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10 Short Film you cannot miss at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017


We present a list of 10 Short Films you cannot miss at the 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival that is taking place from February 15th – March 2nd in Sydney Australia.

Transgender Shorts Session
Tuesday 21st February – Golden Age Cinema and Bar – 6:00 pm


Becoming Johanna by Jonathan Skurnik – USA | 2016 – 27 min.

This short documentary follows a 16-year-old transgender Latina struggling with both school and a mother who prays for her to be someone else. Luckily, she finds mentors and a family of choice who enable her to thrive.




Let me Be Brave by Asten Holmes-Elliott – UK | 2016 – 11 min.

A documentary showing the importance of sport in the lives of transgender people, and how difficult it can be for trans people to take part.


Our Skin by João Queiroga – USA, Portugal | 2016 – 15 min.

In João Queiroga’s unflinching portrayal of anonymous intimacy, a late-night phonecall brings two unlikely strangers together as they discuss gender, sexuality, PTSD, and the basic human need to connect.



Gay Shorts Session
Wednesday 22nd February – Event Cinemas George Street – 8:30 pm


Curmudgeons by Danny DeVito – USA | 2016 – 17 min.

A pair of senior citizens have a relationship that shocks both their families in this potty-mouthed, but endearing comedy.


Mixed Short Session
Saturday 25th February – Event Cinemas George Street – 2:30 pm


A Night in Tokoriki by Roxana Stroe – Romania | 2016 – 18 min.

There’s a party in the Tokoriki nightclub. Alin and his friends ride up in style in the horse-drawn cart and take over the dance floor. His eyes sparkle when he sets eyes on Geanina, which doesn’t escape her boyfriend’s attention. Emotions are running high. Will there be an escalation tonight?




Alzheimer’s: A Love Story by Monica Petruzzelli, Gabe Schimmel
USA | 2015 – 17 min.

Those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms first become noticeable—it’s been 12 years for Greg. He lives at a memory care facility in Chicago and can no longer live independently. Every day a man named Michael comes and visits for a couple of hours. No one can say for sure if Greg knows who Michael is or why he comes every day, but it seems he does. From Michael’s point of view it’s only natural that Greg appears to know him—after all, Michael has loved Greg since the day they met 40 years ago.




Mukwano by Cecilie McNair – Denmark | 2016 – 20 min.

Navigating the Danish asylum system as an LGBTQI person is not easy, and this short feature film describes it beautifully.



Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance Shorts
Sunday 26th February at Event Cinemas George Street at 1:00 pm


Any Other Day by Vikrant Dhote and Srikant Ananthakrishnan – India | 2016 – 12 min.

Where are we to turn when the ones sworn to protect us are the ones against whom we must be protected?

It was just another day for Kabir and Arnav. But their lives take a turn for the worse when two cops decide to make a spectacle of them. As the night unfolds, help comes from an unlikely source who goes on to unmask the hypocrisy of our society.

Courtesy of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival




The Right Bank by Yvonne Li – China | 2016 – 12 min.

Ann is a Chinese girl grown up in LA. She lives with her mother Lily as her parents are divorced. Ann is a lesbian but Lily doesn’t know it. One day when Ann is attending a fake date with a guy forced by Lily, she is unfortunately caught on site by her real girlfriend Jill. Jill gets very mad and they have a fight. Later on, Lily becomes an increasing obstacle between their relationship. Ann tries to come out to her conservative mother in order to keep the relationship with Jill. How will Lily take this? How will Ann deal with the dilemma between her mother and her girlfriend?




The Threshold (Daaravtha) by Nishant Roy Bombarde – India | 2016 – 30 min.

An adolescent Pankaj is discovering his sexuality. Torn between a patriarchal Indian upbringing full of gender-stereotypes and his natural urge to identify with the opposite gender, he finds an opportunity to express his desires within the bounds of cultural ethos.

Courtesy of KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival



Other articles about this festival:
15 Films you cannot miss at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017
Asian Pacific LGBTQ short films present at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017


To know more about this festival please go to the Festival Profile or to the Official Website.

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