HIGHLIGHTS: December 2022 LA LGBTQ+ Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature Film: CALL ME SORAYA
Best Short Film: YO YO
Best Performances: COLORS OF A BLACK BELT
Best Cinematography: PLUTO’S GENDER
Best Sound & Music: MONODIALOGUE

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

COLORS OF A BLACK BELT, 16min., USA, Drama
Directed by Lina Kraftsof
14 year old Emerson struggles with their self-identity and often lashes out in many ways. One of these ways is stealing their Karate instructor’s black belt. After a moment of delusion, reality hits and Emerson is forced to deal with the consequences.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


MONODIALOGUE, 5min, USA, Drama
Directed by Azure Kwok
A surreal encounter with Adam reveals everything about Addison’s past, present, and future.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


PLUTO’S GENDER, 6min., USA, Drama
Directed by Hsiao-Hsia Huang
By teaching his sister about the nature of planets, a young astronomy professor, Gavin, reveals a hidden aspect of his own nature.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


YO YO, 9min., USA, Drama
Directed by Shuyin Zheng
A 15-year-old girl, Lin, who stays home pretending to be sick, lost her best friend because of a sketch, which also exposed her unrequited love under the summer sunlight.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


CALL ME SORAYA, 100min., Switzerland, Documentary
Directed by Daniel Stadelmann
Soraya feels like a girl, but anatomically she is a boy. Until recently, she went to school as Josué. Her coming out at the age of 13 is initially positive, but after just a few weeks she is met with increasing rejection. Soraya also experiences resistance at home. Her father hopes that his child might “change her mind” again. Soraya, on the other hand, fights for early hormone delivery and an early operation. Over a period of six years, a touching film was made which, beyond the individual fate, contributes to the debate about transidentity and homophobia.

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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