Viewing entries in



Kyiv cinema, Cinemateque (map)

Q&A after the screening

JUCK Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira.jpg


Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira

Sweden / 2018, 18 min

Juck (literally Hump) is the dance group that made its breakthrough in a 2013 viral video, where they pushed the limits for how the female body is allowed to express itself and make a statement. A film that swings between documentary, dance and fiction asks the question, ›What is femininity?‹

RIOT NOT DIET Julia Fuhr Mann.jpg


Julia Fuhr Mann

Germany, Australia / 2018, 17 min

A golden summer dress in XXL, the ice-lolly drips slowly onto the hot ground. RIOT NOT DIET creates a queer feminist utopia far away from BMI norms and male* gaze.

DONZELLE Marina Hufnagel.jpg


Marina Hufnagel

Germany / 2018, 19 min

DONZELLE is 'pussy-core kitsch-hop, trilingual party rap' from Montréal. With almost hurting sincerity Roxanne Arsenault raps about life, love, men. The group plays with clichés and body consciousness. Obviously, they are having fun on stage. But is society ready to change its outlook on the female body and feminism itself?

GIRLHOOD Heleen Declercq.jpg


Heleen Declercq

Belgium / 2017, 14 min

Girlhood wants to break the boundaries of the stereotypical concept of femininity. To that end, the maker returns to her childhood where she starts questioning herself about her short hair, missing bikini top and reckless tree climbing. The result of her personal search is a mosaic portrait of young people who each reflect a facet of herself as a young woman. A young woman in search of her personal definition of gender, her sexual orientation and its impact on her suroundings.

Out & Proud

Out & Proud

Kyiv cinema, Blue hall (map)

What is the story behind a rapid pulse, echoing the music beat? The survival alert. The adrenaline rush. Anger. Confusion. Arousal. Or maybe the reason is the eyes of the beloved person gazing at you.
Embrace your feelings. Every emotion is valid and must be experienced. Believe it. And enjoy yourself dancing.


Skies are not just blue

Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay

Canada / 2018, 26 min

Yara, A. and brothers Monib & Tariq claim their identities as Muslims from diverse backgrounds by negotiating a space in the LGBTQ+ community and reflecting on their personal beliefs and experiences.


Four Quartets

Marco Alessi

UK / 2018, 11 min

Over the course of a night out in a queer club, Raf struggles to find his place among the crowd. Moving to the film’s rhythmic pulse and the intoxicating music in the queer club, we dance with Raf and cast off all inhibitions.


Yulia & Juliet

Zara Dwinger

Netherlands / 2018, 12 min

Yulia & Juliet is contemporary love story based on Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Yulia and Juliet, both 16, are locked up in a closed juvenile detention centre. Despite their circumstances, they feel like they can take on anything together. They’re in love with each other. Nothing can hurt them when they’re together. But then Juliet is released. Her time in the institution is over. Yulia doesn’t know what to do. She can’t live without Juliet. When they see each other again, they look at each other with love in their eyes. Then everything goes black.


Welcome to the Ball

Adam Vincent Wright

USA / 2018, 5 min

A child learns sign language in hopes of making a new friend.



Joseph Amenta

Canada / 2018, 15 min

A displaced queer boy finds refuge in his city's underground Kiki Ballroom scene.

PHOTO 3.jpeg


Jérome Casanova

France / 2018, 26 min

Johnny is an alchoolic, Johnny is fatalistic, Johnny is tormented, Johnny isn’t able to behave, Johnny is impetuous, Johnny is moody, Johnny believes in nothing, Johnny is footloose, Johnny isn’t brave. But Aurélien doesn’t care because first and foremost Johnny is radiant.

Radical arts_acts

Radical arts_acts

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

They say: sign the petition.
They offer: create an NGO.
They assure: this is not Paris, we are all off city in May.
Petitions don't work, NGOs follow the red tape, and precisely no one cares, especially in May.
Today, only artistic resistance, tomorrow is a r...

I Signed the Petition Mahdi Fleifel.jpg

I Signed the Petition

Mahdi Fleifel

United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland / 2018, 11 min

Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt. Over the course of a conversation with an understanding friend, he analyses, deconstructs and interprets the meaning of his choice to publicly support the cultural boycott of Israel.


3 Stolen Cameras

Filmmakers Collective

Sweden / 2017, 18 min

The members of video activist group Equipe Media, from Western Sahara, fight to keep their cameras. This is a story about breaking an absolute censorship with unique footage from an area where the Moroccan authorities have managed to implement a near total media blockade.

White Riot London Rubika Shah.jpg

White Riot: London

Rubika Shah

United Kingdom / 2017, 9 min

In 1977, immigration divides Britain. What happens when a punk fanzine challenges the status quo?



Cynthia Madansky

Greece / 2019, 11 min

KG ruminates through performance and a portrait of Athens, on excerpts from poems in a book of poetry by Katerina Gogou entitled Three Clicks Left. Super 8mm, 10 min. Performer, Kleoni Manousakis Music, Zeena Parkins

Roh und gekocht Still 1.jpg

Raw and Cooked / Roh und Gekocht

Rainer Binz, Thomas Leboeg

Germany / 2018, 11 min

The G20 summit held in Hamburg in 2017 provided the opportunity for this film based on reduction, in which image and sound interact as equals. Field audio recordings were edited in an essayistic way and shift between documentation and abstraction.

PRIMEIRO ATO Matheus Parizi.jpg

Primeiro Ato

Matheus Parizi

Brazil / 2018, 20 min

"Stop the world, I want to get off". Two theatre students try to convince their colleagues to leave their classroom and join them in the protests against the dismantling of culture policies that take over Brazil.

Queer Animation

Queer Animation

Kyiv cinema, Cinematheque (map)

What will happen if we give ourselves the will and disregard the role imposed by society? If the weight of your imaginary duties before the imaginary "them" lifts off your shoulders for a bit? Why not try it? We promise you will enjoy it. This year KISFF is experimenting with the well-known Out & Proud program and offers you to immerse in the magic world of queer animation.

Q&A after the screening

article_Buda Flóra Anna x Entrópia 3.jpg


Flóra Anna Buda

Hungary / 2018, 10 min

Three women, three lives in parallel worlds, until the moment a fly causes a bug in the system. The universe collapses, sex is in the air, bras are overrated and the stars twinkle! In the animated film Entropia by Hungarian artist Flóra Anna Buda, colours explode and sensually unleash new possibilities: Thanks to the fly, all that is abstract comes to life and sexuality plays an integral role.


Mr. Mare

Luca Toth

Hungary, France / 2019, 20 min

Fifty-year-old Boris, balding and big-bellied, is madly in love with the young and beautiful Cezar. He leads a clandestine life entirely devoted to he who is both his progenitor and the object of his affection. Everything shifts dramatically the day when Cezar, who is unaware of Boris's existence, brings a woman back to their love nest.



Cheng-Hsu Chung

United Kingdom / 2018, 6 min

A short film that directly gazes at lives and the society with observation and imagination. It is queer and it is here.


Bay of Plenty

Milva Stutz

Switzerland / 2018, 12 min

The tiny island in the ocean becomes a meeting place for two strange yellow figures. They shake their bums and stretch their breasts, sexual characteristics shift, dissolve, re-grow. A continuous transformation that also seems to produce new creatures.


Récit de Soi

Géraldine Charpentier

Belgium / 2018, 5 min

While non-binary representations are rare, Lou talks about their relationship to gender, clothes, and other markers.


Reach the Sky

Shaun Brodie

Canada / 2018, 6 min

On the open road, three queer friends in three queer cars are separated by an unexpected queer fork in the road. Reach the Sky is a stop-motion short with heart, fantasy, and a lot of yarn.


Slug Life

Sophie Koko Gate

United Kingdom / 2018, 6 min

Tanya has finally created the perfect partner, a beautiful giant slug.