QFW: Shorts programme: Crossroads

2019| 18| 75 mins|

How long does it take to make a life-changing decision? A lifetime, a minute, or merely a fleeting moment? In this series of vibrant and enthralling short films, young queer people attempt to find their place and be true to themselves.


Chicle (Gum) (Lizette Barrera, USA, 2018) 14 minutes

In this striking autobiographically-inspired short, an ill-tempered teenager attempts to find peaceful solitude on the day of her grandfather’s passing. When an estranged friend pays her a visit, she can no longer contain her raw emotion.

girl, sweetvoiced (Rebecca Shoptaw, UK, 2019) 9 minutes

A sapphic short film, lyrically composed in fragments, adapted from, and featuring the poetry of Sappho, as translated by Anne Carson. The film explores the sudden strangeness of desire, and the fleeting, fragmentary nature of queer women’s stories.

Realness (Cristina García Zarzosa, Spain, 2019) 10 minutes

Nobody is honest, neither with themselves, nor anybody else. Bursting with colour and life, Realness is a study of teenage gender identity and sexual orientation.

Seawolf (Chris Sitaridis, UK, 2019) 17 minutes

UK Midlands, early 90s. Compelling and visceral, 16 year old Joe meets two new friends and hangs out at the local rave club with them. But Joe finds himself overtaken by the urge to join the young men’s brotherhood and feel a part of something greater

Wonder (Javier MolinaUSA2019) 16 minutes

Wonder tracks the events that transpire when Sammy (Benji Siegel) encounters a heroic drag queen (Jamyl Dobson) and secretly starts dreaming of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman for Halloween. Confused and fearful of these unfamiliar feelings, Sammy begins to question his gender in relation to the world around him, and how this secret will affect his relationship with his blue collar, single father, Frank (Gabriel Furman).

The One You Never Forget (Morgan Jon Fox, USA, 2019) 8 minutes

Carey, a 14 year old boy, nervously prepares for his first dance as his parents reminisce about their own. When Carey’s mother (Tasha Smith, Empire) tasks Carey’s father (Malik Whitfield, The Temptations) with getting a picture of Carey and his date, a moment of tension arises as Carey tries to sneak away.


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