Solos by Antonio da Silva
It’s been 10 years since Michael Stütz and Bartholomew Sammut, the directors of the Xposed International Queer Film Festival sat in the basement of SchwuZ wondering if anyone would show up to their film festival. Featuring a selectionof passionate, captivating, crazy and undeniably weird queer short films, Xposed has since evolved to giving audiences an indepth look into queer culture and identity. Queer is a term that has progressed with our society into what I’d describe as a positive, unassuming representation of non-binary identity, and for the past 10 years, Xposed has been teaching us all to stand our ground. From May 21st-24th at Kino Moviemento, you can get a taste of the festival’s glory, shame, distaste, trash and beauty, all made with a love for queer cinema, for Berlin and for the ever-expanding storytelling possibilites of within the world of film. This year, they’re introducing the Queer Short Film Fund, which aims to help get Berlin based queer film projects into production. These films, just like those in the festival program, should aim to challenge and question normative perspectives and silmultaeously broaden their vision to topics beyond traditional LGBTQIA+ representation in the mainstream niche market. Click on to see some program highlights as well as this year’s festival teaser.