Positive Impact: Short Film Collection

Positive Impact: Short Film Collection

Since Outfest first began sharing films with our audience that explicitly grapple with the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the tens of millions of people who tragically lost their lives to this terrible virus, onscreen depictions of the epidemic and the lives of HIV+ individuals have shifted with time and life-saving advances in modern medicine. For this short film collection, we decided to focus on contemporary perspectives around HIV/AIDS to examine how the resiliency of our community’s spirit has endured into the present tense. Through animation, documentary, and narrative storytelling, our collection explores this central premise through invigorating, illuminating, and deeply moving visions from its filmmakers. These are extraordinary human stories that pay respect to lost queer and trans generations who forged the path on which our community now continues to blaze through their example.

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Positive Impact: Short Film Collection
  • Valiente (Brave)

    When Victor’s partner arrives at his house for what seems to be a perfect date, he finds the courage to disclose his HIV status.

  • The Pointless Sisters

    A portrait of The Pointless Sisters, a drag group formed 34 years ago by mainly Latino men to raise money and awareness towards the fight against HIV/AIDS, which has taken a large toll on the group during the '80s and '90s.

  • Sangro (I Bleed)

    Inspired by a true story, “I Bleed” is the intimate confession of a person living with HIV. Whirlwind of emotions. The first sensations. An animation film which tries to demystify issues that, to this day, persist in society’s imagination about the virus.

  • Jus+ Like Me

    A short documentary about the life and legacy of HIV activist and Mr Gay England 2018 Phil Dzwonkiewicz.

    Despite the widespread dissemination of medication to prevent the spread of HIV and a rapid decline in new infections, people living with the virus continue to endure shame and stigma from w...

  • Protected

    A young skater and older gentleman discuss life, community, and activism while getting tested at a HIV clinic.