Up and Coming 2021

Up and Coming 2021

April 1, 12:00 AM – April 30, 11:59 PM


This is a virtual event. All shorts programs will be available between April 1-30, 2021 and all feature films will be available for ten days between April 8-18, 2021.

Year after year, these young talents continue to amaze us. We’re excited to bring you some funny, heart-warming, but also heartbreaking shorts from around the world. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the first of many films by these up-and-coming directors. Curated by Katie Shannon.

Heart & Lungs

Heart & Lungs' is a short drama film about friendship, love, secrets, and being locked in a static caravan. One best friend promises the other a relaxing weekend away, but tensions rise when the caravan becomes more of a private rehab.

Directed by Lizzie Hartree, 2020, 8 min, United Kingdom, English, L

Directed by Lizzie Hartree 8 m English United Kingdom

The Golden Gate

A young gay man, Max, with a passion for photography, eventually finds the courage to stand up to his homophobic mother, changing forever his past and future.

Directed by Pietro Pinto, 2020, 15 min, USA, English, G

Directed by Pietro Pinto 15 m English USA


Olivia can feel her relationship slipping away. As she still has a strong desire and a lot of tenderness for Julie, she chooses to keep her feelings quiet during the romantic weekend that Julie organizes for her birthday. With the presence of raccoons in the night as a backdrop, Olivia is overwhelmed by her emotions and can no longer hide anything.

Directed by Rose-Anne Déry, 2020, 15 min, Canada, French with English subtitles, L

Directed by Rose-Anne Déry 15 m French with English subtitles Canada

Second Parent

Kat recently assumes the role of stay-at-home mom when her wife Julia returns to work three years after giving birth to their daughter, Becca. Kat is hurt and frustrated that no matter how hard she tries, Becca still prefers Julia over her. Her anxiety only deepens when her brother, Dylan, who's also Becca's sperm donor, travels from Asia to visit them for Becca's fourth birthday party.

Directed by Penny Pin-jung Chen, 2020, 14 min, USA, English, L

Directed by Penny Pin-jung Chen 14 m English USA


The night before travelling abroad, Martin celebrates his farewell party at his bff's Nadia's home, and at midnight her brother Nacho shows up. After a few drinks and some karaoke love songs, Martin starts to realize he might be in love for the first time.

Directed by Axel Rezinovsky, 2020, 17 min, Argentina, Spanish with English subtitles, G

Directed by Axel Rezinovsky 17 m Spanish with English subtitles Argentina


Laine faces expulsion from BYU with her graduation around the corner after her roommate hears her in bed with a woman and turns her into the Honor Code. Upon being invasively questioned, Laine is granted a troubling option to save her degree, forcing her to choose between her heart and her faith.

Directed by Lauren Noll, 2020, 16 min, USA, English, L

Directed by Lauren Noll 16 m English USA


A 16 year-old hockey player tries to repair her relationship with her teammate while preparing for the team’s pre-qualifying match.

Directed by Jojo Erholtz, 2020, 13 min, USA, English, L

Directed by Jojo Erholtz 13 m English USA

Virgin My Ass

Ophir asks Harel for a small favour that might make him feel like a normal gay guy. OK, maybe not that small a favour. During the somewhat ridiculous, somewhat exciting night the two will spend in bed, they will learn a small lesson in intimacy and community.

Directed by Adar Sigler, 2020, 17 min, Israel, Hebrew with English subtitles, G

Directed by Adar Sigler 17 m Hebrew with English subtitles Israel