The FilmPride returned in its second year to deliver over 50 LGBTQ+ short films, documentaries, animations, and feature films, along with filmmaker Q&As. It was global and it was perfect. While a selection of films was screened in a series of television shows throughout the UK, the FilmPride was also made available online via the entertainment site Latest Brighton, welcoming people from all over the world to register and be part of the festival.
Each section was beautifully organized — the effort put into this festival to include a space for children was encouraging and definitely helpful to many LGBTQ+ parents, allies, teachers, and even healthcare professionals.
The FilmPride Online Film Festival ran from 17th to 31st August 2020. If you missed it, some of the most fascinating WLW pieces are listed here. At the same time, see official trailer links and other useful information to help you discover ways to catch up and support independent work. After reading this, it’s highly likely that these pieces of art will find their way into your heart. Click here to see the full lineup.
“The hurdles we face, and a celebration of those around us who let us be.”
- Ayaneh (14:09, Switzerland) – Directed by Nicolas Greinacher. Ayaneh, from Afghanistan, meets Anna in a swimming pool in Switzerland, feels attracted to her and is soon confronted with resistance from her religious family.
What made this movie so special? The solid performance makes Ayaneh one of the best selections of the 2020 PrideFilm Festival. Reactions were quickly shared on social media. Watch the trailer here!
- The Bra Mitzvah (10:00, USA) – Directed by Stacey Jill Calvert. Becca is about to have her Bat Mitzvah, but her Nana insists she does one thing first: get a “real bra.”
Watch the trailer here!
“Who we are, what makes us US… and those who helped us BE.”
- Invisible Women (25:00, UK) – Directed by Alice Smith. An empowering documentary that explores the untold story of the North West’s LGBTQ past through two women’s incredible journey of rebellion and activism.
- I Am Butch (06:11, UK) – Directed by Jordan Paunova. A coming out story to the LGBTQ+ community, this incredibly personal spoken word piece is about coming to terms with being ‘Butch’ and what it means to have pride in being so.
Click here to support the tireless work of poet Jordan Paunova.
“Simply, shorts about love… in all its shapes and forms.”
- I know her (02:55, USA) – Directed by Fawzia Mirza. In the afterglow of a seemingly fated hookup, two women realise that perhaps they have a little too much in common.
- Bath Time (03:34, UK) – Directed by Alice Trueman. Comedy sketch about the perils of taking a bath when you and your partner are feeling slightly different vibes… From the sketch web-series ‘Spoon the Prune’.
- Atomic Love (10:28, Australia) – Directed by Imogen McCluskey. It’s 1988. Recently married Dana helps her eternally-single friend Aleea make a video profile for a dating service, provoking a confession which forces them to address the nature of their relationship.
Atomic Love was a festival favorite, garnering praise from the audience. Watch the trailer here!
● The Unlikely Story of the Lesbians of First Friday (01:02:42, USA) – Directed by Kathryn L Beranich. In the 1980s, in the Regan era and when homosexuals were vilified, First Friday sprung fully formed from the imaginations of a group of lesbians living in the small city of Roanoke, Virginia.
Watch the trailer here!
The educational corner for children was made possible by Hopster Studios.
- Love is Love (02:49, UK) – Directed by Mina Song. A music video designed for preschoolers, celebrating love and the diversity of families. Encouraging inclusion and acceptance, this catchy song shows children how colourful and different families can be.
Watch the music video here!
- Rainbow Stories: Lynsey and Holly (03:00, UK) – Directed by Adam Bailey. The empowering true story of Lynsey, who overcame teasing & bullying at school to become a doctor – and married the love of her life, a girl named Holly.
Click here to find out more about Rainbow Stories.
It is too early to foretell what the event will be like for next year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many events have been moved to a virtual space. An outcome that is changing the entertainment industry forever, but in a positive way — the virtual festival touched so many souls from all around the world, including ours at Lesflicks. We want to hear from you! Let us know if you had the opportunity to join the festival and enjoy the programme. What was your favorite? Find us on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.
Reviewer & Writer
Barbara is a researcher and independent analyst passionate about film, editing, and writing. Upon graduating from high school, she went to film school where she was certified as an actress in audiovisual media. In search of opportunities to put her creativity into practice, she volunteered to be a member of the Lesflicks family.