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"a beautifully told tale of burgeoning sexuality."

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›› Surveillance ‹‹   ›› Ladyboy ‹‹   ›› Swans - Svans ‹‹
2007 | 87 mins | UK   2011 | 30 mins | Denmark   2016 | 18 mins | Denmark
This perceptive take on the ever increasing surveillance state finds gay boy Adam getting more than he bargained for when his one-night stand turned out to be Jake; the son of a media mogul and boyfriend to ... well, that would be saying, but put it this way, there could well be blue blood in ›››   There's something quite endearing about this short film that tells the story of the close bond between a gay transvestite and his devoted mother. Only when Kristian's mother Emma falls for the charming but alcoholic Søren; a man rooted in prejudice, Kristian is soon to find that there's little space left ›››   This thought-provoking short film focuses on the life of Aksel; a young man who loves nothing more than to hang out with his fellow teammates who are as much into football, as they're into girls. Yet Aksel has a secret, given he's in a sexual relationship with Alexander; a youth who's not just open ›››
   
›› Young Man's Dance ‹‹   ›› Poz ‹‹   ›› Hotel Boy ‹‹
2014 | 12 mins | Denmark   2016 | 24 mins | Denmark   2018 | 12 mins | Denmark
Mattis' love of life is ballroom dance. Yet it's an interest that's not shared by his father. Alone and dejected, he seeks solace in the arms of his dance tutor; a man well aware of the boundaries of the student / teacher relationship. Yet what is he to do with a pupil determined to break them? This sexual ›››   Oliver and Cilie have a special bond, one that goes far beyond your typical brother / sister relationship. Yet what does Cilie really know about her brother, given this is a man who would rather be out hunting for sex of the no strings and no condom attached variety, than attend her birthday party ›››   Samir; an openly gay youth is in love with a man almost twice his age. Yet their nights of passion are forever held behind closed doors, given the object of his desire is Stefan Schmidt; a respected politician who is keen to keep their relationship a secret. Only is Stefan about to discover that this boy's ›››
   
›› 2 Cool 2 Be 4gotten ‹‹   ›› Maurice ‹‹   ›› Departure ‹‹
2016 | 95 mins | Philippines   1987 | 140 mins | UK   2015 | 109 mins | UK
Felix is the top boy in his class, if not the entire school, having sacrificed friendship to become the model pupil. That is until new boy in class Magnus, alongside his younger brother Maxim, arrive. At first hesitant and then overly keen to help them with their failing grades, things are destined to turn ›››   As much in love with the edification of Cambridge life, as he is attracted to fellow undergraduate Clive Durham, Maurice is about to face the harsh reality of unrequited love from a man intent on social conformity. Yet it's a stay on the Durhams' estate that brings Maurice in contact with a man who ›››   Returning to their holiday home in France for the last time, Beatrice and her teenage son Elliot are faced with the daunting task of clearing it out. Only in a home filled with so many memories, perhaps it's of no surprise that they find themselves easily distracted upon the arrival of Clément; a youth who ›››
   
›› 1985 ‹‹   ›› Skai Blue ‹‹   ›› Petit Ami ‹‹
2018 | 85 mins | US   2017 | 17 mins | Belgium   2017 | 15 mins | Belgium
Returning to the family home for Christmas after having made a swift exit for the bright lights of New York City, ad executive Adrian Lester is a man on a mission, given he knows that he has to somehow find the right moment to say things that need to be said. And said, before it's too late to say them ›››   Tom; a lonely, middle-aged man searching for companionship and more chances upon Simon; dating app fashion. Meeting in person, their passionate encounter is swiftly followed by the promise of a burgeoning relationship. Yet Simon has a secret; he's a Cameroon refugee; a fact that forces ›››   This is the story of rent boy Jasper, happy to service the sexual needs of his clients, even on Christmas Day. Turning up at a seedy hotel called Petit Ami, Jasper gets down to basics with Vincent, only for the man to have a secret, one that Jasper is curious to discover. In many ways your heart kind ›››
   
›› Beast - Séptimo ‹‹   ›› Hardcore ‹‹   ›› According to Mateo ‹‹
2011 | 24 mins | Sweden   2016 | 8 mins | Israel   2017 | 19 mins | Spain
This captivating short film tells the story of Vincent; a young man with a secret, one that has forced him to stay away from those he loves, if not from love itself. Yet he has fallen in love, an emotion so intense that neither he nor Gustav can help themselves from seeing each other - whatever the chilling cost be ›››   This cautionary tale on the dangers of the anonymous hook-up tells the story of two young Israelis up for a threesome, only to find themselves spending the night with a German tourist who happens to be into everything - they aren't. Curious to know what's next in the Germans' bag of tricks ›››   Mateo and his boyfriend Marc arrive back at their flat, alongside date for the night Luke for a threesome. Yet shortly after getting down to sexual basics, Mateo heads out into the night. Chancing upon Jon, the local drug dealer; the two get to know each other in ways that turn decidedly dark ›››
   
›› Thirst ‹‹   ›› High Tide - Stille Dorst ‹‹   ›› Junk ‹‹
2017 | 8 mins | UK   2018 | 22 mins | Netherlands   2011 | 24 mins | UK
This contemplative piece charts one man's intense longing to find true love. For tired of repeated one-night stands that seemingly go nowhere, this is a man who begins to question not what's wrong with every man he meets, but rather what's wrong with him? Played direct-to-camera, the result is a ›››   This beautifully told tale of burgeoning sexuality finds devoted father Tarik escaping from the tribulations of his impending divorce in a rented holiday home, only to discover that his hot shower is without water. Enlisting the help of Jonas; the owner of the cottage, the two strangers soon realize that they ›››   This uncompromising work tells the story of Tat; a young gay teen who would rather face the hardship of life on the streets, than living under the same roof with the homophobic partner of his mother. Yet he's not the only one homeless, having paired up with Jack; a teenager who's his on / off boyfriend ›››
   
›› Only What You Need To Know About Me ‹‹   ›› Bootyful ‹‹   ›› My Mother's Lovers ‹‹
2018 | 15 mins | Brazil   2019 | 13 mins | France   2018 | 22 mins | Mexico
This bittersweet work on to thy ownself, being true, follows the burgeoning friendship between striking redhead Laura and cutie Fábio, teens whose love of skateboarding forms the bond between them that keeps on getting stronger. Yet something is off. For whilst it's apparent that Fábio has fallen ›››   This touching tale on the meaning of true friendship follows the life of Sacha; an out 'n' proud gay man with a-liking for transexual glitz 'n' glam, who arrives at his best friends flat for a night out of drinks 'n' dancing, only to find that also joining them is straight faced and well straight all round, Estelle. ›››   This sweet 'n' tender tale of falling in love with your straight best friend finds César; a somewhat shy, introverted youth falling for the charms of aspiring actor / model Pablo, only for the man himself to endlessly flirt with César's single mother Luisa when he comes to stay for a sleepover, much to ›››
   
›› Through the Fields ‹‹   ›› Colours ‹‹   ›› Play It Like a Man - Un Été Viril ‹‹
2015 | 28 mins | France   2015 | 25 mins | UK   2018 | 22 mins | France
Convinced that he's the only gay in the village, young Théo surfs online to find himself a man for the night, much to the annoyance of his over-protective brother Lucas. Craving for his first kiss, only for that first touch to be not the kind he was longing for, this telling tale of brotherly love ›››   When closeted footballer Tom is accidentally seen with his boyfriend, his best friend and fellow teammate Adam is forced by bigoted team captain Mike to choose sides; either he's with him against Tom, or else face his homophobic wrath. In short, now is the time for Adam to show his true colours ›››   Loris and Thomas are best friends both on and off the football field, only for Loris to be a troubled soul, with a pent-up anger ready to erupt at any given moment. When the two discover voyeuristic images on their coach's mobile phone of Loris naked after the game, they seek vengeance on a man who ›››
   
›› Islands - Inseln ‹‹   ›› Boys Grammar ‹‹   ›› Professor Godoy ‹‹
2018 | 20 mins | Germany   2005 | 8 mins | Australia | FreeView   2009 | 14 mins | Brazil | FreeView
Islands tells the story of Theo; a talented artist whose dreams for his future have come crashing down around him by way of the brutal fists of Fabian; an angry youth vexed by way of Theo's friendship with classmate Linus. Yet it is obvious to everyone that Linus and Theo only have eyes for ›››   Caught with a book devoted to the male physique, gay boy Gareth is given a lesson he won't forget by a bunch of homophobic jocks, in this well-executed, if unsettling short film that dared to shine the spotlight on institutionalized homophobia and the brutal reality of ritualized hazing. Yet it's also ›››   This captivating short tells the story of Professor Godoy; an elderly teacher who has dedicated his life to his work, but at a cost; that of the enjoyment of life itself. That is until senior student Felipe dares to show him the equation of love, daring him to play a cat and mouse game that Felipe, ever the ›››
   
›› Pretty Boy ‹‹   ›› Squared ‹‹   ›› Spoilers ‹‹
2015 | 13 mins | Spain | FreeView   2014 | 15 mins | US   2016 | 22 mins | UK
This naughty but ever so nice short tells the story of twenty-year-old pretty boy Pablo; a young man who dreams about being a great filmmaker, only to face the reality of hustling his way through life. Lucky for him that he's a boy who loves his work, being more than happy to do whatever his clients ask ›››   Focusing on the manly torsos of its eye-candy styled stars, this short film tells the story of two hunks, one Asian and one Caucasian, who meet for a one-night stand, only to discover that when it comes to getting up close and personal, both prefer to be 'on top' of the situation, so-to-speak ›››   This beautifully framed short charts the moment when a mix-up over identical luggage on a plane makes two men realize that they have more in common with each other, than they could ever have imagined. Yet they both suffer from relationship blues and having had their hearts broken, are  ›››
   
›› Happy & Gay ‹‹   ›› Hole ‹‹   ›› Alex and the Handyman ‹‹
2014 | 10 mins | US   2014 | 15 mins | Canada | FreeView   2017 | 14 mins | US | FreeView
This hilarious gay parody of the vintage cartoons of the 1930's vividly captures the homophobia of the period and the underground clubs that were the sole outlet for those with a-liking for same-sex relationships. It tells the story of two devoted lesbians who invite their gay best friends ›››   Here we follow the life of Billy; a disabled gay man determined not to let his disability get in the way of his life and his sexual desires too. Longing for sexual intimacy, he heads out into the night to satisfy them; glory hole fashion. Only to discover that such holes are not exactly wheelchair friendly ›››   When nine-year-old Alex develops a crush on Jared, the moody twenty-five-year-old handyman who works in the mansion where he lives, he will stop at nothing to get his man - whatever the cost! It's a comically dark piece, sharply written and well-played throughout. Yet it's also the story of a ›››
   
›› Kiss Me Softly ‹‹   ›› Boys ‹‹   ›› Tellin' Dad ‹‹
2012 | 16 mins | Belgium   2016 | 14 mins | US   2017 | 15 mins | UK
This variant of the coming out scenario finds a family all but blind to the fact that their son Jasper is habitually bullied at school just for being gay. Not that his father's views would seemingly be any different, fixated as he is on his career as a Schlager styled folk singer whose closing number Kiss Me Softly ›››   Wonderfully capturing the carefree days of youth, this short film focuses on the close friendship between Brian and Jake; best friends who on a routine sleepover charts the pivotal moment when they come to explore their sexual identity, revealing a side to their sexuality, as hitherto unseen. In many ›››   Confronted by his boyfriend, Dan finally decides to say it - like it is. Letters are duly sent to one and all, with Dan appearing on the doorsteps of his family thereafter to discover just how his coming out words landed. Yet the outcome of one letter remains blowing in the wind, as Dan is ›››
   
›› Call Me by Your Name ‹‹   ›› Pedro ‹‹   ›› Mr. Sugar Daddy ‹‹
2017 | 132 mins | Italy   2016 | 24 mins | Portugal   2016 | 13 mins | Sweden
This touching and yet equally poignant coming-of-age tale is as lush as the Italian countryside that forms the picture postcard backdrop to the relationship between precocious seventeen-year-old Elio and the older Oliver; the at times arrogant American who comes to stay at the family villa ›››   When oversexed Pedro gets home at dawn exhausted, he is little interest in his mothers' desire to spend the day at the beach; preferring instead to take part in web cam styled sex shows. Initially reluctant, his interest is peaked when he catches the eye of a handsome stranger by the water ›››   Fifty-something Hans is looking for a fresh start. When he is pursued by the handsome younger Andrej, he falls for him fast. As the pair get closer, his wallet becomes looser. Is Andrej interested in Hans, or just the perks of an older man? And that's the question that this short film plays with, showcasing the ›››
   
›› Tonight It's You ‹‹   ›› We Could Be Parents ‹‹   ›› Away With Me ‹‹
2016 | 17 mins | US   2016 | 15 mins | Sweden   2015 | 11 mins | UK - France
Tense, menacing and downright creepy in parts, yet equally proudly gay to the core, this "cabin in the woods" styled short frankly plays like a feature with enough twists and turns to keep you well and truly entertained. Yet this is also a cautionary tale on the dangers of the anonymous online hook-up ›››   This downright earnest short vividly captures the inner turmoil of a man who finds himself alone in the world, his partner having left him when he found out that he was selling himself for sex. Yet what the film reveals is that his reason for doing so, was to raise money for the two to become parents ›››   There's a lush holiday feel to this short, one that finds Paolo jump at the offer to spend a long weekend in Nice, in spite of having only just met hunky Alex. Only this idealistic portrait of a summer romance arrives with a hint of trouble-at-t-mill, given something else is clearly going on beneath the surface ›››
   
›› When a Man Loves a Woman ‹‹   ›› Jamie ‹‹   ›› Follow Me ‹‹
2016 | 10 mins | UK   2016 | 9 mins | UK   2015 | 16 mins | Belgium
This comical short wondrously illustrates how sexual honesty is by far the best policy. Only that's the last thing gay boy Nick wants to do, having persuaded his best friend Amanda to pose as his girlfriend should the time ever arrive when his mother comes calling. And today is D-Day. Disaster day, that is ›››   This wondrous short film tells the story of Jamie; a young man not out to all of his family, if hardly anyone, seeking refuge instead in chatting to men online, that is until one day he plucks up the courage to meet with chat guy Ben in person. What follows is a beautifully natural depiction of the ›››   This enigmatic depiction of unrequited love finds aspiring artist Jasper madly in love with his art teacher. Overcome with longing, Jasper takes to stalking the man himself, even if it's all but clear that Gerard is straight, paired up with his girlfriend at an art museum. Somehow, it has to stop, only ›››
   
›› Heavy Weight ‹‹   ›› Golden ‹‹   ›› I Love Hooligans ‹‹
2016 | 13 mins | UK   2015 | 3 mins | Germany   2013 | 13 mins | Netherlands - Belgium
Well-played throughout, this short charts the life of Paris; a skilled fighter whose standing as the King of the Ring is suddenly under threat upon the arrival of tough Irish newcomer Connor. The two instantly connect, but it's obvious there's something else going on between them, something that neither ›››   Packing a lot of life's goalposts into its brief duration, this is but a compelling cinematic testament to being different as told through the eyes of a young man; from his birth through his teenage years to his student days, only through it all he knows that he's 'different' to those around him: for he is ›››   In this powerful animated tale, a lost soul sacrifices his very being for the game of football. It's a passion that overrides all; suppressing his homosexuality so as to blend in with the macho culture of those around him. Longing to be his true self, yet knowing he never can, he's left permanently ›››
›› Tapette - The Mousetrap ‹‹   ›› One Night Only ‹‹   ›› Walk with Me ‹‹
2016 | 25 mins | France   2017 | 10 mins | Australia   2016 | 15 mins | US
Few countries do screwball comedies as well as the French do and this short film from co-writer, director and star of the show Satya Dusaugey is an hilarious example of the genre. For here Dusaugey casts himself as hapless builder Michel, who incensed by a comment that he could be gay ›››   There's a lovely moral take to this uplifting short that speaks of being true to yourself and not just in terms of sexuality. It's that dilemma that all-round cutie Tyler finds himself in, when in gatecrashing a party with his best friend Erica, he's invited to the bedroom for some serious man-sex ›››   This enchanting ode to romance begins with lonesome Eric out walking his dog Harvey, only to bump into the sexually confident Ryan. Staring into each other's eyes for that second longer than a casual glance, Ryan on the spur of the moment asks Eric to "walk with me" on the pretence of ›››
›› Pria - Man ‹‹   ›› Naked ‹‹   ›› Un Mundo para Raúl ‹‹
2017 | 22 mins | Indonesia   2013 | 29 mins | Sweden   2012 | 14 mins | Mexico
Set in rural Indonesia, this heartfelt short bravely shines the spotlight on arranged marriages within the Muslim community and in particular those gay teenagers seemingly caught in the trap of longing to explore their true sexuality; yet knowing they must honour tradition. For it's that oxymoron ›››   Straight to the world students Erik and Anthony are forced to come to terms with their newfound sexuality after a night of off-screen alcohol-infused passion. Both have girlfriends and yet whilst Anthony accepts that he's no longer who he thought he was, Erik is clinging to his heterosexual façade ›››   Focusing on the bond between farmers' son Raúl and Hernán; the son of a wealthy landowner, this short begins as a tender tale of friendship, only to turn decidedly dark when a dip in the pool reveals a different side to Hernán's nature, as the young man knowingly takes sexual advantage of ›››
›› The Violation ‹‹   ›› Nightstand ‹‹   ›› Trouser Bar ‹‹
2013 | 13 mins | US   2015 | 26 mins | UK   2016 | 20 mins | UK
Closeted but clearly gay, 15-year-old Mickey Dougherty has the hots for his next door neighbour Oscar. And as fate would have it, Oscar also has a crush on the Dougherty household, only in the direction of Mickey's sister Tina; love triangle fashion. Yet this doesn't stop Mickey from spying on him ›››   This is but a poignant exploration of the two-edged sword that is sexual longing and self-loathing. Not that Ramsey is anything other than out and proud, his shift as a barman in a Soho club bringing him in contact with middle-aged Rob; a married man who with his wife away is only too keen to spend ›››   No words are needed in this comical take of a London gentlemen's outfitters in 1976 and a clientele with a love of corduroy, leather and men in ever so tight fitting trousers. In short, this is a naughty but nice send-up of times that were, as staff and patrons are soon to be found with their trousers off ›››
›› CrossRoad ‹‹   ›› Dawn ‹‹   ›› Putting on the Dish ‹‹
2016 | 11 mins | UK   2016 | 13 mins | UK   2015 | 6 mins | UK
This exhilarating rollercoaster ride of emotions charts the highs and the lows in the life of Liam; a young man wrecked with confusion after an incident that forces him to make choices that will change his life forever. Told partly in flashback and almost without dialogue, you're kind of left filling in ›››   This in essence is the story of how two strangers bond with each other, whilst waiting for the early morning bus. Only there's more to the narrative than that, given young and lonely Will is partially blind to the world, whilst Dawn is running away from home. A fact that Will is set to discover ›››   How's your Polari? Well mine's nowhere as articulate as the two men here, who strangers to each other, soon strike up a conversation on a park bench in the popular tongue used by many a gay man before homosexuality was, in part, decriminalised in Britain in 1967. And therein lies the ›››
›› Morning is Broken ‹‹   ›› Sauna the Dead: A Fairy Tale ‹‹   ›› Ceramic Tango ‹‹
2015 | 10 mins | UK   2016 | 20 mins | UK   2013 | 10 mins | Canada
When is a kiss wanted, ever yearned for and yet seen as the confirmation of a sexuality that you would rather not have defined. Such is the situation that Sam finds himself in, when at his brother's wedding he meets Nick, who like himself has a-liking for vintage cars. Only that's not all they have in common ›››   Here we find two men, strangers to each other, running for their lives in a gay sauna overrun with flesh eating zombies. Yes, it's a return to the gay zombie horror genre, as resident hunk Jacob, namely a narcissist who delights in turning down the advances of those below his sexual benchmark ›››   Both disturbing, yet equally captivating, this psychological horror tells how after receiving some disturbing news, a young man spirals into a deep depression, only to become vulnerable to the will of a dangerous intruder. Yet there's a lot more to it, than that. Written by Charles Hall and wonderfully played ›››
›› title still courtesy of the short film HUMAN WARMTH by Christophe Prédari ‹‹




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