BOYS ON FILM X is the tenth volume in the world’s most successful short film series. A young man goes through a series of encounters that will change his life forever, an unearthly beauty will put a relationship at risk, a friendship is questioned as a secret is revealed and a young boy haunts a village long forgotten.
All boundaries will be broken as BOYS ON FILM X promises to take it further than ever before, showcasing some of the most sexy, unique and brilliant filmmaking from around the world.
These eight new short films have been showcased in some of the world’s biggest festivals including Frameline Film Festival, Iris Prize Film Festival, Outfest and the BFI London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
BLINDERS – Dir. Jacob Brown (USA) 10mins 2011
One night a young couple (Enter The Void’s Nathaniel Brown & Byrdie Bell) visit a bar one where they meet a young creature of a boy (Luke Worrall). This boy possesses an otherworldly physical beauty that could attract anyone; man or woman. And indeed, the young lovers are attracted, one more so than the other. What does this chance meeting mean for their relationship?
A STABLE FOR DISABLED HORSES- Dir. Fabio Youniss (UK) 13mins 2012
When Kanoute decides to move back to Norway his best friend Benny throws him a surprise party – a party just for two. It soon becomes apparent that Benny has a secret that he has to get off his chest before Kanoute leaves, but is it a secret Kanoute wants to hear?
Official Selection; Iris Prize Film Festival, East End Film Festival, Cornwall Film Festival
LITTLE GAY BOY, CHRIST IS DEAD – Dir. Antony Hickling, Amaury Grisel (FRANCE) 30mins 2012
Jean Christophe dreams of becoming an international model, but in reality lives with his mother, an English prostitute in Paris. Over the course of one unusual day, JC endures a series of abusive encounters that will change him forever. His youthful innocence is changed to hardened experience as his dreams are destroyed by those around him.
Official Selection; BFI London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
BOYS VILLAGE – Dir. Till Kleinert (UK/Germany) 22mins 2011
The Boys’ Village was once a holiday home for coalminers’ sons, boasting a pool, sports yards and even a chapel of its own. Not much remains of its former glory, though. Shattered glass and debris are all over the place; graffiti on the walls. There are countless trap falls and opportunities for injury. This is a parent’s nightmare and yet it can be heaven on earth for a certain kind of child. It more or less is for Kevin. He has been eleven years old for quite some time now. Has it been years or decades?
Official Selection; Iris Prize Film Festival, The Chicago Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Outfest
HEADLONG – Dir. Lukas Dhont (Belgium) 17mins 2012
On the night of a dance competition a young ballet dancer (Jelle Florizoone – North Sea Texas) is in a foreign place. He finds himself alone in his hotel room and when this emptiness overpowers him, he meets a stranger that could change everything (Thomas Coumans – North Sea Texas).
Official Selection; New York City International Film Festival, Palm Springs Shortfest, Next Generation Shortfest, Outfest
YEAH KOWALSKI! – Dir. Evan Robert (USA) 10mins 2011
Gabe Kowalski is a late bloomer and all-around misfit whose dad still cuts his hair. When Gabe’s ‘anonymous’ question about his still smooth armpits is selected to be read aloud in sex-ed class, Gabe goes to great lengths to impress his classmate crush, Shane, at Penny Foster’s birthday party.
Official Selection; Iris Prize Film Festival, Sarasota Film Festival, Dallas International Film Festival, Roze Filmdagen
INFLATABLE SWAMP – Dir. William Feroldi (UK) 14mins 2010
Matt, a gay man in his late twenties, navigates the lonely intersection of carnal sex and human closeness. With the arrival of Luke, a new man in his life, he finds a way to reconcile pleasures of the flesh with the new aroused imperatives of the heart. INFLATABLE SWAMP is an unusual exploration of gay male psychical intimacy.
Official Selection; Frameline Film Festival, Iris Prize Film Festival
TEENS LIKE PHIL – Dir. Dominic Haxton & David Rosler (USA) 20mins 2012
Phil, a shy, insecure teenager growing up in an affluent American suburb, is trapped in the painful throes of adolescence and the internalised struggle in coming to terms with his sexuality. At his elite private school, Phil is bullied by Adam, his former friend and love interest. Adam frequently lashes out against Phil and enjoys humiliating him in the locker room. When Phil can no longer tolerate the situation he takes drastic action to bring it to an end.