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Pink Life QueerFest Presents: Short Films Programme
Institute of Contemporary Arts
A small yellow baby floats among colourful cells and liquids
Fish Out of Water (Sudan Çıkmış Balık), dir. Nur Özkaya, 4 min.

Presented by Pink Life QueerFest, this selection of short films explores the experiences of the LGBTQI+ community in Turkey through a diverse variety of forms, from dance to animation.

More about Pink Life QueerFest on their website


Another Matter (Başka Mevzu), dir. Bahar Kılıç Adilçe, Hulusi Nusih Tütüncü, 2017, 12 min.

Civanvs mother recently passed away in a remote corner of the city. Having hardly taken a step outside home for 40 days, Civan spends his time taking decisions of vital importance rather than mourning.

Prince Charming, Don’t Come in Vain (Beyaz Atlı Prens Boşuna Gelme), dir. Aykut Atasay, İzlem Aybastı, Zeliha Deniz, 2009, 26 min.

A film in which, for the first time in Turkey, those women who say ‘I am gay’ adopt the lesbian identity as a political identity and express themselves. It is also a collective effort by Lambdaistanbul LGBTT Solidarity Association activists.

Dream, dir. Sinan Göknur, 2018, 2 min. 30 sec.

Everything in this animation is from the real surreal scenes of Istanbul that hold in tandem so much suffering and so much pleasure. It is a queer dream for a reality, the despair of which fires our life-affirming urge to transform.

9/8fight41 a 9/8 fight for all of us, dir. Gizem Aksu, 2022, 29 min

This documentary short dance film is based on Gizem Aksu’s spectral friendship with Sinti-Roma boxing legend of Germany, Johann Rukeli Trollmann (1907 – 1944) and the intergenerational and intergeographical journey of this friendship.

Free Fun, dir. Fehmi Öztürk, 2019, 5 min.

When Kika entered to have fun in a game, she encountered something she never expected. Nothing will be the same anymore.

Fish Out of Water (Sudan Çıkmış Balık), dir. Nur Özkaya, 4 min.

A short experimental animated film. When the norms, traditions, customs and culture of society are taken as the basis, there are individuals outside of them. These individuals who cannot adapt to the existing order are labeled ‘misfit’.

Fragments, dir. Seyhmus Altun, 2 min. 12 sec.

Fragments of a passionate yet tumultuous relationship. Roger and Ivy love each other but their relationship, ostracised and rejected by society, comes to an end.
04:00 pm
Sat, 03 Jun 2023
Cinema 1

All films are ad-free and 18+ unless otherwise stated, and start with a 10 min. curated selection of trailers.

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