HIGHLIGHTS: May 2022 Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
BEST FILM: CLEANER
BEST PERFORMANCES: A TREE FELL TODAY
BEST DIRECTION: LOVE IS GAY
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY: MY POCKETBOOK OF I LOVE YOU’S
BEST SOUND & MUSIC: THE KISS OF THE TRUCKER

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

LOVE IS GAY, 13min., USA, Drama

Directed by Isabelle Platt

Maya’s a timid young woman who’s in a codependent relationship with her nervous older sister, Alex. When their newly sober dad comes to visit them in NYC, he expresses concern for the girls because neither has ever had a romantic relationship. Indignant, Maya sets out on a mission to fall in love to prove him wrong. As she attempts to pursue her crush who frequents the bakery she works at, she’s met by her paralyzing internalized homophobia, the discovery of her sister’s secret boyfriend, her dad’s fragile sobriety, and her inability to feel anything other than anger.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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


CLEANER, 15min., Ireland, Romance

Directed by Edwin Mullane

Angela is a domestic cleaner who keeps herself to herself. Mairead is a houseproud mother who, more often than not, finds herself alone at home with the children. When a mundane household accident forces Angela to add emergency childminding to her list of duties, a friendship begins between employer and employee. As the relationship blooms, they begin to discover that there may be more that bonds them together than just loneliness. But is this just another work-based transaction, or does it mean something else?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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LOVE AND HATE IN THE TIME OF COVID, 2min., USA

Directed by Sibyl OMalley

Once upon a time two girls met and fell in love. But when a pandemic hits, can love last?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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MY POCKETBOOK OF I LOVE YOU’S, 12min., Canada, Romance

Directed by Madeline Rose Fiore, Vikki Mera, Antonio Simonetta

A short film based off the self-published book, “My Pocketbook of I Love You’s” by Madeline Rose Fiore and Vikki Mera. This film explores the the timeline of a relationship between two women from the honeymoon stage until the goodbye.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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TWO WEEKS TO 29, 27min., USA, Relationship

Directed by Jesus M. Rodriguez

Two Weeks to 29 gives us snapshots of the sexually charged relationship between Ricardo, a lonely art photographer who just turned 51, and Paulo, a sexy Brazilian man who will turn 29 in two weeks. What starts as just sex, develops into a deep and complex relationship, despite the age difference and the fact that Paulo is engaged and will marry his girlfriend in just six months.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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I’M NOT CHRIS HEMSWORTH, 11min., USA, Comedy

Directed by Charlie Steers

I’M NOT CHRIS HEMSWORTH is a ridiculous adventure comedy that parodies the “mistaken identity trope” and has a surprise musical ending!

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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COME AWAY DEATH, 4min,. USA, Musical

Directed by Matthew Perifano

The Clown’s Song in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night evokes the fear an isolation of the early years of the AIDS epidemic.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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FRIDA, 21min., Germany, Drama

Directed by Aleksandra Odic

An encounter between a young nurse and er patient Frida, who is the same age, on he border of professional distance and the
desire for closeness.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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A TREE FELL TODAY, 17min., Drama

Directed by Oliver Crawford

Elise revisits the traumatic memories of her lover Jessica committing suicide due to the catastrophic death of their child, struggling to escape the eternal circle of anguish and misery she tries to move forward, but is she just stuck in an endless loop?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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THE KISS OF THE TRUCKER, 3min., USA, Comedy

Directed by Sibyl O’Malley

In this drag-horror-romance-comedy, a hapless trucker is smitten by a mysterious hitchhiker. When she proves more Satanic than sweet, he runs for his life, but not before she hits him with a curse. Despite flood, fire, and pie shortages, he decides love is worth the trouble. He returns to his blood-thirsty boo, whose evil heart is melted by his kiss. Or is it?

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!

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SAFE AND SOUND, 6min., Experimental

Directed by Taso Papadakis, Kevin Willamson

Contemplative and gripping, the short experimental film “Safe And Sound” explores the themes of solidarity, isolation, the individual and collective observer, victimization, racism, religious practice, love and compassion. The film is co-directed by Kevin Williamson and Taso Papadakis. Cinematography is by Taso Papadakis. The short film stars a diverse ensemble of Los Angeles-based dancers, all on the cutting edge of their craft of expression.

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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