Is Your Teen a Homosexual?

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‘Is Your Teen A Homosexual?’ is a short allegorical comedy that satirizes Trump’s America by using the style of “teen hygiene” educational films of the 1950s. Johnny comes out to his family, who is helped by an off-screen Narrator, but stereotypes and prejudices prove to be stronger than family ties.

Written and directed by Tamara Scherbak

ACCOLADES

This fiction film was 1 of 9 projects selected for development at the Berlin International Film Festival Berlinale Talents Short Film Station and was 1 of 8 winning projects at the Toronto Queer Ideas Salon. Also, a finalist in the Main Film Pitch ton Court Pitching Competition. Winner of the (TRI) Cycle 2 Main Film Production Grant. Made with support from ACTRA Montreal.

FESTIVAL SELECTIONS

The 31st Image&Nation LGBTQ Montréal Film Festival – Official Selection Queerment Québec (2018)

The 37th Rendez-vous Québec Cinéma – Official selection Vive la rigolade (2019)

The 35th Wicked Queer: Boston LGBT Film Festival, Official Selection GTFO Shorts (2019)

The 10th LGBT FIlm Festival of Poland, Official Selection Gay Shorts 1 (2019) *Screened in Warsaw, Krakow, Lodz (twice) & Poznan

The 5th SpringOut! Middle Tennessee LGBT+ Film Festival (2019)

The 8th Kyiv International Short Film Festival, Official Selection Short Attack (2019)

The 20th OUT HERE NOW: Kansas City LGBT Film Festival, Official Selection Laughing out Loud (2019) *Nominated for Best Comedic Short

The 16th OutfestPERU LGBTQ Film Festival (2019)

The 3rd Suburbinale Film Festival of Austria, Official Selection, Opening Night (2019)

The 6th San Antonio QFest-LGBT International Film Festival, Official Selection (2019)

The 9th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus, Official Selection in International Competition (2019)

The 26th Pride Pictures Karlsruhe, Official Selection Queer ist Mehr (2019)

The 17th Florence Queer Festival, Official Selection in Videoqueer Short Film Competition (2019)

The 31st NewFest – New York’s LGBTQ Film Festival, Official Selection The Gag’s All Here (2019)

The 8th Sardinia Queer Short Film Festival, Out of Competition in “Una famiglia normale” (2019)

The 22nd edition of Nuit du Court de Lausanne (Base-court) in SANS QUEUE NI TÊTE (2019)

The 12th edition of the OMOVIES Homosexual, Transgender and Questioning Film Festival Napoli, Official selection (2019)

The 5th Tarang Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival, Official Selection (2019)

The 3rd Shanghai Queer Film Festival, Official Selection, World Shorts (2019)

Pembe Hayat KuirFest – Pink Life Queer Fest Turkey, Official selection (2020)

Festival Amor es Amor Festival International di cine LGBTQ+ Córdoba, Argentina, Official Selection (2020)

The 35th Melbourne Queer Film Festival co-presentation with Melbourne International Youth Festival, Youth Shorts (2020)

New Zealand’s Vision Feast Film Festival, nominated for “Best Queer Project” (2020)

Dominio Pubblico Festival presented with Le Giornate del Cinema Queer, Rome, Italy (2020)

“Best Of” Pride Pictures shorts programme, Summer of Culture in the City of Karlsruhe (2020)

TAGLIO CORTO special virtual screening by Coordinamento dei Festival italiani di Cinema Lgbtq (Florence Queer Festival, Gender Bender, BIG, Immaginaria, MIX, Orlando, Some Prefer Cake, Sicilia Queer Festival, Sardinia Queer)

The 4th Out & Loud Pune International Queer Film Festival, Official Selection (2020) * WINNER of BEST HUMOR Award

The 1st Le Giornate del Cinema Queer (Rome, Italy) Official Selection, In Competition (2020)

The Queers in Shorts, monthly series, Cambridge, United Kingdom (Upcoming 2020 / post-poned)

The BoyOHBoy Films Marathon, Paris, France, Official Selection (2020 Cancelled)

The North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, Official Selection (2020 Cancelled)

CAST

Laura Mitchell as Mom

James Murray as Dad

Neil Kroetsch as the Narrator

Laurent M. Pitre as Johnny

Isabella D’Alesandro as Norma

Produced by Faisal Lutchmedial & Tamara Scherbak

Cinematography by Gabriele Kislat

Art Direction by Valentina Oresic

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MADE WITH THE SUPPORT OF

Berlinale Talents

Main Film

Queer Ideas

ACTRA Montreal