2021 Online Shorts Showcase
November 5-14, 2021

The 13th annual Reel Out Charlotte, the Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival, presents three special events this year! Join us November 5-7, including our annual Shorts Showcase hosted online and available through November 14.


Be sure to join us for our annual Shorts Showcase, hosted virtually in 2021. Short films will become available for streaming on Friday, November 5 and stay available through Sunday, November 14.

Sunday, November 7, 6pm
Broadcast Live at
Join us on Sunday, November 7, 6pm, for our Shorts Spotlight: Filmmaker Q&A. Broadcast live on, Vimeo, Facebook, and YouTube. We’ll watch four awesome short films together, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with their filmmakers.

This year’s short films to be announced on Monday, November 1

Be sure to get your free ticket to access all our short films in this year’s Shorts Showcase!

A Team of Two

Time de dois

Flávio and Wendel are from the same soccer school and they share the dream of being a professional soccer player. Flávio is having doubts whether he should keep trying and when he thinks about quitting, Wendel realizes that what they feel for each other might be more than just friendship.

Director: André Santos
Runtime: 11:00
Brazil, 2021
Portuguese, with English subtitles

As Simple As That

Simples Assim

Suspicious that her son is gay, Joana shares her doubts with her husband. To her surprise, the boy’s father knows much more about the subject than she imagined. After all, why was she the last to know?

Director: Luciana Bitencourt
Runtime: 19:08
Brazil, 2021
Portuguese, with English subtitles


In this dialogue-driven episode, an interracial lesbian couple attempts to ease the racial tension between them and their parents using the power of straight talk and a little bit of Cannabis.

Director: Hisonni Mustafa Johnson
Runtime: 15:37
United States, 2021



Itamar, a chubby and depressed young man, returns to his childhood home in the suburbs following a mental breakdown. As he struggles to get better under the care of his quirky and overprotective mother, old tensions about his sexual orientation arise – especially when he meets Ronen, a handsome lifeguard who leads him to confront his body image issues.

Director: Isak Kohaly
Runtime: 22:05
Israel, 2020
Hebrew, with English subtitles

Found Family

Found Family follows teenager Elyse trying to navigate coming out to her homophobic parents and wanting to meet her long distance girlfriend for the first time.

Director: Esmée Lavalette
Runtime: 12:36
United States, 2021

Fuel For Life: Blake Hansen

Some people spend their entire life discovering who they really are, and what they’re meant to do. Blake Hansen knew early on. The hardest part? Acceptance.

Director: Katie Bennett, Blake Hansen
Runtime: 07:22
United States, 2021

Generation T

In the Age of Tinder, Generation T follows the aftermath of a random hookup between two strangers on a stormy night.

Director: Toriano Lockhart
Runtime: 14:24
United States, 2021

God’s Daughter Dances

A transgender female dancer, Shin-mi, gets a call from the Military Manpower Administration, to attend for the Military Service Examination. Shin-mi, with everything in readiness, takes her steps to the Military Manpower Administration.

Director: Sungbin Byun
Runtime: 24:53
Korea, 2020
Korean, with English subtitles


The protagonist of the story faces a dilemma of choosing between sense and sensibility regarding one’s innermost feelings. He has been judged from the very beginning by the ones closest to him. The fear of these never-ending judgments fills him with doubt and he has to work against the clock to achieve his goal as he knows that one’s true identity is what matters most to them.

Director: Sajjad Shahhatami
Runtime: 15:00
Iran, 2020
Persian, with English subtitles


In a neighborhood of million-dollar houses, James lives in a house that’s falling apart, tending to his plants that threaten to overwhelm his yard and talks of his past as a young gay man who left his home in the Appalachian Mountains to find a new life in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Director: Lucy Collins
Runtime: 11:31
United States, 2021


A gay activist rallies the queer community after he and a trans activist are assaulted by a group of religious extremists.

Director: Matthew Riutta
Runtime: 14:14
United States, 2021

MeTube: August sings ‘una furtiva lagrima’

The third part of the internationally award-winning MeTube short film series. This time the intergalactic music nerds August and Elfi conquer the opera stage and orchestrate their final adventure in an opulent manner.

Director: Daniel Moshel
Runtime: 08:00
Austria, 2020

My Life With Rainbows

A kid tells what it’s like to have two moms.

Director: Elena Pendleton
Runtime: 08:05

My Mother’s Girlfriend

RENUKA and SADIYA, two working-class women in love with each other, enjoy their day out celebrating Renuka’s birthday. After a fun-filled day, they head home to spend the night together. But unknown to them, RENUKA’s son, MANGESH, is around. MY MOTHER’S GIRLFRIEND is the story of what happens when these two relationships collide.

Director: Arun Fulara
Runtime: 14:45
India, 2021
Hindi/Marathi, with English subtitles

Shea, by Nasra

A family displaced by greed searches for a new home in a foreign place. As they explore they discover pieces of themselves; old and new. “Shea” celebrates what has always remained in Black/African peoples, an innate sense of home, luxury and interconnectedness.

Director: Effy Adar
Runtime: 02:40
Canada, 2021


Harper is juggling time spent with her grandfather Stanley fixing up an old car, helping her parents financially, and getting the courage to ask Callie, her crush, to the prom. But it might all come crashing down when she realizes she needs to come out to Stanley to make it all happen.

Director: Jeanette Bears
Runtime: 16:36
United States, 2021

This is 35

Kids, cats, vibrators, caffeine, meditation, Zoom calls, family dinners, and if you’re lucky, one effing minute of peace. This isn’t what you signed up for. This Is 35. Created by an entirely female-identifying cast and crew.

Director: Tara Imperatore
Runtime: 13:29
United States


A young couple checks into a rental cottage at the end of the vacation season and finds a mysterious twin bed inside that wasn’t mentioned in the online listing.

Director: Mark J. Parker
Runtime: 11:51
United States, 2021


During a general lockdown due to the pandemic, an unemployed actor works at an online companionship service. A lonely middle-aged gay man calls him while seeking for redemption, but things will not turn out as both men expected.

Director: Natalia Lampropoulou
Runtime: 09:00
Greece, 2021
Greek, with English subtitles

Hindi/Marathi, with English subtitles

Shorts Spotlight: FIlmmaker Q&A

Sunday, Nov. 7, 6pm

Mark your calendar for a special live broadcast, as we spotlight four short films and invite their filmmakers for a panel discussion and Q&A afterwards! Broadcast live at, Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook.

Get your free tickets to see all short films in our 2021 Shorts Showcase, available Friday, Nov. 5-Sunday, Nov. 14.