The LGBTI documentaries and films at London Short Film Festival

Still from Thrill of the future, showing at the London Short Film Festival | Photo: Sirene

The London Short Film Festival (LSFF) programme, which screens hundreds of UK and International short films from across music, culture, and politics over ten days, has an array of LGBTI films this year.

This year, the London Short Film Festival festival is themed on alternative 80s culture.

It is aiming to bring films fans ‘moments that bring outsider art into to the mainstream.’

The festival has two dedicated events for LGBTI films, that tell stories from all over the world.

EVENT: Club des Femmes – I Want a Dyke for President

Sat 19 Jan 2019 at 13:00 at the Rio Cinema, London

This selection is all about ‘Queer films to #FuckTrump.’

These short works, which include new and old films, aim to take you to another world. However, one where being radical is possible.

Look out for Pratibha Parmar’s visionary document of queer feminist Black Power, A Place of Rage.

But enjoy its rare accompaniment and rarely screened experimental short sister, A Poem About My Rights featuring June Jordan.

Also on the bill:

  • Adinah Dancyger’s anti-Trump re-up of Zoe Leonard’s poem I Want A Dyke For President performed by Mykki Blanco.
  • CDF’s So Mayer and speaker Nazmia Jamal bringing the legacy of A Place Of Rage into the urgent present.

EVENT: New Queer Visions: The Thrill of the Future

89 mins, Sat 19 Jan 2019 at 18:30 – Regent Street Cinema 

New Queer Visions are the LGBTQI+ culture aficionados returning to London with these short gems and global queer documentaries.

This exciting lineup of is flipping expectations, actions and questioning desires.

Showing the films:

  • YOU’RE THE MAN, Sylvain Certain 1 mins (FR, 2017)
  • CONTACT Léa Bancelin 6 mins (FR, 2017)
  • SIRENE Zara Dwinger 26 mins (NL, 2017)
  • APILA Petra Koponen 10 mins (FI, 2017)
  • TWO MEN Yuanhao Zhao 9 mins (CN, 2017)
  • LADIES DAY Abena Taylor-Smith 9 mins (UK, 2018)
  • MANIVALD Chintis Lundgren 13 mins (EE, 2017)
  • VACA PROFANA René Guerra 16 mins (BR, 2017)

Our picks at this London Short Film Festival event:

Sirene by Zara Dwinger

A film about confusion, friendship and becoming who you are.

Apila by Petra Koponen

After a childhood spent tightly together with a twin sister, Apila begins to question their gender identity. This starts a long process of self-acceptance, however, is complicated by the expectations set by the environment and society.

Ladies Day by Abena Taylor-Smith

Amma is the young, black lesbian, spends her day in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon full of fun, sheen spray, gossip and laughter. But how will she deal with the casual homophobia?

Manivald by Chintis Lundgren 

In the film, the hot young plumber Toomas is breaking into the harmonious life of Manivald. But it also follows his relationship with his retired mother.

Get your tickets to the London Short Film Festival now.

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Author: Jamie Wareham

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