HIGHLIGHTS & VIDEOS: April 2022 Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
BEST SHORT FILM: BLISTER
BEST DIRECTION: PUNCH LINE
BEST PERFORMANCES: LENNON
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: NO GOODBYES
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: LIPSTICK OF THE BRAVE

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

LENNON, 23min., USA, Drama

Directed by Jason Leighton, Elliot Frahs

Lennon is a film about an individual experiencing homelessness who craves to be seen and heard, but all it takes is a stranger offering a cup of coffee to ignite some compassion. The best part is… that compassion can be contagious.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


SECADORA, 9min., USA, Drama

Directed by Elyssa Aquino

“Secadora” is a short film that explores sex & identity in the Dominican culture. A photographer (Cynthia) falls for a model (Laura) —only to discover that she doesn’t identify with being black. This romantic comedy takes a turn for the worst and exposes the “cancel” culture in our community.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


MELLOW, 3min,. USA, Documentary

Directed by John Tsiavs

Some people choose to be an activist, for others, it’s an ongoing fight for survival. This is a ‘moving portrait’ of Mellow, a trans, non-binary activist in Los Angeles. The story of moving out of darkness into the light, turning hardship into positivity.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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BLISTER, 18min,. USA, Drama

Directed by Oliver Zel, Hunter D’Ancona

Stranded in a vast arid desert, two resentful lovers are forced to endure one another as they await their rescue. Attempting to reconcile old traumas, their journey across endless dunes unravels a violent past with lasting insidious effects. Their love wearing thin, the two are forced to recognize the sadistic nature of their relationship and its troubling imprint on their ability to love and be loved.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


GO FETCH CLUB, 6min., USA, Comedy Web Series

Directed by Pilar ADARA

Something smells in Josie’s life and it’s not Just the dog shit she picks up for a living.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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PUNCH LINE, 10min., Ireland, Drama

Directed by Becky Cheatle

On the eve of a transphobic attack, a transgender comedian processes her feeling the only way she knows how: through stand up comedy.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


NO GOODBYES, 25min., USA, War/History

Directed by Billy Clift

Love in a concentration camp. A young Jewish gay man, Otto, is protected by a KAPO, “a fellow prisoner,” and an a SS Guard who unexpectedly ends up saving his life.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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MARKS ON MY SKIN, 7min., Chili, Documentary

Directed by Cristián Arredondo

Canela InBenjamin is a transgender woman and sex worker who develops a performance tied with ropes and cables. Through this act, she will unleash her experiences, revealing stories about pain, sex, and love.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


GENERATIONS IN TIME, 13min., USA, Documentary

Directed by Liz Nistico

The life of a drag queen from the glitz and glam on stage to the real-life grit of NYC. The film highlights the cherished artistic connection between a son and his father.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


LIPSTICK OF THE BRAVE, 6min., USA, Animation

Directed by Bill Plympton

Lipstick of the Brave represents the animated journey of Madstone Rowan, composer and performer, as they find inspiration in the rock and pop music which inspired them to move beyond the gender binary and embrace their non-binary self. Through Bill Plympton’s poignant animation, homage is paid to the songs and artists that lifted Madstone on their journey as the film seeks to connect with the audience in a way that inspires the viewer to see their own sense of personal power as a part of a world that collectively embraces all expressions of gender and sexuality. The animation is set to the music written and sung by Madstone Rowan.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

CLICK HERE and see full info and more pics of the film!


By lgbttorontofilmfestival

Festival occurring twice a year. In Toronto in June. And in Los Angeles in September. Showcasing the best of LGBT Short Films and Screenplays from around the world.

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