Encounters: International Short Dramas

GENRE: Coming Out | Drama | East Asian | Gay | Latinx | Lesbian | Non-binary | Queer | Transgender

An encounter can be sexy, heartbreaking or dangerous, anywhere in the world. These compelling international dramas showcase the best in global LGBTQ+ storytelling. Whether a fight on a Parisian rooftop or a pointed Moscow farewell; through the experiences of a trans kid in Argentina, a baby dyke in Denmark, or a gay Afghan asylum seeker…these touching films will expand your world.




DIRECTOR Mason Fleming | 2019 | Australia | 15m | In English and Persian with English subtitles

A gay Afghan asylum seeker facing a hostile tribunal finds that his fate is in the hands of his interpreter, in this darkly comic drama inspired by actual Australian court proceedings.

Babydyke (Babylebbe)

DIRECTOR Tone Ottilie | 2020 | Denmark | 20m | In Danish with English subtitles

When teenager Frede begs her older sister to let her come along to a queer club, she has a clear agenda: she wants to impress the girl she’s crushing on. Being labeled by the older girls as “babydyke” isn’t going to help, in what will be a pivotal night of growing up.


DIRECTOR Inga Sukhorukova | 2020 | Russia | 11m | In Russian with English subtitles

Sometimes a bowl of soup is more than a bowl of soup. Special Jury Mention at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

The Edge (4 fromages)

DIRECTOR David Chausse | 2019 | France | 18m | In French with English subtitles

A pizza delivery snafu throws together two incompatible people trapped on a Paris rooftop.

Encounter (Encuentro)

DIRECTOR Ivan Löwenberg | 2019 | Mexico | 18m | In Spanish with English subtitles

Arcelia and Lulu have been together for 40 years. Across town, teenager Julian is beginning to explore his identity. Their lives are about to intersect.

The Name of the Son (El nombre del hijo)

DIRECTOR Martina Matzkin | 2020 | Argentina | 13m | In Spanish with English subtitles

A trans son and his father’s search for connection. Winner of both the Crystal Bear and Special Prize for Best Short Film from the Generation Kplus International Jury at this year’s Berlinale.

Buying Note: This digital screening is available to view between 12:01am Thursday, September 17 and 11:59pm Sunday, September 27. We suggest watching it at 11:00am Sunday, September 20. There is no Q&A.


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