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The 13th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin
24th - 27th May


Firstly, Thank you to everyone who attended the festival, it was our biggest to date and the amazing community atmosphere that was created by all of you was extremely special.

and Congratulations to our LOLLY AWARD Winners!

The Audience Choice Short Film Lolly Award went to:
MARGUERITE by Marianne Farley

Photo: Marc Simpson-Threlford

The Audience Choice Feature Film Lolly Award went to:
THE SIGN FOR LOVE by El-Ad Cohen and Iris Ben Moshe

The Lolly Award Jury awarded SOMETHING SAID from Jay Bernard the Lolly Award for Best XPOSED Short Film!

The Jury stated – A lucid and complex short film that delves into the black British history, creating a powerful image of how history is affecting bodies.” SOMETHING SAID by Jay Bernard is the sensational winner of the Lolly Award for best XPOSED short film.

The LOLLY AWARD Jury also handed out two special mentions:

For taking us to a visually arresting territory between documentary and fantasy where questions of ecological and economical relationships, migration and social hierarchies are explored in the context of a tender romance borne in disaster we want give an honorable mention to FLORES by Jorge Jácome.

For impressing us by telling a narrative that creates a strong empowering lesbian female character, who manages to asserts her agency in repressive social space, we also want to honor WOULD YOU LOOK AT HER by Goran Stolevski

The Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to AMIGAS… MUY AMAIGAS by Tonina Matamalas!
Amigas… muy Amigas follows traces of lesbian visibility in Spanish popular culture and transforms them into a vibrating collage. With the help of a €1000 a cash prize, €2000 in in kind support from 25p *cine support GmbH – Filmtechnikverleih Berlin, Audio Post Production sessions at the Berliner Union Film and a mentor-ship programme, the realisation of this project is taken to a next step.  We are so thrilled to see this work in the near future.

Thank you again to everyone for your support in making this festival what is is today!

Until next year,

Your XPOSED Team

No More “I Love You’s”

This year, we grew into our 14th edition with 16 feature films and 8 short film programs. We’re proud to expand, not for the sake of expansion but to reflect the varieties of queer stories, communities and characters that are out there. The classic love story is entirely absent in this program, but love is not.

XPOSED has always been about more than the representation of LGBTQI on screen. We love a queer cinema that allows for wildness, for failure, for withdrawal. A queer cinema that refuses the logics of assimilation. Our characters are outcasts, living on the fringes of society. Our directors question the state of the world through the art of montage. Hetero/cis-normativity is observed in everyday life and queered in the archive. Norms take their toll on all of us. Family is central to this, and here, our films open up complexities. Children struggle, but so do their parents, caught in precarious and repressive circumstances. And then, when the subconscious collides with fantasy, new worlds emerge.

With a strong visual language, experimental filmmaking unfolds the loss, love and craziness of our times. Barbara Hammer (1939-2019), whose life and work we celebrate in our program, had mastered this skill beautifully. We love her, and all the other filmmakers that unveil their hearts and minds.


Bartholomew Sammut & Merle Groneweg
Festival Directors