LAUNCH NIGHT: QUEER FREEDOM SHORTS + SANCTUARY (15) (UK PREMIERE)

Wednesday November 15th, 6pm, The Old Market, £5

Launching our 2017 festival we’re screening a selection of ‘Queer Freedom’ shorts, celebrating the queer community, love and self expression, followed by a Q&A with some of the filmmakers.

These shorts will be followed by the UK Premiere of Sanctuary, a funny film about sex, love, friends and freedom, things we take for granted, but for Larry with Downs Syndrome and Sophie with Epilepsy it is a mountain to climb.

SANCTUARY
Len Collin, 87mins, Ireland

Larry, has Downs, Sophie, has severe epilepsy. The two are attracted to each other and, through a care worker Tom, they sneak away to a hotel room during a supervised trip to the cinema. What do they do once they are there? How do they express a love that dare not speak it’s name? Are they aware that in Ireland they are about to break the law? 

JOHN AND MICHAEL
Shira Avni, 10mins 28secs, Canada

This animated short pays tribute to two men with Down syndrome who shared an intimate and profoundly loving relationship that deeply affected the filmmaker. Narrator Brian Davis brings the characters to life with great sensitivity.

LIFE ON TWO SPECTRUMS
Elizabeth-Valentina Sutton, 6mins 11secs, UK

The film follows Dan ‘Tia Anna’ Kahn, a drag queen with Asperger’s Syndrome who founded A.S.P.E.C.S (Autistic and Aspergers Persons of Every Category of (Queer) Sexuality) a support and networking group to help address the needs of the neurodiverse members of the LGBTQ+ community.

PILI AND ME
Ignacio Garcia Sanchez, 8 mins 04 secs, Spain

Pili has Down’s Syndrome and it is her inability to tell what she wants that makes her nephew reflect about the importance of listening. The filmmaker uses home movies from three generations to illustrate his own family.

VERSIONS
Matthew Kennedy, 1min 49secs, UK

A film about individual identities and family ties, Versions takes you through the biological and the unknown using collage and silhouettes.