Print guide text: Our annual celebration of Australia’s best new queer short films features an outstanding award-winning line-up including an AFI winner, a Crystal Bear winner, an IF nominee and a very slutty musical. Join us as we crown the winner for the country’s highest queer film honour and share a drink with the filmmakers.
Our esteemed judging panel are Brian Walsh – Exectutive Director, Television and Marketing, Foxtel; Emma Freemen – AFI winning director, Hawke, Love My Way; Darren Dale, Producer Black Fella Films, The First Australians.
Winner Best Film 2011
Directed by Craig Boreham
|Drowning||Craig Boreham||20||Things are changing for Mik. His world has been turned upside down by the sudden death of his older brother forcing him to redefine his place in his family. The one solid thing in Mik’s life is his best friend Dan. But Dan has a new girlfriend…|
|Franswa Sharl||Hannah Hillard||14||Keeping the position of number one son requires a certain amount of ingenuity. Twelve year old Greg has inherited his father’s competitive streak. On a family holiday to Fiji they have different ideas about where Greg should focus his talents. When his creative pursuits fail to amuse his father Greg goes to bizarre lengths to win him back. Based on a true story.|
|The Kiss||Ashlee Page||15||Aimee and Steph are up for an adventure; its a hot summer’s night and they are fueled by cheap alcohol and teen hormones. The promise of cool water lures the two girls to an isolated fire-water tank. Once there, the intimate mood of the tank takes a dramatic turn, forcing Aimee to make a decision that she will question for the rest of her life.|
|Neon Skin||Grant Scicluna||5||Two young men – one sighted, one blind – see the world and their bodies in different ways. Unexpectedly, they find a connection beyond the visual in the collision of taste, touch and sound. The connection is sensual, and within it they each find something new.|
|She Loves Me She Loves Me Not||Linda Mirabilio||15||In a tug of war, Milena sways back and forth between the women in her life, her persuasive lover Salia and her fiery Italian mother.|
|Slashed||Rebecca Thompson||11||As Renata, medical receptionist and Star Police TV show enthusiast, writes an alternative ending to a dramatic showdown between tired space cop, Draker and his nemesis Thrax, a real life showdown is happening between her and Frieda, a dubious patient in the doctor’s surgery. But do Renata and Frieda have more in common than they realise? And have Draker and Thrax’s many years as adversaries brought them only closer together?|
|Slut the Musical||Tonette Stanford||16||a spectacular gay love story with glorious ’80s fashion, high energy dance numbers, glitter and fun! Murray is the most popular prefect at St Helena’s High. However behind closed doors, Murray hides a secret love for the school slut, Barry. As the Prefects berate and bully Barry for his individuality, tensions escalate in their secret relationship and Murray is forced to make a choice between popularity and sexual freedom.|