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SPARE PARTS                                                              7 min.

directed by Yasmin Al-Manaseer

Featuring Outfest alum Guinevere Turner, this is a coming-of-age story about two adolescent girls in love and a little too much parental involvement.

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​In a dystopian world, two teenage boys discover the beauty of their forbidden superpowers as society tries to crush who they truly are.

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pipe dream                                                                  15 min.

directed by Yudho Aditya

Peter Epstein-Takahashi is popular with a certain female classmate, but he's concerned about his, er, endowment. Who else to turn to for advice but his two gay dads? They may not be quite prepared to handle the situation Peter presents.​

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HEAVENLY PEACE                                                    ​9 min.

directed by Andreas Wessel-Therhorn

An angel demonstrates how a diplomatic approach can win over even the most alienated antagonists.

WINNER OF AUDIENCE AWARD FOR FAVORITE COMEDY

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the typist                                                                  7 min.

directed by Kristine Stolakis

A gay Korean War Veteran reflects on his time as the office clerk tasked with writing the discharges of outed gay seamen in this gorgeous historical doc.

Out Again                                                                 4 min.

directed by Greg Chu, Emma McKittrick, Tai Payne

A 16-year-old boy named Sam attempts to come out to his crush Jordan. After it fails to go the way he planned, Sam discovers an ability to travel through time and fix his mistakes until he can get the “perfect” coming out.  

seven drinks                                                            14 min. 

directed by Madison Thomas & Kevin P. Gabel

Mitch and Bobby meet for coffee one afternoon and quickly fall for each other. The film follows the course of their relationship through a story spanning years.  

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chance                                                                      16 MIN.

directed by Jake Graf

Trevor's life has become a void, following the passing of his wife and long term companion, Doris. Days run into weeks, as Trevor slowly finds himself isolated and alone, and unconcernedly slipping towards death. A chance encounter in the park with a mysterious stranger equally troubled by his own dark past jarringly reawakens him, and forces both men to once again start to live.

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the first session                                                    6 min.

directed by Ryan Logan

Two adventurous women in search of a little relationship help visit a new therapist for their first session. 

not funny                                                                1 min.

directed by Katharina Woll

Homophobia is not funny, everything else is!

PRETTY BOY                                                                 32 min.

directed by Cameron Thrower

Sean is taken to a motel and is given a prostitute for his 18th birthday by his father. He must sleep with her to "fix" his questionable homosexuality. Aside from acceptance, "Pretty Boy" is about confidence, finding an inner strength, and being who you are meant to be.

WINNER OF AUDIENCE AWARD FOR FAVORITE DRAMA


11 life lessons from an awesome

old dyke                                                                     8 min.

directed by Allison Khoury

Dorothy, a tough-as-nails butch who kicked ass and took names (including the names of a few lovers) gives an abridged history lesson and offers up a perspective only possible with a PhD from the School of Life.

WINNER OF AUDIENCE AWARD FOR FAVORITE DOCUMENTARY

P*TO (F*ggot)                                                              18 min.

directed by Mariana Sobrino

A coming of age story about a boy who tries to find and accept his sexual identity in the small city of Zacatecas during the 90´s, P*to explores the stigma the homosexual community suffered during the HIV crisis. 

sex, POLITICS & STICKY RICE                                       15 min.

directed by Tina Takemoto

Protests, potlucks, and three-ways are just the “tip of the rice bowl” for five Asian American lesbians recounting their adventures in sex, love, and queer activism in the San Francisco Bay Area since the 1980s.


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EMPOWERED                                                                  7 min.

directed by April Ewing


MIDNIGHT                                                                   20 min.

directed by Ted Wilkinson

A gay couple decides to experiment with an open relationship. Can their love survive it?

sleep awake                                                             4 min.

directed by Nora Meek

Two former lovers brave a night of heartache-induced insomnia in this adorable and quirky animated short.

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Program three - saturday, Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.


Lots of sex in this program.  Either conspicuous by its absence or overwhelmingly ubiquitous, it's all up there on the big screen.  Sleep Awake gives us a pair of lovers who miss each other terribly.  In Midnight, we watch a loving couple try to deal with the roller coaster of a one-month trial "open relationship."  With Empowered, the sex is metaphorical, but very present.  Sex, Politics & Sticky Rice, ​by CMG Festival Veteran Tina Takemoto, speaks for itself.  P*to tells the story of a young boy coming to terms with feelings that have made his uncle a pariah.  Followed by Pretty Boy, a coming of age story about a young man who finds himself in just about the last place he would have thought to look.  

GRIND                                                                  34 min.

directed by Zachary Halley

GRIND is a short film musical that takes a sexy and artistic look at the ways we connect in today’s multi screened hook up culture and asks, “Do you REALLY know who you’re talking to?”

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x                                                                          7 min.

directed by Daisy Rogozinsky

An experimental film, an existential crisis.

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hole                                                                    15 min.

directed by Martin Edralin

A daring portrait of a disabled man yearning for intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

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from him                                                           18 min.

directed by Ben Iaor

Oren is a young dancer who is dealing with the loss of the person closest to him, the one he loved. He is trying to find closure while dealing with the prejudice and the accusations thrown at him.

DATING SUCKS                                                  13 min.

A GENDERQUEER MISADVENTURE - Episode #1

directed by Sam Berliner

An animated documentary web series about the successes, failures, and incredible confusion trying to date as a genderqueer/trans person.

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FLERTE (the flirt)                                              15 min.

directed by Hsu Chien Hsin

Two men meet at a mixed club. Dominated by desire, they go to the home of one of them for a crazy night of sex. But the night is just beginning.​

CARPE JUGULAR                                                       5 min.

directed by Kai Stanicke

The dance floor is a battlefield.

program two - saturday, OCTOBER 3, 4:00 p.m.

This program includes some films that may be difficult to watch.  From a bizarrely violent dance club to a hookup site preyed upon by a serial killer, we've collected a set of intense and unusual films that we hope you will find provocative and outrageous.  But if you see something that offends you... don't say we didn't warn you!  

THE GLORY HOLE                                                     min.

directed by Daniel Maggio

Jeff and Cosgrove tell us their true story of love at first sight... 22 years ago at a San Francisco Glory Hole.

For this year's opening night program, we have selected twelve excellent films from the widest variety of sources: from Myrna the Monster to Barbra Streisand... from student filmmakers working with Industry mentors to amateurs shooting "homemade" porno; from Australia, Germany, England, and of course the USA.  Animation, documentary, and narrative stories.  Literally something for everyone...   Enjoy!

A MESSAGE FOR THE FUTURE                                     6 min.

​STORIES FROM THE AIDS FRONTLINE

directed by Avidan Novogrodsky-Godt

A short documentary with messages for the future generation about HIV/AIDS from the experiences of people in the early days of the epidemic to today.


elise                                                                      12 min.           

directed by Jo Bradlee, Evan Sterrett

This is a gorgeously shot and tremendously engaging short film about a young, black transgirl and the challenges she faces on a daily basis. 




EXPOSE                                                                      5 min.

directed by Ronja Jansz

When Caitlin discovers a pair of unfamiliar knickers in the laundry basket, she sets out to unveil the truth and discovers an unknown side of Leo.

tough                                                                  11 min.

directed by Alfonso Johnson

A story about loss of connection, Tough asks the question: What does it really mean to be tough and also accepted for who you really are?

GAY OVER                                                                       9 min.

directed by Jimbo Bowen

​If only life had a reset button like a video game, and you could start over again anytime...

CAMOUFLAGE                                                                 8  min.

directed by Stephan Kampf and Andreas Kessler

During a military exercise in the woods, two soldiers cover each other's faces in camouflage paint. In such a delicate situation, in which every trembling of the finger is perceivable, Max tries to find out the truth about Christian. He fears to become a target of the group himself, if his best friend actually turns out to be gay.

MYRNA THE MONSTER                                                   4 min.

directed by Ian Samuels

 A heart-broken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into adult life in Los Angeles like any other 20-something.

Program one - friday, October 2, 2015 -- 8:00 p.m.

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All proceeds donated to

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Friday, October 2, 2015 

8:00 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2015

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West Hollywood City council chambers

625 san vicente blvd. (at melrose)

west hollywood, ca 90069


CMG SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2015




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​This program is presented with the generous support of the City of West Hollywood through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission. For more information on the City's arts programs, please visit weho.org/arts and weho.org/pride.


Advance tickets:

Single Program $10

Festival Pass (all four programs, Oct. 2-3) $35

​MENSWALK members Single Program $8

MENSWALK members Festival Pass $28

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golden                                                                            3 min.

directed by Kai Stanicke

A tale of being different - and growing up.

tomorrow                                                                 14 min.

directed by Leandro Duarte

New Year's Eve 1999 finds college-bound Clark and Trevor concerned about the future of their friendship, and a request for Clark to be Trevor's wingman ensures things will never be the same again.​

STRAWS                                                                          7 min.

directed by Christine Deal

​​An upscale bar in modern-day Los Angeles becomes the proving ground of one man's earnest quest to answer one of life's biggest questions: gay or straight?

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vAGINA IS THE WARMEST COLOR                              12 min.

directed by Anna Margarita Albelo 

A vagina's life is turned upside down when she falls in love with a French girl.

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Brevity, as the saying goes, is the soul of wit. In this age of Attention Deficit Disorder, short films answer audiences' need for stories that make their point quickly, then gracefully allow the audience to move on to the next item.  Starting with the Festival's shortest film, this program demonstrates, again and again, what a skillful filmmaker can do within a short timespan. Some are serious, some are intended to get a laugh, but we think you'll find all of this program's films impactful and memorable.  

PROGRAM FOUR - Saturday, Oct. 3, 9:00 P.M.

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