A special addition to the fifth edition of BEAST, the Queer Shorts programme reinforces the idea of a festival that promotes plurality and difference, opening channels of debate to marginalized themes and universes.
Queer Shorts is a collaboration with the Queer Archives Institute, an organization that documents queer visual records in modern history. The selection features three short films that offer a different view of how queer history has been represented on screen. This programme underlines the importance of documentary and archival research as an engaging and accessible historical resource.
Alongside the Queer Shorts programme, BEAST presents a panel discussion that, drawing on personal and professional experiences, will examine queer feeling in a Europe that is still a polarized territory when it comes to the rights of sexual minorities. The conversation will feature Karol Radziszewski (founder of the Queer Archives Institute), Teresa Vieira (film critic and journalist), Bohdan Zhuk (curator of Sunny Bunny, Kyiv) and Bianca Stânea (sociology researcher in LGBTQIA+ rights).