PrideArts Fall Film Festival to Air in Four Weekly Programs | Chicago coil


PrideArts announces the PrideArts Fall Film Festival, a month-long festival of 32 films from 9 countries that will air online in four segments, each available online for a week.

The films address a wide range of issues and situations common to many cultures: defining oneself as an LGBTQ person, family relationships, making and connecting with others, body image, and survival under political and economic pressures.

The first week of the festival will kick off November 1-8 with a selection of 11 short films from Pakistan curated by the Aks International Minority Festival – a global human rights initiative designed to facilitate socio-political and cultural dialogues. Launched in April 2014, Aks aims to promote the visibility of minorities and marginalized groups and communities. More information about the Aks festival is available HERE.

Online broadcast – From November 1 to 29, 2021
Four weekly shows of international queer shorts

$ 12.00 per weekly program. Admission allows unlimited viewing of the weekly program until the end of the outing week. Full festival passes for all four weeks are also available for $ 30.00.

Tickets and more information on PrideArts Fall Film Festival available HERE.


Fall Shorts Week 1 – Broadcast from November 1 to 8, 2021

BHANG (Pakistan, 8:24). Directed by Imran Sajid.
A man dares to confess his love but finds himself in a terrible situation.

DASTAK (Pakistan, 7:30 a.m.). Directed by Fazal Ahmad.
A man wakes up to the sound of partying in the streets. Turning to the news, he realizes that the whole country has adopted the inclusive philosophy.

DEAR PAPA (Pakistan, 10:00 am). Directed by Ibrahim Azmat Rana.
A young man visits his dying father for the showdown of his life.

FAIRY MALCOLM (Pakistan, 15:46) Directed by Fawad Khan.
Malcolm takes care of the toilets at the Gentlemen’s Club. It’s not a happy job, but you start to feel better after a sweet encounter.

FOUR FIFTY-FIVE ML. (Pakistan, 7:39). Directed by Mahnoor Zaidi.
In response to a call for blood donations for a seriously ill boy with a rare blood type, Kausar, a middle-aged trans woman, rushes through the busy streets of Lahore.

HAPPY MARRIAGE (Pakistan, 10:12). Directed by Sana Jafri.
A volunteer transgender woman encourages her longtime friend to marry a woman chosen by her family, as her masculinity is questioned by her friends and family.

HIJR (Pakistan, 7:14). Directed by Vicky Zhuang Yi-Yin.
Meher, Anwar and Arhab, a destitute and broken family, face the circumstances surrounding the death of Jibran (Jibi), their son and brother.

IT’S A BOY? (Pakistan, 7:53). Directed by Marya Javed.
Neha and Taimoor wonder if their son might be gender dysphoric. They find it hard to make sense of his behavior

MAGAR (Pakistan, 7:36). Directed by Sabeeh Ahmad.
A young, middle-class Pakistani couple struggle to hide a secret and maintain the facade of normalcy as they welcome the husband’s bossy family to dinner.

NEXT SCENE (Pakistan, 2:00 p.m.). Directed by Sunil Shanker.
A struggling actor, actress, and director find themselves in a strange situation as their real lives merge into their characters’ struggles through a story they are trying to tell.

NO LIKE. (Pakistan, 8:00 a.m.). Directed by Salman Alam Khan.
An intense moment brings 50-year-old Ehsaan to encounter an identity he had abandoned to integrate into society.

Fall Shorts, Week 2 – Airing November 8-15, 2021

A TEAM OF TWO (Brazil, 11:00 am). Written and directed by André Santos.
Flávio and Wendel come from the same football school and share the dream of becoming a professional footballer. Flávio wonders if he should keep trying and when he thinks about quitting, Wendel realizes that what they feel for each other could be more than friendship.

BOYCAM (LEG INGLES), (Brazil, 8:00 p.m.). Directed by Rodrigo Sena, Arlindo Bezerra and Ernani Silveira
The sex cam industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In contemporary life, personal relationships have statistically declined and virtual meetings have increased. Unemployment is increasing as people seek suitable alternatives for the digital labor market. What should a father do to pay the bills?

FINDING TOGETHER (Guatemala, 10:12). Written and directed by Luis Fernando Midence.
A love story about Eddie and Byron, a couple who start their relationship before COVID-19 and are forced to deal with the complications that the pandemic puts in their way: distance, work and having to live together without knowing if their heart will work.

I THINK HE KNEW (US, 4:26). Directed by Kyle Bahl, written by Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews.
A true story of a father’s love for his son and the complicated journey it takes for families to cope with sexuality, all told in one clip.

JESSE JAMES (United States, 19:58). Written and directed by Josef Steiff
JESSE JAMES traces the moments between a neighbor’s phone call and the arrival of the police, when Jesse and his lover test the limits of their relationship and come face to face not only with what they lose but with what that they have already lost.

NOT YOUR ON ORDINARY (Germany, 4:13). Written by Anja Wutej, directed by Maša Zia Lenárdič, Anja Wutej
A queer satire that in a witty yet direct way addresses both the startling popularity of lesbian vampire films as well as the lack of proper representation in queer cinema on the subject of queerness within conservative and patriarchal religious organizations .

AT NIGHT IT Rained (USA, 12:48). Written by Lamont Lamar, Mustafaa Tajuddin; Directed by Lamont Lamar.
After losing his scholarship, a queer student makes a life-changing decision in hopes of staying enrolled.

WELCOME TO THE WORLD (USA, 7:00 am). Written by Albert M. Chan, Directed by Albert M. Chan, Anthony Grasso
A struggling man records a video message for his pregnant sister. Drawing its power and immediacy from its first-person confessional style, the film presents, in a continuous seven-minute take, a man’s awakening journey from isolation to humanity.

Fall shorts Week 3 – November 15 – 22, 2021

PREPARING THE DATE (UK, 9:38). Written and directed by Chezdan Mills.
Struggling to get over his ex, a young man sets up an anonymous meeting. Then the anxiety sets in – what if her date was a murderer?

HIGH TIDE (Netherlands, 8:00 p.m.). Written and directed by Claire Zhou.
Tarik is a 32-year-old Moroccan who spends his time alone in a vacation home on the Veluwe to avoid divorce with his wife. Shortly after his arrival, the plumbing appears to be broken, and Jonas, the owner of the chalet, comes to fix it. From that moment on, Tarik is faced with feelings that he has held back all his life.

OUT OF SITE (Brazil, 1:00 p.m.). Written by Drica Czech, directed by Drica Czech and Laís Catalano Aranha.
2018: general elections in Brazil. Emotionally shaken by the possibility of Bolsonaro being elected, a young lesbian takes refuge on the family farm. As she tries to figure out why her mother spent the last days of her alone in the old house, she is faced with revelations about her own story.

PASTRY (United Kingdom, 12:44). Written by Alison Rayner, directed by Eduardo Barreto.
Romance blossoms between an inspiring baker and a businesswoman with a seriously sweet tooth.

TEN (United States, 12:44). Written and directed by Romel Lanae Nusdorfer.
In an interview with his living partner and his first male relationship, an African American and former soldier is forced to face the conflict between his Christian faith and his homosexuality.

WHERE IS THE LOVE? EP. 5 (US, 6:12). Written and directed by Tisa Key.
Welcome to “Adulthood” where love is hard to find.

Fall Shorts Week 4 – Broadcast from November 21 to 29, 2021

BONSOIR (France, 17:20). Written and directed by Athéna Gendry.
Suzanne is a successful lawyer from Lyon. Skeptical of dating apps, she finally decides to go on her first date with Lucille. The two women meet in a bar on the slopes of La Croix-Rousse and meet around a few amber Jenkins.

CRY WOLF (United States, 33:26). Written and directed by Kevin Anthony.
During a special delivery, Corbin hears his neighbor Tim. Corbin tells many secrets that may be true, but will the two lost men find any comfort?

GLANCES (United States, 6:57). Written and directed by Alexeï Borovikov.
The emotional story of two strangers who fix their eyes in a cafe and have to deal with unexpected feelings.

I FOLLOWED DARBY (USA, 12:51). Written by Beaty Reynolds, directed by Ryan Czerwonko.
Darby and Donna are two enigmatic vagabonds who go from motel to motel in search of pleasure. A young man named Jasper is enticed by their carefree lifestyle, but the darkness within his new lovers threatens to shatter his world.

Cupid (Canada, 3:50). Written and directed by Marcus Mullen.
A mysterious application is installed on the phone of a recent victim of separation to try to make him understand that love is still possible.

THE CONFESSIONAL (USA, 8:40). Written and directed by DeZell Lathon.
When a conflicting seminary student struggles with his desires that challenge his moral integrity, he calls in a new AI, Reba.

DISCOVER: ALL CATS ARE BEAUTIFUL (Brazil, 4:39). Written and directed by Gio Formenti.
An animated film by Claymation that explores how heteronormative media damaged the idea of ​​the vulva, and subsequently the self-image of people with vulvae. Discover the myth of the “perfect” vulva.

Tickets and more information on PrideArts Fall Film Festival available HERE.

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