Short Film Showcase 1 – LGBTQ Night with Q&A
Many LGBTQ TV shows and films have been banned or censored in mainland China, and in the spirit of promoting artists and censor-free content, LACFF has put together a special night of LGBTQ films.
FILM #1: A Birthday Gift + Q&A
Jia lies to her mother about going to school on Saturday to study, instead of meeting Man in a stairwell. But when the secret of their shared romantic feelings are put to the test, they must decide what to do and how that will change their lives.
Director: Dan Zhou Length: 13 mins
FILM #2: Gentleman Spa
Hao, a chubby gay man, works as a janitor at a gay spa. For him, romantic relationships are an unreachable dream. One day, an attractive customer, Kai, walks into the place, and Hao has the opportunity to massage him. As they talk and get to know each other, they bond. However, things do not go as smoothly as Hao expected…
Director: Jhi-Han Yu Length: 20 mins
FILM #3: A Familiar Stranger
A Familiar Stranger explores the meaning of life and the value of growth from the perspective of an introverted girl. The short film tells the story of Wen, an 18-year-old, struggling with a stagnant and conflicted past, who suddenly has a fortuitous romantic moment with a French woman Caroline. The experience helps Wen reconcile her feelings and look to the future with courage. The story was inspired by a soulful trip the director experienced on a small island in Provence, South France in the summer of 2015.
Director: Yining Xu Length: 15 mins
FILM #4: We Outlaws
In the early 1990s, trans people lived in a world that was unknown. Usually “he” is Chen Shi, an ordinary worker in a textile workshop. In the dance hall, “she” is the resilient spring grass in a red dress. The life of dual-genders is a life separated. “He” imitates female co-worker Liu Yumei from the textile factory in the textile factory and goes to the ballroom at night. “She” loves the man Li Guotao and pushes all her feminine qualities to the extreme. “She” is increasingly eager to be recognized and increasingly eager to be herself.
Director: Kaixuan Wang Length: 33 mins