This Film has been rated 14A.
Reel Pride is excited to once again be hosting the 13th Annual Canadian LGBTTQ* Short Films Competition.
The competition features short films (not exceeding 30 minutes in length) that have a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit and/or a queer aspect to them. This expression can come in many formats ranging from theme or content to the background of the filmmaker.
THERE WILL BE TWO AWARDS GIVEN:
RBC Audience Choice Award– chosen by the audience attending the festival
Jury Choice Award– chosen by the REEL PRIDE advisory group
We would like to thank William F White Inc for their generous donation of two $1000 gift certificates;
one to each of the Award winners.
RBC Royal Bank is generously sponsoring a cash prize for each award in the amount of $250.
2016 Film Selection
The First Message
Directed by Jason Rayner | Toronto | 2016 | 3:09
A man struggles to initiate contact with a match from his online dating profile.
Directed by Wes Chew | Surrey | 2015 | 5:18
Tensions rise between two friends on a road trip to the city.
There's Someone in Your Room
Directed by Graeme Coleman and Jon Clemens | Toronto | 2016 | 4:12
A young gay man is attacked my a masked intruder in his apartment while video chatting with his boyfriend, who must watch powerlessly from behind his screen.
SANDY: The Long Dark Tearoom of the Soul
Directed by David Churchill and Frank Livingston | Winnipeg | 2015 | 4:23
An aging puppet searches halls and washrooms for a moment of erotic possibility and delight.
Directed by Jamie Alain | Vancouver | 2016 | 9:53
A scientist travels across parallel dimensions to find her lost love.
Directed by Jason Karman | Vancouver | 2015 | 11:36
A lesson in how not to act when your girlfriend chooses someone else.
Directed by Laura O'Grady | Calgary | 2016 | 15:33
Photographer Kelly Hofer has struggled to reconcile his Hutterite upbringing with living his truth as a gay man.
Directed by James Fanizza | Toronto | 2016 | 8:28
After the death of her abusive mother, a transgender woman reunites with her estranged brother in order to divide the family estate.
Directed by Paige Gratland and Sam McWilliams | Vancouver/US/UK | 2015 | 10:36
BOOTWMN is a heartwarming, intimate and at times funny portrait of the queering of a traditional art form.
Directed by Brad McDermott | Toronto | 2015 | 11:31
An aging gay man confronts his mortality with the unwelcome help of a mischievous demon.
Love on the Prairies
Directed by Noelle Duddridge | Winnipeg | 2016 | 10:43
Love on the Prairies brings light to current-day homophobia in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Directed by Kevin Tabachnick and Trevor Kristjanson | Winnipeg | 2015 | 3:44
A young couple embark on a journey to a mysterious Island in order to save their troubled relationship.
Directed by Kayla Jeanson & Brett Owen | Winnipeg | 2016 | 4:30
“One time I got invited to this after hours underground wizard party…”
Directed by Matt Guerin | Toronto | 2016 | 7:37
Last minute anxiety threatens to ruin a young couple's first threesome together.
10,579KM: A Queer Journey from Damascus to Vancouver
Directed by David Ng | Vancouver | 2016 | 9:54
The film follows Danny Ramadan, a gay Syrian refugee in Vancouver, and his journey integrating into the queer community.
Directed by Patrick Auber | Montreal | 2016 | 3:05
Guillaume masturbates too often.
Directed by Aaron Mirkin | Toronto | 2015 | 18:20
After the suicide of his best friend, a teenage boy is forced to deal with his guilt and sexuality, in this surrealist psychodrama.
Handsome & Majestic
Directed by Jeff Petry & Nathan Drillot | Vancouver | 2015 | 11:57
Milan Halikowski, is a transgender teenage who has overcome hardships and discrimination to become a trans rights advocate and role model.
Directed by Sherren Lee | Toronto | 2015 | 16:09
When a surrogate pregnancy ends in a stillbirth, two couples and soon-to-be parents are faced with an impossible decision.
and the moon rose in their eyes
Directed by Eric Plamondon | Winnipeg | 2016 | 3:23
A privileged look at the beginning of a relationship, capturing the moment the moon rose in their eyes.
Contents of the Heart
Directed by Julie Epp | Winnipeg | 2016 | 3:58
An old man takes a heartbreaking and beautiful journey into the memories of his forbidden love of 50 years ago as he digs through the contents of an old trunk.