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120 BPM20172hr23mDirector Robin Campillo draws on personal experience of gay activism in 1990s Paris to tell the story of anti-AIDS pressure group, ACT UP, as their campaign of direct action ramps up with English subtitles
A Bigger Splash19741hr44mSemi-fictionalized documentary biopic of British artist David Hockney. After a difficult break-up, Hockney is left unable to paint, much to the concern of his friends. English, no subtitles available
A Year in Transition20181hr10mTrans man and film maker Lorne Clarkson documents their friend Issa’s personal journey as a 20 year old Arab-American trans masculine person. A positive and charming insight into coming out, taking hormones, having top surgery, and finding solace in the trans community.
CN: discussion of surgery and misgendering English with English or French subtitles available
Aban + Khorshid201416mInspired by true events, Aban and Khorshid is an intimate portrait of two lovers, glimpsing into the world in which they met, moments before their execution for being gay. Persian with English subtitles
Acid Soda201710mA love story between a mouse and a ballerina. English, no subtitles available
Alan Bennett's Diaries201659mInspired by his acerbic and often hilarious diaries, this documentary shows Alan Bennett as he has never been seen before. The film follows Bennett to New York, the scene of his early triumph in Beyond the Fringe, to his community library in Primrose Hill which, he despairs, some would rather see turned into a pizza restaurant, to the East Coast railway line, which he would like to see renationalised, and to the village in Yorkshire he calls home. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
All Out! Dancing in Dulais198623mThe original 1986 documentary which the film 'Pride' is based on. Radical queers at the time were involved with supporting the miners in the 1985/5 Miners’ strike and we in the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners’ Group made a record of our involvement with a mining community in South Wales. English, no subtitles available
Alone With People201430mGrowing up gay in the US South, a high school girl seeks the help of a therapist to come out to her family and friends in this coming-of-age story. English, no subtitles available
Anya Kneez: A Queen in Beirut201811mDrag artist Anya Kneez moves back home from New York To Beirut. English with English subtitles
Apart From Everything201720mAfter a two-year absence and a recent stint in rehab, Fran returns home to Toronto. Struggling to live soberly for the first time in her adult life, she must face the emotional fallout of her disappearance and make amends with the girlfriend and the brother she left behind. English, no subtitles available
BalaclavaQVariousVariousMore than 60 queer artists films. Balaclava.Q is an international queer visual art project & collective that seeks to connect, promote and create platforms for queer artists. captions available
Balloon201916mIn the brutal battlefield of junior high, Sam has always tried to stay below radar. But all that changes when he discovers he has super powers. English with English or Spanish subtitles available
Barbara Hammer - A Selection of Films1968 onwards~1hr40mAs part of Company Gallery's "In Company With" series, a selection of films by Barbara Hammer will be available for viewing online. A suggested donation to Queer | Art, which helps organize the Barbara Hammer Lesbian Experimental Film Grant is encouraged. No Dialogue/ In English, no subtitles available
Beautiful By Night201429mA documentary following three older drag entertainers at Aunt Charlie's Lounge in San Francisco's Tenderloin. With Olivia Hart, Collette LeGrande, and Donna Personna.
Bedding Andrew20145mShort doc about gay sex and disability. English, no subtitles available
Before Stonewall19841hr27mDocumentary history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement. English with German subtitles. Autogenerate English captions available.
Behind Every Good Man19679mProduced several years before the historic Stonewall uprising for LGBT rights in 1969, director Nikolai Ursin's gently-activist short provides an illuminating glimpse into the life of an African-American trans woman. English, no subtitles available
Being Marcus201928mObservational documentary, providing an honest insight into the experiences of a Deaf trans man. BSL and English with English subtitles available
BFI FlareDue to cancellation Flare have put their programme online which can be watched for free if you sign up for a 14 day trial version of BFI Player OR free for 7 days with Amazon Prime.
Brace201525mAfter coming out and leaving his girlfriend, Adam dreams of finding acceptance within London's gay scene.
His burgeoning freedom is soon challenged when he meets Rocky, a handsome stranger who is harboring a secret that he desperately wants to share with Adam.
As their bond strengthens and Rocky prepares to reveal his secret to Adam, their fledgling romance is ruptured by a cataclysmic event that forces the truth to come out in the most explosive manner. English, no subtitles available
Burton Before And After201815mShown at LQFF 2018. Burton Before and After is an intimate portrait of transition, memory, and friendship. English with English subtitles
Catherine Opie201915mCatherine Opie shares the emotional and political motivations for her provocative and influential photography. English, no subtitles available
Cecil And Carl201615mPrevious LQFF Audience Award winner. Cecil has lived alone in a giant house ever since Carl, his partner of 43 years, was diagnosed with advanced dementia and admitted to a nursing home. Not about grand gestures of love or being gay, this story focuses on commitment and the duties that come with it. English with English subtitles available
Chelsea Girls19663hr14mLacking a formal narrative, Warhol's art house classic follows various residents of the Chelsea Hotel in 1966 New York City, presented in a split screen with a single audio track in conjunction with one side of screen. English, no subtitles available
Chocolate Babies19961hr23mThe first major production from Stephen Winter, a perpetual upender of queer cinema, Chocolate Babies is an outlandish, effervescent portrait of queer New Yorkers at the height of the AIDS crisis. For all its rip-roaring flair, the film’s emotional core still packs a tender wallop. English, no subtitles available
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Curtain Down201715mA love story that takes a surreal but tender look at gender, identity and ageing as our hero is forced to choose between career and love. English, no subtitles available
Danny Didn't Feel Like Himself Anymore20185mAnimation. Danny doesn't fit in the box they've been put in. dialogue
Danny's Parade200715mIf you are fourteen years old - and gay - life can be boring. It drives Danny Hoekzema from Bovenkarspel up the wall. Many of his friends are still in the closet and meeting someone in a pub is out of the question. So Danny, who no longer makes his sexual inclination a secret, bends things to his own will. He plans to participate in the annual gay event in Amsterdam, the Canal Parade. For this purpose, he arranges a gay boat for teenagers. with English subtitles
Dottie Gets Spanked199330mEarly Todd Haynes short film. An artistic six-year-old boy in 1960s America is obsessed with The Dottie Show. His father is concerned about the show's sexual influence, especially the boy's fascination with a spanking scene. English, auto-generated subtitles available.
Double Lucky201825mChildren of gay parents talk about growing up, fitting in, coming out, and how their "normal" differed from their peers. Dutch with English subtitles
Draft Day20139mIn Thailand all males must participate in the military draft lottery. Drawing a card results in two years of military service. Draft Day follows two trans women as they participate in the drafting process. Thai with English subtitles.
Dragtime19971hr10mFeature documentary about the lives of NY drag artists Varla Jean Merman, Candis Cayne, Lady Bunny and Lypsinka. English, no subtitles available
Enraged by a Picture200514mEnraged by a Picture features a photography exhibit that causes a stir and provokes an outcry on a subject that is particularly taboo: being black and being a lesbian. English with auto-generated subtitles available
Eu Não Quero Voltar Sozinho (I Don't Want to Go Back Alone)201017mLeonardo and Giovana are best friends in high school. Handsome new student Gabriel arrives and changes things Portuguese with English subtitles.
Feel Good20202hr30mNot a film but a TV series - all episodes available to stream free. The series follows recovering addict and comedian Mae, who is trying to control the addictive behaviors and intense romanticism that permeate every facet of her life. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Five Films for Freedom20201hr2mSelf-expression, homophobia in rural communities, coming out as a teenager, and finding love later in life - this year's short films look at an intersection of LGBTIQ+ perspectives to explore love and acceptance. languages, all with English subtitles available
Flash Flood - A Rotoscoped Documentary20176mDeep within a rotoscoped dream, three transgender people confront a cataclysmic flood. English, no subtitles available
Forbidden Lives: The Unashamed Stories of Lesbian Lives19921hr24mThis feature documentary delves into the rich history of Canadian queer women’s experiences in the mid-20th century. Compelling, often hilarious and always rebellious, the women interviewed in this film recount stories about their search for the places where openly gay women gathered in urban centres. English with English subtitles available.
Foxy Trot201815mA married lesbian couple unexpectedly face their relationship issues when they take ballroom dance lessons. English, no subtitles available
Francis Bacon: Fragments of a Portrait196644mFrancis Bacon's paintings have been called sick and corrupt. He has also been hailed as the greatest British painter since Turner. This film study - Bacon's first appearance on BBC Television - shows his work and its sources, and critically assesses his paintings. English, no subtitles available
gal-dem Chosen Family201928mDocumentary series produced by gal-dem, the new media publication, committed to telling the stories of women and non-binary people of colour. "Over several weeks we followed artist Travis Alabanza, performance artist Chloe Filani, artist Joy Miessi and writer and DJ Aisha Mirza on personal journeys that underscored the importance of relearning and engaging with queer history and the power that can be found in historical precedent."
In English with English subtitles.
Gentleman Jack20198hBBC TV Series. Halifax, 1832. Rejected by aristocratic Vere Hobart, Anne Lister returns to her shabby ancestral home, Shibden Hall, determined to restore its fortunes and find herself a wife. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Girl Talk201817mGirl Talk follows 20-something Mia, as she explores the disparity between emotional and physical intimacy, coming to a head when she meets an intriguing couple. English, no subtitles available
Guilty Prejudices20161hr29mA police lieutenant is determined to uncover the truth after a gay man is brutally attacked and his boyfriend is arrested for the crime.
CN: homophobic language and violence French with English subtitles available
Harsh Beauty200554mHarsh Beauty follows over a period of 3 years the lives of Jyothi, Usha and Hira bai, three hijra/intersex people who live openly as women, and want to be accepted as their true selves. Hindi and Tamil with English subtitles
Homophobia201223mAn adolescent boy, who serves the Austrian Military Forces, experiences homosexual feelings towards one of his comrades. It's their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons. German with English subtitles.
How To Make A Rainbow201916mOver two formative years, a young girl and her mother journey through the joy and struggle of a parent in transition. English, with partial English subtitles
Hyper Hyper I-Id201617mThe conceptual short film HYPER HYPER I-Id. explores debates on neoliberalism, self-management and identity politics. Three protagonists attempt to discover a way together, and within their own space of work/identity. With lots of dark humour, poetic language. powerful costumes and settings, and the ongoing beat of petra und der wolf’s music, the film opens up new spaces for queer images. German with English subtitles.
I Am A Girl201010mEvery 13-year-old girl dreams of that nice, but hard-to-get, boy. And Joppe is no different, consulting her friend on how to ask Brian out. But just how should she tell him that she was assigned male at birth? with English subtitles
I'm OK are you OK?202022mMatt Mead’s film follows a range of queer people telling stories from their lives in West Yorkshire, encompassing identity and intersections whilst journeying across the decades. Each story is told with a mix of styles and formats, from archival film to digital video via VHS and oil paint. English and BSL with English subtitles
I'm Sorry201817mAddy and Salka look like they have the perfect relationship, but there's another story behind closed doors. Will Addy be able to ask for (and get) the help she needs?
CN: intimate partner abuse (physical, emotional, sexual) Icelandic with English subtitles
If She Grows Up Gay198323mA blue collar African-American mother, talks about her pregnancy and raising her daughter with her lesbian lover. English with auto-generated subtitles available
Iris Prize film libraryVariousVarious30+ Welsh short films including Côr Blimey by South Wales Gay Men's Chorus, which documents the choir's successful journey to compete at the Cornwall International Male Choral Festival. captions
I Want To Kill Myself20159mThis short, quietly devastating film by Vivek Shraya, a Canadian trans woman, is a solid introduction to her consistently compelling poetry and film. English, no subtitles available
Jamie: Drag Queen at 16201157mDocumentary following the story of teenager Jamie Campbell, who wants to be a drag queen. Inspiration for the musical and upcoming feature film, There's Something About Jamie. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life20181hr31mOriginally released under the title 'The Rise and Fall of a Porn Superstar' this 2018 doc follows Jonathan Agassi, one of the world's most successful gay porn stars. This is a rare and intimate look at the world of porn and escorting, as well as on a unique relationship between a mother and son. English and Hewbrew with English subtitles available
Just Me201122mDocumentary. An innocent comment by a visiting relative starts lesbian film maker Amy Neil thinking, “Are there any other queer people in my family – or is it just me?” As she starts to investigate, she comes up with some surprising information! English; auto-generated English subtitles available.
Kathy Acker198447mFilmed in New York, a programme about the young avant-garde writer Kathy Acker, which explores her life and writing. Melvyn Bragg talks to her about her work and there are contributions from the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and artist David Salle. English with Dutch subtitles. Auto-generated English captions available.
Kenneth Anger short films1949-2010VariousCollection of films by gay occultist film maker, Kenneth Anger. spoken dialogue in most films
Killing Eve20182 seriesTV series. Killing Eve topples the typical spy-action thriller as two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Kiss of the Rabbit God201914mA Chinese-American restaurant worker exhausted by his job finds himself intrigued by a customer who seems to visit him in dreams. English, no subtitles available
Last Men Standing20151hr6mSurrounded by the ghosts of a generation lost to the AIDS epidemic, eight gay men search for meaning in a life they never expected to have. English, no subtitles available
Leitis In Waiting201856mShown at LQFF 2019. A feature documentary and short film about an intrepid group of transgender women rising to reclaim their righteous place in a South Pacific Kingdom English and Tongan with English subtitles available
Leo: Becoming a Trans Man201724mAssigned female at birth, 15 year old Leo is one of the first children in Britain to be prescribed a new treatment – hormone blockers – to help him achieve what he feels is his natural gender identity of becoming a man. English with English subtitles available
Leroy201720mOn an estate in North London, Leroy, a socially awkward misfit, finally realises his passion for dancing after finding a mixtape in his dead grandfather's belongings. English, no subtitles available
Lesbian Avengers Eat Fire, Too199355mLesbian Avengers Eat Fire Too offers a rare insiders' look at the New York group's first year, from their initial groundbreaking demo in front of an elementary school in '92 to the incredible Dyke March in DC, where the Avengers ate fire in front of the White House, cheered on by an enormous crowd. English with English subtitles available
Let's Be Friends20189mConnor, the new kid in school, is a lonely boy whose only friend is a stuffed toy named Beadie. When Connor brings Beadie to school, despite his father’s warnings, a run-in with a bully leads to horrific consequences. English with English subtitles available
LGBT BritainVariousVariousThis colourful and challenging collection explores screen representations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives over the past century. subtitles, some are labelled as silent
Little Potato201714mMasculinity, movies, and what happens when a Russian mother becomes a mail-order bride to an unpredictable American man. English with English or French subtitles available
Lockdown201912mStruggling with feelings for her best friend, fourteen-year-old Marie stages an almost perfect plan. English, no subtitles available
Love IntersectionsVariousVariousLove Intersections is a media arts collective made up of queer artists of colour dedicated to collaborative filmmaking and relational storytelling. They produce intersectional and intergenerational stories from underrepresented communities – centering the invisible, the spiritual, the metaphysical and the imaginary. This collection includes previous LQFF faves Carla & Hayfa and Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits. available
Margueritte201719mOscar nominated and previously screened at LQFF 2018.. An aging woman and her nurse develop a friendship that inspires her to unearth unacknowledged longing and thus help her make peace with her past. French with English subtitles
Maya Deren's Sink201130mExperimental film tribute to the mother of avantgarde American film by Barbara Hammer English, no subtitles available
Memories of Maurice201611mA fond(ish) rememberance of the late Maurice Dobson, a gay sweet shop owner from Barnsley. English with auto-generated subtitles available
Memory of You201512mAdam is going to dinner with his wife, when he is disrupted by something from his past. A story about a love that never was, shot in one single take. Swedish with English subtitles available
Misdirection201914mCamila is your average college freshman with obsessive-compulsive disorder and a big, gay crush on her roommate. English with English subtitles available
Moominland Tales: The Life of Tove Jansson201259mDocumentary revealing the autobiographical slant in the Moomins series, tracing author Tove Jansson's story from bohemian artist in war-torn Helsinki to recluse on a remote island. English, auto-generated subtitles available.
Moralists Instruction Musical201025mGothenburg´s hardest activist like you´ve never seen them before. We get to follow some aerobics instructors on a crusade against hetero-sexism. Like a homoerotic meeting between Jane Fonda and Ulrike Meinhof.
The film encourages and gives suggestions for ways to respond to gender-and hetero-fascists and their constant repetition of for example, are you a guy or girl?
A movie for all of us who are faced with sexism, trans / homophobia and guitar guys on everyday occasions and at parties. Swedish with English subtitles available
My Prairie Home20131hr16mIn this feature documentary-musical by Chelsea McMullan, indie singer Rae Spoon takes us on a playful, meditative and at times melancholic journey. Set against majestic images of the infinite expanses of the Canadian Prairies, the film features Spoon crooning about their queer and musical coming of age. Interviews, performances and music sequences reveal Spoon’s inspiring process of building a life of their own, as a trans person and as a musician English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
National Film Board of Canada VariousVariousNFB have tons of free films to watch on all kinds of topics, including LGBT films from all different genres; animation, documentary, fiction, experimental, etc available
Natives201320mComedy drama. Rachel and Anita, a young Manhattanite couple, are visiting Anita's parents on the Indian reservation she grew up on, for the first time as a couple. Anita, estranged from her parents, wants the fact that they are a couple to be kept secret. As Rachel's attempts to connect with the parents become more and more desperate, Anita begins to question whether her background is what attracted Rachel to her in the first place. English, no subtitles available
Night Star200713mTraditionally, Zulu woman were barred from household chores during menstruation, and the maidens were isolated in the girls hut, a time for rest and contemplation called Ukuya Enyangeni, "going to the moon." Lindiwe's dreams are disturbed by her desire for the Amamqhikiza, her "guide" during this time. with English subtitles
Not Broken, Not Alone201217mDocumentary following a group of asexual people who are preparing for Pride. English, auto-generated subtitles available.
Nowness202042 short films from Nowness "a movement for creative excellence in storytelling celebrating the extraordinary of every day." English, no subtitles available
Now TV7 day free trial with a bunch of LGBT movies available. Includes A Moment in the Reeds, previously shown at LQFF 2018 "While helping his father renovate their summer home, Leevi meets and falls for Tareq, a Syrian architect turned handyman who is building a new life in Finland. A sensual and romantic take on human connection."
Olly Alexander: Growing up Gay201760mIn this eye-opening film, popstar Olly Alexander explores why the gay community is more vulnerable to mental health issues, as he opens up about his own long-term battles with depression. English with English subtitles available. Audio Description available.
Once Upon A Zipper201518mRachel falls for the bridal shop employee helping her try on wedding dresses. English, no subtitles available
Other Black Boys201916mA queer, black college student is forced to confront the masks he wears from day to day when an old friend comes to visit. English, no subtitles available
Outdooring201918mA young man attends his nephew's Ghanaian baptism with a plan: steal the donated money and keep a deep secret hidden from his family. English, no subtitles available
Paris Is Burning19901hr16mA chronicle of New York's drag scene in the 1980s, focusing on balls, voguing and the ambitions and dreams of those who gave the era its warmth and vitality. English with auto-generated subtitles available
Pay It No Mind201255mThis feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha "Pay it No Mind" Johnson, a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. "Pay It" captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the '70s, and a New York City activist throughout the '80s and early '90s. English with English subtitles available
People Open A Box of LGBT Myths and Gasp, Cringe and Laugh at What They Find201912mLesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people living in the Middle East and North Africa share their responses to myths and stereotypes about LGBT people in the region languages, with English subtitles
Pink Narcissus19711hr4mA beautiful sex worker fantasizes about a variety of gay sex scenarios, in which he himself plays all the protagonists. spoken dialogue
Pinkwashing Exposed: Seattle Fights Back!201556mLocal queer Palestine solidarity activists successfully lobby the City of Seattle’s LGBT Commission to drop an Israeli-government-supported tour featuring gay and lesbian activists that had been slated to visit the area. The film sheds light on what pinkwashing is, how local activists are fighting back, and the resulting community backlash. English with English subtitles