HIGHLIGHTS: LA LGBTQ+ November 2022 Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Bes Feature Film: I.M.L.A. ~ A Musical Graphic Novel
Best Short Film: PINNED INTO A DRESS
Best CInematography: TOMMIES
Best Performances: BECOME THE WOUNDED
Best Relationship Film: LET GO
Best Student Film: ANTIQUE FAILURE
Best Comedy Film: WINDOW SHOPPING
Best Documentary Film: GENERATIONS OF PULSE
Best Experimental Film: A HARMONY OF TOUCH: THE HIGH-FIVE, HANDSHAKE, AND HUG

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

I.M.L.A. ~ A Musical Graphic Novel, 83min., USA, Graphic Novel
Directed by Mae Edwards
A story about Queer Femmes of Color on their Hero’s Journey through Tinsel Town, as told in a musical video-ized graphic novel.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


LET GO, 5min., USA, Drama
Directed by Shannon Hardy
A gay couple’s weekend getaway begins to crumble as their relationship hangs by the tread of deportation.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


ANTIQUE FAILURE, 15miin., USA, Romance
Directed by Carter Cavanaugh
Collin (Joel Sena) lives a simple, disillusioned life as a small-town’s only mechanic. However, his world completely shifts when Roman (Rickard Claeson), the lead singer of touring punk group ‘Antique Failure,’ comes to Collin for help on his broken-down van. The attraction is instant, but in fear of his small, conservative community, Collin must decide between keeping safe, or taking his only chance at love.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


WINDOW SHOPPING, 7min., USA, Comedy/Romance
Directed by Russell Kohlmann
A young man with an active imagination and lackluster sex life goes shopping.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


BECOME THE WOUNDED, 35min., Canada, Relationship
Directed by Amir Zargara
A couple tries to mend old wounds, but realize it’s not about fixing things – it’s about true empathy.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


GENERATIONS OF PULSE, 12min., USA, Documentary
Directed by Dallin Mello, Tamera Moore
In the face of unrelenting legislative discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in Florida, three people directly impacted by the Pulse Nightclub shooting become activists to expand their protections.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PINNED INTO A DRESS, 20min., France, Documentary
Directed by Gianluca Matarrese, Guillaume Thomas
Growing up silently Queer, within a broken family, Kurtis faced abuse, trauma and addiction. As an escape, he discovered Beauty within his rural upbringing.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


TOMMIES, 15min., UK, Drama
Directed by Brian Fairbairn, Karl Eccleston
In Regency-era London five women waiting for a carriage descend into a frenzy of vicious gossip about a notorious scandal – with devastating results.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


A HARMONY OF TOUCH: THE HIGH-FIVE, HANDSHAKE, AND HUG, 3min., USA, Experimental
Directed by Kristyna Archer
Human connection thru physical touch are as critical to our survival as a species as is the air that we breathe. Standing the test of time, these visceral, bodily, mortal connections remind us we are still alive. Synchronicity being the master. Firmness being the gauge. Vulnerability being the superpower. Without them, we are powerless. I leave you with, the undeniable forces of nature found in the hive five, handshake, and hug.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


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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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