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The th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin


The 7th Queer Short Film Fund

The 15th edition of the XPOSED International Queer Film Festival is currently scheduled for May 26 – 30 2021. After last year’s cancellation of the festival’s jubilee due to the pandemic, XPOSED directors Merle Groneweg & Bartholomew Sammut as well as the entire team highly look forward to bringing films on screen and the audience back into the cinema.

Staying true to the festivals dedication and support for queer film production, the 7th Queer Short Film Fund will return once again during the festival. From now on and until 30th of April, filmmakers* can apply with their scripts and concepts! The submitted projects should open up perspectives on queer topics that go beyond established LGBTQI representations of mainstream niche cinema. Five projects – form is open to fictional, documentary, animated, experimental or essayistic forms, but length limited to a maximum of 10 minutes – will be selected for a public pitch on May 29 at aquarium (Skalitzer Straße 6, 10999 Berlin). If no public events can take place at that time, the pitch will be digital.

The Queer Short Film Fund, launched on the occasion of the 10th festival anniversary, has been supporting queer short film productions since 2015. The Lolly Award Jury will select the winning project. The fund is awarded a cash prize of 1,500 €, a voucher for filming equipment worth 2,000 €, provided by 25p* cine support and two days of Grading – including Conforming – with additional creation of a DCP & Web Screener worth 3,000€, provided by Planemo Film. In addition, the fund is accompanied by a mentoring programme: An industry expert advises the winner in five sessions from script development to the production phase and post-production.

for more information visit our Fund Page


Out and About
Queere Sichtbarkeiten in der Sammlung der Berlinischen Galerie

XPOSED cooperates with the volunteer project “Out & About. Queer Visibilities in the Collection of the Berlinische Galerie“. XPOSED has selected six short films from previous years of the festival as well as the upcoming program – the 15th anniversary edition in May 2021. Formally, geographically and thematically, the works represent a broad spectrum. Compilation films about the drag- and trans* scene of the 1980s in Cordoba, Argentina (PLAYBACK) and a portrait of the Ghanaian performance artist VA-BENE stand next to the audiovisual essay GALATÉE À L’INFINI, which deals with the subjugation of the female body. Here, physicality is a key to liberation. It is the starting point not only for the search for new forms of expression, but also for breaking free, as is the case in the immersive poetic reflections on queerness in JOURNEY TO THE CHARBAGH and PIRATE BOYS. Self-determination and appropriation are also carefully celebrated in BATERÍA, in which a lonely camera roams a very special cruising area – and longs for utopian spaces in the present.