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Hot Legs (Short Gay Film)

Short Film produced by Underdog Productions (Pty) Ltd in 1995.

Note: This film contains some male nudity, contains material of a gay nature, and may be disturbing to younger viewers. It also contains some fast flash shots.

Written & Directed by Luiz DeBarossProduced by: Marc Schwinges

Starring:Tim: David DucasDave: Gerrie BarnardTim Jnr: Glen FineDave Jnr: Leon WeedKid One: Miguel BarrosKid Tow: Marcus MuddPoliceman One: Carlo GoertzPoliceman Two: Criag KellyMother: Mariana CarrilloSon: Sipho Khuzwago Moyo

Director of Photography: Peter PohorskyProduction Manager: Brendan RiceProduction Assistant: David HeckerFocus Puller: Greg PoissonGrip: Tony Slater

Sound: Jeremy HattinghSound: Ian MillerBoom Operator: Sean Kelly

Senior Make-up Artist: Adrienne CohenMake-Up Artist: Ionka Nel

Runners: Wayne Fick, Paul Hanrahan, Hal Couzens, Bronwyn Vermeulen, Oliver Galloway.

Post Production Advisor: Hal CouzensNon-Liner Editor: Llewelyn Roderick

Executive Producers: Marc Schwinges, Catherine Bester & Charlotte Bauer

Hot Legs (Short Gay Film)

THE BEST GAY THEMED SHORT FILMS!

A list of gay themed short films I have compiled. Most of these can be watched on YouTube. They are listed from my favourite to least favourite. Chalk Lines (2006) – Not on IMDBEric (2004) – Not on IMDBMiles Apart (2003) – Not on IMDBThe Inbetween (Part 2 of 3 CT Trilogy) (2010) – Not on IMDBA Lack Of Gravity (Part 3 of 3 CT Trilogy) (2010) – Not on IMDB

THE BEST GAY THEMED SHORT FILMS!

100 Short films that were good for the gay community

These are all short movies that i have seen and that i liked. I feel that they have a possitive or authentic message about the LGBTQ community. In chronological order of release of them can be seen on their official website.

100 Short films that were good for the gay community

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Written & Directed by Connor Clements Niall Wright as James !/Niall_Wright

Northern Ireland – 2008Shot at 720p on the JVC GY-HD200

Young James struggles as the outsider kid at his school. His teacher, Mr. Sutherland, is the only person he feels he can connect with. When James finally puts a voice to his feelings, Mr. Sutherland’s response isn’t what James had hoped for.

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Best Northern Irish short, Belfast Film Festival 2008 Best First Irish Short 2nd Place, Galway Film Fleadh 2008 Best Short Gaze Dublin International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2008 Jury Award Best Student Short Palm Springs Shortfest 2008 Best Student Cinematography 2nd Place, Palm Springs Shortfest 2008 Best UK Short Iris Prize Festival 2008 Outlook Award Best LGBT Short Film 53rd Corona Cork Film Festival 2008 Award of Merit Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2008 Best International Short 17th Annual St Louis International Film Festival 2008 Bronze Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival 2009 Best Foreign Film, NYC Downtown Short Film Festival 2009 Gold Kahuna Award Honolulu International Film Festival 2009 Best GLBT Short Breckenridge Film Festival 2009 Audience Award Breckenridge Film Festival 2009Best Drama UK National Student Film Festival 2009 Grand Jury Award UK National Student Film Festival 2009 Best Short Film, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival 2009Best Short (Male) Fort Worth International Gay&Lesbian Film Festival 2009Chessie Award Best Short Film, Cineslam Vermont 2009Best Short, Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009Jury Prize for Best Short, Image+Nation LGBT Film Festival Montreal 2009Best Screenplay, Grand OFF World Of Film Awards 2009 Best Short, Coming Of Age Movie Awards 2010

Struggling actor Gary plays Hamlet in a homoerotic film adaptation of Shakespeare’™s play. As he works hard on the role, his girlfriend complains that he is not giving their relationship enough attention. But when his co-actor Aidan provokes him with suggestive invitations, Gary’s real life and reel life begin to intertwine.

SONG CREDITS:“WTF“ written byMatt Zarley & Mark PicchiottiProduced by Mark Picchiotti

Bullying is taken to unimaginable extremes when a boy is brutally attacked and raped at an exclusive private school. Based on true events.

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Still (5mins)A duet for two men taken from Still, a long form live dance piece by Nigel Charnock for Candoco Dance Company in 2009. At the time making it Nigel commented “with every piece I make there is part of me in there, its always about people and how people deal with each other, its always about relationship rather than relationships, and more so in this piece about the loss of that, about losing someone.” (extract the Candoco Archive )

Filmed by Graham Clayton-Chance artist and filmmaker and producer of the Nigel Charnock Archive. Graham is working on a series of short dance films exploring the legacy of acclaimed British choreographer and dancer Nigel Charnock. The short films draw attention to the enduring motifs of Nigel’s 30 year career.

Filmed with Performers Darren Anderson and Christopher Lloyd Owen who originated the work with Nigel in 2009.

For more information about Nigel Charnock please visit;

Produced / Director/ Editor Graham Clayton-ChanceProducer: Franck BordeseCinematography Taina GallisSound Design: James MegeeColourist: Jason MoffatFocus Puller: Annette RemlerSound: Recording Nicholas MercerDIT: Liran BarlevEquipment Hire: My Red RentalStudio: 3 Mills Studio

For the Nigel Charnock Estate Executive Producer Nick Mercer

conceived, visualized + directed by DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU

performed by DIMITRIS PAPAIOANNOU + MICHALIS THEOPHANOUS

assistant director + creative producerTINA PAPANIKOLOAOU

rehearsal directorPAVLINA ANDRIOPOULOU stage managerDINOS NIKOLAOU

produced by the ATHENS FESTIVAL (2012) + 2WORKS (2013)

The music theme of the performance is a „taxim“ (improvisation) in bouzouki by Yiannis Papaioannou

documented during the live performances at the Athens Festival in 2013

short filmDirected by Joshua LonghurstProduced by Annmaree J Bell and Craig Boreham

Charles explores the gray areas of his own sexuality after going through an unexpected breakup.

OFFICIAL SELECTIONNew Orleans Film Festival, Hollyshorts, Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival

Featuring Charles Rogers, Ellington Wells, Brianna Baker, Owen Morgan, Kevin Avery, Jake Elitzer, Janna Bossier, Greg Johnson, and Max Aria

Director & Editor – Matt PorterProducer – Caroline CreagheadCo-Producer & Production Designer – Francesca SmithDirector of Photography – Patrick OuzielGaffer – Dave WilwaycoKey Grip – Shaeden GallegosAssistant Camera – Adam LeeHair & Makeup – Carmen DianneArt Assistant – Samantha Drake

Original Score – Mike MalarkeySound Design – Jay CullitonVisual Effects – Eric Overton

Gay Short Film Showcase: This is how homophobia feels in 2018 – A poetic look at modern gay oppression

The BBC’s The Social is a digital content stream featuring creative young people from all over Scotland. One of its latest videos is a poetic look a modern day homophobia. The poem explores things many gay people will know if they show public displays of affection.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Two men hold hands in a public place, but even in 2018, something’s not quite right. Time For Love explores homophobia in modern society, and also the concept of normality. Do the pressures of convention turn us against one another? Is love the price?’

Unfortunately the video is only likely to play in the UK, but if you can watch it, it’s well worth taking a look at the thoughtful and smart video below. [Read more…]

Michael And Michael Are Gay Web Series Needs Your Help To Look At The Messiness Of Open Relationships

Michael Feldman and Michael Rachlis​ went slightly viral a few years ago with their marriage proposal, which took place during the curtain call of a play. Now they’re planning something a little different, with a six-part web series called Michael And Michael Are Gay, which will look at various things, most notably the issues that arise from open relationships.

In order to get the series completed, they’ve launched a Seed & Spark campaign in the hope of raising $40,000. As usual, there’s a range of perks on offer.

They write, They write: “In the current media landscape, we don’t see our story of marriage reflected. This is an opportunity for queer storytellers (and a straight female director) to be in the driver seat and unapologetically tell queer stories. It will also feature a racially & ethnically diverse cast of LGBTQ actors. Michael & Michael are Gay is a six-episode scripted web series inspired by the real lives of its creators – two neurotic Jews named Michael who fell in love and decided to make it official. The series will explore the lives and unique challenges of two loveable, sex-positive misfits, trying to navigate what marriage looks like between two men in the 21st century. It will also be an opportunity to tap into an impressive pool of LGBT talent to combine their powers (Captain Planet-style) to tell a story that is no holds-bar, unapologetically, and gratuitously GAY (Just like Captain Planet).”

As the clip from the pilot episode below shows, that LGBT talent includes EastSiders creator Kit Williamson and his real-life hubby John Halbach, and Youtuber Michael Henry. Take a look at that teaser below, and if you like what you see, head over to Seed & Spark to help out.

Gay Short Film Showcase: The Loneliest Boy Band – Can a Backstreet Boys obsessed guy find love?

It’s difficult to create something that’s strange, funny, sad, sweet, awkward, slightly cringe-inducing (in a good way), heartfelt and both familiar and unique. It’s even more difficult to do that in just six minutes, but director Natalie Falt manages it with The Loneliest Boy Band.

In the short film, ‘Dusty Jacobson is as excited about finally having a date as he is about boy bands but will HungBrad show up?’ That’s the bare bones of the story, but it’s in the manchild creation of Dusty that the interest in the short film lies. Falt co-wrote the film with Arne Gjelten, who also plays Dusty, a character who is both introvert and extrovert at the same time – full of hope, but also slightly hopeless.

Take a look at The Loneliest Boy Band below. If you know a short film we ought to be posting, tell us by getting in touch via our contact page. And check out more gay short films and web series here[Read more…]

Gay Short Film Showcase: Underwater – Things get explicit between a group of young swimmers (NSFW)

Although much porn lacks imagination, in the past few years certain studios and filmmakers have blurred the lines, whether it’s including extremely explicit content in a ‘normal’ movie, or trying to give porn a more artisitc or filmic edge. The reason we’ve decided to include Underwater here (you can watch it below) is because it’s rather unusual in that it was actually a 90-minute hardcore porn movie from 2015 called Swimboy. However, to become the short film Underwater it’s had most of the porn removed, instead concentrating on the story. (Although you’ll be pleased to hear not all the porn was removed, so it still has some very NSFW moments).

Initially that might seem pointless and/or extremely boring, but it actually reveals a decent (though not spectacular) short film underneath all the sex, which genuinely values character and the emotional arc of the story. Likewise, it’s not afraid to go to some dark places as its main character deals with depression. the death of a parent, peer pressure, bullying and rejection. It’s certainly not what you’d expect from porn – not least because it doesn’t feel the need to tack on a typical happy ending – and actually works surprisingly well.

You won’t be surprised to hear though that as its filled with porn stars, the acting leaves much to be desired, and it’s far from the greatest short film ever made. It is interesting though just to see what porn can be with a little thought.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Battling with his own inner demons, Jonathan, played by Australian talent Jaxon Radoc, is taken to an elite swimming academy deep in the English countryside by his soon to be step-mother, kept away from her upcoming wedding to his father. At the academy, Jonathan struggles to find his place among the group, he may be a top athlete in his field, but when it comes to the small world of Lakeside, swimming, sex and chauvinism combine to create something explosive and the potential for something very dangerous. Lightfarms debut short movie brings an all-star cast from the adult industry and drops them into the mainstream movie world, providing real chemistry between the actors, with real tension and drama like none other. The rites-of-passage all young gay men face and how they adapt to new surroundings and a burgeoning sexuality is fully explored here. With director Alejandro Sesma at the helm, and producer Steven Chinnery working closely together, the movie gives an authenticity rarely seen in such movies.’

If you know a short film we ought to be posting, tell us by getting in touch via our contact page. And check out more gay short films and web series here[Read more…]

Gay Short Film Showcase: Ultra Bleu – A young man faces a breakup, plus the sequel needs your help

It’s not often a LGBT-themed short film gets a sequel, but filmmaker/actor Nick Neon is busy putting together a follow-up to his successful short, Ultra Bleu, which will follow more of the adventures of Jimmy Park. To help with post-production and film festival costs on that sequel – called Zero One – Nick has launched a Kickstarter in the hope of raising $10,000.

It’s a good opportunity then to catch up with where it all started. Ultra Bleu, which was inspired by Neon’s own experiences of being left by his French boyfriend while living in South Korea, follows ’20something + lost, Jimmy Park, for the first 24-hours after a violent break up with his now ex-boyfriend and how a chance meeting with a stranger reveals deeper issues he must confront while living in Seoul.’

The upcoming sequel meanwhile is set, ‘one month after the events of Ultra Bleu. Jimmy Park is visiting home for the first time in four years, and is deeply questioning the choices he has made with his life. Both his dysfunctional family and his own generation’s inability to foster intimate relationships only serve to further his sense of disconnect.’

You can watch Ultra Bleu below, and if you like what you see, head over to Kickstarter to help out.

If you know a short film we ought to be posting, tell us by getting in touch via our contact page. And check out more gay short films and web series here[Read more…]

Gay Short Film Showcase: The Definition of Lonely – A dog brings two unlikely strangers together

Actor Leon Lopez has been seen on UK TV screens in the likes of Brookside and Eastenders. However, he’s also been showing the world he has talent as a director, including the gay-themed feature film Soft Lad. His first film was the short , The Definition Of Lonely, which found plenty of success, winning best gay short film at OUTWEST Film Fest, and Best Script & Best Actor at KINO FEST!

Now that short has been released online so everyone can take a look at the rather sweet and hopeful film. The Definition Of Lonely follows a young Londoner contemplating his solitude, and trying to figure out a life that seems to have little connection to others or even a routine apart from going to a park each day. Then, sitting on a bench, he gets an unexpected visitor in the form of a dog called Charlie, which helps introduce him to Charlie’s owner and a potential, unexpected bond.

Take a look at The Definition Of Lonely below. If you know a short film we ought to be posting, tell us by getting in touch via our contact page. And check out more gay short films and web series here[Read more…]

I’m Fine: Season 2 Trailer – Catching up with the gay friends in the show’s second instalment

The gay streaming service Dekkoo has brought us a few interesting shows such as Feral and Three, but one of the best has been I’m Fine. The first season was released on the service earlier this year and has since made its debut on DVD (thanks to TLA releasing).

Now it’s coming back for a second season, which will hit Dekkoo in January. We can get a taste of what’s in store with the new trailer.

In the first season, ‘Nate just broke up with his boyfriend, but he’s totally fine. His best friend Jeff is always by his side, and his other friend, Andy, experiencing a happy, healthy relationship doesn’t bother him at all. Why would it? As Nate navigates the daily struggle of dealing with an ex who just won’t go away, he continues to feel like he might break – but really, he’s fine. I’M FINE is a comedy series that explores gay male relationships and friendship with a brutally honest edge.’ So what’s going to happen next? [Read more…]

Gay Short Film Showcase: We Once Were Tide – Can a young man’s love surmount life’s obstacles?

We Once Were Tide has seen a fair amount of success, having impressed many at film festivals, before going on to be part of the Boys On Film gay short film collection in the UK, and the Blue Briefs selection in the US. It might be a few years old now, but it’s certainly worth a watch.

Here’s what said about it in our Boys On FIlm review: ‘We Were Once Tide… sees Anthony living on the Isle Of Wight with his terminally-ill mum. The main bright spot of his life is his boyfriend, Kyle. Over the course of 12 hours or so, tensions rise and fall as they try to define their relationship and negotiate the issues surrounding Anthony’s mother. But while Anthony begins to see hope, bad news is just around the corner. A film about what people don’t say or can’t admit, We Were Once Tide has a sad melancholy to it, contrasting the bleakness of the rocky Isle Of Wight shore with the potential intimacy and future of the lovers. The ending is sad but understandable – one of those moments where nothing you can do is fully the right thing, everything is a bit wrong and choices need to be made – even if people can’t voice them.’

Take a look at Zaya below. If you know a short film we ought to be posting, tell us by getting in touch via our contact page. And check out more gay short films and web series here[Read more…]

Gay Short Film Showcase: Zaya – Two women of colour explore queer sexuality through dance

Although Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing With The Stars is resolute in only including opposite sex couples, queer film has been far better at using dance to explore sexuality and gender. That trend continues with the beautiful French short film, Zaya, which uses dance to exploring the growing bond between two women in an intimate and sometimes intense way.

Here’s the synopsis: ‘Directed by Susanne Serres, Zaya follows its titular character who is a contemporary dancer and has just realized her love for her dance partner Nadege. But first she must realize her love for herself, overcoming her fears and opening up about who she is to her mother. #LoveIsLove’

Take a look at Zaya below. If you know a short film we ought to be posting, tell us by getting in touch via our contact page. And check out more gay short films and web series here[Read more…]

The Gay-Themed Comedy Web Series Stray Is Planning Season 2, But It Needs Your Help

Earlier this year we posted episodes from the fun new web series Stray, which is about a straight guy and a gay guy, and their developing roommate bromance. Now the show is plotting its return for season 2, but in order to get it made, it’s hoping to raise $15,000 via Seed & Spark.

The first season concentrated almost exclusively on the straight Rich and the gay Jay, as they negotiated their fledgling friendship, from Rich getting a little too personal as he tries to find out about all things gay, to disussing the relative merits of Tinder and Grindr. We’re promised that ‘In Season 2, Rich and Jay’s world expands, introducing new friends and love interests, including “Brock,” Rich’s homophobic “friend”; “Marquis,” a holier-than-thou thespian; “Autumn,” a sadistic world-saver; and “Luna,” an unfiltered jocknerd.

‘Season 2 will contain 10 five-to-12-minute episodes, including a short-form adaptation of the 1980s comedy Clue, a Freaky Friday-esque episode in which Rich and Jay switch orientations; and an episode that deconstructs the ending of 500 Days of Summer which includes, if we hit our stretch goals, a protracted, Family Guy-style non-sequitur of a fight sequence.’

There are some fun added incentives for those who back the fundraising campaign, from personalised magic tricks to the chance to write your own Stray mini-episode.

Take a look at the crowdfunding video below, check out Season 1 here, and then if you like what you see, head over to Seed & Spark to help out. [Read more…]

Gay movie – Fair Haven (2016)

A young man returns to his family farm, after a long stay in ex-gay conversion therapy, and is torn between the expectations of his emotionally distant father, and the memories of a past, loving relationship he has tried to bury. Watch the trailer and the full movie below: Trailer: Movie I found on youtube:

Gay short film – Twins | Zwillinge (English subtitle)

On the eve of his wedding Daniel meets again with his true love-his identical twin brother Jan. For the last five years he’s been running away from his feelings. Now, on his stag night he is being tested once more.

Gay short film – In one team (El mismo equipo)

En El Mismo Equipo (On the Same Team, in English) is about the mixed feelings of a young rugby player. He tries to keep in the secret that he is gay, due to conformity mostly, but he struggles with it almost everyday. He longs to be free, but what exactly is freedom to the young…

Gay short film – Boy meets Boy (Korea themed)

Boy meets Boy. Boy falls in love with Boy. Popular young actors Kim Hye Sung (High Kick) and Lee Hyun Jin (Glory of the Family) star in the gay short film Boy Meets Boy. Directed by Kimjo Kwang Su, the short and sweet youth charmer is about the budding romance between two high school boys…

Gay Short Film – De vuelta [Back Again] (2015)

Alex returns to his village after long absense and goes out with friend Jordi to celebrate San Juan’s night. In summer storm they take shelter in an old abandoned house where they used to play when they were kids. There they have to face conflicts from the past, where the games were also of sexual…

Gay Short Filme – Pink Triangle

A Nazi informant gets caught up in the Fuhrer’s plan to eliminate homosexuals. When he learns his next target is someone from his past, his mission becomes a search for redemption. A production of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts School of Filmmaking. For demo reel purposes. *Winner Gold Remi Award –…

Gay Movie – Shelter (2007) Full Movie

Zach is an aspiring young artist living in San Pedro, California. He has put off his dreams of going to art school in order to work and help his older sister Jeanne, his disabled father, and his five-year-old nephew Cody, whom he cares for most of the time as the irresponsible Jeanne spends her time…

Gay Movie – Brokeback Mountain (2005) Full Movie

In 1963, rodeo cowboy Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) and ranch hand Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) are hired by rancher Joe Aguirre (Randy Quaid) as sheep herders in Wyoming. One night on Brokeback Mountain, Jack makes a drunken pass at Ennis that is eventually reciprocated. Though Ennis marries his longtime sweetheart, Alma (Michelle Williams), and…

Gay Movie – Paris 05:59: Théo & Hugo

Two men meet in a sex club and spend the night together in the hospital after they have unprotected sex. Light on plot yet heavy on chemistry, “Paris 05:59” is at times a little precious. But the two leads are so believably besotted that their occasional immaturity doesn’t rankle.

Short on length, big on impact, these gay films are a must-see

By Rhuaridh Marr and Randy Shulman on February 19, 2015

“I’m not sure that these are the greatest LGBT films ever,” says Jon Gann. “To me they are significant. I like them because they are about the entire community. In some of the stories, the LGBT portion is very small, but the LGBT component is really critical to how the story unfolds.”

Since 2009, just prior to the Oscars, we’ve occasionally put together lists of “25 Gay Films Everyone Should See.” When it came time for this year’s list, we thought we’d give feature films a break and turn our attention to an oft-neglected, but much beloved category — the short. And who better to curate our mini-festival for us than Gann, executive director of DC Shorts, which, every fall, stages a massive, citywide shorts festival. Gann (see profile, page 20) unearthed 20 LGBT nuggets for us to review, and while, as with any collection of shorts, the quality varies considerably, the collection as a whole captures the entire gamut of the LGBT experience.

The beauty of a short film — most of which range from 2 to 20 minutes — is that even if they’re not perfect, they can be easily endured and then you’re onto the next. It takes a special gift to craft a cogent narrative, to capture a powerful emotion, to convey an idea in a film whose average length is 9 minutes. So, when a filmmaker gets it right — such as Carlos Molina with the unnerving thriller Red or Lance Larson with the emotionally raw Bloom or Arnaud Lalanne with the blissful La Princesse — you have to admire the craftsmanship at work. Yes, short films are sometimes easy to figure out — when the genre is specifically LGBT, it can be hard to truly surprise your viewer — but look beyond that and, in the fleeting moments you spend with each film, absorb what the filmmaker is trying to impart.

A link and instructions on how to stream or download the shorts are available after this feature. Read our thoughts on each, then follow the link at the bottom of this page to enjoy all 20 shorts, courtesy of DC Shorts.

No matter how you digest these shorts — in bitesize nuggets, or one long session, on iPad, computer, or even via Chromecast — it’s an experience worth having. With 20 films from across the gay spectrum, it’s three hours of LGBT cinema that won’t leave you feeling shortchanged.

Not in the mood for another sad, gay movie?

There are a lot of important gay movies that don’t have the happiest endings for gay characters, especially when those movies try to tackle important topics like homophobia or the HIV/AIDS crisis. Still, it can feel a little depressing when you keep seeing the same Bury Your Gays trope played out over and over again. It’s also important to see happy reflections of gay life in media. If you’re just in the movie for a fun film with a happily ever after ending, check out these 11 movies!

7) Latter Days

Latter Days is full of ridiculous rom-com tropes, but this movie about a gay party boy and his closeted Mormon missionary neighbor falling in love is fun to watch. While there’s definitely some heartbreak, the movie ultimately has an uplifting ending. 

8) Touch of Pink

Sometimes you just need some good romantic comedy fluff. Touch of Pink never takes itself too seriously (see: Kyle MacLachlan playing the ghost of Cary Grant), which makes it a fun, endearing film. Alim movies to London to get away from his conservative family. When he comes out to his mother and faces problems with his boyfriend Giles the ghost of Cary Grant gives him advice that often seems to do more harm than good. 

10) Big Eden

This 2000 romantic comedy follows Henry Hart, a New York City artist who returns to his rural hometown in Montana to take care of his grandfather. The townsfolk welcome Henry back and are accepting of his sexuality. Henry has to confront his unresolved feelings for his high school friend Dean Stewart, but he’s oblivious to the feelings of Pike Dexter, the Native American owner of the town’s general store. While films about rural gay life often focus on hardships, Big Eden is unique. The entire film is devoid of homophobia. 

11) Love, Simon

The groundbreaking 2018 film (based off of Becky Albertalli’s young adult novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) follows the story of typical, suburban high school senior Simon Spier as he tries to navigate life after being blackmailed and threatened with outing by one of his classmates while also trying to figure out the identity of his anonymous, romantic, online pen pal named Blue.

Although there are serious themes and instances of casual homophobia throughout the movie, like most teen rom-coms, the ending is really sweet and gives the audience a feeling of hope for the titular character and his life as a newly-out, gay man.

25. Uitgesproken(2013)

How would you react if you discovered your best friend is gay?

Directors:Dylan Tonk, Lazlo Tonk | Stars:Joël Mellenberg, Josha Stradowski, Yldau de Boer, Leendert de Ridder

27. Awakening(2008)

16-year-old Carsten just started dating Melissa. He is introduced to her sweet and likable parents, who kindly welcome their first son in law. On a weekend in their summerhouse it turns out… See full summary »

Director:Christian Tafdrup | Stars:Allan Hyde, Julie Grundtvig Wester, Lars Brygmann, Ellen Hillingsø

28. Triple Standard(2010)

A homophobic ex basketball star is forced to face the reality that he himself is gay.

Director:William Branden Blinn | Stars:Lee Amir-Cohen, William Jennings, Ronnie Prouty, Steve Alderfer

36. Rufus Stone(2012)

Based on social research into the older gay experience in rural south west England and Wales by the Bournemouth University School of Health and Social Care, the story dramatises the old and… See full summary »

Director:Josh Appignanesi | Stars:William Gaunt, Niall Buggy, Lin Blakley, Janie Booth

50. (2017)

When the fifteen year old Bram meets Florian at a house party, he immediately falls for him. There’s only one problem: nobody knows Bram is gay.

Director:Niels Bourgonje | Stars:Valentijn Avé, Tonko Bossen, Timo Dries, Max Berserik

55. We Are Okay Now(2017)

Jonnah a troubled gay teen hangs out with his straight best mate Demitri after a party.

Directors:Andy Deshaun, Rebecca Emcken | Stars:Peter Ousager, Rasmus Skaarup, Lasse Steen

5. (2010)

Two best friends playfully negotiate their way toward having sex together for the first time. It’s a familiar scenario that most gay men can relate to, and one not as uncomplicated as these two friends would prefer.

Director:Travis Mathews | Stars:Jesse Metzger, Brenden Gregory

9. Teens Like Phil(2012)

Inspired by the alarming increase in real-life tragedies involving high school bullying and suicide, Teens Like Phil tells the story of a gay teen, Phil, and his former friend, Adam, who brutally bullies him.

Directors:Dominic Haxton, David Rosler | Stars:Adam Donovan, Jake Robbins, Virginia Bartholomew, Ken Burmeister

10. Curious Thing(2010)

Jared is closeted. Sam is straight. They find a connection in each other that they’ve never had before, but where do they go from there? Over the course of three nights, six gay men sat … See full summary »

Director:Alain Hain | Stars:Danny Bernardy, Matthew Wilkas, Rebecca Pappa, Phoenix List

12. In Half(2012)

After his twin’s wake, James reluctantly spends an afternoon with his brother’s ex-boyfriend.

Director:Adam Tyree | Stars:Jake Brown, Adam Bucci, Kim Estes, Judy Baker

14. (II) (2014)

„It Gets Better“ is a gay love story between Adam, a closeted jock, and Pierre, an openly gay boy, that revolves around peer pressure, bullying and acceptance.

Director:Davin Tjen | Stars:Jason Berrent, Brett Girard, Stefano Meier, Guilherme Scarabelot

16. A Friend of Dorothy(1994)

Winston arrives at NYU as a freshman, knowing he’s gay and wondering where that fact will lead him. He falls hard for Tom, his temporary roommate who’s soon to leave for L.A., and it’s a … See full summary »

Director:Raoul O’Connell | Stars:Raoul O’Connell, Ann Russo, Kevin McClatchy, Greg Lauren

18. Uitgesproken(2013)

How would you react if you discovered your best friend is gay?

Directors:Dylan Tonk, Lazlo Tonk | Stars:Joël Mellenberg, Josha Stradowski, Yldau de Boer, Leendert de Ridder

21. Heartland(2007)

HG, 21, lives a happy and openly gay life in New York until he returns to Iowa to help his alcoholic father save the family farm.

Director:Mark Christopher | Stars:Corey Sorenson, Lachlan Nieboer, Marvin Naftal, Taylor Gwinn

25. Triple Standard(2010)

A homophobic ex basketball star is forced to face the reality that he himself is gay.

Director:William Branden Blinn | Stars:Lee Amir-Cohen, William Jennings, Ronnie Prouty, Steve Alderfer

34. Running Without Sound(2004)

Sean is deaf, a high school student and a cross country runner. He’s also a closeted gay teenager who’s just coming to terms with his sexuality and his attraction to a fellow team-mate.

Director:Judd King | Stars:Trace Barnes, Bryan Bukoliski, Jake Klein, Scott McCann

36. Hitch(2000)

Two friends on a road-trip: one is gay, the other straight. The former gets attracted to the latter.

Director:Bradley Rust Gray | Stars:Jason Herman, Drew Wood

37. Fishbelly White(1998)

Beneath a railroad bridge a young rural gay man begins to his explore his gay feelings with the aid of an understanding friend.

Director:Michael Burke | Stars:Mickey Smith, Jason Hayes, Todd Batstone, Forrest Seward

39. O Beautiful(2002)

Being gay bashed and left in a corn field in rural America takes an unusual turn when one of the bashers returns with remorse and a secret.

Director:Alan Brown | Stars:Jay Gillespie, David Clayton Rogers

40. (2013)

Alienated from his conservative Jewish family and community, a gay schoolteacher seeks solace in New York’s barebacking scene.

Director:Sal Bardo | Stars:Max Rhyser, Rachel Claire, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Karin Collison

4. (2019)

A young gay man grows increasingly entangled in the marriage of an older couple.

Director:Matthew Puccini | Stars:Michael Urie, Michael Hsu Rosen, Ken Barnett, Christopher Schaap

8. (2017)

When the fifteen year old Bram meets Florian at a house party, he immediately falls for him. There’s only one problem: nobody knows Bram is gay.

Director:Niels Bourgonje | Stars:Valentijn Avé, Tonko Bossen, Timo Dries, Max Berserik

12. (2016)

Set one evening in present-day Moscow, 16 year-old Pyotr is baited by an ultra-nationalist group known for their violent abductions and attacks bolstered by Russia’s LGBT propaganda law, but Pyotr has a dangerous secret.

Director:Blake Mawson | Stars:Alex Ozerov, Max Rositsan, Juliana Semenova, Justin Strazzanti

15. Wonderkid(2016)

WONDERKID is a short film depicting the inner turmoil of a gay professional footballer.

Director:Rhys Chapman | Stars:Chris Mason, George Russo, Leeshon Alexander, Troy Glasgow

24. Roxanne(III) (2016)

A cold and isolated transgender sex worker takes in a young girl who has been abandoned by her mother, and her life is thrown into question.

Director:Paul Frankl | Stars:Miss Cairo, Thea Lamb, Caroline Partridge, Dave MacRae

28. (2015)

Sean is taken to a motel and is given a prostitute for his 18th birthday by his father. He must sleep with her to „fix“ his questionable homosexuality.

Director:Cameron Thrower | Stars:Nick Eversman, Rebekah Tripp, Jon Briddell, Millie Trachtenberg

42. Two Faces(2014)

An 18 years old U19-Bundesliga player with a pretty girlfriend – that’s Jonathan. A gay liar, using girls as an alibi – that’s Jonathan too. Torn between the world of football and his sexual orientation, he has to take a decision.

Director:Christian Schäfer | Stars:David Brückner, Leopold Klieeisen, Lean Fargel, Hanno Friedrich

44. En El Mismo Equipo(2014)

En El Mismo Equipo (On the Same Team, in English) is about the mixed feelings of a young rugby player. He tries to keep in the secret that he is gay, due to conformity mostly, but he … See full summary »

Directors:Carlos Vilaró Nadal, Bonzo Villegas | Stars:Pablo Delgado, Emiliano Monteros, Santiago Gallo, Juan María Juárez

60. Naked(2013)

A message from Javier’s boyfriend changes his family situation and causes them to reconsider their relationships.

Director:Jose A. Cortés Amunarriz | Stars:Javier Ballesteros, Carlos Guerrero, Nacho Marraco, Rocío Mostaza

68. In Half(2012)

After his twin’s wake, James reluctantly spends an afternoon with his brother’s ex-boyfriend.

Director:Adam Tyree | Stars:Jake Brown, Adam Bucci, Kim Estes, Judy Baker

75. (2012)

Thomas is suspected to be gay, and mobbed by youngsters in his poor neighborhood. He meets Julien, from a different social background via Internet, in search of a different experience. They… See full summary »

Director:Manfred Rott | Stars:Pierre Elliott, Lowell Johnson, Romain Poli

78. (2011)

Steve knows he’s straight, but under the water at his local swimming pool he feels gay. Will he tell his ex-girlfriend the whole truth?

Director:David Hewitt | Stars:Frazer Douglas, Kiki Kendrick, Alex Magliaro

80. Dol (First Birthday)(2011)

A gay Korean-American man yearns for a family life just out of reach.

Director:Andrew Ahn | Stars:Muki Grossberg, Joshua Kwak, James S.W. Lee, Martin Lee

83. Curious Thing(2010)

Jared is closeted. Sam is straight. They find a connection in each other that they’ve never had before, but where do they go from there? Over the course of three nights, six gay men sat … See full summary »

Director:Alain Hain | Stars:Danny Bernardy, Matthew Wilkas, Rebecca Pappa, Phoenix List

84. Vapor(2010)

Set in Mexico City over the course of a single day, this film is based on the true story of an older man’s decision to accept his homosexuality. Told without any dialogue, Vapor is a … See full summary »

88. Protect Me from What I Want(2009)

Saleem, an Indian student living in Leeds with his parents, meets Daz in a gay cruising spot, and they have a night of mutually enjoyable sex. Saleem is nonetheless ashamed of what he has done but, on leaving the next day, does turn round to smile at Daz.

Director:Dominic Leclerc | Stars:Naveed Choudhry, Elliott Tittensor

97. (2002)

Randy has a huge crush on hunky co-worker Jack, but Ray can’t figure out if Jack is gay – until Jack discovers a GAYDAR gun that could change everything.

Director:Larry LaFond | Stars:Terry Ray, Bryan Dattilo, Jennifer Echols, Thom Cagle

99. Back Room(1999)

In the back room of a gay club in Barcelona, the camera stalks the men (privy to their inner thoughts in voice overs), who stalk each other on a typically busy Saturday night

Director:Guillem Morales | Stars:Juan Jaimez, Oriol Serra, Joan Díez, Ruben Ametllé

100. The Dead Boys‘ Club(1992)

It’s the 1990s. Toby, just out of college in Wisconsin, comes to Manhattan to spend the summer with his older cousin, Packard, a gay man whose lover John R. has just died of AIDS. Toby is … See full summary »

Director:Mark Christopher | Stars:Nat DeWolf, Erik Van Der Wilden, Matt Decker, Ari Benjamin

GAYSIAN

WHAT’S IT LIKE to be the subject of a fetish? That’s the question posed — and humorously explored — in Austin Wong’s brisk, frisky comedy. Geoff (Adamo Ruggerio) prefers men of a bearish nature, and Steve (Ben Lewis) freely admits he’s a “sexual racist” who “only sleeps with White, middle-class, Anglo-Saxon guys.” While their sexual appetites are well-defined, Aaron (Richard Lee) is undergoing a bit more of a crisis. Too discriminating, he rejects anyone with a hint of “rice queen.” He finally lucks into Matt (Brett Donahue), a handsome man with an increasingly apparent Asian fetish. The ensuing makeover montage — as Matt molds Aaron into his ideal (read: sterotypical) Asian — is amusing, but the line is drawn when Matt chastises him for using a fork to eat Chinese food. Wong covers an impressive amount of ground in ten minutes, and the light script and lithe performances add up to a sweet little film with a jubilant ending as Aaron comes to accept himself for who he is.

THE COMMITMENT

ALBERT CHAN’S DEBUT short ticks many boxes for its subject matter: a gay, interracial couple, dealing with adoption and the stress it could place on their marriage. Unfortunately, it’s in the execution where Chan, who wrote, directed and stars in the piece as one half of couple Robert and Ethan, loses control. The Commitment hits every cliché in the book — with a sledgehammer. It’s high quality, and Chan’s direction is certainly competent, but neither he nor his co-star can make much of the weak script, riddled with obvious, clunky dialogue and a twist shoehorned in at the end with zero attempt at subtlety. It’d be unfair to write off The Commitment, as it does touch upon several important issues — and its production values alone shine above most other shorts. If only Chan had been better able to express everything he (and his characters) wanted to say.

THE BINDING OF ISHMAEL

THIS FICTIONAL ACCOUNT of a devout Muslim man who, along with his son, travels to see his estranged gay son to set things right, is downright bone-chilling. The Binding of Ishmael is another film in which the less said, the better, but director Taofik Kolade masterfully evokes an atmosphere of quiet resolve. Small things happen that serve as foreshadowing devices — the father suddenly gets sick, something is said that quietly unnerves. Mostly, however, the film’s dusty, amber calm belies the escalation — and it’s a brutally quick escalation — to follow.

SPIRAL TRANSITION

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS can be hit or miss. This is a very serene, intimate look at a handsome young man named Ewan who has transitioned from a beautiful redhaired girl named Rachel. The film begs for Ewan Duarte to explore the issues he touches upon in a longer feature. What, for instance, happens to the identity of a person before they transition? What’s the impact on a parent who is losing a daughter, but gaining a son? The parents of transgendered persons are often not the focus of the debate, but their reaction, their acceptance, their embracing of the change is central to the well-being of everyone involved. A magnificent film.

SUFFERIN’ TILL YOU’RE STRAIGHT

A SPOOF OF Schoolhouse Rock, featuring original Schoolhouse Rock cast member Essra Mohawk as a Red, White and Blue tornado of a drag queen instructing in all things governmentally gay. The gags go by far too fast to fully absorb and it’s over in a flash. Basically, it’s superb.

THE CARRIER

NOT ALL SHORT films are created equally, and nowhere is this more evident than The Carrier, which has countless production dollars seeping from every pore. As a result, there’s a fair amount of recognizable talent here: Chad Michael Murray (One Tree Hill), Anna Paquin (True Blood, The Piano) and Rita Wilson (The Good Wife, Girls, Mrs. Tom Hanks). What’s more, overall quality is sumptuously high, with thoughtful direction from Scott Schaefer and a tight script from he and co-writer Colin Borden. The plot centers on Thatcher (Murray), a serial womanizer who suddenly dies, leaving his estranged mother (Wilson) to pick up the pieces. She learns that Thatcher was recently diagnosed as HIV positive, and proceeds to inform his many partners, including Paquin, uncovering snippets of her son’s life she was previously unaware of. It’s the film’s final twist — which isn’t entirely surprising — that concludes seventeen minutes of beautifully portrayed transformation in Wilson’s character. It’s far from perfect, and its LGBT content is minimal at best, but that doesn’t diminish its impact.

THE QUEEN

CHRISTINA CHOE’S SWEET, charming comedy is a one-joke affair, but it’s told well. An awkward, nerdy gay teen (Sean Tarjyoto), who works at his mother’s dry cleaning store, finds himself confronted with the garments of his high school’s prom queen and handsome prom king (Tamir Kapelian). An inevitable fantasy sequence ensues amid the bagged clothes, leading to an amusing kicker ending. The big question is: where did Choe get the bucks to pony up for the rights to Pat Benetar’s “We Belong” and Simple Minds’ “Don’t You Forget About Me.”

GAYBY

IT’S APPARENT THAT a short has the right ingredients when its makers see fit to stretch it into a full-length feature. Such is the case with Gayby, which inspired the eponymous 2012 film — but the original short is itself a wonderful piece, playing marvellously to the constraints of the genre. Writer/director Jonathan Lisecki gives his two actors, Matthew Wilkas and Jenn Harris, plenty to work with, as Harris convinces Wilkas’ gay character to have a baby with her. An awkward sex scene and snappy, humorous dialogue ensues, culminating in a well-earned ambiguous conclusion. Lisecki leaves no room for his performers to lag or stumble on his words, and the chemistry between Harris and Wilkas undoubtedly helped carry their roles to the feature film. Children can disrupt everything, but this short is a glorious exception.

BLOOM

WHEN YOU LOOK up director Lance Larson on IMDB, you find he’s made two shorts, one of them this taut thriller. And then you think, with a shred of remorse, “Why isn’t this guy making movies?” Bloom is a knock-down stunner of a film, and one of the few with a plot twist as viscerally horrific as it is emotionally devastating. A night guard at a new car lot must, in the course of one night, contend with the advances of a co-worker, an abusive boss, a needy boyfriend, a car thief, and a pair of vicious guard dogs. Larson juggles multiple actions with dexterity, creating a climax that is painfully brutal. The acting and writing could be a notch better, but it really doesn’t matter when the filmmaking itself is this damn good.

FREEDOM ON THE ROCKS

THIS SHORT EXISTS to sell the feature film from which its contents are culled — and in that respect, it utterly succeeds. Offering a candid glimpse into life in Israel and Palestine for gay men on either side of the divide, it touches upon several subjects, all with their own horror stories of the brutality of conservative reactions to their presence. Whether a Palestinian man telling of his mother’s multiple attempts to kill him, simply for being gay, an Israeli man showing the scars he received after being stabbed at a Pride march, or the (somewhat) safe haven a gay bar in Jerusalem provides for the community, Freedom on the Rocks conveys the dangerous reality of life among Orthodox Jews and conservative Muslims. Indeed, homophobia is one thing both sides unfortunately share in common.

SIGNAGE

LEX CONFRONTS HIS advancing years by grabbing a friend and heading to a gay bar, looking to stall the advance of father time by securing a man to take home. The man in question, however, transpires to be deaf — played with doe-eyed innocence by Jason Wittig — and the two strike up a chord after Lex assists Jonathan with his drink order. It would be a disservice to discredit the film, and it’s worth seeing as it touches on topics rarely confronted — namely, that of deaf, gay men, and in this instance the reverse discrimination of Jonathan’s deaf friends rejecting Lex, rather than the reverse — but it’s tough to get past writer/director/star Rick Hammerly’s inexperience in this, his first film. While the signed dialogue is quite touching, spoken words are clichéd, acting is average, and Hammerly can’t disguise the obviously low budget. All could be forgiven if Lex were commiserable, but Hammerly’s desire to make us care about him with little characterization beyond his age leaves a rather cold feeling in its wake.

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2. The Truth About Alex(1986 TV Movie)

Alex admits to his best friend Brad that he is gay.

Director:Paul Shapiro | Stars:Scott Baio, Peter Spence, Jessica Steen, Ivan Beaulieu

3. Protect Me from What I Want(2009)

Saleem, an Indian student living in Leeds with his parents, meets Daz in a gay cruising spot, and they have a night of mutually enjoyable sex. Saleem is nonetheless ashamed of what he has done but, on leaving the next day, does turn round to smile at Daz.

Director:Dominic Leclerc | Stars:Naveed Choudhry, Elliott Tittensor

5. (2008)

Set in a neighborhood laundromat, „Laundromat“ is a Romantic drama-edy that follows a young gay couple, who after a chance encounter with an older man, realize that the little things mean nothing and everything when it comes to love.

Director:Edward Gunawan | Stars:Keo Woolford, Prince Gomolvilas, Jack Ong, Calpernia Addams

12. Running Without Sound(2004)

Sean is deaf, a high school student and a cross country runner. He’s also a closeted gay teenager who’s just coming to terms with his sexuality and his attraction to a fellow team-mate.

Director:Judd King | Stars:Trace Barnes, Bryan Bukoliski, Jake Klein, Scott McCann

26. Say My Name(II) (2009)

A contemporary Black British gay love story set amidst a gritty grimy urban backdrop of ’street‘ reality.

Director:Adaora Nwandu | Stars:Nahum Bromfield, Ayo Fawole

28. (2013)

Alienated from his conservative Jewish family and community, a gay schoolteacher seeks solace in New York’s barebacking scene.

Director:Sal Bardo | Stars:Max Rhyser, Rachel Claire, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Karin Collison

33. (2011)

16 year old SON has finished his exams with his mum’s blessing is allowed to celebrate with his best girlfriend in a gay nightclub. Seduced by the music and atmosphere he finds himself in a… See full summary »

Directors:Jack O’Dowd, Christian Martin | Stars:Leigh-Ann Clarke, Vanessa Fletcher, John Mason, Ben Moorman

38. No Ordinary Joe(2005)

Closeted gay boy Matthew is having a bit of trouble keeping his feelings to himself and Joe Orton outta his daydreams

Director:Jules Nurrish | Stars:Alexis Gregory, Will Irvine, Matt Warman, Harry Capehorn

41. (2012)

Sin Ruta is a two-way narrative attempting to open up the discussion on illegal migration across two worlds and reflect on social issues in smaller countries. Teo is a gay musician from the… See full summary »

Director:Luis Fernando Midence | Stars:Juan Pablo Asturias, Andrea Castillo, Pablo Castillo, Oscar Clavería

42. (2016)

Ultra Bleu follows Jim Park for the first 24 hours after a violent break up with his ex-boyfriend and how a chance meeting with a stranger reveals deeper issues he must confront.

Director:Nick Neon | Stars:Nick Neon, Kuciia Diamant, Tami Kim, Naquan Earp

44. Teens Like Phil(2012)

Inspired by the alarming increase in real-life tragedies involving high school bullying and suicide, Teens Like Phil tells the story of a gay teen, Phil, and his former friend, Adam, who brutally bullies him.

Directors:Dominic Haxton, David Rosler | Stars:Adam Donovan, Jake Robbins, Virginia Bartholomew, Ken Burmeister

45. Two Faces(2014)

An 18 years old U19-Bundesliga player with a pretty girlfriend – that’s Jonathan. A gay liar, using girls as an alibi – that’s Jonathan too. Torn between the world of football and his sexual orientation, he has to take a decision.

Director:Christian Schäfer | Stars:David Brückner, Leopold Klieeisen, Lean Fargel, Hanno Friedrich

6. Cappuccino(2010)

Despite his marginal and extrovert looks, Jérémie is a shy teenager who keeps a heavy secret: his homosexuality. While trying to find his way between his classmate and sexual fantasy Damien… See full summary »

Director:Tamer Ruggli | Stars:Benjamin Décosterd, Manuela Biedermann, Anton Ciurlia

32. Uitgesproken(2013)

How would you react if you discovered your best friend is gay?

Directors:Dylan Tonk, Lazlo Tonk | Stars:Joël Mellenberg, Josha Stradowski, Yldau de Boer, Leendert de Ridder

33. Teens Like Phil(2012)

Inspired by the alarming increase in real-life tragedies involving high school bullying and suicide, Teens Like Phil tells the story of a gay teen, Phil, and his former friend, Adam, who brutally bullies him.

Directors:Dominic Haxton, David Rosler | Stars:Adam Donovan, Jake Robbins, Virginia Bartholomew, Ken Burmeister

42. Fragments(V) (2015)

An unhappy lion mascot, a straight-talking chick fed up with sexual double standards, a hypochondriac 18-year-old gay guy who just got into med school: all these colorful characters collide… See full summary »

Director:Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron | Stars:Douglas Smith, Connor Jessup, Stéphanie Anne Weber Biron

52. Two Faces(2014)

An 18 years old U19-Bundesliga player with a pretty girlfriend – that’s Jonathan. A gay liar, using girls as an alibi – that’s Jonathan too. Torn between the world of football and his sexual orientation, he has to take a decision.

Director:Christian Schäfer | Stars:David Brückner, Leopold Klieeisen, Lean Fargel, Hanno Friedrich

53. (2015)

Sean is taken to a motel and is given a prostitute for his 18th birthday by his father. He must sleep with her to „fix“ his questionable homosexuality.

Director:Cameron Thrower | Stars:Nick Eversman, Rebekah Tripp, Jon Briddell, Millie Trachtenberg

54. (2018)

An uplifting LGBT Drama/Romance about a boy in the Southwest of Norway overcoming his issues.

Directors:David Peter Bonetti, Eilidh Gow | Stars:David Peter Bonetti, Tom Dart, Lars Kristian Gellein, Karoline Krag

61. We Are Okay Now(2017)

Jonnah a troubled gay teen hangs out with his straight best mate Demitri after a party.

Directors:Andy Deshaun, Rebecca Emcken | Stars:Peter Ousager, Rasmus Skaarup, Lasse Steen

63. TommyTeen18(2017)

Bridging the void between childhood and maturity, the 15-year-old Tommie loses himself in his search for male sex. A dating app seems to offer the solution.

Director:Vincent Fitz-Jim | Stars:David Berkman, Linde van Dorp, Oleg Kovalev

81. LOVE, 100°C(2010)

A hearing-impaired boy, Min-so is gay, and he likes his classmate, Ji-seok. One day, Min-so impulsively has sex with a young man who works in a public bath, an experience that lends him new confidence, but at a heavy price.

Director:Jho Kwang-soo Kim | Stars:Do-jin Kim, Jae-won Kwak, Se-Hyun Yun

83. French Kisses(2018)

A collection of the best gay stories France has to offer. From tales of teenage sexual awakening, to searing studies of complex adult relationships, these six films are both quintessentially French and undeniably Universal.

Directors:Francisco Bianchi, Rémi Bigot, Arthur Cahn, Loic Dimitch, Benoît Duvette, Benjamin Wacksmann | Stars:Nathan Bobet, Arthur Cahn, Pierre Carrive, Rémi Chaudière

90. (2012)

Fabi is gay an thats fine. Whereas Benni says that the long nights together with Fabi are nothing else than the product of to much beer. Fabi is going to a party with Benni against his … See full summary »

Director:Marco Zanoni | Stars:Karim Khomiakov, Stefan Mascheck

Shout Box

Hello, I hope you’ll enjoy watching my bright and spunky gay comedy, Miss Moneypenny. Thanks!

Happy to share with you the trailer of my last film For The Time Being. Hope you enjoy!

Check out my new short film, Good Boy, a beautiful, dark mini-mystery:

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While mainstream Hollywood continues to catch up when it comes to LGBTQ representation in blockbuster movies, there are plenty of directors out there highlighting issues within the gay community through slick visuals.

For now, some of the most compelling and hard-hitting LGBTQ cinema exists in short films. From tackling the homophobic world of football, to a teacher exploring the sex party scene in New York City, they are touching upon real life emotions that your local Odeon is probably little way off from showing anytime soon.

Gay Times have rounded up just five of the best gay short films out there that you can watch online.