Northern Ireland - 2008
Shot at 720p on the JVC GY-HD200
Young James struggles as the outsider kid at his school. His teacher, Mr. Sutherland, is the only person he feels he can connect with. When James finally puts a voice to his feelings, Mr. Sutherland's response isn't what James had hoped for.
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Best Northern Irish short, Belfast Film Festival 2008
Best First Irish Short 2nd Place, Galway Film Fleadh 2008
Best Short Gaze Dublin International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2008
Jury Award Best Student Short Palm Springs Shortfest 2008
Best Student Cinematography 2nd Place, Palm Springs Shortfest 2008
Best UK Short Iris Prize Festival 2008
Outlook Award Best LGBT Short Film 53rd Corona Cork Film Festival 2008
Award of Merit Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival 2008
Best International Short 17th Annual St Louis International Film Festival 2008
Bronze Palm Award, Mexico International Film Festival 2009
Best Foreign Film, NYC Downtown Short Film Festival 2009
Gold Kahuna Award Honolulu International Film Festival 2009
Best GLBT Short Breckenridge Film Festival 2009
Audience Award Breckenridge Film Festival 2009
Best Drama UK National Student Film Festival 2009
Grand Jury Award UK National Student Film Festival 2009
Best Short Film, Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival 2009
Best Short (Male) Fort Worth International Gay&Lesbian Film Festival 2009
Chessie Award Best Short Film, Cineslam Vermont 2009
Best Short, Barcelona International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2009
Jury Prize for Best Short, Image+Nation LGBT Film Festival Montreal 2009
Best Screenplay, Grand OFF World Of Film Awards 2009
Best Short, Coming Of Age Movie Awards 2010
The story of Float is set against the backdrop of the homophobic climate in the Caribbean, a world where no LGBT stories are celebrated.
Jonny is a young obsessive-compulsive white Bahamian artist who faces loosing his scholarship at a local University if he does not live up to the potential that his teachers believe he has. Inspired by this challenge and wanting to get away from homophobic bullies and his alcoholic father, Jonny chooses to escape for a weekend to the under-populated and dramatic Bahamian island of Eleuthera where by accident he meets a young man by the name of Romeo. Together these two embark on a series of physical adventures that inspire Jonny to paint but which force him to let his guard down and explore real intimacy without fear. However things are shaken up when Romeo's girlfriend shows up and puts an end to Jonny's romantic dreams. Jonny must choose between finally giving up on love, career and his happiness or fearlessly moving forward with his life.
Float is not just a gay love story but a universal story - a story about being different in a world that wants us to all be the same. It is a story of finding value in our truths and loving our loved ones unconditionally. Like Frameline Voices? Donate here: bit.ly/FramelineDonate
Kareem Mortimer 2007 34 min. Bahamas
Founded in 1977, Frameline is the nation's only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to the funding, exhibition, distribution and promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender media arts. Frameline Voices is a new digital initiative that showcases diverse LGBT stories and expands access to films by and about people of color, transgender people, youth, and elders.
Struggling actor Gary plays Hamlet in a homoerotic film adaptation of Shakespeare's play. As he works hard on the role, his girlfriend complains that he is not giving their relationship enough attention. But when his co-actor Aidan provokes him with suggestive invitations, Gary's real life and reel life begin to intertwine.