AMOR A PASO DE GIGANTE (A GIANT STEP LOVE)

World Premiere
France, Argentina, 2016, 53′

Mariela Muñoz was born named Leonardo. Transexual, he was imprisoned and fighted for his personal condition, and devoted himself to bringing up 17 children who were left to his charge with dignity. Mariela was the first transgender person who got the official documents in Argentine.

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LA LUCIÉRNAGA (THE FIREFLY)

European Premiere
Colombia, 2015, 88′

Lucia, a married woman, after the sudden death of her estranged brother Andrés, goes through an emotional crisis. At the funeral, Lucia cannot bear to see him being buried and escapes to Andrés’ apartment. There she meets Mariana, Andrés fiancée, who has been using the apartment as a hideout since the wedding day. Slowly the two women begin to help each other mourn their loss and grow to love one another. After going on a road trip together, Lucia realizes she no longer wants to be married and decides, once and for all, to follow her dreams next to Mariana, the love of her life.

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LAST MEN STANDING

European Premiere
USA, 2016, 66′

“We felt like every day was wonderful and anything could happen.” Rich and distinguished stories unfold among the lives of long-term survivors who have learned how to celebrate, heal, love, and thrive after the devastation of the early AIDS crisis (…)

Survivors are still affected by the trauma of not only their diagnosis but also the loss of community and way of life. Nobody knew they would grow old with AIDS.

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SALVAJE DESPERTAR

World Premiere
Catalonia, 2016, 105′

Emma and Toni are two brothers who when they became orphans should take over the family business:  a riding school. Emma is still young and Toni takes an uncontrolled and promiscuous gay life, so Ramon, the foreman, and his son Aaron, are the ones who keep the business going on. Problems arise when both brothers fall in love with Aaron and he feels pressured by his father’s homophobia.

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WO WILLST DU HIN, HABIBI? (WHERE ARE YOU GOING, HABIBI?)

Spanish Premiere
Germany, 2015, 79′

This film is asking the question of affilation on different levels, it is  a Buddy-Movie about an unlikely friendship. Ibrahim, young, gay, & Turkish, falls in love with “Ali”, a wrestler and criminal, German & straight. A kind of lovestory develops between the two men that surpasses both of them.

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1992

European Premiere
France, 2016, 25′

Martin is seventeen and films his daily life with his Hi8 camera. He films everything and anything, his room, the world around him. Never his father. He does not think about it. One day he meets Dominique. He is twenty-three and is a pawn in his high school.

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ALFA

Spanish Premiere
Cuba, 2016, 18′

Alfa Méndez Cuban gay porn actor who has to face the challenge of returning to a film set without Yerry, his sentimental and artistic partner for years. On his first day of shooting without him, Alfa tries to act as in the past but things cannot be like before.

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AMORE PROSSIMO (NEXT LOVE)

Spanish Premiere
Awards: Audience Award for Best International Short at Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro
Italy, 2015, 14′

Salvatore and Giuliano train and play basketball in a park in the suburbs. After the sport they relax on the lawn while speaking of women and their own intimate desires. An intense conversation that will take the two friends on a unexpected direction.

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DAESH GIRL

European Premiere
Saudi Arabia, USA, 2016, 11′

A compelling story of love, death, and sacrifice, set against a backdrop of war, hatred, and intolerance, in one of the world’s most troubled regions.Daesh Girl tells the story of Sarah, a young woman drawn into a world of violence and treachery when her friend, Noorah, is abducted by Daesh and forced into servitude. The necessity of freeing Noorah forces Sarah to concoct a desperate scheme which will put her in the greatest possible danger, as she goes undercover to infiltrate one of the world’s most ruthless and deadly extremist groups, with the aim of freeing her friend and killing her captors.

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G. O’CLOCK

Spanish Premiere
United Kingdom, 2015, 10′

G O’Clock is the groundbreaking new film about the unseen world of house music, muscles, drugs and sex. This is London’s booming gay chemsex scene. After being called out to an emergency, a gay paramedic named Alex saves the life of a young boy who has overdosed on GHB.

Even though this is a daily scenario for Alex, he leads a double life as a frequent sex party reveller. He believes his medical knowledge and responsible party habits are enough to keep him safe from the dangers of the chemsex world. That is until he arrives at a chillout and meets Nik, a sexy, young Spanish boy whom he takes under his wing.

Alex is about to learn that when it comes to chemsex, arrogance can be just as dangerous as naiveté…

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HOUSE NOT HOME

European Premiere
USA, 2015, 15′

A firsthand account of Terran, an African American gender fluid teenager navigating bullying, violence and rejection from their father and peers before finding their courage and voice to come out.

To Leelah Alcorn (1997-2014) who said:”The only way I will rest in peace is if one day transgender people aren’t treated the way I was (…) Gender needs to be talked about in schools, the earlier the better. My death needs to mean something.”

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NASSER

Spanish Premiere
Awards: ‘Best Film’  and ‘Best Actress’(2015) De Ronde Venen Open Film Festival Vinkeveen,
Honorable Mention Noordelijk Film Festival Leeuwarden

Holland, 2015, 20′

Nasser is a 13-year-old Dutch girl from Moroccan descent named Nassira. Her friends call her Nasser because she feels different than other girls. When Nassira has her first period, her mother thinks it is time for her to behave like a young woman. But Nassira struggles with the expectations and her identity crisis.

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PICK UP

European Premiere
USA, 2015, 20′

Jesse Ritter has been living with a secret. What begins as a quiet evening of driving for Pick Up (the latest car service to share the road with Uber and Lyft), turns into a life changing journey filled with conversations about life, sex, stigma, and guilt, as Jesse falls for one of his passengers and is forced to confess the truth.

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PINK BOY

Spanish Premiere
Awards: Grand Jury Award for Best Short DOC NYC Winner, Jury Award for Best Documentary Palm Springs

USA, 2015, 15′

BJ, a butch lesbian, successfully avoided dresses her entire life until she and her partner Sherrie adopted Jeffrey, who starts to dance in gowns and perform for his parents. Now that six-year-old Jeffrey wishes to dress up in public, BJ must navigate where it is safe for him in conservative rural Florida.

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PONY TALE

World Premiere
Israel/Palestina (The West Bank, Palestinian National Authority), 2016, 9′

17 years old Adva is trapped in a never ending life circle between fantasy and reality. Surviving the religion life style through a fantasy life she created. Adva goes on a night journey from her life in the West Bank settlement in order to fulfill her fantasy- to kiss a girl and fuck her with her back to the wall of a club’s bathroom.

She is unfamiliar with Tel-Aviv’s night life and has no idea what to expect, but she is eager to fulfill the fantasy. She is hitchhiking her way to Tel-Aviv, changes her religious appearance and puts on her alter identity…

 

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POSHIDA (HIDDEN LGBT PAKISTAN)

European Premiere
Pakistan, 2016, 29′

This first-of-it’s-kind independent documentary follows hidden LGBT individuals and communities in Pakistan. Travelling across the country, Poshida delves into the history and modern culture of LGBT Pakistan providing a deep insight into this hidden world.

The film examines sexuality and gender identities in south Asia and discusses colonialism, religion, class and the influence of US foreign policy.

It also spotlights the role of the Pakistani media in the case of the Lahori serial killer of 2014 and human rights abuses of transgender men and women for entertainment.

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RYANS

22 October. International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016

European Premiere
USA, 2016, 14′

A trans woman goes on a blind date with a man with the same name as her ex…

Rain Valdez kept her gender identity secret for years in Hollywood. Now, she’s out, and ready to finally represent her community in her favorite film genre: the comedy.

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S.T.A.R.

22 October. International Day of Action for Trans Depathologization 2016

European Premiere
USA, 2016, 5′

“The transgender movement may be making headlines, but our rich history is often overlooked,” Ernst said in a press release. “Transgender people have always existed, and have lived many different lives. These stories show us just how important it is to share our histories.

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