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In Competition: The Lili Award

The Lili is awarded to the winners of this year's jury competition for best feature, documentary and short film and is handed out during MIX’s Closing Night. The award is named after the Danish artist Lili Elbe, who in 1930 was the first ever to undergo gender affirming surgery. She was married to artist Gerda Wegener and in 1912 they moved to Paris to live openly as lesbians. The story of Lili represents the courage, freedom and inclusiveness that MIX Copenhagen celebrates. The Lili is awarded for the 15th time, the last 5 years as Lili and former known as the Plus! Prize. In 2015 the Lili Award is given away in a new design by Yassin Askar and Sarah Borup. The shortfilm awarded a Lili is send directly to the Iris Prize Festival the year to come.

Torrey Pines

‘Torrey Pines’ is a story about a dysfunctional family, mental health and gender. It is told by the musician and director, Clyde Petersen, in a beautiful and challenging stop-motion animated film. Through a self-biographical angle, Clyde’s life unfolds before your eyes in a queer punk coming-of-age film, which takes place in the southern California in the early 1990s. Follow Clyde and his family on a journey that will change their relationship forever.

Clyde Petersen

USA, 2016

60 min.

No dialogue


#family #noncisdirector #queer #T #youth

Feature film

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More Than T

Finding one’s path in life is infinitely complex, yet many trans people are externally defined solely by one small part of their journey. Through textured vignettes, collaborators Silas Howard (Transparent) and Jen Richards (Her Story) illuminate themes of family, resilience, self-determination, and finding your calling, through the perspective of trans people of colour. The subjects of this affirming and uplifting documentary collage embody the familiar themes of discovering and understanding not only oneself but also the full life that can be created out of a struggle for survival.

Silas Howard

USA, 2017

54 min.

English with English subtitles


#generational #nonbinary #portrait #T

Documentary

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Play The Devil

In the looming paradise of Trinidad and Tobago, an aspiring young photographer named Gregory meets the affluent and cultured James who immediately spots his potential. Tackling both an abusive father and insufficient funds, Gregory is easily lured in by James’s charm and affection. By lending him his camera, James assures the progression of their newfound friendship. But after a trip to the coast, what at first might seemed innocent evidently becomes inescapable.

Maria Govan

Trinidad & Tobago/The Bahamas/USA, 2016

89 min.

English without subtitles


#cinematic #comingofage #friendship #gay

Feature film

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Jewel's Catch One

This inspiring and beautiful documentary centres around Jewel and her nightclub, The Catch. Jewel is black, a lesbian, and poor, and struggled for 42 years against the discrimination she faced on all fronts as she built up a club that became one of the original safe spaces for the black LGBTQ community. Providing community support through the AIDS crisis and changing the lives of those she met, Jewel engaged in incredible activism that helped break down racial, social, and cultural barriers.

C. Fitz

USA, 2016

90 min.

English without Danish subtitles

Documentary

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Small Talk

Director Huang Hui-chen lives with her lesbian mother, A-nu, but they share nothing but a roof. After having a daughter of her own, Huang starts to film her mother and explores a painful past and complicated relationship between the two, as well as uncovering who her A-nu is through the eyes of ex-girlfriends, friends, and relatives. Thoughtful and brave, this is a fascinating insight into how the people close to us are not necessarily the ones we know best.

Huang Hui-chen

Taiwan, 2016

88 min.

Min Nan with English subtitles


#family #generational #lesbian #love #portrait #senior

Documentary

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A Date for Mad Mary

The spirited and notorious Mary is released from prison after doing her time for violence and ends up heading straight into another fight - to find a date to take to her best friend's wedding. This light-hearted and funny film depicts the challenges of fitting in, friendship and love.

Darren Thornton

Ireland, 2016

82 min.

English without subtitles


#comingofage #comingout #friendship #lesbian

Feature film

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Dream Boat

Every year the DREAM BOAT hosts a week-long cruise only for gay men. The days and nights onboard the ship, are filled with parties, freedom, and sex – but the men also share their doubts and dreams, and reflect on the political and familial restrictions they are faced with in their everyday life. The film follows five men from five different countries as they dive into the DREAM BOAT experience.

Tristan Ferland Milewski

Germany, 2017

90 min.

German/French/Arabic/English with English subtitles


#cinematic #community #gay #internalisedphobias

Documentary

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Our Skin

En fortrolig telefonsamtale mellem to komplet fremmede med dybt forskellige baggrunde bliver smukt illustreret i en abstrakt billedverden.

João Queiroga

USA, 2016

16 min.

English without subtitles


#comingout #generational #love #senior

Short film

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BobbyAnna

Street singer Bobby lives in a van, and her encounter with Anna is an exploration of connection, gender expression, and privilege.

Jackson Kroopf

USA, 2017

20 min.

English without subtitles


#classconflict #nonbinary #NSFW #queer

Short film

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The 36-year-old Virgin

Skyler, a 36-year-old trans person shares his desires to live out some tabooed sexual fantasies and in turn questions the concept of 'virginity'.

Skyler Braeden Fox

Germany, 2016

30 min.

English with English subtitles


#classconflict #nonbinary #NSFW #queer

Short film

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The Comet

Two men are escaping oppression and persecution in their home country but only one will make it to Sweden.

Victor Lindgren

Sweden, 2017

11 min.

Swedish with English subtitles


#classconflict #love #political #queer

Short film

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Seventeen

Seventeen-year old Paula lives in a small town with her sister and father. While dealing with a difficult family situation, she also has to navigate the emotionally turbulent high school life. She's attracted to the shy and beautiful Charlotte, meanwhile, Lilly, a fiery spirit, provokes and flirts with her. And then there’s Tim and Ronald, who both seem to have fallen for Paula. 'Seventeen' is a beautiful and sensitive story about the magical facets of teenage years, as well as the challenging transition to adulthood.

Monja Art

Østrig, 2017

104 min.

German with English subtitles


#bi #binary #cinematic #comingofage #comingout #youth

Feature film

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