Two people in a dim daylit room with a plant, window and staircase in the background

Surfacing

Toronto Queer Film Festival

This assortment of narratives showcases the talents of ten Canadian post-secondary students. Exploring varied themes such as transness, sex work, borders, and coming out, this program is an invitation into the vast landscape of emerging artists’ experiences inside – but mostly outside – the academic institution. In Boy Before, a confused and anxiety-filled teen turns to an old friend as a distraction at a time when he is struggling with the changes he is experiencing. 14.02 recounts an intimate interaction between a professional cuddler and a client. Une mêlée à trois explores the dynamics of a lesbian love triangle. I only bought you blackberries since you bought me figs poetically recounts a weekend spent between two men who met online. In the animated short Drawn to You, the main character travels across obstacles to reunite with her lover. Tous nus depicts animated bodies in movement. Fluidità consists of a visual exploration of the fluidity of sexuality told through the story of an Italian granddaughter-grandmother relationship. ABEO is a hard-hitting mixed media animated short that depicts the journey of Nadia and Lupe, two immigrants who risked their lives to cross the Arizona desert in search of a better life. In Come Around, Bela, a first-generation Filipina immigrant, must face her parents’ prejudice regarding her sexual orientation. And in Baamaapii, a young Indigenous woman moves to a new city in order to forget her past but struggles to connect with the people in her life due to her intergenerational trauma.

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Program

Boy Before. Dir. Onyeka Oduh, 2018, Canada,12 min.
14.02. Dir. Raj Jain, 2019, Canada, 4 min.
Une mêlée à trois (A Three Player Scrum). Dir. Danika Vermette, 2019, Canada, 7 min.
I only bought you blackberries since you bought me figs. Dir. Cole Fawcett, 2018, Canada, 1 min.
Drawn to You. Dir. Eleanor Davitt, 2019, Canada, 5 min.
Tous nus (All Naked). Dir. Marianne Khayat, 2019, Canada, 2 min.
Fluidità. Dir. Leana Paparella, 2019, Canada, 4 min.
ABEO. Dir. Brenda M. López Zepeda, 2018, Canada, 7 min.
Come Around. Dir. Andy Alvarez, 2019, Canada, 7 min.
Baamaapii. Dir. Victoria Anderson-Gardner, 2018,Canada, 9 min.