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QFFU x Hoogt: Queer Horror Shorts (sold out)

September 7, 2023 @ 20:30 23:00

What terrifies who, and why?

Fans of the genre will not be surprised to learn that horror, at its core, is inherently queer. It disrupts the status quo and exists outside of what is considered “normal.” In the media, what terrifies us has historically been queer coded, and the monsters of our collective imagination share similarities with queerness itself: they shock, challenge, and defy easy classification. However, in a shift, the genre has been reclaimed by queer creators, who are now at the forefront.

During the annual QFFU Horror Shorts night, we aim to highlight, celebrate, and showcase this genre that unsettles those comfortably confined within societal norms while providing solace to those who do not feel at home in a patriarchal heteronormative world. Join us in celebrating this historically queer genre alongside talented queer creators who utilize it to comment on contemporary society. By incorporating various forms of horror, this evening pays homage to the diverse interpretations and expressions of queerness.

Rosa Oomen, QFFU

Hideous – Yann Gonzalez (UK, 22 minutes)
Musician Oliver Sim is the main guest of a talk-show that soon slides into a surreal journey of love, shame, and blood. A three-part queer horror movie that features songs from Sim’s highly-anticipated debut album ‘Hideous Bastard’. Both a playful pastiche of horror schlock and a sumptuous paean to the transgressive style of Derek Jarman, Hideous emerged from a meeting of minds between Yann Gonzalez and The xx’s Oliver Sim. An opulent, unapologetic reckoning with HIV stigma, starring queer icons Jimmy Somerville and Bimini Bon Boulash.

Bekeken – Kim de Ruyter (Netherlands, 3 minutes)
Bekeken is a short film about the excitement of watching and being watched and the physical tension that someone’s gaze can leave you with. It shows the experience in an uncomfortable manner by playing with that all too familiar feeling creeping under your skin when someone’s gaze attacks your image of self.

Casa de Bonecas – George Pedrosa (Brazil, 16 minutes)
Casa de Bonecas is an experimental psychedelic film that shows three creatures who dance, devour and arouse. It’s a visceral trip, equally appalling and appealing, that invites you into the dark, wet and pink decor of the dollhouse and inhabits the space between horror, pornography and queer film.  

Waan(beeld) – Mackenzie Fincham (Netherlands, 3 minutes)
A girl wakes up in the middle of the night when her alarm goes off. She knows something is up. These suspicions are confirmed after she looks in the mirror. A disconnected connection with oneself causes a terrifying feeling.

The Office is Mine – Michael Verrati (USA, 13 minutes)
When a new hire seemingly threatens his social standing at work, Zac begins to unravel. Fueled by paranoia that he’s being replaced, Zac sets on a collision course with the newcomer, ready to prove the office isn’t big enough for them both.

Cupid into Transmutation – Dexter Boldewijn (Netherlands, 13 minutes)
The edgy and personal graduation film Cupid into Transmutation follows a transgender boy named Caesar living in a big city. On the run from his traumatic past, he tries to make a living as a camboy, until he is suddenly sent into hysteria as his body starts to violently morph and transform beyond all recognition. Follow him in his search for acceptance and identity in this cruel world, focused on normality and outer beauty.

The Demons of DorothyAlexis Langlois (France, 29 minutes)
Dorothy is a film director and a bit of a loser. Alone and fueled up on Heineken, she lets loose on her script “BIKER CHICKS IN LOVE.” But a call from her producer kills her buzz: enough with the queer comedies, it’s time to start making mainstream films. Slumped in her pajamas in her tiny studio apartment, Dorothy sinks to the deepest depths of paranoia anddespair. Frozen by self-doubt, she seeks comfort in her favorite TV show Romy the Vampire Slayer. Unfortunately for Dorothy, her own demons have decided to come out of the woodwork and it’s going to be a night to remember!

Background film makers

Yann Gonzalez is a French film director, whose films (Knife+Heart, You and the Night and Islands) have all been either nominated for or won the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival. He worked together with Oliver Sim to create the queer masterpiece and commentary on the stigma around HIV that is Hideous.

BEKEKEN is part of Kim de Ruyter’s project Verwerpelijke Blikken (2021), in which she examines her own sensitivity as a trans woman to the accepting or dismissive gaze of strangers. In this work, she wants to make her readers and viewers aware of the impact their gaze can have on the people around them.

George Pedrosa made two short films prior to Casa Bonecas, which all examine this space between horror cinema, pornography and queer film. Other films of his are You Are Different (2018) and Macho Carne (2021).

Mackenzie Fincham is a Dutch-American animator and illustrator, who graduated in 2021 with their film Waan(Beeld). They recognizes the horror genre’s potential to offer commentary on subjects such as self exploration and mental health and hopes their viewers are able to identify with their expressive, surrealist work.

The Office is Mine is but one of Michael Verrati’s short films, in which he pushes elements of queer culture to the extreme and into the genre of horror.

Dexter Boldewijn based the story of his animated graduation film Cupid into Transmutation on the feeling he had during his own transition. He now works as a freelance visual artist, VJ, animator and designe.

After studying at Paris 8 and at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts of Paris-Cergy, Alexis Langlois directs three short films with the same troup: Trinkets and dark thoughts, Youryoung years will dry your tears and Terror, Sisters !. Alexis is currently developing his first feature film Drama Queens and a burlesque sitcom named Body Positive.

Film Facts

Original language title: Hideous

Directed by: Yann Gonzalez

Year: 2022

Country: United Kingdom

Running time: 22 mins

Genre: Horror, Music, Avant-Garde

Language: English

Subtitles: English

Content warning: Blood, physical assault

Original language title: Bekeken

Directed by: Kim de Ruyter

Year: 2021

Country: The Netherlands

Running time: 3 mins

Genre: Animation, Horror

Language: No dialogue

Content warning: (Self)-mutilation, blood

Original language title: Casa de Bonecas

Directed by: George Pedrosa

Year: 2023

Country: Brazil

Running time: 16 mins

Genre: Horror, Avant-Garde

Language: Portuguese

Subtitles: English

Content warning: Gore, mentions of sexual and non-consensual acts

Original language title: Waan(beeld)

Directed by: Mackenzie Fincham

Year: 2021

Country: The Netherlands

Running time: 3 mins

Genre: Horror, Animation

Language: No dialogue

Original language title: The Office is Mine

Directed by: Michael Verrati

Year: 2019

Country: USA

Running time: 13 mins

Genre: Horror Comedy

Language: English

Subtitles: English

Content warning: Blood, physical assault, abduction

Original language title: Cupid into Transmutation

Directed by: Dexter Boldewijn

Year: 2022

Country: The Netherlands

Running time: 13 mins

Genre: Horror, Animation

Language: English

Subtitles: English

Content warning: Trauma, explicit sex, mutilation

Original language title: Les Démons de Dorothy

Directed by: Alexis Langlois

Year: 2021

Country: France

Running time: 29 mins

Genre: Horror, Comedy

Language: French

Subtitles: English

Content warning: Homophobia, trauma, nudity

Side program

Tom Poessy’s drag creates beauty from thrifted finds and a rhinestone or two. Feast yourself on an eclectic and colorful world filled with chaotic humor and dramatic performances, and find out how you too can become a fascinating creature of the night.

Simic is a non-binary drag performer who skillfully incorporates video game aesthetics, 3D printed prosthetics, and elements of fantasy pop-culture into their mesmerizing visuals and performances. She slays, but at what cost?


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