The Rainbow Shorts program has been curated by Sydney based film director, Craig Boreham, who sees this year’s line-up as a real window into the global LGBTQI+ world right now.
“There’s been a real shift in the ideas that filmmakers want to talk about this year,” says Boreham. “There are some common threads across most of the shorts that explore how our identities and our desires are shaped by our place in the world we live in. We’re seeing queer filmmakers take on their own stories in really bold and sophisticated ways.”
“Flickerfest is a significant highlight on the festival circuit and is an Oscar and BAFTA qualifying festival so the caliber of entries is always top notch. This year there were over 3500 shorts submitted and we know people are going to love this program. It’s sexy, moving and thought provoking but above all it’s an amazing selection of highly entertaining films.”
Our Top Picks:
In the spectacularly camp Darling, a trans girl in Pakistan desperately tries to become a star. A great feel good film that raises the issues that need to be raised with just the right balance of seriousness and dazzling entertainment.
US director Andree Ljutica explores the boundary between sex, intimacy and violence in the Grindr age with How to Say I Love You at Night.
Set in a New York apartment and captured in a single take, Paul (Chris Petrovski) and Benny (Mat Vario) naviagate the expectations of a first date. HOW TO SAY I LOVE YOU AT NIGHT is from director Andree Ljutica. @chrispetrovski #shortfilm #filmfestival #lqbtiq #singletake #isff pic.twitter.com/cahAMa8mB8
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The crodfunded film, My Brother is a Mermaid is gentle narrative from the perspective of a younger brother on his transgender sibling.
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