Shorts: Local Heroes

Guests

Nicole Bazuin

Nicole Bazuin

Isak Vaillancourt

Isak Vaillancourt

Beth Warrian

Beth Warrian

Angelina Nayyar

Angelina Nayyar

Tasneem Nanji

Tasneem Nanji

Raghed Charabaty

Raghed Charabaty

Tziara Reyes-Herrera

Tziara Reyes-Herrera

Simon Paluck

Simon Paluck

From raves to resistance, this collection of shorts highlights the work of local queer storytellers making films that explore the multitudes this city has to offer.

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 8 films.

Thu Jun 01, 6:45 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsors

Ralph Pascht and Mark Le Messurier

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Thriving: A Dissociated Reverie

Nicole Bazuin

Nicole Bazuin

A surrealist exploration of dissociative identity disorder (DID) based on the lived experience of a Black, nonbinary, disabled artist and former sex worker.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Adore

Beth Warrian

Beth Warrian

Luci, a queer Peruvian Canadian woman, gives her beloved nephew the Christmas gift of his dreams: a beautiful sequined dress.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Lala Gothicfish

Angelina Nayyar

Angelina Nayyar

Set against the backdrop of a city undergoing rapid gentrification, a Toronto teenager struggles to save a youth rave scene plagued by substance use and over-policing.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Collective Resistance

Isak Vaillancourt

Isak Vaillancourt

Told from the perspectives of 2SLGBTQ+ Afro-Indigenous leaders and activists, this short documentary reimagines new possibilities in the relationship between Blackness and Indigeneity, which is rooted in solidarity and joy.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

17 mins

Interests

September 10th

Tasneem Nanji

Tasneem Nanji

Two queer Muslim Women, one in Toronto and one in New York, navigate love, family, and connection the night before 9/11.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

15 mins

Interests

A Letter From the Ashes

Raghed Charabaty

Raghed Charabaty

A rough and raw letter on what it means to lose love at the expense of finding freedom. An essay on family, anger and fraud.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Shedding

Tziara Reyes

Tziara Reyes

This short documentary follows an individual’s journey of shaving their head for the first time; exploring the complex relationship between hair and identity.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

INSTA GAY

Simon Paluck

Simon Paluck

A millennial Torontonian is left reeling after breaking-up with a popular gay influencer.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

12 mins

Interests

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Shorts: Center Stage

Crushes, homecoming, and some surprising special interests: this short program highlights the complexities of young adulthood and the importance of being yourself.

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Bloom Room

When Leo turns their love of plants into an online community for Black folks to talk all things foliage, they discover that community is the key to staying rooted. As Leo’s group of Black millennial...

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Shorts: Closer to Fine

Beards, bands, boundaries, and besties, this collection of shorts is just trying to tell you something about life.

Shorts: Something Real

Guests

Levi Eddie Aluede

Levi Eddie Aluede

Director

Snakes, the sea, and unexpected visitors, this collection of shorts explores relationships with everyone from ourselves and our partners to strangers.

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 7 films.

Sun May 28, 6:45 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsors

Gary and William Klein

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You Can Stay Over (If You Want)

Zach Siegel

Zach Siegel

Director

After a hookup, John and Alex test the limits of what’s TMI.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

10 mins

Interests

An Eighth Of Him

Levi Eddie Aluede

Levi Eddie Aluede

Director

Stoic drug dealer Kadell begins spending more time with one of his new buyers, leading to self-reflection as they form a deep and unexpected bond.

Country

United Kingdom

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Will You Look At Me

Shuli Huang

Shuli Huang

Director

A young Chinese filmmaker returns to his hometown and engages in an overdue conversation with his mother, leading them on a quest for acceptance and love.

Country

China

Year

2022

Duration

20 mins

Interests

9th floor to the right

Andrea Romano

Andrea Romano

Director

Lorenzo prepares to receive Marvin for the first time but when he shows up at his door with a guest, Lorenzo doesn’t dare say no.

Country

France

Year

2022

Duration

16 mins

Interests

i get so sad sometimes

Trishtan Tala Perez

Trishtan Tala Perez

Director

In the town of Pagadian, a gay teenager eagerly waits for a mature man to reveal his face after developing an anonymous sexual relationship with him online.

Country

Philippines

Year

2021

Duration

20 mins

Interests

The Dalles

Angalis Field

Angalis Field

Director

When a handsome cyclist passes through and asks for directions to a local cruising site, Cam takes it as an invitation to follow him.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Christopher at Sea

Tom CJ Brown

Tom CJ Brown

Director

After checking in as a passenger onboard a cargo ship, Christopher begins to question his sanity and his perception of time.

Country

France

Year

2022

Duration

20 mins

Interests

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Bloom Room

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Shorts: Let It Be Me

Sex clubs, teddy bears, cruising, and erotic wrestling, this collection of shorts is all about owning your truth and not being afraid to express yourself.

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Shorts: Stories We Tell

From parenthood to plant care, this collection of shorts highlights the work of Canadian filmmakers creating from coast to coast.

Special Presentation: I Used to Be Funny

Ally Pankiw

Ally Pankiw

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Canadian, Gay, Lesbian, Mental Health, Queer, RE:Focus

Rating and Content Advisory

18A | Sexual Violence. A brief scene depicting sexual violence. Discussions around sexual violence.

Guests

Ally Pankiw

Ally Pankiw

Director

Sam Cowell, an au pair and aspiring stand-up comedian, is struggling with PTSD and must decide whether to join the search for Brooke, a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. The story exists between the present, where Sam tries to recover from her trauma and get back on stage, and the past, where memories of Brooke make it difficult to ignore the petulant teen’s sudden disappearance. Toronto’s own Ally Pankiw delivers a debut feature that is both funny and heartbreaking in its honest look at sexual violence, trauma, and recovery, and how they affect the relationships and communities that shape us.

Fri May 26, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsor

David Carter

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A Queer's Guide To Spiritual Living

Ari Conrad Birch

Ari Conrad Birch

Director

Michal Heuston

Michal Heuston

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 15 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Mental Health, Non-Binary, Queer, RE:Focus, Religion

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

Guests

Ari Conrad Birch

Ari Conrad Birch

Director

Michal Heuston

Michal Heuston

Director

A Queer’s Guide to Spiritual Living celebrates the many surprising intersections of faith and queerness in the lives of four queer folks from various religious contexts. Journal entries, poetry, and conversations with friends provide a glimpse into how Summeiya, the genderfluid founder of Queer Muslim Network Toronto, Juliana, a bisexual teacher and former Baptist Christian, Vaibhav, a gay Hindu dancer, and Ari, a trans Christian Orthodox drag artist, have navigated their queer and spiritual journeys.

Fri May 26, 4:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

There will be an extended Q&A from our 2020 festival immediately following the screening.

Tunde Johnson, an African-American teen, is stuck in a Groundhog Day nightmare, waking up to experience the same day over and over again—the day he dies at the hands of Los Angeles police officers.

On the day of his death, Tunde attends a film seminar; visits his secret boyfriend Soren (who happens to be dating his best friend Marley), and comes out to his supportive parents, all the while trying to survive as a Black gay high school student. We witness each ‘new’ day a little differently, as Tunde is forced to confront difficult truths about the world he lives in.

Written by Stanley Kalu at the age of nineteen, The Obituary of Tunde Johnson tackles issues of racism, police brutality, LGBTQ acceptance, mental health, and addiction, offering an urgent and timely commentary on what it means to grow up as a Black American.

 

Available with closed-captions Canada-wide

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

Available with closed-captions Canada-wide

Tickets on sale February 26 at noon ET.

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