Schedule your washroom breaks, get the popcorn ready, and prepare to be absorbed in LGBTQ+ film all month long! Wicked Queer Film Festival 2021 is already underway with a hugely impressive lineup of short and feature films comprising of over 50 films featuring women-loving-women storylines or characters.
Wicked Queer (formerly “the Boston LGBT Film Festival), now hosting its 37th annual event, is the 4th oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in North America. This year’s virtual event boasts having 14 out of 17 short programs available to watch GLOBALLY, and a further 11 new feature films for US viewers, containng lesbian, bisexual, transgender women and/or queer representation – there really is something for everyone!
As always, Lesflicks is excited to help #AmplifyLBTQfilm and here is a list of all the WLW films being showcased at Wicked Queer Film Festival this April for you to check out. We hope to help connect you with the films that were made for your enjoyment!
Interested in the mlm films and wider LGBTQ+ content too? Check out the Wicked Queer 2021 film festival program!
A Different Time
Directed by Kristina Valada-Viars, 2020, 3 min, USA, English
A dreamer moves through her world imagining a future into being.
Are You Still Watching?
Directed by Alex Cardy & Tali Polichtuk & Kitty Chrystal, 2021, 6 min, Australia, English
Explores the emancipatory power of the queer imagination, combining erotic fan fiction tropes, magical realism and a firm camp sensibility.
Directed by Nancy Webb, 2020, 13 min, Canada, English
Max and Daphne share a lovestruck evening while a bizarre secret looms.
Directed by Katy Erin, 2021, 8 min, USA, English
A physicist travels back in time to try to save her relationship – and in turn, the world.
Directed by Alyssa Lerner, 2020, 16 min, USA, English
What’s more embarrassing than writing erotic fiction about your crush? Writing erotic fiction about your crush and then accidentally texting it to her. When this very thing happens to Nousha she enlists the help of her best friend, Oliver, and they set out on a mission to delete the text. By any means necessary.
Directed by Krissy Mahan, 2016, 7 min, USA, English
This short film is a parody of Todd Haynes’ 2015 film “Carol.” With references to Haynes’ own “Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story,” this playful short, starring Fisher-Price toy figures, presents a hilarious and necessary perspective left unexamined in the euphoria that there was finally a major motion picture about lesbians.
Directed by Piper De Palma, 2020, 13 min, USA, English
Laura goes to her parent’s summer home to write her senior thesis. There she meets Carmilla, the mysterious yet familiar tenant. Laura finds herself drawn to Carmilla, and as her attraction grows, she begins to uncover the dark history between them.
Directed by Leela Varghese, 2019, 7 min, Australia, English
It appears Lizzy has an obsession with novelty candles. But the truth is her “burning” desire isn’t for candles, it’s for the girl selling them. Will she work up the courage to ask her out or will she just buy out the whole store?
Directed by Rose-Anne Déry, 2020, 15 min, Canada, French with English subtitles
Olivia can feel her relationship slipping away. As she still has a strong desire and a lot of tenderness for Julie, she chooses to keep her feelings quiet during the romantic weekend that Julie organizes for her birthday. With the presence of raccoons in the night as a backdrop, Olivia is overwhelmed by her emotions and can no longer hide anything.
Directed by Anna Kuperberg & Julie Caskey, 2020, 15 min, USA, English
Carla Jean Johnson accepts her fast and aggressive cancer diagnosis with clarity and grace while photographer Anna Kuperberg, her long time wife, documents their final days and weeks together. With mesmerizing footage and intimate recordings of the couple’s final conversations, Eleven Weeks is a story more about love than death.
Evelyn & Pamela
Directed by Alexandria Greenhalgh, 2019, 17 min, Australia, English
Sydney, 1958. As the sun goes down, two women reconnect in a quiet bookshop after spending years apart. Though a life together seems impossible, they try and make the most out of their fleeting moment of contact.
Directed by Erin Brown Thomas, 2020, 10 min, USA, English
Vicki idolizes her new girlfriend Samantha, but draws the line when it comes to her time on the porcelain throne. Their small bathroom gets awkward when Samatha challenges Vicki’s definition of intimacy.
Friend of Sophia
Directed by Alden Peters, 2021, 6 min, USA, English
Inspired by the queer experience of the 1950s and 60s, a woman attempts a discreet encounter in a not-too-distant future where attraction to androids is considered a sickness and punished as a crime.
Gay as in Happy: A Queer Anti Tragedy
Directed by Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim, 2020, 3 min, Canada, English
An experimental autoethnographic documentary about queer joy, resistance, and resilience in the face of abuse, trauma, and transphobia.
Directed by Fatimah Asghar, 2020, 15 min, USA, English
After a long period of sexual drought, Khudejha is awkward as hell and desperately wants to hook up with someone again. Newly single and with the help of her wing-woman Natasha, their new adventure at a kink party awaits.
Directed by Gayatri Bajpai, Nirav Bhakta, 2019, 15 min, USA, English
On the eve of her wedding anniversary, empty-nester Sujata Chopra attempts to find some joy in her broken marriage, until she learns about the passing of her childhood companion’s spouse on Facebook. Having been disconnected from this woman for over 30 years over a misunderstanding, Sujata finds the courage to reach out to send her condolences. They reconnect, sparking friction when Sujata’s controlling husband, Dr. Chopra, finds out.
Content Warning: Domestic Violence
Heart & Lungs
Directed by Lizzie Hartree, 2020, 8 min, United Kingdom, English
Heart & Lungs’ is a short drama film about friendship, love, secrets, and being locked in a static caravan. One best friend promises the other a relaxing weekend away, but tensions rise when the caravan becomes more of a private rehab.
Her & Her
Directed by Jade Anouka, 2020, 13 min, United Kingdom, English
Her & Her have been seeing each other for a few months now and are both very much in love. But they have just moved in to Her small one bedroom flat and of course she’s brought the dog! Suddenly Her home is their home and the realities of their differences come to full view. Different backgrounds, cultures, upbringings, rules. Part Poetry video. Part music video. This experimental short film is a lyrical and musical story told using poetry and beatboxing.
Directed by Lauren Noll, 2020, 16 min, USA, English
Laine faces expulsion from BYU with her graduation around the corner after her roommate hears her in bed with a woman and turns her into the Honor Code. Upon being invasively questioned, Laine is granted a troubling option to save her degree, forcing her to choose between her heart and her faith.
Directed by Katie McNiece, 2019, 17 min, Ireland, English
There was once an invisible optician, trapped in a strange and lonely world. Her story starts with a broken lens and the woman who taught her to see things differently.
Labia of Love
Directed by Morgana Muses, 2017, 5 min, Australia, English
A short experimental film about loving your labia by Morgana Muses.
Laynie Needs A Light
Directed by Jill Harrigan, 2019, 10 min, USA, English
Laynie Needs a Light takes place in one thrilling night when a woman pops into a local speakeasy for a drink only to become the object of a stranger’s menacing affection.
Leo & Alex in the Middle of the 21st Century
Directed by Eva Libertad & Nuria Muñoz, 2020, 7 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles
Alex wakes up in her bed after a night of partying. Next to her is Leo, her roommate, who doesn’t remember how she ended up there. As of this morning, nothing will be the same between the two.
New Flesh For The Old Ceremony
Directed by Elizabeth Rakhilkina, 2020, 13 min, USA, English, Spanish with English subtitles
A lesbian reverie set amidst the backwoods of New England, New Flesh for the Old Ceremony explores the physicality of grief through a macabre fable about a woman whose wife is devoured by and then possesses their beloved pack of dogs.
Directed by Teemu Nikki, 2020, 95 min, Finland, Finnish, German, English with English subtitles
Mervi travels to her hometown in Finland, with her German-Iranian girlfriend Kata, to confront her parents and come out of the closet. There, she finds out that she’s not the only one hiding secrets. The two girls will find themselves in the middle of social mayhem in a community of gang bangers, bisexual pastors, activists, racists, refugees, alcoholics and drug abusers. Finally, a belligerent neo-Nazi group break in.
Directed by Sophie Saville, 2020, 8 min, Australia, English
A socially anxious young woman lands a hot date. There’s only one problem, she’s not sure if it’s actually a date.
Directed by Samira Saraya, 2020, 20 min, Israel, Arabic, Hebrew with English subtitles
Yasmine, an openly lesbian Arab nurse, finds out that her lover, Or, an intelligence officer in the Israeli army have been reporting on their relationship. Yasmine’s sister arrives for a visit from the West Bank, not knowing that she is going to meet the occupying enemy at her own sister’s house.
Pride & Prejudice & Gays
Directed by DiDi Rizzo, 2019, 17 min, USA, English
Gender swaps. Cross-dressing. Drag. Georgian era glamour with a contemporary flare. This period dramtire follows Darcy, a proud, rich, and austere woman who is determined to win the spirited Lizzy Bennet’s hand despite the objections of Darcy’s class-conscious aunt Lady Catherine, played by celebrity drag queen Shea Couleé.
Directed by Mohammad Reza Khavari, 2020, 13 min, Iran, Persian with English subtitles
In the course of Iran’s ban on women’s presence in football stadiums, Saba, 22, disguises herself as a boy to sneak into the stadium at her father’s suggestion. Her father takes her to a traditional cafe instead of the stadium. Asking her how hard it is to hide her true identity, he lets her—now impersonating a boy—in on the secret that he realized he could not be a man any more when Saba was three, but he had to hide it for years to let her daughter feel having a father. On the pretext of helping her enter the stadium, he creates a circumstance where his daughter has to put herself into his shoes, thereby hiding her true identity. He then tells her that he intends to continue living with his true identity from now on.
Directed by Amelia Foxton, 2020, 4 min, Australia, English
An adventure in diversity of sexual preferences. Via the dessert menu…
Sam & Emma
Directed by Vanessa Leigh, 2020, 15 min, USA, English
When their love wanes after a miscarriage, two heartbroken women try to piece together their relationship, highlighting the hardship and dysfunction that can arise from trauma and grief.
Content Warning: Miscarriage.
Directed by Penny Pin-jung Chen, 2020, 14 min, USA
Kat recently assumes the role of stay-at-home mom when her wife Julia returns to work three years after giving birth to their daughter, Becca. Kat is hurt and frustrated that no matter how hard she tries, Becca still prefers Julia over her. Her anxiety only deepens when her brother, Dylan, who’s also Becca’s sperm donor, travels from Asia to visit them for Becca’s fourth birthday party.
Spring in Autumn
Directed by Ghasideh Golmaniki, 2020, 8 min, Iran, Persian with English subtitles
An Iranian woman leaves her husband and travels to Russia. Memories of her world cup trip come up, as well as an uncomfortable secret…
St Clair W
Directed by Emily Ryder, 2021, 3 min, USA, English
A short film about love, loss, and the relationship we have with our own memories.
Directed by Jojo Erholtz, 2020, 13 min, USA, English
A 16 year-old hockey player tries to repair her relationship with her teammate while preparing for the team’s pre-qualifying match.
Directed by Felicia Prude, 2019, 15 min, USA, English
After an unexpected one night stand, two women at very different stages of their lives, share an even more intimate morning after.
Directed by Ida Hansen Eldøen, 2020, 5 min, Norway, Norwegian with English subtitles
Tired of waiting, Veronika tries to give her girlfriend direction over the phone, but Susan gets more and more confused with every word. The Corner is a 5-minute-long, one-shot-film, and it’s a story about communication and the sense (or non-sense) of direction.
The Dinner Party
Directed by Gabriella Rapp, 2020, 18 min, USA, English
Set during the holidays, “The Dinner Party” follows a couple invited (lured?) to dinner by a reserved work associate and her overly friendly wife. What begins as your typical dinner party soon twists into something far more sinister as tensions between the hosts, and revelations about their darker secrets, begin to bubble beneath the surface. So, set your plate and open the wine, because something new is on the menu at… “The Dinner Party.”
Directed by Jessica Smith, 2020, 8 min, Australia, English
Hoping to take the next big step in their life together, two women await the results of a test that could not only put an end to their plans, but perhaps even their relationship.
Directed by Lara Zeidan, 2018, 9 min, Lebanon, Arabic with English subtitles
Four Lebanese girls go on a Ferris wheel ride to make their friend feel better about her breakup. Their conversation drifts to a less fun place.
Directed by Daniel Toledo Saura, 2020, 8 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles
This is the story of the moment when Ana sees Clara for the first time.
Ahead of the Curve
Directed by Jen Rainin & Rivkah Beth Medow, 2020, 95 min, USA, English
From its start in 1990, Curve magazine was a visionary and unapologetic celebration of lesbian life from cover to cover. Facing the magazine’s possible demise in 2019, director Jen Rainin and Curve founder Franco Stevens explore questions of lesbian visibility, legacy, and current day issues through interviews with contemporary LGBTQ+ tastemakers, “celesbians” including Melissa Etheridge, Jewelle Gomez, Denise Frohman, Kate Kendell, and Lea DeLaria, along with rich archival footage recounting the formation of a lesbian cultural institution.
Directed by Amelia Moses, 2021, 85 min, Canada, English
Indie Singer Grey is riding high on a hit first album, but she’s having writer’s block. In search of inspiration for her sophomore effort, Grey agrees to craft her next album at renowned producer Vaughn Daniels’ secluded cabin. Her girlfriend, however, is hesitant about the partnership, fearful that Vaughn is too controlling and – given his controversial past as a suspected murderer – too dangerous.
Directed by Lana Wachowski & Lilly Wachowski, 1996, 109 min, USA, English
Sparks fly when Violet (Jennifer Tilly) sets eyes on Corky (Gina Gershon) in an elevator. Violet is the girlfriend of a violent gangster, Caesar (Joe Pantoliano), while Corky is fresh out of prison and doing renovations on the apartment next door. As the two women launch into a passionate love affair, they assemble an intricate plan for Violet to escape from Caesar, with two million dollars of the mob’s money — but the important part is to make it out alive.
Kiss Me Kosher
Directed by Shirel Peleg, 2020, 101 min, Germany, EnglishGerman/Arabic/Hebrew with English subtitles
A subversive love story between clashing cultures and families, KISS ME BEFORE IT BLOWS UP is a romantic misadventure crossing all borders. When two generations of Israeli women fall for a German woman and a Palestinian man, chaos follows. What happens with lovers who don’t fit but do belong together?
La Leyenda Negra
Directed by Patricia Vidal Delgado, 2020, 84 min, USA, English
In Compton, a soon-to-be undocumented teenager fights for her right to stay in America while risking her family, her friendships, and her first love.
Directed by Ruth Caudeli, 2021, 81 min, Columbia, Spanish with English subtitles
This unscripted, fully improvised Colombian film reflects on how guilt can color our perspectives and memories. Shot from the viewpoints of five different women, the film depicts a “welcome back” dinner in which secrets and lies begin to unravel.
Directed by Midi Z, 2019, 103 min, Taiwan, Taiwanese with English subtitles
After toiling for years in bit-parts, aspiring actress Nina Wu (Ke-Xi Wu, who also co-wrote the script based on her own personal experiences) finally gets her big break with a leading role in a spy thriller set in the 1960s. The part, which calls for nudity and explicit sex scenes, is made all the more challenging thanks to the director’s unending belittlements. While seemingly on the brink of professional triumph, Nina’s psychological resolve begins to crack under the pressure. As she rushes to her childhood home following a family emergency, Nina begins suffering paranoid fantasies that a mysterious woman is stalking and attacking her. As Nina clings to memories of happier times, it seems that there is one crucial memory that she is repressing…
See You Then
Directed by Mari Walker, 2021, 75 min, USA, English
Kris, a transgender computer programmer, and Naomi, an Asian-American performance artist, used to date in college. They haven’t seen each other for 15 years, since Kris left town without a word. Over the course of a one night encounter, they engage in a series of increasingly intimate and revealing conversations, before a shocking revelation sends everything spiraling out of control. See You Then focuses on the universal truth that no matter how much you change, a part of you will always stay the same.
Directed by Olivia Peace, 2020, 112 min, USA, English
A queer, coming-of-age drama set about an anxious teen girl who is manipulated into a romantic encounter with her best friend during the funeral service of their former Hebrew school classmate. Tahara’s authenticity is built on a foundation of diversity and inclusivity both in front of and behind the camera that is representative of the world most of us live in.
Directed by Zaida Bergroth, 2020, 104 min, Finland, Swedish with English subtitles
Set from 1944 to 1956, the Swedish-language film shows how painter Tove Jansson finds worldwide success from an unexpected side project, in the midst of artistic struggles and an unconventional personal life. Alma Pöysti stars as Jansson, alongside Krista Kosonen and Shanti Roney. Pöysti has previously played Jansson on stage at Helsinki’s Svenska Teatern, and like the artist has dual Swedo-Finnish nationality.
Walk With Me
Directed by Isabel del Rosal, 2020, 112 min, USA, English
At the age of 30 and with a young daughter, Amber Evans is forced to start over after she builds up the courage to leave her husband and the only life she’s ever known. As she struggles to find her way, she meets Logan, a free spirited musician with a kind heart who lends an ear to Amber’s situation. What starts out as close friendship however, quickly evolves into an unexpected romance. Now, Amber must come to terms with this new identity, amidst the turmoil of a divorce, before she loses the person that she loves. Will she cave to the pressure, or can she overcome her fears before it destroys her relationship?
It is encouraging to see so many and such a wide variety of LGBTQ+ inclusive films becoming available and we hope you will join us in supporting all this great content whilst they are on the festival circuit and beyond. A few of these films have been featured in film festivals run by Lesflicks.
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