Shorts: BOLD

Guests

Mx. Roti

Mx. Roti

Director

Davis Alexander James

Davis Alexander James

Director

Cydney Tucker

Cydney Tucker

Director

Brandon Haynes

Brandon Haynes

Director

Embark on a journey through themes of vulnerability and the power that lies within it with this year’s BOLD programming. This series of shorts made by Black filmmakers display the magic, vulnerability, strength, joy and raw passion that encapsulates so many Black Queer experiences. From the mystical feminine to the power of advocating for reform and holding space for community, to exploring the complexity of the Black Trans experience through the varied lenses of both fiction and non-fictional works, this series is bound to take audiences through a journey.

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 6 films.

Sat May 27, 1:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsors

Jill Andrew and Aisha Fairclough,

Body Confidence Canada

Co-Presented by

Catching Spirits

Vanesssa Beletic

Vanesssa Beletic

Director

Destiny has been told since childhood she has seizures when she dances. When she’s challenged to face her fear and dance, Destiny makes a decision that could reveal a secret she doesn’t yet understand.

Country

United States

Year

0

Duration

12 mins

Interests

House of Tulip

Cydney Tucker

Cydney Tucker

Director

House of Tulip follows two Black trans activists as they run for office and work to build Louisiana’s first housing refuge for trans and gender non-conforming residents.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

25 mins

Interests

Scaring Women at Night

Karimah Zakia Issa

Karimah Zakia Issa

Director

Two strangers are scared on a late walk home. As they try to escape one another, their worlds collide at an intersection, forcing them to question who they’re afraid of and why.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Unless We Dance

Hanz Rippe Gabriele

Hanz Rippe Gabriele

Director

Fernanda Pineda Palencia

Fernanda Pineda Palencia

Director

A portrait of dance as the greatest expression of shielding the Afro community in Quibdó. A tribute to their act of resilience and to all the lives that have been lost along the way.

Country

Colombia

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Code Switch

Davis Alexander James

Davis Alexander James

Director

Mx. Roti

Mx. Roti

Director

Codeswitch follows a Black trans person as they navigate the barbershop, illuminating the complexity and dynamism of gender expression.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

Finding The Light

Brandon Haynes

Brandon Haynes

Director

The story of Donna Hylton and her project ‘A Little Piece of Light,’ a nonprofit focused on supporting black women and LGBTQ+ individuals in the prison system.

Country

United States

Year

0

Duration

22 mins

Interests

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TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Crushed

Ella Rocca

Ella Rocca

Director

Dealing with their own obsessive crushes, Ella Rocca researches what to do about it.

Country

Switzerland

Year

2022

Duration

8 mins

Interests

Evan Ever After

Ariel Mahler

Ariel Mahler

Radha Mehta

Radha Mehta

This short documentary explores the journey of Florida’s first transgender Homecoming Queen, Evan Bialosuknia, and her confidence and impact on youth faced with discrimination from Florida’s newly signed “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

Interests

The Dance Off

Nicolás Keller Sarmiento

Nicolás Keller Sarmiento

Director

By a gas station in rural Argentina, a broken-hearted drag queen helps young Ernesto find the courage to follow his dreams.

Country

Argentina

Year

2023

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Better at Texting

Mary Galloway

Mary Galloway

Director

Trinity – a radical, Indigenous, feminist – and Addison – a devout, Black Mormon – are forced to work together on a school project and discover they have more in common than they thought.

Country

Canada

Year

2021

Duration

11 mins

Interests

To All That We Are

Kristian Cahatol

Kristian Cahatol

Director

Two non-binary young adults embark on a dream-like journey of self-discovery and acceptance as they navigate the complexities of love and identity.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

Word by Word

Lourdes Miere

Lourdes Miere

Director

Word by Word is a short documentary following the creative journey of Robyn Sidhu, a spoken word poet.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Wherever You Are, Wherever I Am

Kay Chan

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Director

A pair of Two-Spirit Métis-Chinese youth soften a deer hide together, revealing a story about belonging and honoring your full self and ancestry, no matter where you are.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

2 mins

Interests

Fursona

Aly Labbé-Hervieux

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Fursona is an incursion into the universe of Aly, a member of the Furry community.

Country

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

GORDITX

Malik Ever

Malik Ever

With her summer camp golf tournament looming, outcast Ursula hopes to win and prove her worth with the help of Chef Cormac, the transmasculine former ladies golf pro.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

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