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
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
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.
directed by April Ewing
directed by Ted Wilkinson
A gay couple decides to experiment with an open relationship. Can their love survive it?
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.
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.
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.
directed by Kai Stanicke
The dance floor is a battlefield.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
directed by Alfonso Johnson
directed by Jimbo Bowen
If only life had a reset button like a video game, and you could start over again anytime...
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.
directed by Ian Samuels
A heart-broken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into adult life in Los Angeles like any other 20-something.
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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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directed by Andreas Wessel-Therhorn
An angel demonstrates how a diplomatic approach can win over even the most alienated antagonists.
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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.
directed by Ryan Logan
Two adventurous women in search of a little relationship help visit a new therapist for their first session.
directed by Katharina Woll
Homophobia is not funny, everything else is!
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.
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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?
directed by Anna Margarita Albelo
A vagina's life is turned upside down when she falls in love with a French girl.
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.
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.
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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directed by Kai Stanicke
A tale of being different - and growing up.
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.
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.
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