Short Film: THE DISTANCE, 18min., Spain, Drama/Teen

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The fears and insecurities of two teenagers, Sara and Helena, come to light during a bike ride.

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Director Biography – Todd Lillethun (THE QUIT)

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Todd works as a freelance filmmaker in Chicago, and as Assistant Director of External Programs, Internships, and Career Services for Northwestern University’s film program. His previous film SAFE WORD played over 40 film festivals in 8 countries. He is the former Program Director of Chicago Filmmakers, where he served the local independent filmmaking community for nearly four years. His documentary short NIGHT BUS played in several regional film festivals, including the Landlocked Film Festival (2009), Heartland Film Festival (2009), Peace on Earth Film Festival (2010). He was post-production assistant on THE WAR TAPES for SenArt and Kartemquin Films, which won the Best Documentary Prize at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2006. He earned a BA in Film/Video at Columbia College Chicago, and BS in Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.

Short Film: THE QUIT, 28min., USA, Comedy/Relationship

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Roger’s smoking habit has bugged his partner Sam for years. When Roger finally decides to quit, Sam is thrilled to support him, and engages in a campaign for a cure. After the campaign fails, Sam is bitterly devastated, but then sees a dangerous new idea that may save his life even though it might cost them their relationship.

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Director Biography – Samuel Douek (JUS+ LIKE ME)

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Samuel Douek, Director of ‘Jus+ Like Me’ is a trained architect turned director working across documentary, music video and narrative film. His subjects confront issues surrounding LGBTQ+ and minority subcultures from a design perspective. In addition to filmmaking Douek founded the CAMPerVAN, a transportable queer performance and community space that has toured the UK and Europe bringing LGBTQ+ performance art into the public sphere.

Director Statement

The widespread dissemination of HIV prevention medication has seen a drastic fall in the number of new diagnoses in recent years.

However, despite growing awareness and acceptance of the virus, many people living HIV continue to experience fear and stigma from wider society.

JUS+ Like Me was made in Honour of World Aids day as both a celebration of the advancements in medication and a reminder of the virus that continues to affect huge parts of the world.

But most importantly, JUS+ Like Me was made to show how people like Phil live happy, healthy and normal lives.

Short Film: JUS+ LIKE ME, 15min., UK, Documentary

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JUS+ LIKE ME is a short documentary about the life and legacy of HIV activist and Mr Gay England 2018 Phil Dzwonkewicz who has embarked on a journey to launch the campaign #justlikeme

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Director Biography – Julia Angley (NOW I KNOW)

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Julia Keelan Angley is a writer, director, producer and editor. She loves dark comedies, coming-of-age dramas, and stories about strong women. She is passionate about creating all kinds of women-centric media.

Originally from Marshfield, Massachusetts, Julia has always been interested in storytelling. She studied creative writing at Johns Hopkins University, where she started writing her first scripts. After college, Julia worked as a business analyst while earning a Masters in Digital Media from Harvard’s Extension School. At Harvard, she developed a love for creative problem solving and video production. In 2016, Julia moved to Los Angeles to study filmmaking at UCLA.

Since then, she has been working on a variety of projects, including producing the feature film “The Way You Look Tonight,” premiering in 2019. She has also directed a number of short films.

Director Statement

“Now I Know” is a short coming-of-age film about two young women navigating their friendship and each grappling with their sexuality. With the film, I wanted to explore how we unintentionally trap each other with our assumptions and all the things that go unsaid in a close friendship.

This film was produced during my time as a student at UCLA, and is a very personal story to me. Growing up, as I began to question my own sexuality, I found it difficult to express. As a bisexual woman, I wanted to create a film that showed young women questioning and struggling, an experience that many LGBTQ people experience even as the world becomes more accepting. At the end of the day, we have to accept ourselves, and that can sometimes be the hardest step in coming out.

This film marks my festival debut. I am excited for the opportunity to share this small story about two women finding their identities.