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Short Films

QueerWave Festival Programme 2021. The Cyprus LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

A Normal Girl

Aubree Bernier-Clarke

14' | 2019 | USA

Bringing the widely unknown struggles of intersex people to light through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.


A or B

Andreas Pavlou

5’ | 2021 | Cyprus

If your whole life depended on one answer, you would probably think twice: do you pick up the intercom and define your life?



Amrou Al-Kadhi

18' | 2018 | UK

A second-generation teen searches for a way to express their non-binary identity.


Dans La Natura (In Nature)

Marcel Barelli

5’ | 2021 | Switzerland

In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not know it, but homosexuality isn't just a human story.



Stelios Kammitsis

14' | 2015 | Cyprus

The story of a mother trying to come to terms with the admission of her son’s sexuality in an island community that is taking the first step toward the recognition of same-sex relationships.



Naïla Guiguet

20' | 2020 | France

Dustin follows the events of DJ Dustin over the course of one wild night at a warehouse party and the morning that follows.


Escaping the Fragile Planet

Thanasis Tsimpinis

17' | 2020 | Greece

A few hours before the world ends, two men have an unexpected encounter, while a strange pink fog is spreading throughout the city.


Globus Sensation

Dimitris Chimonas

7’ | 2021 | Cyprus

Globus sensation is the sensation of having a lump in the throat without anything actually being present. It’s a real biological activity that an actor could not fake when crying. But as the commitment to fantasy intensifies, reality is overshadowed by the pleasures of indulgence.


Half a Life

Tamara Shogaolu

13' | 2017 | Egypt, Indonesia, USA, Netherlands

After a traumatic encounter, a young, gay Egyptian joins the LGBT rights movement. When his safety is jeopardized, he must choose whether to stay in the country he loves or seek asylum elsewhere as a refugee.


Hot Tea

Marcel Tigchelaar

3' | 2017 | Netherlands

A cup of tea never tasted so good.



Leandro Goddinho, Paulo Menezes, Eduardo Mamede

12’ | 2021 | Brazil

Two queer Brazilians go skinny dipping in a lake, where they talk about love, sex, colonialism and migration, on a pandemic summer afternoon in Berlin.


International Dawn Chorus Day

John Greyson

15' | 2021 | Canada

On International Dawn Chorus Day (May 3, 2020), birds from six continents join an online video call.



Yann Gonzalez

23’ | 2017 | France

In Islands, characters wander through an erotic maze of love and desire.


It's just in my head

Marius Gabriel Stancu

17' | 2020 | Italy

Andreas and Alessandro have been friends since their childhood. Every year, they spend their summer together at their hometown by the seaside.



Simone Bozzelli

16' | 2020 | Italy

If Claudio truly wants to fit in, he must lose his boy scent and learn how to smell like a man.


Ladies Day

Abena Taylor-Smith

9' | 2018 | UK

A young, black lesbian spends the day in an Afro-Caribbean hair salon. It's full of fun, sheen spray, gossip and laughter, but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?



Matt Houghton

12' | 2018 | UK

Through a series of recorded telephone conversations and reconstructive visuals, Landline uses the UK’s only helpline for gay farmers as a lens through which to view the experiences of LGBTQ people in the British farming community.


Let My Body Speak

Madonna Adib

10' | 2020 | UK

Our bodies store memories. The body does not forget. A childhood in Damascus, OCD, the revolution, falling in love with a woman. My body remembers, it keeps the trauma. And after all the losses, I had to start listening to my body.



Ashkan Mehri

16' | 2020 | Iran

A 12-year-old boy is coming to terms with his burgeoning puberty and sexuality, while navigating a series of male-dominated environments in contemporary Tehran.



Saleem Haddad

22' | 2019 | UK

When a banker invites a sex worker to his London apartment, he finds himself coming face to face with both his own past, and one of the world's largest humanitarian crises.



Flávio Gonçalves

28’ | 2020 | Portugal

A restless young man with his head in the clouds finishes another shift behind the counter of a cruising bar. He takes the longest path on his way back home.


Private Photos

Marcelo Grabowsky

20’ | 2020 | Portugal

A sweet couple invite a third person over for the night, who brings a lustful energy to spice things up.


Ten Times Love

Manuel Billi, Benjamin Bodi

15’ | 2020 | France

Ten fragments of ephemeral love in the life of Numa, an anti-romantic hero of our liquid time.


Thank You For Dancing

Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken

19' | 2016 | Norway

A lifelong relationship is coming to an end, as we follow two elderly men and former athletes the last winter they spend together.


The Call

Marios Psaras

10' | 2020 | Cyprus

A transgender woman receives a call from her brother letting her know that their mother had passed.


The Fans

Seva Galkin

26' | 2020 | Russia

In Moscow, two skinheads kill homosexual men while being in a sexual relationship with one another. Based on a true story, the film inquires about masculinity, identity, and a sense of belonging in contemporary Russia.


The Hunt

Sholeh Zahraei, Kamil Saldun

21' | 2020 | Cyprus

The sudden discovery of his son's secret turns Ibrahim's traditional world upside down. Fraught with emotional conflict he takes Ismail on a fateful trip. Inspired by the biblical story of Prophet Abraham, father of all patriarchs, and his son Ismail set in present-day Cyprus, unraveling the conservative facade of the society.


Trans Happiness Is Real

Quinton Baker

8' | 2020 | UK

A trans activist chronicles their street art activism, which combats anti-trans stickering campaign on the streets of Oxford with unwavering but not untested hope.



Daniel Toledo Saura

8’ | 2020 | Spain

This is the story of a first meeting and, at the same time, of a reunion. It's the story of the moment when Ana sees Clara for the first time.