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still from "Eating in the dark", dir. Inari Sirola

Being queer together - short films set

Ah, l’amour… every so often gives you hard times, and then gives you a kick. It is also the greatest feeling ever. And if to be loved, then only when you’re accepted for who you are – let it be panda, a hen, a human or a samosa.

A curator’s choice by Aneta Ozorek, an Artistic Director of Kaboom Animation Festival in Amsterdam, uncovers the beauty of love in all its forms and shapes. Sometimes deadly serious, sometimes nostalgic, and often with a characteristic absurd and black sense of humor.

The selection is recommended to be watched individually, in pairs, in threes and other most preferable combinations. 


I [insert body part] you, Alex Goddard, United Kingdom 2014, 1’5’’

The sentiment of love is often associated with the heart, but why stop there? A romantic and odd ode to love.

 

Adorable, Cheng-Hsu Chung, Taiwan, United Kingdom 2018, 5’43’’

Love, Discriminations and Freedom! ADORABLE is an animated film about a journey of a queer person where he explores his sexuality and the queer community.

 

Howard, Julia Pott, United Kingdom 2010, 3’54’’

Do you remember when we met? You were brilliant, witty, gorgeous to look at...something's changed.

 

I Love Hooligans, Jan-Dirk Bouw, Netherlands 2013, 13’

A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club. However, being gay, he has to hide his identity in order to survive in the world so precious to him.

 

1325 kilometers 227 days, Gustavo de Almeida, Vítor Teixeira, Brazil 2021, 5’06’’

Vítor and Gustavo decided in january 2020 to be in a long distance relationship. The idea was to meet again every few months. Until COVID stopped them. This is the story of how they overcame the distance and the time through so much love and, mainly, Whatsapp voice messages.

 

Camille, Nathanaël Sonn, France 2020, 3’52’’

Camille is about to take a bath when she’s approached by her alteregos. A talk with a person she should have become helps her understand doubts and issues related to one’s identity.

 

Eating in the dark, Inari Sirola, United Kingdom 2021, 9’05’’

Through snakey dildos, setting boundaries and a journey through a mind-bending forest we follow Siro's quest for self-discovery.

 

Raymonde or the vertical escape, Sarah van den Boom, France 2018, 16’41’’

Raymonde is really fed up with peas, aphids, dirty panties and her kitchen garden to dig. After all, she would prefer sex, and love, and the immensity of the sky...

 

Between us two, Wei Keong Tan, Singapore 2017, 5’03’’

A gay son talks to his dead mother.

 

Sister and brother / Soeur et frère, Marie Vieillevie, France 2012, 4’02’’

The story of a young girl and the very close friendship she has with her older brother.

 

Sandy, Joseph Mann, United Kingdom 2013, 2’32’’

A day out to the seaside with sun, sand & beautiful bubblewrap sea! Just don't expect to return with your innocence intact...

 

Love triangle, Yasmeen Ismail, United Kingdom 2007, 3’

A young man struggles with the fact that that his girlfriend has unexpectedly changed shape. A witty and moving comment on contemporary fixation with size and shape.


Curator - Aneta Ozorek

Aneta Ozorek is an Artistic Director of Kaboom Animation Festival, film curator, and education expert. She has an extensive industry experience in the organization of film events, workshops, exhibitions, and festivals on the European market.

She is a Head of Short section of CEE Animation Pitching Forum and member of the board of REX Animation Film Festival and Short Film Conference.

Polish Ambassador of European Animation Award. Member of a jury at Berlinale, Fantoche Animation Film Festival (Switzerland), Odense Film Festival (Denmark), Primanima (Hungary), Anibar (Kosovo), Kineko (Japan) and many others. She illustrated seven books for children and one vinyl cover. Can't live without ice-creams.