From two skater boys enjoying the last days of summer together, to a poignant, defiant letter to a father, a lesbian teen and a put-upon boy joining forces to battle the school bullies, an Iris Prize winner about a mother and son at loggerheads and a young girl getting up the courage to ask out her crush, this entertaining shorts package examines what it means to be young and queer.
Dir: Andrew Lee, 2016, Australia, 10 mins
An uncertain future dawns upon two young best friends as one of them is moving away from their coastal hometown.
Dir: Volker Petters, 2017, Germany, 16 mins
Phil is too small for his age. This makes him an easy target for bullies. When Phil unexpectedly receives support from lesbian girl Jo, an unexpected friendship develops.
German with English subtitles
Turn it Around
Dir: Niels Bourgonje, 2017, Netherlands, 9 mins
When the fifteen year old Bram meets Florian at a house party, he immediately falls for him. There’s only one problem: nobody knows Bram is gay.
Dutch with English subtitles
Dir: Gail Hackston, 2016, UK, 10 mins
Jane, a young tomboy, goes to an ice rink to catch a glimpse of the girl she has a crush on. When the girl challenges Jane to get her a slushie, Jane must put her heart – and herself – on the line to ensure she gets it.
Mother Knows Best
Dir: Mikael Bundsen, 2016, Sweden, 13 mins
A woman gives her teenage son some friendly advice on their way home from having met her son’s boyfriend for the first time.
Winner of the 2017 Iris Prize for Best International Short.
Swedish with English subtitles
Dir: Julie Kalceff, 2017, Australia, 18 mins
It’s Hannah’s first day of high school. It’s also the first day she’ll wear a girl’s school uniform and go by her chosen name rather than the boy’s name she was given at birth.
Dir: Liz Cardenas Franke, 2017, USA, 10 mins
The courageous, life-altering decision to never let anyone treat him badly ever again – not even his own father – leads a 15-year-old gay teen to fully embrace who he is.