Films / Programs

Shorts Programs

Great things continue to come in small packages, and short films have always been a large part of the Festival package. With online video viewing increasing by leaps and bounds, queer filmmakers are churning out more and more short-form productions. Frameline continues to bring what are often some of the best small films to the big screen.

Battlefield

80M

Just like everyone, gay and bisexual men face a lot of obstacles when it comes to love, whether it’s one-night stands, age differentials, first dates, first love, separations, or even our families. Either way, it’s a battlefield! Join us for some of the best gay men’s shorts of the year.

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Bay Area Buffet

96M

From the drag queens and bears of the Castro to the butches of Oakland, this year’s local cinematic smorgasbord provides a little something for any queer Bay Area film lover.

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Bi Candy

72M

Lust triangles, rectangles and circles abound as bi characters find themselves caught in nightmares, enveloped by fantasies, traveling in foreign lands or just trying to get home and make out. The stakes are high in these genre- and reality-bending shorts that will keep you guessing, laughing, gasping, and maybe even weeping.

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Black & Blue All Over

76M

A titillating trio of kink films are sure to deliver and leave marks as a couple’s play date with a newbie gets triangulated, viewers are treated to a primer on staying kinky in one’s golden years and a doc portrait of a fetishist with a well-endowed footwear collection.

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Con Tu Nombre

85M

This collection of queer Latin@ shorts brings together a strong blend of poder, fe y nuestra familia. Family photos entwine with sacred ritual and relationship remembrance, fly homeboys and crushed-out schoolgirls explore their deseos, a ranchero yearns of being una reina, and a precious regalo is shared with comunidad.

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Empire of Evil

83M

This program contains three of the wackiest, most outlandish films at Frameline36. Feast your eyes on an inter-galactic gay super hero, a John Waters-like fairy tale, and a lurid and sleazy life and death drama by George Kuchar.

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Fly By Night

85M

This wonderful shorts program is an eclectic collection containing dramatic and comic stories about the sorrows and joys of our lives and how it affects our lovers, our families and our friends.

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Fun In Boys Shorts

85M

Our annual crowd-pleasing best of men’s comic shorts takes us to a backyard in Australia, a couple of front yards in Canada, a Bronx prom night, and a family’s apartment where someone loses his virginity at a religious holiday celebration.

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Fun In Girls Shorts

78M

Public processing, princess meets maiden, missed connections, inopportune allergy attacks, Bollywood drag king dreams and unrequited lovers — bring a date, find a date, heck, dump a date at this stellar offering of queer women’s shorts!

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Hella Love—QWOCMAP Shorts

94M

From queer Asian family values, to a Mexicana mother coming out to her grown children, to magical musical film mash-ups with novice fairy godmothers, these joyous films rip the veil off societal expectations, elope with your heart and solemnly vow undying delight!

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In The Life

83M

This potent compilation of Black queer shorts takes us on journey of keeping it real with fine fellas looking for love, campy Foxy Brown-inspired burlesqueploitation, strong ladies seeking understanding, and fierce allies confronting “The Church.”

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It’s Complicated

90M

Whether you have been together for years or mere hours, relationships can be nerve-racking, confusing and downright strange. For anyone who has ever felt completely lost in the world of dating, may you find refuge in these tales of the awkward moments that haunt those of us who have ever been in love (or lust.)

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Mystery Date

85M

Indulge your CSI gay mind as corpses, cops and coffins stack up in this suspense-filled program from around the globe. Revenge in drag, mannequins that flip your mind, gothic tales that will upend you and gay serial killers…great night for a mystery date!

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Queermation!

86M

Ever wonder what the apocalypse, talking penises and a gay cartoon musical have in common? We’re not sure either, but they’re all subjects in amazing animated queer films brought to life in our annual animated program.

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Transtastic!

89M

From the fashionable stylings of burly transmen to fairy tales of animated transwomen to the first music video by local folk-twang singer/songwriter StormMiguel Florez, this year’s crop of Transtastic! films features an exciting and eclectic representation of our trans community.

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Us. A Family Album

97M

“It’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done and the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done.” These shorts honor the loving intentionality of creating queer families as well as the multitude of gifts and exquisite challenges that can arise for parents and parents to-be.

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Worldly Affairs

85M

This year’s edition of the best and sexiest international gay men’s shorts takes us on a tour of Latin America, the Middle East and Down Under. We’ll visit a drag show in Cuba, take a train ride in Europe, explore a park in the Middle East and finish our journey at a juvenile detention center in Australia.

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Worldly Women

91M

Take your mind on a tour around the globe with this women’s shorts program, with destinations unlimited–seductive hotel rooms, dimly lit nightclubs, rugged coastlines, and threesomes—love is where you find it!

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