Shorts: Surrealness

These experimental shorts invoke mystical, otherworldly, or even nightmarish settings to examine the dynamics embedded in the lived experiences of femme, queer, and gender nonconforming people of color. Aesthetically innovative filmmakers go boldly beyond the everyday to excavate racial trauma; imagine more equitable forms of exchange; and identify potential sites of solidarity, commonality, and liberation.




Directed by Nico Varela | USA | 10 min

Seeking a chance at stardom, an aspiring singer is scouted by a shadowy, fetishizing cabal.

Goddess House
Directed by Marion Hill | USA | 6 min

A courtesan is summoned to rouse a queen from her languor in this affirmative vision of consensual sex work.

Directed by Bretten Hannam | USA | 4 min

A poetic indictment of the language of queerness from a First Nations Two-Spirit perspective asks: Can an archive stand in for living memory?

The Bony Lady (La Flaca)
Directed by Adriana Barbosa, Thiago Zanato | USA, Brazil, Mexico | 20 min | Spanish with English subtitles

Arely attributes miraculous changes in her life to Santa Muerte, but what must she sacrifice in the name of faith?

Directed by Fred Guerrier | USA | 12 min

A man sells pleasure as a costumed stripper, leaving behind a trail of broken relationships.

Swarm of Selenium
Directed by SJ Rahatoka, Maude Matton | Canada, Germany | 23 min 

In this surreal dystopia, two queer feminist crews merge forces to try to care for one another through dance, visual work, and anti-work.

Directed by Graham Kolbeins, Dorian Wood | USA | 8 min | English, Spanish with English subtitles

An immersive fever dream that celebrates the beauty of queer brown sensuality, body positivity, and individuality.

Speak Easy, B
Directed by Becca Park, Jun Shimizu | USA | 15 min

In therapy, B breaks through cultural conditioning, past loves, and psychological defenses to arrive at True Self.