desired! - film lust & queer

For members of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (and more) communities and for the new queer-feminist movements, film festivals have become central places. Places where, via film, visible profiles can be created that help bond the audience as one community and where the discussion and development of joint visions can be pursued. To see and recognise oneself is the first aspect of such bonding. A second, again with the assistance of film, is the social relevance of being able to relate the narrative of one's own (because different) desires and, in so doing, strengthen one's position. And repeatedly taking a new and closer look at things, that is a third aspect.

None of the films selected this year would have been conceivable without a good dose of humour and self-irony and/or a wink of the eye. After all, the idea is to continuously find new weapons in the fight against sexism, racism and homophobia, and humour can always be part of the armoury. Either way, plenty of food for thought and, above all, an invitation to come and feed your curiosity.

Only a few ideas about bodies and their desires, about identity, family, living together and relationships are ever seen on audio/visual channels. Which is why film festivals can offer a welcome change of perspective. Take in other viewpoints, assert one's own truths, and watch stories about lesbian, queer and other kinds of passion. That is what the desired! section offers … a forum.

Full length films of the programme:

Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

De Xian Chao Fan (All About Love)

Mommy is Coming

Orchids - My Intersex Adventure

Yes, We Are


Disobedient Obfuscation (A lecture by Antke Engel)

Short films:



Finish Line

Slow Burn

Transgender-Short film programme

I ♥ Mixed Shorts: