Is Your Teen a Homosexual?

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2018 / Canada / 6min / English


‘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.


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.


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)


Laura Mitchell as Mom

James Murray as Dad

Neil Kroetsch as the Narrator

Laurent M. Pitre as Johnny

Isabella D’Alesandro as Norma


Written and directed by Tamara Scherbak

Produced by Faisal Lutchmedial & Tamara Scherbak

Cinematography by Gabriele Kislat

Art Direction by Valentina Oresic

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Berlinale Talents

Main Film

Queer Ideas

ACTRA Montreal