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The th XPOSED International Queer Film Festival Berlin

The 6th Queer Short Film Fund

Pitches and Panel
September 19th.

Due to strict covid regulations, we will not be able to make the Pitching session and the panel open to the Public. The panel will however be streamed online. More information on the Panel can be found here.

Normally held during the XPOSED International Queer Film Festival, due to the current pandemic and the festival being cancelled this year, we are for the first time, holding the Film Fund as well as our annual Panel discussions, separate to the festival.

The Queer Short Film Fund
The Queer Short Film Fund goes into its sixth year! Created in 2015 for the tenth festival jubilee, the fund is there to encourage and facilitate queer short film production throughout Germany. Filmmakers in Germany are invited to apply with their short film scripts for the fund.

We are pleased to announce the finalists for this year’s Film Fund!

1. Low Season

from director Lara Rodriguez Cruz and producer Sergi Estébanez
A beach town in Spain – the perfect background for a one night stand between two young women, a tourist and a local. Or is it all just a fantasy?

2. Untitled (Migrants and Covid)

from director Ifeatu Nnaobi
An observational documentary on COVID19’s exacerbated isolation for a migrant, asks how we can support social connections in the new normal.

3. Mojana

from directors Nadia Granados and Simon(e) Jaikiriuma Paetau
“Mojana” is a film about transformation, the digital versus the direct manipulation of the image, an animal corpse, a conscious game around a process which the film itself requires. Kinematic bodies and animal-human hybrids. An absent body, which returns into representation. A history of dissident bodies who resist dying in a necropolitical system.

4. Sonic Reverbs

from director Sarnt Utamachote
A group of Musicians dedicate special songs for their friends. This allows them to ‘listen’ to each others music, stories and presence; and ‘pass on’ these on to the world

5. Hundfreund

from director Maissa Lihedheb, writer & actor  Lamin Leroy Gibba, assistant director Chima Okerenkwo and creator/ producer Sailesh Naidu

The open Pitching session in 2019

Last Years Queer Short Film Fund Winner:  AMIGAS… MUY AMAIGAS by Tonina Matamalas!

The finalists are invited to pitch their projects to the Jury at a pitching session on September the 19th. The fund wishes to create a platform for exchange with film professionals in order to offer feedback on the filmmakers’ projects. A jury of industry professionals then selects the winner, which will be announced after the Panel at 6pm. The winner of the XPOSED Queer Short Film Fund is awarded a cash prize of €1.500 and €2.000 worth of technical services, provided by our official partner 25p *cine support plus a mentorship by film professional Cécile Tollu-Polonowski

This year, the fund also comes with a mentorship: a film professional will be attached to the selected winner, offering 5 mentorship sessions. With two sessions allocated for script development, the filmmaker can further develop their project to production stage. One session will also be offered to help the filmmaking team in production, plus two further sessions when the project reaches the post production stage. Our mentor for the 6th Queer Short Film Fund is Cécile Tollu-Polonowski

Cécile Tollu-Polonowski studied German Studies and Culture Management in Paris, Berlin and Saarbrücken. From 2007 on, organisation manager for Berlinale Forum, from 2011 to 2019 program consultant. 2011 to 2016 Film Producing Diploma at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (DFFB) and film critic for Berlin Poche. 2016 to 2019 Producer for Match Factory Productions and Pola Pandora. Member of the editorial team of Revolver, Zeitschrift für Film. Programme advisor for the International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg and freelance producer.  

Cooperation with other festivals
To further expand the network of funding for Queer Films, XPOSED has begun working together with two other festival initiatives. In October 2018, the festival partnered with the Sexual Diversity Program, Morelia, Mexico in order to bring Queer Feature Film scripts to the next stage of development with their program INICIA. In November 2019, XPOSED will be partnering with the Queer University in Beijing to support mentoring and developing Queer Short Films that go into production.

This year the Queer Short Film Fund will be presided over by the following Jury Members:


Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese is a filmmaker and visual artist hailing from Lesotho. His short films have travelled extensively, winning awards on the festival circuit. In 2018 his feature-length essay film ‘Mother, I am Suffocating. This is My Last Film About You’, was selected for Final Cut in Venice, where it won six awards. It went on to premiere at the Berlinale Forum in 2019 and continues to screen at festivals and museums, including MoMA. Mosese was one of three filmmakers selected for Biennale College Cinema with his first narrative feature film ‘This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection’. The film screened at Venice International Film Festival 2019, at Sundance Film Festival  2020  (winning  Special Jury Award for Visionary Filmmaking), at Rotterdam Film Festival 2020, at Portland International Film Festival  2020 (winning the Jury Prize) and at Taipei Film Festival  2020  (winning the Grand Prize). Mosese served as a juror for Berlinale International Short Films.

Mosese is an alumnus of the Berlinale Talent Campus (2012), Focus Features Africa First (2012), Realness Screenwriting Residency (2017), Final Cut Venice (2018) Venice Biennale Cinema College (2018), and Cannes L’Atelier (2019).


Iris started working as a projectionist while studying Sociology and Political Science and continued working in several cinemas after her Diploma. Since 2007 she and her partner Wulf Sörgel are running the Moviemento – one of Germany’s leading independent cinemas with focus on independent features, documentaries, premieres, educational programms for young audiences and festivals, like XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin and Pornfilmfestival Berlin, that attract audiences around the world. Next to Moviemento Iris is also running Kino Toni and Kino Central, both located in Berlin.


Fabian Altenried,  producer, director, author is part of Schuldenberg Films. Fabian focusses on films with a political, critical & social approach that seek an unusual, artistic form. Premiered films at Berlinale, Venice Biennale, Rotterdam et al. Producer of „Neubau“, winner “Best Feature Film” and the “Prize for Socially Relevant Film” at the Max Ophüls Film Festival 2020.


Rena Onat is a Turkish-German Femme of Color and an art and media studies scholar. She is currently working on her doctoral thesis on “Strategies of Resistance, Empowerment and Survival in the Works of Queer Artists of Color in the German Context” (working title). Her research focuses on queer theory, critical race theory, intersectionality, visual culture, contemporary art and artistic knowledge. She has worked as a research assistant at the Institute for Media Studies at the University of Fine Arts in Braunschweig and at the Helene-Lange-Kolleg Queer Studies and Intermediality at the University of Oldenburg. She has also been a lecturer at the University of the Arts in Bremen, at the Alice Salomon Universtity of Applied Science in Berlin and at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee (in the Foundation Class). Since March of this year, she has been working at the Kunsthochschule Berlin Weißensee as gender equality officer.

We are pleased to welcome them to the XPOSED Team and look forward to hearing their deliberations.  

XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin