SHORT LIST 2012

A STABLE FOR DISABLE HORSES

When Kanoute (24) decides to move back to Norway his best friend Benny throws him a surprise party. It soon becomes apparent that Benny has a secret that their friendship might not survive but which he has to get off his chest before Kanoute leaves for good.   MORE

BATTLEFIELD

The emotional negotiation of a one-night stand between two men bound by habit and idiosyncrasy. A contemporary snapshot of where Aussie gay men are on the issue of single-serve love and their desire for more. MORE

COFFEE & PIE

In this self-proclaimed anti-romantic comedy, yet offbeat love story of sorts, couple June and October are breaking up. Manipulative June feels her moral superiority justifies the breakup. A “confucked” October learns from seasoned waitress Billy-Jean, that revenge is a dish best served with pie. A sweet as pie short to be enjoyed by all. MORE

DADDY ISSUES

A couple on a first date discuss the complexities of procreation. If only their daddy issues were their biggest hurdle. MORE

DAYS OF AWE

Ten days of mercy, introspection and forgiveness. MORE

DEEP END

When Dane’s older brother comes out, he spends the day at the community pool trying to figure out what it means for both of them. As he witnesses the actions of his homophobic peers he must come to a decision--stand up for his brother and become a social outcast, or side with his peers and lose his brother forever. MORE

DIK

A six year old boy brings home a piece of school work that provokes his parents to question his sexual orientation. And their own. Six year old Andrew enjoys soccer, likes drawing and is excited by his developing writing skills. His father, Robert, is proud of his son’s soccer achievements; a little perturbed by his preference for the colour pink and completely freaked by what might be going on with Andrew and his school friend Tim. Rachel - Andrew’s mother, Robert’s wife - is a yoga devotee and considers herself a modern, broad minded woman but discovers her limit when her husband’s simple mistake spells disaster. MORE

EL NIDO VACIO

Monste, a scatterbrained, well-meaning sex therapist, embarks on a mission to reconnect with her angst son after discovering his troubles may stem from the huge "problem" tucked inside his trousers. MORE

FALLEN COMRADE

Julian, a Soldier in the Army, reminisces at the Military burial of Alexander, revealing times in combat, in training, and intimate moments shared with the Soldier; his battle buddy, his lover… MORE

HATCH

Hatch follows two couples and the wrenching decisions they each must make on a wintry Vienna night. Milo and Biljana, illegal immigrants seeking opportunity, must acknowledge that they cannot raise their newborn and hope to achieve their own youthful dreams at the same time. Across town, an older and more stable couple desperately want to welcome a child into their lives. MORE

IT'S CONSUMING ME

I can’t move on, I wish I could. But I’m caught in the thought of what could have been, losing my grip on reality. MORE

JACKPOT

A 14 year old gay boy in 1994 sets off on a quest to retrieve a stash of discarded gay porn and bring it home before anyone finds out. When he runs into trouble with bullies, he has to rely on the help of a mysterious stranger. MORE

MASCARA NEGRA

Gregorio falls in love with a masked-woman during a carnival party. Luisette is a transvestite in search of affection. They spend a night of voluptuous together. In the following day, Gregorio takes Luisette to a charitable soccer game with his friends in which the men play in women’s clothes. She starts to play well and he falls for her during the game. MORE

MY NIGHT WITH ANDREW CUNANAN

In a cross-country murder spree that ended with the killing of fashion icon Gianni Versace, “My Night with Andrew Cunanan” is a docudrama crime thriller based on real life events in San Francisco in 1997 and one young gay drunken man's encounter with him days before he would begin that spree that would earn him the dubious honor of the youngest serial killer on the FBI's Top 10 Most Wanted list. Could one decision made during that encounter have prevented the murder of five men? This cautionary tale invites us to consider whether fate can be changed by exploring 'What if…?' MORE

OG LEKEN ER GOD

And The Going Is Good is a short film in three chapters about pride, power and stopping while the going is still good. The three chapters (Water, Tent and Bedsit) each let us take part in a short and rather intimate situation in a young girl’s everyday life, where her sense of pride, shame and power is challenged. MORE

OSTIA: LA FINALE NOTTE

A dark story of desire and betrayal that re-explores the events of the night of the brutal slaying of Pasolini, a powerful figure with a relentless need for social change and a profound artist of our century… ultimately undone by his dangerous desire. MORE

POLAROID GIRL

Sofie is a shy and timid aspiring photographer when she meets June, who runs a vintage camera shop. Something clicks, and as the two take off on a photography mission Sofie learns a thing or two about standing up for herself. Kicking ass, taking names, and getting the girl. MORE

PRIDE

On the morning of his annual gay pride party, Stephen is forced to take in his homophobic father who had disowned him over 20 years ago. Now suffering from Alzheimer's dementia, the father gets a crash course in all things gay from Stephen's eclectic mix of friends. Seeds of their turbulent relationship come to light as does hope that the two can move past their fears, accept and forgive one another. MORE

PRORA

Prora, on the Baltic Sea. Mysterious, endless. In this deserted former Nazi holiday camp and communist military complex, German and French teenagers Jan and Matthieu embark on an adventure that confronts their identities and puts their friendship at risk. MORE

REALITY CHECK

November 4th, 1995. Two teenage girls night out on the town looking for sex and something to smoke. MORE

REPRISE

Meena struggles in an abusive, same-sex relationship with Sarah, her alcoholic, emotionally manipulative partner of 25 years. When their daughter is accepted to university in Paris, Meena is forced to confront the state of her relationship and her life. MORE

THE ARRIVAL

Michael and John have been married for 2 years and are ready to take the next step into fatherhood. Having failed to adopt a baby, through all the legal routes, Michael discovers a website where pregnant women sell their babies, little knowing that these women are not what they seem. MORE

THE EYES AND THE ICE

A young man faces insecurities about his relationship and what appears to be a human eye frozen in the ice outside his vacation cabin. MORE

THE LAST WALTZ

"Paul and Liam are in love. Despite minor problems & age difference, - jealousy, the ex-wife’s homophobic new boyfriend and Liam’s reluctance to join Paul on the dance floor & life is good. But suddenly tragedy strikes and their lives are torn apart. How do you go on when you have lost everything?" MORE

THE NIGHT IS YOUNG

Rohit faces one rebuff after another as he tries to convince his married girlfriend to spend the night with him. Deep cruises the streets of the city - more often it’s a miss rather than a hit. Tara, a transgender beauty queen, and her lover are shown the door at a high-end restaurant. As their worlds collide will luck favour them tonight? Raat Baaki! The night is young… MORE

THE WILDING

When juvenile inmate Malcolm is offered a chance at parole, he is torn between his chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves. Juvenile inmate Malcolm is in love with his cellmate Tye, but their relationship is confined within their cell. When Malcolm is offered a shot at parole, his actions inadvertently mark Tye as a target for attacks by other inmates. With the bullying against Tye escalating, Malcolm is torn between his chance for freedom and protecting the one he loves.   MORE

THESE EMPTY STREETS

While searching for her missing son Stuart, Susie encounters his crush - Pauly, a wayward traveller. Stuart meanwhile, is plotting his escape from small town melancholy. When all three are reunited, in a compromising situation, Susie is forced to face that her boy has grown up. She must let him go. MORE

WHAT KATY DID

Katy Went describes herself as a ‘lazy trans queer dyke’. Yet, like all labels, this is just one facet of her person. This film reveals the many layers of Katy, as she discovers that getting the go-ahead for the op is not the end of her journey. MORE

WHAT YOU LOOKING AT

A drag queen and a Pakistani girl in a hijab are stuck in a lift… MORE

X-WHY

XWHY is the first film from writer/director/actor Jake Graf. Shot over two years, this film accurately reflects some of the natural changes, both physical and emotional, that a young transman undergoes during transition. XWHY is a groundbreaking look at some of the trials and tribulations that trans people face both pre, and post transition, told in a light hearted, often humorous manner. MORE

YEAH KOWALSKI!

13-year-old Gabe Kowalski is a late bloomer who goes to great lengths to impress his classmate crush, Shane. MORE