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SQIFF Shorts: Luv Sucks

October 3, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Free – £8
A white young person starring intensely ahead with short dark hair sits in a changing room wearing just a small white towel around his waist as another white person with a white towel is seen walking part, blurred.

Romantic relationships can be tough. SQIFF offers up an alternative to punching walls and texting your ex when pished with these shorts from the heart – as in stomping all over it and dumping it in the trash. A bisexual trio have a bust up in a toilet. A boy in a bath pines over his unavailable roommate. A woman has a near-but-not-quite romantic encounter with a fellow deafie. The vast power of the cosmos can’t prevent a bickering lesbian couple from breaking up. A sex worker has his hopes dashed by the man he loves. And in 2033 Botswana, a man loses his lover to dystopian despair.

Tickets are priced on a sliding scale £0-£8 depending on what you can afford. To book, please use the button below or call CCA box office on +44 (0)141 352 4900.

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This screening has an age recommendation of N/C 15+.

Films have a mixture of Arabic, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Tswana audio and BSL with English subtitles/captions. Hearing loop available.

Most of the films are not very accessible to English-speaking blind and partially sighted audiences with largely visual storytelling, minimal dialogue, and majority non-English language. Large print versions of handouts available.

CCA has good access for wheelchair users, gender neutral toilets, and welcomes assistance animals. Click here for CCA’s Accessibility Guide.

A Quiet Space and programme content notes will be available. Click here for a list of content notes for the 2019 Festival.

Comfy seating (bean bags) are available. If you would like to reserve this, please contact access@sqiff.org.

We have a limited travel fund to assist people to come to the Festival for those who could not otherwise afford to attend. If you would like to apply for this, please contact access@sqiff.org.


In order to make SQIFF more accessible to those on a low income, we use a sliding scale ticket price of £0-£8 for our events. You can choose what you pay based on your circumstances – you won’t be asked for any proof / ID, we just ask that you are honest! Our ticket sales go towards supporting the vital work of LGBTQ+ filmmakers, artists and organisers. If you have a free ticket and can no longer use it, please contact the relevant venue box office to let them know so it can be used by someone else. For more info on what you should pay, click here.


To Starboard, I Vomit (6m)
Dir: Tarek Sardi, Country: Tunisia, Year: 2019, Language/s: Arabic
Zarga, Dorra, and Mohammed find themselves after years of separation together, reunited in a club’s toilet. Between betrayal and unspoken truths, the old classmates reveal their deepest secrets and taboos.

Content note: Depiction of homophobia, misogyny, and violence; discussion of sex.

Your Towel (3m)
Dir: Zhizi Hao, Country: UK, Year: 2017, Language/s: English
A young gay man and his roommate’s intimate moment in the bathtub.

Content note: Discussion of sex.

Almost… (5m)
Dir: Teresa Garratty, Country: UK, Year: 2019, Language/s: BSL, English
A chance encounter between two girls sparks an unspoken connection. Everything seems so effortless, so perfect… Almost. Written and directed by award winning filmmaker, Teresa Garratty, produced by Flashing Lights Media, and funded by BSLBT.

Content note: None.

Solarity (8m)
Dir: Marianne Verrone, Country: USA, Year: 2019, Language/s: English
An exploration of perception, proximity, and intimacy within a queer cosmos.

Content note: None.

Last Words [sic] (6m)
Dir: Hugo Ljungbäck, Country: USA, Sweden, Year: 2017, Language/s: No spoken language
Last Words [sic] revisits an angry email the artist received from an ex-boyfriend. The text is taken verbatim from his goodbye-letter, and tells a humorously painful story of lost love, betrayal, and desire, as the writer grows increasingly delusional, defensive, and passive-aggressive with each paragraph.

Content note: Discussion of sex.

Free Fall (14m)
Dir: Santiago Henao Vélez, Country: Colombia, Year: 2018, Language/s: Spanish
Out of the hunting shadows of sexual underground Medellin, sixteen-year-old Jhony is excitedly hopeful about a date with the boy he loves.

Content note: Depiction of sex and drug-taking.

Tea for Two (20m)
Dir: Julia Katharine, Country: Brazil, Year: 2018, Language/s: Portuguese
Silvia is a middle-aged filmmaker having a life crisis. The same night that she is surprised by the visit of her ex-wife, who left her a few years ago, she meets another woman who fascinates her. Tea For Two is thought to be the first film directed by a trans person to ever be commercially released in Brazilian cinemas.

Content note: Depiction of transphobia.

2064 (12m)
Dir: Joseph Adesunloye, Country: Botswana, Year: 2019, Language/s: Tswana
Devastating population growth, famine, and mass internal displacement pushes Africa to the brink. Many of the continent’s animals are wiped out due to hunting, ever-warming climate, and a ballooning population.  A federation of African States is created and institutes an annual cull of four million men. Soon the policy is successful, and the continent’s wildlife begins to flourish again. In 2064, a nascent freedom movement led by the ‘Ladies in White’ is fighting for the emancipation of the condemned men and to put an end to the human cull.

Content note: Discussion and depiction of death and suicide.


October 3, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Free – £8
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