Encounters


78m
GENRE: African Diaspora | Bisexual | Comedy | Discrimination | Drama | Gay | Gender | Latinx | Lesbian | Non-binary | Polyamory | Queer | Relationships | Romance | Sexuality | Trans Women/Transfeminine | Transgender | Youth (18 & Under)
SECTION: Shorts | Streaming

In steamy hookups and sultry summer flings, through first crushes, spontaneous third partners, or long-simmering confrontations, this collection of international short LGBTQ+ dramas covers the rainbow spectrum of emotions that get sparked when interested parties intersect.

— PETER L. STEIN

FILMS IN THIS PROGRAM

Plaisir

DIRECTOR Molly Gillis | 2021 | France | 19m | In English and French with English subtitles

A lonely American faces unrequited love on a farm commune in the south of France. Watch Trailer

Private Photos (Fotos Privadas)

DIRECTOR Marcelo Grabowsky | 2020 | Brazil | 20m | In Portuguese with English subtitles | North American Premiere

The couple Rafa and Matheus have to face the excitement and weirdness of having a third member inside their apartment. What each one shows or hides from each other reveals different ways of facing feelings. Watch Trailer

Pompeii

DIRECTORS Marco Alessi, Matthew Jacobs Morgan, & Harry Lighton | 2019 | UK | 8m

Tam gets on the first tube home alone. In just a crop-top and high-waisted jeans, he feels conspicuous. So he plugs in his earphones and begins reliving his Halloween night out via his phone.

Panthers (Panteres)

DIRECTOR Èrika Sánchez | 2020 | Spain | 22m | In Catalan with English subtitles

Joana and Nina are two 13-year-old friends in the midst of puberty. The first one, bubbly and brazen, has vital questions about female gender. Both are young women of their time and condition: social networks, immediacy, and excesses. Today, Joana has decided to put an end to her existential anxiety. At that moment a macabre game devised by Joana begins. That decisive moment of puberty will cause something in each of them to change forever. Watch Trailer

Dustin

DIRECTOR Naïla Guiguet | 2020 | France | 20m | In French with English subtitles

A raucous, frenzied all-night warehouse party slowly fades into a hazy morning of misread signals and listless attempts at tenderness for raven-haired Dustin and her friends. Starring magnetic trans DJ and model Dustin Muchuvitz and one of French queer cinema's brightest stars Félix Maritaud (Knife+Heart), Dustin won the award for Best International Short at the Toronto International Film Festival. Watch Trailer

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between Thu, Jun 17 and Sun, Jun 27. We suggest watching it at 11:00am PDT Sun, Jun 20.

SPONSORED BY
Dan Healy — Corcoran Global Living

COMMUNITY PARTNERS
WayOUT LGBT Foundation, 
SF Film