MGFF18 Short Films Available to Stream

MGFF18 Short Films Available to Stream

With thirty-seven films from ten different countries available to stream right now, this collection of short films is just a fraction of those that played at MGFF18.

Celebrating 25 years of Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival, the festival program spotlighted homegrown talent with a fresh batch of My Queer Career shorts and a retrospective selection of some of the best entries from its long history. Alongside the historic Queerability shorts and a diverse slate of gay, lesbian, and trans stories both fictional and not, this list will keep you entertained for hours.

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My Queer Career 2018


Dir. Stephanie Stretton, 2017, 12min, Australia, English, Lesbian, Drama

George is released from prison for an unknown crime. She is treated with hostility by her small town, but finds comfort in her family and new friend, Alice. As George explores her freedom and newfound adulthood, her relationship with her family is threatened.

Available to stream on Vimeo

Sweet Dreaming

Dir. Katie Escane, 2016, 13min, Australia, English, Lesbian, Romance/Musical

A sprightly musical about Penny, a young shop girl who must make the choice between love and ambition.

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube


Dir. Meaghan Palmer, 2016, 15min, Australia, English, Gay Man, Drama

A queer teenager finds pride in his newly discovered sexual identity during the midst of a drug bust in a Melbourne gay nightclub in 1994. Based on a true event…

Available to stream on YouTube

Wild Dances

Dir. Bina Bhattacharya, 2017, 14min, Australia, English and Ukrainian with English subtitles, Gay Man, Dramedy

When Ruslana wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine in 2004, it sets off an unbelievable chain of events on the other side of the world. The lives of a shy, closeted, Australian gay boy and a spirited, Ukrainian-Australian girl are forever fused as they share a moment of freedom in their conservative, rural small town.

Available to stream on Vimeo

My Queer Career Retrospective


Dir. Larissa Behrendt, 2013, 7min, Australia, English, Gay Man, Documentary Profile

As a child James Saunders struggled to find his identity. He received an scholarship to a private boarding school but he didn’t feel at home there any more than he did with his own family. It was only after he came out and joined the Sydney Convicts Rugby Club that he finally found his clan.

Available to stream on YouTube


Dir. William Faulkner, 2010, 17min, Australia, English, Gay Man, Drama

Two men meet online for a hook-up, but after an initial confrontation, they fall into conversation and have something they did not expect: a connection.

Available to stream on YouTube


Dir. Craig Boreham, 2009, Australia, English, Gay Man, Drama

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…

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube


Dir. Andrew Soo & Julie Kalceff, 2003, 8min, Australia, English, Lesbian, Dramedy

Kath has just moved in and Rachel wants their first weekend to be perfect. Everything is going to plan until Kath’s ex calls, destroying any ideas Rachel may have had.

Available to stream on ABC iView

Like Breathing

Dir. Liz Cooper, 2014, 13min, Australia, English, Lesbian, Drama

Max works for her father as a mechanic and she feels like she will never be able to find the courage to voice what she really wants – but then she meets Bel.

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube


Dir. Anna Helme, 2013, 14min, Australia, English, Transgender Man, Experimental/Sci-fi

A young man longs to connect with the world. Frustrated, he uses a cyberfeminist CD-ROM to create a cyborg twin.

Available to stream on YouTube

Summer Suit

Dir. Bec Peniston-Bird, 2012, 15min, Australia, English, Queer, Drama

Robbie’s discovery of an old suit gives her a new identity. But can she and her suit survive the trials of summer?

Available to stream on Vimeo

Two Nights

Dir. Rolmar Baldonado, 2006, 11min, Australia, English, Gay Man, Drama

Over two nights a young Chinese immigrant has two sexual encounters and is forced to choose between the one he wants and the one who wants him.

Available to stream on Vimeo

Gay Shorts


Dir. Joris van den Berg, 2016, 48min, Netherlands, Dutch with English subtitles, Gay Man, Drama/Romance

The seemingly rock-solid relationship between Pepijn (29) and Sjors (33) is put in jeopardy when they invite the lively, 20-year-old student named Cas over to sleep on their couch until he finds a place of his own.

Available to stream on Dekkoo

Heavy Weight

Dir. Jonny Ruff, 2016, 13min, UK, English, Gay Man, Drama

When a talented new arrival begins using the local boxing club, Paris, a skilled fighter, is forced into an unexpected struggle with himself.

Available to stream on Vimeo

Scar Tissue

Dir. Nish Gera, 2017, 14min, Netherlands, English, Gay Man, Drama

A casual hookup takes an intimate turn when Sami, a Syrian refugee from Damascus, meets Johan. In the course of a night in Amsterdam, the two men will confront some truths, and unsettling secrets, about the very different worlds they come from.

Available to stream on Vimeo


Dir. Faraz Ansari, 2017, 15min, India, Gay Man, Drama/Romance

Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, Sisak details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys between two men

Available to stream on YouTube

Something New

Dir. TJ Marchbank, 2017, 17min, USA, English, Gay Man, Comedy/Romance

After a rough break up, Jonah finds himself struggling to open up to a new relationship, which in turn creates some awkward, hilarious and disastrous results.

Available to stream on Vimeo

Lesbian Shorts

Apart From Everything

Dir. Ben Lewis, 2017, 19min, Canada, English, Lesbian, Drama

After a two-year absence and a recent stint in rehab, Fran (Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black) returns to face the emotional fallout of her disappearance and make amends with the girlfriend and the brother she left behind.

Available to stream on Vimeo


Dir. Jackson Kroopf, 2017, 19min, USA, English, Lesbian, Drama/Romance

A contemporary interracial love story between two young women gets interrupted when street singer Bobby loses her home.

Available to stream on PBS, Vimeo, and YouTube


Dir. Mei LiYing, 2017, 25min, China, Mandarin with English subtitles, Lesbian, Drama

China, 1997. An unhappy marriage, a love affair and a child who holds all the secrets.

Available to stream on Revry


Dir. Leandro Goddinho, 2016, 30min, Brazil, Portuguese with English subtitles, Lesbian, Drama

On a quest to understand her grandmother’s past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who’s created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool.

Available to stream on Seed&Spark and Vimeo


Dir. Florencia Manovil, 2017, 16min, USA, English and Spanish with English subtitles, Lesbian, Drama/Romance

Claudia’s night out with friends is disrupted by an encounter with the captivating Isabel.

Available to stream on Lesflicks

Pussy (Cipka)

Dir. Renata Gasiorowska, 2016, 8min, Poland, Lesbian, Animation/Comedy

A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have some sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.

Available to stream on Kanopy and Vimeo


Dir. Foster Wilson, 2017, 5min, USA, English, Lesbian, Drama/Horror

A young, gay millennial discovers she’s slept with the enemy and has to choose between swallowing her pride and standing by her principles.

Available to stream on Vimeo

Transgender Shorts

Get the Life

Dir. Ozzy Villazòn, 2016, 12min, USA, English, Transgender Man, Drama

Alex, a transgender youth, has been struggling with a secret pregnancy. He considers what he is willing to lose in order to live honestly and courageously.

Available to stream on YouTube


Dir. Mari Walker, 2017, 10min, USA, English, Transgender Woman, Drama

As summer draws to a close, a young trans girl finds freedom in a secret midnight swim.

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube

Walk for Me

Dir. Elegance Bratton, 2016, 12min, USA, English, Transgender Woman, Drama

Set to make her Femme Queen debut as Hannah, a young woman’s two worlds collide when her mom shows up and discovers her daughter’s secret life.

Available to stream on Dekkoo

The Women’s Bathroom Project

Dir. Zachary Clarence, 2016, 6min, USA, English, Transgender Woman, Dramedy

A little girl’s illuminating conversation with a trans woman in a restaurant bathroom.

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube

Queerability Shorts

Dawn of the Deaf

Dir. Rob Savage, 2016, 12min, UK, English and British Sign Language with English subtitles, Lesbian, Drama/Horror/Sci-fi

When a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, a small group of Deaf people must band together to survive.

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube


Dir. Stevie Cruz-Martin, 2015, 4min, Australia, English, Gay Man, Dance

Marrow is a daring, exciting and poignant film about desire and sexuality. Daniel Monks strips for the camera.

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube

Picture This

Dir. Jari Osborne, 2017, 33min, Canada, English, Gay Man, Documentary Profile

We follow Andrew Gurza, a self-described “queer cripple,” as he plans the second edition of Justify My Love—a sex-positive play party that the international media was quick to call a “handicapped orgy” when it launched in Toronto the year before. At the heart of the film is the uneasy dichotomy that disabled people face, of feeling either invisible or like a freak show, especially with regards to their sexuality.

Available to stream on the National Film Board of Canada website and YouTube


Dir. Andrew Keenan-Bolger, 2016, 15min, USA, English and American Sign Language, Gay Man, Drama/Musical/Romance

Using silent vignettes, music, and sign language, Sign uniquely tells the story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf.

Available to stream on Vimeo

QueerDoc Shorts

Bayard & Me

Dir. Matt Wolf, 2017, 16min, USA, English, Gay Man, Documentary Profile

Bayard & Me is a short doc about how the openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King Jr., adopted his partner Walter Naegle in the 1980s for legal protections. In this story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system decades before gay marriage was legalised.

Available to stream on Vimeo

Better Known As Peaches Christ

Dir. Jeff Dragomanovich & Nate Visconti, 2016, 4min, USA, English, Gay Man, Documentary Profile

Drag icon Peaches Christ offers a rare, intimate glimpse into her process of transformation, and describes the path from stifled teen to brazen cult hero.

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube

Little Potato

Dir. Wes Hurley & Nathan M. Miller, 2017, 14min, USA, English, Gay Man, Documentary Profile

An autobiographical documentary short about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mum, and their adventurous escape to America.

Available to stream on Kanopy, Vimeo, and YouTube


Dir. Ivan Olita, 2016, 9min, USA, Spanish with English subtitles, Queer/Transgender, Documentary Profile

The latest documentary by Ivan Olita is a piece documenting the far reaches of the southern state of Oaxaca where, in the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán, the world is not divided simply into males and females. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call “muxes”, and live in a socially sanctioned limbo between the two genders.

Available to stream on Vimeo and YouTube

Still Burning

Dir. Nick Rowley, 2016, 9min, France/UK, French with English subtitles, Gay Man, Documentary Profile

Voguing has come a long way since 1990’s seminal documentary Paris Is Burning. It is experiencing a renaissance in Europe, with the heart of the scene in Paris. Sky Ninja is a part of the new generation keeping the torch burning and helping pass it on to the next.

Available to stream on Vimeo


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