Cowboy – Dir. Till Kleinert (Germany)
An estate agent goes to investigate a prime piece of property in the countryside whereupon he encounters a mysterious farm boy. A mutual attraction develops, albeit uneasily, and the pair indulge in a bout of passion amongst the haystacks. Meanwhile, out among the corn fields, a horrifying fate awaits them…
Winner, Iris Prize Short Film Festival, Cardiff
Lucky Blue – Dir. Håkon Liu (Sweden)
A balmy summer night. A camping site somewhere in Sweden. The grand emotions, the shy teenager, the first love, caravans, karaoke and a bird… This is the story of a boy who, in spite of his insecurities and fears, finally finds the courage to express his love in his own special way.
Winner, Best Short Film, Gothenburg Film Festival
Weekend In The Countryside – Dir. Mathieu Salmon (France)
Pierre is invited to go on a weekend trip to an old country house belonging to best friend Marc. The property is overrun by Marc’s frighteningly unruly dogs. Marc assures Pierre that they are harmless, but when Pierre rebuffs Marc’s sexual advances, the canines turn nasty.
Official Selection, São Paulo and Istanbul Short Film Festivals
Kali Ma – Dir. Soman Chainani (USA)
When an Indian mother finds out her son is the victim of a vicious homophobic bully, she delivers her own brand of vigilante justice. Part electric action thriller, part exhilarating comedy, ‘Kali Ma’ finds the secrets that divide mothers and sons and the love that brings them together.
Winner, Best Short Film, Rosebud Awards
Bramadero – Dir. Julián Hernández (Mexico)
The beautiful and erotic Bramadero finds Hassen and Jonás on the outskirts of Mexico City. Away from it all, they’ve found a spot where they can seduce one another and merge into one; where sex becomes desire, desire becomes love, and only death will separate them.
Official Selection, Frameline, Seattle and Toronto LGBT Film Festivals
Love Bite – Dir. Craig Boreham (Australia)
Noah and Gus hang out and smoke weed after school. As the munchies kick in, Noah feels compelled to share a secret desire that has been tormenting him. An uncomfortable Gus thinks he knows what’s up. He has no idea…
Official Selection, Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival
The Island – Dir. Trevor Anderson (Canada)
A filmmaker with a vivid imagination considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received. What if all the gays in the world were put on an island?
Official Selection, Newfest and Frameline Film Festivals
Futures & Derivatives – Dir. Arthur Halpern (USA)
A group at the law firm is caught off guard when asked to produce a presentation for an important client. They subsequently hire a bookish temp to pull an all-nighter. Not only does the temp finish the power-point presentation, but he leaves behind a trail of magic that will change the perceptions and sensibilites of the office staff forever.
Official Selection, Brooklyn Film Fest, LA Shorts Fest, ReelHeART
Working it Out – Dir. Tim Hunter (Australia)
Marcus and Peter go to their local gym for their usual workout, which is disturbed by a buff and handsome man called Jeremy. The pair bicker over the sexy Jeremy, accusing one another of either cheating or being all-out paranoid. In the end, though, Jeremy will have his way…