Ari performs as a Jewish Drag King, much to the confusion of their family. Idolising 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.
Trailer available here

4.15pm – 6pm: Self (Part 1)

Punch Line

Dir: Becky Cheatle – 10:14, Ireland
On the eve of a transphobic attack, a transgender comedian processes her feeling the only way she knows how: through stand up comedy.
Trailer available here

This Is Katharine

Dir: Ida H. Eldøen – 15:00, Norway
At a young age, Katharine starts thinking she might be gay. To find her sexual identity, she turns to movies and tv, and from the representations she creates an image of how she should be. An image that is far from the shy and scared girl she really is. Through an all-knowing voiceover, we hear her story, her thoughts and feelings, and we take part in her journey to find and to free herself.
Trailer available here

Pride Flag Emoji

Dirs: Vee Smith, Sadiq Ali, Donald Dalziel – 9:09, UK
A party within a party, this short film celebrates queerness, outsider sensibilities, experimental circus and video art. Fast-paced and quirky, these hyper-saturated vignettes are a collection of micro-stories; our childhood moments that lead us to who we are now, times when we felt lost but had to pretend to be ok, how we define ourselves outside of sexual spaces and moments we broke free of stigma.
Trailer available here

Made Up – A Trans Origin Stories

Dir: Valiant Endeavour Lynch-Mathew – 4:52, UK
A colourful exploration of Trans awakening. The stories we tell ourselves, the things we’re told about us, the faces we wear along the way. Making that all make some kind of sense is, difficult. Would a puppet and dragon help? Can it be done?

Pussy Cruising

Dirs: Masa Zia Lenardic & Anja Wutej – 7:30, Germany
What would cruising among lesbians look like? Cruising seems to be a normal part of the gay culture and we all know scenes from famous gay films where men cruise in parks or other public spaces. At the same time, cruising is barely practised among lesbians. Why? Pussy Cruising tackles this topic in a humorous way and takes you on a flirtatious journey between vibrant fantasy and mundane reality.
Trailer available here


Dir: Latesha Merkel – 5:18, US
Embrace is an animated short film about asexuality. It explores the common asexual experience of feeling isolated and confused by one’s own orientation, but also the joy that comes from knowing one’s self and connecting with the asexual community.

The Comfort Zone

Dir: Ran Yatim – 17:00, US
What would it take to break you out of your comfort zone? Caleb is by all accounts a successful executive cis man. Despite exceeding his father’s expectations, Caleb is far from happy. That is, until Star, a vibrant and aspiring black trans female rockstar, comes crashing into his world and turns his comfortably numb existence upside down with a string of reckless misadventures and a new outlook on life.
Trailer available here

Virgin My Ass

Dir: Adar Sigler – 16:39, Israel
Ophir asks Harel for a small favour that might make him feel like a normal gay guy. OK, maybe not that small a favour. During the somewhat ridiculous, somewhat exciting night the two will spend in bed, they will learn a small lesson in intimacy and belonging to the community.

Rebel Dykes Present: Dyke Tales

Dirs: Harri Shanahan, Siân. A. Williams – 04:00, UK
“Life in the 1980s? Well… it was exciting, it was scary, it was fun, it was poor, it was a great time and a terrible time to be young and queer in London.” Two extracts from the Rebel Dykes History Project, which focuses on the heritage of a group of young lesbians who lived in London in the 1980s. From the makers of cult documentary Rebel Dykes.

The Cost Of Living

Dir: Alice Trueman – 12:38, UK
Lily, a disconnected, neurotic fitness-freak, has a brush with death and comes face-to-face with her worst fear. But Death appears to Lily as a femme fatale and Lily finds herself unexpectedly giddy with desire. The force she has tried to distance herself from now appears in the doorway of every room – Lily can no longer deny her own mortality – soon the fear gives way to rapture and a desire to transcend…
Trailer available here

6.30pm – 8.15pm: FilmPride 2021 – Bitesize

A very small selection of films from last year’s online festival, on a big screen!

Have We Met Before?

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: 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?

My Brother is a Mermaid

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.

Is It Me

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: 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.

Trans Happiness is Real

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.

From A to Q

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.


We are located in the Community Village in Preston Park. All our films include English subtitles and a BSL interpreter will be present for our introductions.

1.30pm – 3.05pm: Love (Part 1)

Very Slightly Included

Dir: Patricia Kelly – 10:30, Ireland
In this quirky dark comedy, Eva finally brings the perfect girlfriend home to meet her family. Well, she may have one very slight flaw…
Trailer available here

Between Us

Dir: Cailleah Scott-Grimes – 17:12, Canada
Kei longs for a “normal life” in rural Japan. But for a transgender man who is jobless in his own hometown, getting to normal is one steep climb.
Trailer available here

What’s Beyond the Abyss

Dir: Washington Calegari – 24:19, Brazil
Lucca suspects that his boyfriend is lying about his identity and is looking for answers.
Trailer available here

Be My Player 2

Dir: Emily Stewart – 2:01, UK
A short film that follows a girl trying to confess her love, but her fears turn out to be much more large and intimidating than she thought.
Will fighting a dragon be easier than admitting her feelings?

The Aquarium

Dirs: Fatemeh Askarpour, Elyas Askarpour – 9:56, Iran
Two trans people fall in love with each other and because of the taboo of this love, they hide it in their workplace, and make a date in a hotel.
Trailer available here

Time & Again

Dir: Rachel Dax – 27:19, UK
Eleanor and Isabelle meet again, sixty years after their relationship break up.

3.30pm – 5.10pm: Self (part 2)

Happy Birthday, You Made It

Dir: Yuelei Song – 6:22, US
In the stillness of her childhood home, a woman spends her birthday like any other, solitary day – until she becomes lost in a reverie of past memories and dreams.

Angel / Demon

Dir: Vigdis Nielsen – 16:00, Norway
“God forgives! You can be forgiven! All you have to do is confess, and say I’m sorry.” Maria, 16, is confused: is she going to be loyal to God, or trust her emotions?
Trailer available here

Mickey or Minnie

Dir: Krissy Mahan – 1:48, US
Not only does Minnie Mouse indoctrinate children in an imaginary gender binary, she’s ready to physically pounce on gender transgressors at any time!

The Chosen Haram

Dir: Sadiq Ali – 12:31, UK
A story told through circus. Two gay men meet on a dating app, one is bound by his teachings while the other lives a life of excess.


Dir: Jacqueline Pelczar – 13:00, Australia
A 37-year-old woman with Down syndrome runs away from home and embarks on journey from Kalgoorlie to Perth.

L’ amour Rebelle

Dir: Leo Crane – 4:20, UK
A dove tumbles through the sky. A figure treads on discarded feathers. An egg hovers & hatches. This mini-opera, animated in charcoal, reimagines Georges Bizet’s Carmen and its enduring relevance to issues of sexuality and conflict.
Trailer available here


Dir: Leanne Hanley – 13:55, Australia
Caught between two worlds, Ethan must confront their inner demons. With the help of therapist, Max, Ethan attempts to transition from crippling obsession to a freedom that can only be found by becoming Sapphire.
Trailer available here

Ulrichs 1867

Dir: Sven Niemeyer – 9:50, Germany
Karl Heinrich Ulrichs was a pioneer of sexology and is known as the “first open gay man” and “LGBTQ+”-activist in Germany. In 1867, he publicly called for the impunity of same-sex sexual acts in a speech, which led to tumultuous scenes among the audience and his speech being broken off.
Trailer available here


Dir: Amy Pennington – 9:37, UK
Appropriating a mockumentary format, Eliza is inspired by lesser known, lesbian, working class, Victorian, ‘poet of the people’ Eliza Cook. Like unfolding a game of exquisite corpse to reveal Alan Partridge, in the get up of a 19th century woman, with the cadence of a camp northerner: Eliza drags the viewer, the unsuspecting public and the artist back / forth through time exploring the overlapping edges of redevelopment, place and queer temporalities.

5.40pm – 7.25pm: Love (Part 2)


Dirs: – Neil Ely, Lloyd Eyre-Morgan -15:39, UK
Two young men form a connection on the swings of their local park.


Dirs: Alix Eve, Olivia Dowd – 14:00, UK
Minutes spans the entire relationship of Harriet and Jordan and is a queer ‘rom-com’ for our times. Developed via several devising and improv workshops, the film uses a series of vignettes to explore communication, co-dependency, self-exploration and queer joy.
Trailer available here

Silent Pride

Dir: Kristy Philipps – 5:25, UK
Sammy can’t speak BSL. If she wants Ffion to stay she’ll have to find a new way to communicate, one which pushes her to confront feelings she’s suppressed since the day they met.

Camille and I

Dir: Marie Cogné – 18:14, France
Camille and Marie are in love. But everyone has something to say about their relationship.

Chariot Riders

Dir: Kate Jessop – 5:20, UK
A film about a boy’s feelings of love for his best friend, another boy. The second of two films based on the theme of Love Works: exploring South Asian LGBT+ relationships in contemporary Britain commissioned by Bobby Tiwana.


Dir: Ashlei Shyne – 12:22, US
A poetic short film that follows Nola & Sia, a Black queer female couple whose vibrant life together is upended when a global pandemic threatens to tear apart their entire world.
Trailer available here

Static Space

Dirs: John Klein, Kate Black-Spence – 28:43, US
Jamie lives an autopilot existence in Indiana until Noa’s distant voice comes through her ham radio…from space. Two women who couldn’t be more different are about to learn a powerful connection can change everything.
Trailer available here

8pm – 9.15pm: Feature


Dir: Lee Cooper – 1:14:30, UK
An intimate portrait of ageing and friendship as Maisie Trollette, Britain’s oldest drag act, prepares for his 85th birthday and meets 87 year old Darcelle XV, Guinness World Record Holder from the USA, for the very first time.
Trailer available here