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Watch the first trailer for Boys on Film 21: Beautiful Secret

Exclusive: The long-running gay shorts series is back with a new compilation of LGBTQ stories from around the world.

By Will Stroude

Best-selling LGBTQ short film series Boys on Film is officially coming of age with its latest release.

Boys on Film 21: Beautiful Secret – out on DVD, Blu-Ray and On Demand on 1 March 2021 – brings together the best gay short films from around the world, and we’ve got an exclusive first look at the brand new trailer. 

Since Boys on Film’s debut in 2009, the series has brought hundreds of stunning LGBTQ shorts to queer cinema fans, with the latest instalment featuring cinematic gems from Sydney, New York, Romania, Canada, Switzerland and more.

The first trailer offers a two-minute window into the poignant and powerful stories included in Boy on Film 21: Beautiful Secret – find out more about the individual titles on offer below:

Memoirs of a Geeza – (UK, 4 mins) Dir. Theo James Krekis

A top geeza recalls fights, friends and painting his toenails in this collage of childhood souvenirs and surprises.

We Are Dancers – (UK, 30 mins) Dir. Joe Morris

It’s 1933 and Berlin is on fire. As a country reels from a rapidly changing political landscape, outspoken performer Hansi Sturm and his troupe of flamboyant supporters must come to terms with the changing times.

My Dad Works the Night Shift – (Canada, 14 mins) Dir. Zachary Ayotte

Between church choir, Sunday school and swimming practice, fourteen-year-old Felix lusts after older boy Vincent. Despite the threat of a conservative dad breathing down his neck, Felix decides to take the plunge and invites Vincent over to his house…

L’Homme Jetée – (Switzerland, 21 mins) Dir. Loïc Hobi

Theo is an aimless docker pining for adventure in a remote coastal town. When strapping young sailor Giuseppe washes ashore, Theo musters up the courage to face the waves and escape his dull existence by trying to get into Giuseppe’s gruff crew.

My Sweet Prince – (UK, 12 mins) Dir. Jason Bradbury

Set on the Isle of Wight in 2003, fragments of teenage video diaries collide with the fictional story of 15-year-old Tommy and his search for connection in the advent of the internet age.

Dungarees – (UK, 5 mins) Dir. Abel Rubinstein

Blake and Cane hang out, play video games and grapple with their insecurities. This is the spirited love story of a very modern pair of boys and the trousers they call dungarees.

Clothes & Blow – (US/UK, 23 mins) Dir. Sam Peter Jackson

For American voice over artist Daniel, life in London is one long autopilot ride of demanding client calls and awkward Grindr meets. But when his mother decides to visit on a whim, Daniel is forced to re-evaluate how fully and authentically he is living his life.

A Normal Guy – (Romania, 14 mins) Dir. George Dogaru

Daniel got lucky tonight: this time he’s not going home alone. But what about his cocky straight brother and meddling girlfriend? Proof if it were needed that hook-ups and hijinks between homos and heteros aren’t so different after all.

Pretty Boy (Australia, 9 mins) Dirs. Pierce Hadjincola & Sinclar Suhood

Kevin, a closeted teenager growing up in a rural neighbourhood is forced to contend with the troubles of love, family, and his own journey of self-discovery. With the support of his partner and his sister he learns that not everyone in his life will accept him for who he is.

Boys on Film 21: Beautiful Secret is released on DVD, Blu-Ray and On Demand on 1 March 2021.