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Favorite Queer Shorts

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Every month, I post a new collection of queer films & shorts. These “Top 5” posts are almost always connected by a theme, and of course to make it interesting, I run a guessing game across my social media channels. However, most of the films included in these posts are queer films – NOT queer shorts. (Partly due to bias as I determine the films in each post based of IMDb ratings, and there are actually a lot of queer short films that haven’t been added to IMDb).

So I’ve compiled this post to highlight my favorite queer short films! All of these shorts are superb and represent a wide-range of topics, themes, and more. To keep it concise, I’ve focused only on the queer short films I have reviewed. As is normal for any favorite or Top 5 list, I’m sure the titles will change over time as I discover and review new queer short films. If it does happen that a film surpasses one of the five currently on this list, I’ll update this post.

Linked to each film on this list is my full review of each queer short film. Below is the film’s synopsis and a quick summary, but I strongly encourage you to read the full review to learn all of my thoughts on each short film – and why they are all among my favorites! Although to be fair, one of my current top five favorite queer short films didn’t actually score a perfect 5.0/5.0 like the others – and for a very good reason. Keep reading to find out which short that is, and why it still is among my favorites.

5 Favorite Queer Shorts

The bug bite that disrupts a Friday night hookup turns out to be a manifestation of something much scarier.

“Estigma” was FREAKY! Woven amid an odd, stalkerish hookup that was hot to watch is a crawling hint of something devious and creepy: a bug. It’s enough for our young man to turn out the attractive hookup while he tends to the rather larger and bleeding bug bites. Bugs writhing, agonising pain, more blood – it’s a horror film’s wonderland! When the true “twist” is finally revealed, not only does it utterly shock the viewer but for many of us Queer viewers, it gives us a new level of terror. Thankfully, there’s that glimpse of hope that not all is lost. But David Velduque truly takes us down a dark path beforehand! Do NOT miss out on this short horror film!

Read my full review HERE

“Estigma” is not currently available to buy/watch online.

In 1962, a hidden movie camera is used to trap sexual deviants in a public park.

Based on actual events – those words always add a certain level to any film or short. In this case, “Caught” is a short film by Monte Patterson that captures the essence of the 1962 Mansfield, Ohio Police Department sting operation. While the location is different to that case, this short examines and mimics how similar operations were carried out – and still are. “Caught” is a brilliant short that treads the fine line between bliss and danger amid a darker, hidden area of Queer life and Queer history.

Read my full review HERE

“Caught” is not currently available to buy/watch online.

5.0

Bellamy’s having the worst day: she’s being deported from the country, her girlfriend dumped her, she can’t access her bank account, and her fitted sheet just won’t fold. Now watch her make it worse.

I opted to watch and review “How To Fold A Fitted Sheet” because it intrigued me; the synopsis and premise was enticing. We’ve all had to deal with customer service support where we are constantly put on hold, fighting to get something fixed or changed, and more. It is utterly frustrating and feels like we’re pulling out our hair trying to resolve issues. Additionally, it IS challenging to fold a fitted sheet properly (not really, but I realise that many people just can’t quite figure it out). Lastly, I AM an immigrant living abroad. While I have never had to directly face deportation, Bellamy’s story could very easily be my own. And yes, it can feel like trying to neatly fold a fitted sheet. Let’s break down what makes this queer short film so great – despite one major script flaw.

Read my full review HERE

Watch “Estigma” on Prime Video, Fearless, and Lesflicks.

A Cree filmmaker and her white partner document their pregnancy and journey to parenthood. From the search for an Indigenous donor and midwife to their concerns about raising a child as an interracial queer couple, the joy of having a child together gives them the courage to overcome any obstacle.

“êmîcêtôsêt: Many Bloodlines” is quite a special queer short film. Winner of HotDocs 2020 Best Canadian Short Documentary, this queer short film is simply stunning. This self produced and self written story follows Stefani and Theola on their journey through pregnancy and into parenthood. It’s real and authentic, especially because Theola fully embraces and wants to include her Cree heritage. Together they candidly talk about themselves whilst finding their way through IVF as a lesbian couple. Let’s discuss more about what makes “êmîcêtôsêt: Many Bloodlines” so beautiful.

Read my full review HERE

“êmîcêtôsêt” is not currently available to buy/watch online.

5.0

5.0

This mock 1950s-styled educational film chronicles a phase in the life a school aged boy, Billy, whose thoughts turn to what he wants to be when he grows up, as career day is approaching at school. Not knowing what he wants to do, he wishes he had it as easy as his sister, who only has to attract a man to become his wife. Billy has as role models his father, mother, and neighbor Betty Henderson whose double entendre activities demonstrate that Billy can be and do whatever and whoever he wants when he grows up.

Do you enjoy sexual innuendos? How about a parody of 1950’s education films? Black & white films? All of these things can be found in “Billy’s Dad Is A Fudge-Packer!” In her first non-acting effort, writer/director Jamie Donahue parodies the 1950’s “Jimmy Goes To School” educational films to create this hysterical queer short film. But not everyone views it with such adoration. Is it dated? Misogynist? A bit “over the top”? Absolutely – and that’s why it’s so enjoyable to watch! But let’s break it down a bit, shall we?

Read my full review HERE

“Billy’s Dad Is A Fudge-Packer!” is not currently available to buy/watch online.

So what are your thoughts? Have you seen all of these queer short films yet? If so, let me know which one was your favourite. And if you haven’t watched them all yet, I highly encourage you to add these short films to your watch list ASAP!

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