Shall We Talk
Katya Mikheeva was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia. She studied animation at HSE DESIGN university. In 2020 she moved to France to continue her studies at La Poudrière school. Katya makes character-driven films, based on human relationships and the fun absurdity of daily life.
CONTAINS: Transphobia, Homophobia, Smoking
Goldbloom Micomonaco is a Director/Writer/Producer and Co-Founder of The Kitsch Generation is based in Toronto making music video and narrative fiction. Recent work includes shorts; Wet (2018), Parry Riposte (2019), They/Them (2021), The Mis(re)Education of The Invisible yet Furious Five (2021), and Ripples (2022). They have screened at Frameline, TIFF, Inside Out, NFFTY and more.
CONTAINS: Addiction, Blood, Death
Justice Schiappa is a Los Angeles based storyteller with a passion for character-driven coming of age stories and unwitting heroes. Although her first love is Star Wars, which sparked her ever-lasting affection for science fiction and space odysseys, her professional work as a writer, producer, actress, and director has ranged from interactive Triple-A titles to supernatural teen dramas and even comedy web series-- sometimes with musical twists. Despite the broad scope of genres and formats, at the core of all Justice’s work is her love and devotion to creating complex queer characters and rich worlds for them to explore and grow in.
The comfort zone
CONTAINS: Homophobia, Puking, Guns, Nudity
Ran is an award winning queer middle eastern filmmaker, born to a family immigrated from Yemen, and he has been living in the US for the past 10 years. Ran is a producer, actor, an upcoming director and creative director, working with clients as Sony Music, Lionsgate, Voltage Pictures, etc. It is his dream to create justice and social change through the entertainment industry. He has worked his way up in the production realm and is very excited to share his directorial debut with the world.
Monami Roy is an animator and illustrator currently working on their next film "Katran ki Dukaan" which is an animated short film. They have been interested in this field for almost 15 years while practicing the craft for the past 4.
Riley graduated from LC Anderson High School in Austin, TX in May 2020. They attended the Pratt Institute's Pre-College Program in 2019 in Brooklyn, New York, studying foundational fine art and sequential arts. Riley now attends the University of Texas at Austin, double-majoring in Radio/Television/Film and the Plan II Honors Program. In the summer of 2021, Riley attended the UTNY program in Manhattan to study urban communications and fine arts. Their films have been selected for over thirty-five film festivals around the world, and their art has made it to state level competitions.
White horses silver mine
Having made several experimental and narrative shorts in L.A., Ziyi Jin went to Mexico in 2019 to shoot a short film "White Horses, Silver Mine." On balance, her works, by presenting human being’s pieces of life moments, have insight into “unsolvable” human contradictions under border cultural contexts. Jin’s background at college (UNNC) of cultural studies is the driving force behind her passion in analyzing cultural differences, and to her benefit of handling cross-culture situations in filmmaking. In 2020, she earned her MFA in Film Directing program at California Institute of the Arts.
Dancing with gender
CONTAINS: Animated Nudity
Using visuals has always come naturally to Jorinde. As a child, they painted every wall and surface their little hands had access to. It gave them a way to express themselves, as having a stammer made it hard to put things into words. Though Jorinde has always been a quiet introverted person, as an artist They want to use their ability to visualize a message that needs to be told by way of animations and illustrations.
CONTAINS: Homophobia, Bullying
Isabella Kerrigan is an independent film maker from Perth, Western Australia. For Isabella, she says "1987 is a passion project that I hold very close, I believe the story has heart and an important message".
Thinking of you
Robyn Romain is an internationally award-winning animated filmmaker with a BFA in Character Animation from the California Institute of the Arts. They enjoy getting way too into trading card games, going on road trips and solving murder mystery puzzles. They don't like cheesecake, much to the disgrace of their Wisconsinite blood, but once ate an entire cantaloupe on their own at the age of four.
CONTAINS: Death, Suicide, Mental Illness, Blood
Lucas Liu is a film student at Swarthmore College. They say, “As a transgender young adult, I am familiar with feelings of disorientation and a fear of threats to my queerness. Strangely, I have always found comfort in psychological thrillers surrounding identity and reality, maybe because they validate an experience I feel alone in”.
College reject Tahura Khan is no stranger to the industry. Having grown up on sets it was natural for her to pick up a thing or two. Through her discovery of filmmaking she found a great shortage of representation of the Queer community in the media and most mainstream projects are underrepresented, misrepresented or just completely conform to stereotypes. Tahura aims to create authentic South Asian Queer films that are made by and for the LGBTQIA+ community.