Queer Bits Summer Film Fest Selections Announced!

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Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Summer Film Festival

Announces Eight Short Films to Receive Chicago Premieres

Pride Films and Plays (PFP) begins an exciting season of new screenplays and short films receiving their Chicago premieres! PFP is now accepting submissions for the 2015 Great Gay Screenplay Contest via FilmFreeway.com with an Early Bird Deadline on May 31st and a Regular Deadline on June 30th. Also two screenings of short films will be presented at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark); Queer Bits Summer Film Festival on June 1st and Queer Bits Fall Film Festival II on November 9th, 2015.


Queer Bits Summer Film Festival announces eight short films from six different countries receiving their Chicago premieres at the Public House Theatre (3914 N Clark) on June 1st, 2015 at 7:30PM.


Pride Films and Plays’ Queer Bits Summer Film Festival will include a charming Brazilian comedy about a young man that buys a device to help him know whether other people are gay or straight, a sexy Spanish psychological drama about a man that uses an unconventional method to deal with a breakup, a bittersweet American coming-of-age tale centering around two best friends graduating high school, a lustful Danish story of young love that may or may not be requited, a touching dramedy set in Chicago about a business executive announcing her transition from male to female on the day of an important board meeting, an intimate Canadian documentary about how three drag kings define gender identity, a thrilling story from Denmark about a man facing his longtime girlfriend with his deepest secret, and a fascinating Polish story about a soldier that returns home from war to find his sister has a live-in girlfriend.


The screening commences at 7:30PM and will be preceded by a panel discussion about filmmaking in Chicago and followed by a brief talkback about the films. The Public House Theater bar will be open beginning at 6:30PM. Please come early and have a drink with us!


Warning: some of the short films contain adult themes, language, and brief nudity. You are going to love them!

Tickets are $10. VIP Tickets are available for $15 and include prime table seating. Student and Senior tickets are also available for $5. Tickets can be purchased at brownpapertickets.com or by calling 1.800.838.3006.

Queer Bits Summer Film Festival Program (in alphabetical order)

An Afternoon

Director: Søren Green; Writers: Tomas Lagermand Lundme and Søren Green (Denmark, 8 minutes)

Mathias has decided that today is the day that he’ll tell Frederik that he’s in love with him. But is he ready to make the first move?


Director/Writer: Felipe Cabral (Brazil, 12 minutes)

Rafael is a young man who bought himself a device that will end all his doubts, the gaydar. Gay or straight? It will tell him.

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The Last Girl

Director/Writer: Bjarke de Koning (Denmark, 13 minutes)

Life is not the same after a holiday with Jesper and there is no avoiding the truth now.


Director: Stephanie Young (Canada, 12 minutes)

“Masculins” is a portrait of three people who each have distinct masculine identities, and embody transformation in very different ways. Through intimate cinematic approaches, the film identifies and embraces the human element in the deconstruction of gender binaries.

My Reality

Director/Writer: Carlos Ocho (Spain, 14 minutes)

Xavi is a guy whose boyfriend left him after five years. He is not doing well at all and decides to use a self-help book to get out of his sadness… although his use of it may not be the best.

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No matter what happens, I love you

Director/Writer: Justyna Mytnik (Poland, 14 minutes)

(Based on a play by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek)

Peter returns to Poland from the Iraq war and finds his sister living with her lesbian girlfriend in their family home. Will the soldier accept the newcomer?

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Director: Leandro Tadashi; Writer: Joshua Paul Johnson (US, 13 minutes)

New Year’s Eve 1999 finds college-bound Clark and Trevor concerned about the future of their friendship, and a request for Clark to be Trevor’s wingman ensures things will never be the same again.

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TRANSition Day

Director:  James Sharpe; Writer: Jer Sklar (US, 5 minutes)

(Based on the characters and situations from a short film by Oksana Dykan)

“TRANSition Day” examines a pivotal moment in the life of a smart, successful business owner whose gender affirmation collides with an important board meeting.d, 14 minutes)

About Queer Bits Film Festival

Queer Bits Film Festival is Pride Films and Plays’ is now in its third year and prides itself in providing the best LGBT short films with their Chicago premieres.

The first screening and incarnation of Queer Bits occurred in November 2012 in Center on Halsted’s Hoover-Leppen Theatre. In November 2013, five short films received their Chicago-premieres in the same venue during Pride Films and Plays’ annual Gay Film Weekend. In June 2014, Pride Films and Plays presented Queer Bits Film Festival, a sold-out 90 minute program of short films and Chicago-based webisodes, which was followed in September 2014 by the Women’s Words Film Festival, a very successful program of short films and webisodes with lesbian characters and themes which were written and/or directed by women. Queer Bits Fall Film Festival was successfully presented in November of 2014 with a range of genres including foreign language, animated, and student films.

Tickets are $10. VIP Tickets are available for $15 and include prime table seating. Tickets can be purchased here: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/674062

For more information visit pridefilmsandplays.com.

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About Pride Films and Plays                     

Founded in 2010, Pride Films and Plays has received 12 Jeff Nominations, and 3 Jeff Awards for productions in our first three Jeff eligible seasons. All of the performances in our 2014-15 seasons were Jeff Recommended, including the Chicago premiers of Terrence McNally’s Some Men, Jeff Talbott’s The Submission, Topher Payne’s Angry Fags, and the world premiere of Leo Schwartz’s musical The Book of Merman which has been extended through May 17 at Apollo Studio Theater (773-935-6100).

In addition, our script and screenplay development programs continue throughout the year at Center on Halsted, including Gay Play Weekend (May 15 to 17), LezPlay (September 11 to 13) featuring plays and screenplays written by women with lesbian characters or themes, and Gay Film Weekend (November 13 to 15) featuring LGBT screenplays and screenings.

For more information on contests or productions, visit www.pridefilmsandplays.com.



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