The Queer Short Film Fund
The Queer Short Film Fund – Public Pitch
A number of projects that open up perspectives on queer topics which go beyond established LGBTQI representations of mainstream niche cinema were considered for the 9th Queer Short Film Fund this year and five projects have been invited to pitch their films to an open audience on Friday, 16th of June 2023, at aquarium.
The Lolly Award Jury will select one project from those invited to pitch, which will receive the fund, consisting of a cash prize of 1,500 €, donated by XPOSED, a voucher for filming equipment worth 2,000 €, provided by 25p* cine support and two days of Grading — including Conforming — with additional creation of a DCP & Web Screener worth 3,000€, provided by Planemo.
In addition, the fund is accompanied by a mentoring programme. The mentor will advise the winner in five sessions from script development through to production and post-production.
The Queer Short Film Fund Mentor 2023 – Stéphane Riethauser
Stéphane Riethauser was born in 1972 in Geneva, Switzerland. He holds a law degree from the University of Geneva. Over the years, he has been working as a teacher, gay activist, photographer, editor, journalist and translator. He is the author of “A visage découvert”, a photography book about coming out (Ed. Slatkine, 2000). Between 2003 and 2008, he worked for Swiss Radio Television RTS as a journalist and director. In 2007 he launched his production company Lambda Prod and started working as an independent filmmaker. He lives in Berlin. His latest film Madame was selected at more than 60 festivals, won 13 awards, was nominated at the 2020 Swiss Film Awards for Best Documentary and released in theatres internationally.