VQFF 2014 Films

by vortexcubes | created - 19 Aug 2014 | updated - 23 Aug 2014 | Public

A list of films screened during the 2014 26th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival. Missing from IMDB SAT, AUG 16 Emile - N Maxwell Lander - Canada - 2012 - 4 min Crashpad Classic: Siren & Zelda - Shine Louise Houston - USA - 2011 - 8 min Crashpad: Lyric Seal & Joey Minx - Shine Louise Houston - USA - 2014 - 6 min FTM *beep* DIESELBOI - James Darling - USA - 2013 - 4 min Heavenly Spire: Jack Hammer & Jessie Sparkles - Shine Louise Houston - USA - 2012 - 8 min Crashpad: Nikki Darling & Chocolate Chip - Shine Louise Houston - USA - 2013 - 7 min Crashpad: Kimberly Kills & Sparky St Claire - Shine Louise Houston - USA - 2011 - 5 min Egg - Sadie Lune - USA - 2012 - 9 min Bed Party: Eden Alexander & Sebastian Keys - Shine Louise Houston - USA - 2013 - 6 min The Wild Search - Shine Louise Houston - USA - 2007 - 3 min Tina Horn's Point of Contact - Tina Horn - USA - 2010 - 5 min SUN, AUG 17 LAMI - Christophe Defaye & Olivier Defaye - Japan - 2013 - 2 min Big Mouth - Andrea Dorfman - Canada - 2012 - 8 min What Do You Know? - Ellen Brodsky - USA - 2012 - 13 min MON, AUG 18 Dreamworld Waiting - Samuel Shanahoy - Australia - 2013 - 4 min Radicalizing Intimacy in Queer Asian Canadian Youth - Stephanie Fung & Joanna Yang - Canada - 2014 - 9 min Binded Inself - Krista Martin - Canada - 2014 - 6 min Princess (Princesa) - Drew Stephens - USA - 2014 - 12 min WED, AUG 20 Under the Rainbow - Dave Shortt & BC Poverty Reduction Coalition - Canada - 2014 - 12 min Trench Coat Lesbians - Ryan Steele & Amy Goodmurphy - Canada - 2012 - 4 min A Love Story - Brandy Svendson - Canada - 2013 - 9 min Body.Cake.Lake. - Michael V. Smith - Canada - 2013 - 3 min Queer Arts Festival: SD Holman Interview - Stephen Emery - Canada - 2014 - 9 min A Message - Clark Nikolai - Canada - 2012 - 6 min Exempli Gratia - Clark Nikolai - Canada - 2013 - 3 min Hall of Mirrors - Jose Manuel Navarro - Spain - 2012 - 4 min Punch My Tammy - Ryan Steele - Canada - 2013 - 3 min SAT, AUG 23 POWER - Elaine Carol - Canada - 2014 - 73 min

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1. The Way He Looks (2014)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Leonardo is a blind teenager searching for independence. His everyday life, the relationship with his best friend, Giovana, and the way he sees the world change completely with the arrival of Gabriel.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro | Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Fabio Audi, Tess Amorim, Lúcia Romano

Votes: 21,216 | Gross: $0.10M

2. Boys (2014 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, Romance

A sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate.

Director: Mischa Kamp | Stars: Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders, Ton Kas

Votes: 11,373

3. Appropriate Behavior (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

Shirin is struggling to become an ideal Persian daughter, politically correct bisexual and hip young Brooklynite but fails miserably in her attempt at all identities. Being without a cliché to hold onto can be a lonely experience.

Director: Desiree Akhavan | Stars: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Ryan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 3,656

Canadian Premiere and director was in attendance.

4. Eastern Boys (2013)

Unrated | 128 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A businessman makes a regular arrangement with a Ukrainian prostitute, despite the youngster's involvement in a controlling street gang.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov, Daniil Vorobyov, Edéa Darcque

Votes: 3,011 | Gross: $0.02M

5. A Street in Palermo (2013)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

Two cars come face to face in a narrow street in Italy. When neither one of the drivers wants to back down to let the other pass, within no time the whole village is involved.

Director: Emma Dante | Stars: Emma Dante, Alba Rohrwacher, Elena Cotta, Renato Malfatti

Votes: 509

6. Aquaporko! (2013)

22 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

Aquaporko! is the story of Melbourne's fat femme synchronized swim team sculling, egg beating and high kicking towards their first ever live performance. We follow fat activist and ... See full summary »

Directors: Kelli Jean Drinkwater, Anna Helme | Star: Kelli Jean Drinkwater

screened along with Grrrls in Space (other short films). Directors were in attendance.

7. Biodildo (2012)

10 min | Short, Romance

A perfect couple in a perfect home after a perfect dinner ready for perfect sex! But something is not so perfect... This is a fanciful short piece by first time queer director but long time... See full summary »

Director: Christian Slaughter | Stars: Kay Garnellen, Jiz Lee

A part of Crashing the Porn Party.

8. Mommy Is Coming (2012)

Not Rated | 64 min | Comedy, Romance

Pioneer filmmaker Cheryl Dunye returns with a sassy, raunchy, romantic sex comedy set in the edgy underground of Berlin where love and taboo affairs collide! Cute power femme Dylan (Lil ... See full summary »

Director: Cheryl Dunye | Stars: Lil Harlow, Papi Coxx, Maggie Tapert, Wieland Speck

Votes: 71

A part of Crashing the Porn Party.

9. Barrio Boy (2014)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A Latino barber quietly falls in love with a handsome Irish stranger over the course of a haircut during a hot and sweaty summer afternoon in a macho Brooklyn hood.

Director: Dennis Shinners | Stars: Dennis Garcia, Dan Leonard, Peter Olivera, Andrew Flores

Votes: 134

A part of Grind: Hookup Shorts.

A part of Grind: Hookup Shorts.

11. Mum (II) (2013)

11 min | Short, Drama, Romance

In the midst of dealing with the repercussion of a recent accident, newly introverted William comes in contact with the very spark that may just allow him to overcome.

Director: Alex Bohs | Stars: Jake Cohen, Nic Collins, Eve Rydberg, David Thomases

Votes: 42

A part of Grind: Hookup Shorts.

12. All Good Things (II) (2015)

9 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A romantic evening for two boyfriends leads to unexpected results.

Director: Ian Tang | Stars: Caleb McMullen, Christopher Roman

A part of Grind: Hookup Shorts and a part of The Coast is Queer.

13. Sex Date (2014)

16 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A man pursued by the law finds more than refuge from the streets, when he is mistaken for another man's on-line hook up.

Director: John Sobrack | Stars: Kenneth Lawrence Ferguson, Dick Friedman, Seril James, Elio Mardini

Votes: 16

A part of Grind: Hookup Shorts.

14. Grind (I) (2014)

32 min | Short, Drama, Musical

GRIND is a musical story exploring a damaged man's search for a connection in an interconnected world.

Director: Zachary Halley | Stars: Anthony Rapp, Claire Coffee, Pasha Pellosie, Jennifer Babiak

Votes: 103

A part of Grind: Hookup Shorts.

15. The Foxy Merkins (2013)

81 min | Adventure, Comedy

42 Metascore

Two lesbian hookers wind their way through a world of bargain-hunting housewives and double-dealing conservative women in this buddy comedy, an homage to and riff on iconic male hustler ... See full summary »

Director: Madeleine Olnek | Stars: Gian Maria Annovi, Nuotama Bodomo, Diane Ciesla, Claudia Cogan

Votes: 120

16. Club King (2015)

70 min | Documentary, Action, Comedy

Club Kingpin Mario Diaz has been throwing the hottest, sexiest, funnest parties in the LGBT nightlife scene for over 20 years, from New York to LA. Come with us as we dive deep, go behind ... See full summary »

Director: Jon Bush | Stars: Mario Diaz, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Nadya Ginsburg, Selene Luna

Votes: 22

17. Huellas (2013)

2 min | Animation, Short

Children try to find their own identity in a narrow minded society.

Director: José Manuel Silvestre | Stars: Nerea Villagómez, Ignacio Ysasi

Part of KinderKino.

18. Bottle (2011)

5 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

A transoceanic conversation between two characters via objects in a bottle.

Director: Kirsten Lepore

Votes: 344

Part of KinderKino.

19. Dance Class (2013)

4 min | Animation, Short

Diana always has been a little different from the other people in her dance class. But one day one of her friends discovers why.

Director: Camilo Cogua

Part of KinderKino.

20. Rabbit and Deer (2012)

Not Rated | 17 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

The friendship of Rabbit and Deer is put to the test by Deer's new obsession to find the formula for the 3rd dimension...

Director: Péter Vácz | Stars: Dániel Czupi, Adrienn Mórocz

Votes: 1,101

Part of KinderKino.

21. Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People (2014)

90 min | Documentary, Family, History

64 Metascore

A film that explores how African American communities have used the camera as a tool for social change from the invention of photography to the present. This epic tale poetically moves ... See full summary »

Director: Thomas Allen Harris | Stars: Arthé Anthony, Anthony Barboza, Hugh Bell, David G. Berger

Votes: 116 | Gross: $0.07M

22. Drunktown's Finest (2014)

Unrated | 95 min | Drama

55 Metascore

Three young Native Americans - an adopted Christian girl, a rebellious father-to-be, and a promiscuous transsexual - strive to escape the hardships of life on an Indian reservation.

Director: Sydney Freeland | Stars: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, MorningStar Angeline, Tailinh Agoyo

Votes: 205

Director was in attendance.

23. Test (I) (2013)

TV-MA | 89 min | Drama

70 Metascore

In 1985, a gay dance understudy hopes for his on-stage chance while fearing the growing AIDS epidemic.

Director: Chris Mason Johnson | Stars: Scott Marlowe, Matthew Risch, Evan Boomer, Kevin Clarke

Votes: 1,393 | Gross: $0.02M

24. Bad Hair (2013)

93 min | Drama

74 Metascore

A nine-year-old boy's preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother.

Director: Mariana Rondón | Stars: Samuel Lange Zambrano, Samantha Castillo, Beto Benites, Nelly Ramos

Votes: 1,952

25. A Self-Made Man (2013)

57 min | Documentary, Biography

What would you do if your inside did not match your outside? A documentary about the life and work of transgender youth advocate Tony Ferraiolo.

Director: Lori Petchers

Votes: 10

26. Bajo el último techo (2012)

12 min | Short, Drama

Beto, who is nine years old, is overprotectedby his grandparents. When Stephany, a transsexual, moves into the building, afriendship takes seed that confronts the child against his general conception of the world.

Director: Édgar A. Romero | Stars: Gastón Calvario, Mario Alejandro López, César Moheno Plá, Graciela Orozco

Votes: 7

English Title: Under the Last Roof A part of Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous.

27. The Color of Our Feathers (2014)

4 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

In a world where gender dictates fashion, sixteen-year-old Vanessa Saccone finds her own unique expression of identity through style and photography.

Director: Brandy Byhoffer | Star: Vanessa Saccone

A part of Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous.

28. Carreteras (2013)

10 min | Short, Drama

Carmela leads a quiet life in the countryside with her grandfather until Abril, an adventurous free spirited girl, breaks into her routine. The meeting leads them to explore new paths in their lives.

Director: Denisse Quintero | Stars: Gimena Gómez, Iazua Larios, Tomihuatzi Xelhuantzin, Luis Eduardo Yee

Votes: 12

A part of Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous.

29. I Was A Teenage Girl (2014)

6 min | Short, Drama

Emma and Jesse are close friends. One night, after an intense breakup, they have a heartfelt conversation that challenges the boundaries of their friendship in an unexpected way.

Director: Augustine Frizzell | Stars: Atheena Frizzell, Claire Stuart Meiner

A part of Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous.

30. Dating Sucks: A Genderqueer Misadventure (2013)

13 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

A documentary about the successes, failures, and incredible confusion trying to date as a genderqueer/trans person.

Director: Sam Berliner

Votes: 5

A part of Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous.

31. The Language of Love (2013)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, Romance

"The aim was to pick up chicks by sounding like a Frenchman. Hasn't really worked out yet." Charlie's a mess. His best friend's not talking to him, he can't concentrate on his work...and ... See full summary »

Director: Laura Scrivano | Star: Kim Ho

Votes: 204

A part of Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous.

32. Crushed (III) (2012)

7 min | Short, Drama

Falling in love for the first time can be awkward, but for Brian, a shy seventh grader living in the Ontario suburbs in the early 90s, his feelings for skater kid Kyle could loose him his best friend.

Director: Nadia Casey | Stars: Nicholas Elia, Jonathan Hers, Sean Mathieson, Connor Stanhope

A part of Young 'n Fierce 'n Fabulous.

33. Sins Invalid (2013)

33 min | Documentary, Short, Biography

A documentary about a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities, centralizing artists of color and queer and gender-variant artists as communities who have... See full summary »

Director: Patty Berne

Screening was cancelled and replaced with A Street in Palermo.

34. My Child (2013)

83 min | Documentary, Family

What happens when your child comes out to you? In this feature documentary, parents of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-gender individuals in Turkey intimately share their experiences with the... See full summary »

Director: Can Candan | Stars: Sule Ceylan, Ömer Ceylan, Günseli Dum, H. Metehan Ozkan

Votes: 498

Screening was cancelled and replaced with Drunktown's Finest.

35. Out in the Night (2014)

Unrated | 75 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

Under the neon lights in a gay-friendly neighborhood of New York City, four young African-American lesbians are violently and sexually threatened by a man on the street. They defend ... See full summary »

Director: Blair Doroshwalther | Stars: Alexis Agathocleous, Venice Brown, Terrain Dandridge, Angela Davis

Votes: 89

36. I Feel Like Disco (2013)

98 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

Actually, Florian Herbst is happiest when his dad isn't at home. Then he can dance around the house with his mum, wear crazy costumes and forget all his troubles. And Hanno Herbst doesn't ... See full summary »

Directors: Axel Ranisch, René Rimkus | Stars: Frithjof Gawenda, Heiko Pinkowski, Christina Große, Robert Alexander Baer

Votes: 377

37. Boy (2012)

TV-14 | 48 min | Drama

"Boy" tells the story of an invisible member of our society, an undocumented Filipino cleaner. He has no name. Moving continuously from one location to the other, he is living between being... See full summary »

Director: Tami Ravid | Stars: Gerald Gonzales, Bart Klever, Arvin Quirante, René van Zinnicq Bergman

Votes: 33

39. Das Phallometer (2014)

7 min | Short, Comedy

The phallometric tests were used in the Czech Republic until recently in order to verify the homosexuality of asylum seekers, who reported homosexuality-based persecution in their home ... See full summary »

Director: Tor Iben | Stars: Annette Frier, Klaus J. Behrendt, Harry Baer, Firat Erol

Votes: 80

40. Love Is Strange (2014)

R | 94 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

After Ben and George get married, George is fired from his teaching post, forcing them to stay with friends separately while they sell their place and look for cheaper housing -- a situation that weighs heavily on all involved.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei, Charlie Tahan

Votes: 11,732 | Gross: $2.25M

41. Pierrot Lunaire (2014)

51 min | Drama, Music

A young girl that regularly dresses as a boy falls in love and seduces a young girl that has no clue that her lover has the same sex. When the girl introduces 'her boyfriend' to her father ... See full summary »

Director: Bruce La Bruce | Stars: Susanne Sachße, Paulina Bachmann, Luizo Vega, Maria Ivanenko

Votes: 80

42. Hands in the Dirt (2013)

14 min | Documentary, Short, Action | Completed

Two young farmers and an old timer fight to protect farmland from illegal dumping while next door in Vancouver; hip urban farming threatens to steal the show.

Directors: Javier Ojer, Mik Turje

Part of Changemakers.

43. Citizen Jane (2014)

16 min | Short, Drama

Canadian Forces Base, 1987 Private Jane Cross is quickly noticed during her training by Master Corporal Maryann Kirk, and for more than her skills on the battlefield. Meanwhile the military... See full summary »

Director: Cari Green | Stars: Tirra Dent, Aliyah O'Brien, Alison Wandzura, Mike Dopud

Votes: 14

Part of Changemakers.

44. Fucking Different XXY (2014)

83 min | Documentary

A collection of 6 short movies made to break stereotypical opinions, and celebrate differences as well as maybe even create a little stir. The producer has gathered film makers over a subject - Sexual confusion.

Directors: Buck Angel, J. Jackie Baier, Felix Endara, Kay Garnellen, Gwen Haworth, Jasco Viefhues, Mor Vital, Sasha Wortzel | Stars: Emy Fem, Kay Garnellen, Jörg Hochapfel, Hans Kellett

Votes: 22

Part of Changemakers.

45. Sissy (II)

4 min | Documentary, Short, Comedy | Post-production

A playful exploration of what it means to be a sissy.

Director: Jen Crothers

Part of The Coast is Queer.

46. Up and Down (2014)

13 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Trying to get the attention of a boy at school, Emily practices his hobby of yo-yo(ing). But the difficulties of love are more complicated than the tricks she is trying to learn.

Director: Jason Karman | Stars: Lee Booker, Bruce Novakowski, Ama Bennington, Tony Giroux

Votes: 7

Part of The Coast is Queer.

47. StandStill (2014)

10 min | Documentary, Short, Drama