Short Films - LGBT and gay theme

by ausrick | created - 20 Sep 2011 | updated - 25 Jun 2015 | Public

A list of favorite LGBT and gay theme shorts. Join the discussion to recommend others.

I keep lists of favorite gay theme feature films, documentaries and television shows in separate lists.

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1. Un Chant D'Amour (1950)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

Director: Jean Genet | Stars: Bravo, Jean Genet, Java, Coco Le Martiniquais

Votes: 2,836

2. A Little Comfort (2004)

38 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Arnaud and Guillaume are in their last year of high school. Summer is approaching and like any teenager, they're thinking about cigarettes, alcohol and sex. But boys or girls? Future looks so blurry when you're a teenager!

Director: Armand Lameloise | Stars: Arthur Moncla, Rémi Bresson, Élodie Bollée, Anna Mihalcea

Votes: 579

3. I Don't Want to Go Back Alone (2010)

17 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The arrival of a new student in school changes Leonardo's life. This 15 year-old blind teenager has to deal with the jealousy of his friend Giovana while figuring out the new feelings he's having towards his new friend, Gabriel.

Director: Daniel Ribeiro | Stars: Ghilherme Lobo, Tess Amorim, Fabio Audi, Nora Toledo

Votes: 6,463

An excellent short and it seems that a feature film will be made in 2012

4. The Visitor (III) (2002)

30 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

Michael, at his beach-home in Australia, is avoiding phone calls regarding his dear lifelong friend and former lover of two-years Chris who is dying back in Boston, America. While trying to... See full summary »

Director: Dan Castle | Stars: Barry Otto, Nick Carpenter, Grant Dodwell, Pamela Shaw

Votes: 278

5. Short Stories About Love (1997– )
Episode: Gotta Have Heart (1997)

35 min | Drama

Young love blossoms amid the inhabitants of a small town in Israel in this gay fantasy. Guri want to relocate to Tel Aviv before he's "outed". Nohav want to win a local song contest and who can tell what stud Merito wants?

Director: Eytan Fox | Stars: Tzak Berkman, Uri Omanuti, Sami Huri, Gisele Silver

Votes: 109

6. Starcrossed (2005)

Not Rated | 15 min | Drama, Short

Two brothers develop a sexual attraction to one another amid the unkind world around them.

Director: James Burkhammer | Stars: J.B. Ghuman Jr., John Wesley Shipp, Simon Ragaine, Derek Sean Lara

Votes: 2,197

7. Awakening (2008)

39 min | Short, Drama

16-year-old Carsten just started dating Melissa. He is introduced to her sweet and likable parents, who kindly welcome their first son in law. On a weekend in their summerhouse it turns out... See full summary »

Director: Christian Tafdrup | Stars: Allan Hyde, Julie Grundtvig Wester, Lars Brygmann, Ellen Hillingsø

Votes: 699

8. Just Friends? (2009)

29 min | Short, Drama, Musical

Expecting a cozy night outside of the barracks, Seok visits his boyfriend Min-soo who is serving in the military. However when Min-soo's mother questions their relationship, the only answer they can give is that they are 'just friends'.

Director: Jho Kwang-soo Kim | Stars: Su-hee Go, Lee Jehoon, Chae-eun Lee, Woo-jin Yeon

Votes: 419

9. Thirteen or So Minutes (2008)

Not Rated | 14 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Lawrence Jefferies and Hugh Greerey have just met. They both have had girlfriends in the past...they're both straight. Thirteen or so minutes later, however, something's happened and things have changed.

Director: William Branden Blinn | Stars: Nick Soper, Carlos Salas

Votes: 1,098

10. Scorpio Rising (1963)

28 min | Short, Music

A gang of Nazi bikers prepares for a race as sexual, sadistic, and occult images are cut together.

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Ernie Allo, Bruce Byron, Frank Carifi, Steve Crandell

Votes: 4,129

11. Campfire (2000)

21 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Short about a camping trip for scouts where a boy falls in love with his best friend and causes tension in the scouting group.

Director: Bavo Defurne | Stars: Joram Schurmans, Koen Van Heule, Circé Lethem, Maarten Verbeuren

Votes: 653

12. Fairies (2003)

Not Rated | 21 min | Short, Drama, Musical

Screened in over 75 international film festivals (including the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival), "Fairies" is a musical fantasy come true. Timothy is bullied by homophobic classmates at his all... See full summary »

Director: Tom Gustafson | Stars: John Neisler, James McKay, Chris Cordon, Sean Ross

Votes: 240

The precursor to the feature film "Were the World Mine"

13. Doorman (2006)

TV-MA | 17 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The Latino doorman of a New York apartment building begins to unravel when he is seduced and then dumped by a privileged college kid who lives in the building.

Director: Etienne Kallos | Stars: Jamil Mena, Stephen Sheffer, Chris Anthony, John Bryant

Votes: 340

14. Trevor (1994)

Not Rated | 23 min | Comedy, Short, Drama

Upon hitting puberty, a high-school boy realizes he is homosexual and faces prejudice from his parents and friends.

Director: Peggy Rajski | Stars: Brett Barsky, Judy Kain, John Lizzi, Jonah Rooney

Votes: 1,414

15. Heartland (2007)

TV-MA | 12 min | Short, Drama, Romance

HG, 21, lives a happy and openly gay life in New York until he returns to Iowa to help his alcoholic father save the family farm.

Director: Mark Christopher | Stars: Corey Sorenson, Lachlan Nieboer, Marvin Naftal, Taylor Gwinn

Votes: 420

16. The Dead Boys' Club (1992)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

It's the 1990s. Toby, just out of college in Wisconsin, comes to Manhattan to spend the summer with his older cousin, Packard, a gay man whose lover John R. has just died of AIDS. Toby is ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Christopher | Stars: Nat DeWolf, Erik Van Der Wilden, Matt Decker, Ari Benjamin

Votes: 106

17. Lucky Blue (2007)

28 min | Short, Romance

Olle, an introverted, well-mannered boy with an air of innocence and sincerity about him has been camping with his father at the same camping ground with several other people for years now.... See full summary »

Director: Håkon Liu | Stars: Tobias Bengtsson, Tom Lofterud, Britta Andersson, Johan Friberg

Votes: 1,308

18. Raw Love (2008)

15 min | Short, Romance

A portrait of the last days of high school. Two friends spend all day long together, but this will inevitably come to an end. A beautiful sincere story of mixed emotions and secrets that dare not speak loud.

Directors: Juan Chappa, Martín Deus | Stars: Valentino Arocena, Juan Felipe Villanueva, Katja Alemann

Votes: 657

19. Fishbelly White (1998)

TV-MA | 22 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

Beneath a railroad bridge a young rural gay man begins to his explore his gay feelings with the aid of an understanding friend.

Director: Michael Burke | Stars: Mickey Smith, Jason Hayes, Todd Batstone, Forrest Seward

Votes: 351

Written & Directed by Michael Burke, this short is the precursor to the feature film "The Mudge Boy".

20. Boys Life: Three Stories of Love, Lust, and Liberation (1994)

91 min | Drama

Each of the three short films in this collection presents a young gay man at the threshold of adulthood. In "Pool Days," Justin is a 17-year old Bethesda lad, hired as the evening life ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Lee King, Raoul O'Connell, Brian Sloan | Stars: James Andrews, Mary Beth Aylesworth, Mike Barbour, Steve Bilich

Votes: 447 | Gross: $0.63M

21. Pool Days (1993)

27 min | Drama, Short

Justin, a 17-year old entering his final year of high school, gets a job as a life guard at a fitness center. Surrounded by hard bodies of both sexes and instructed by his boss to keep an ... See full summary »

Director: Brian Sloan | Stars: Josh Philip Weinstein, Nick Kokotakis, Kimberly Flynn, Richard Salamanca

Votes: 295

Edited into: Boys Life: Three Stories of Love, Lust, and Liberation

22. A Friend of Dorothy (1994)

33 min | Drama, Short

Winston arrives at NYU as a freshman, knowing he's gay and wondering where that fact will lead him. He falls hard for Tom, his temporary roommate who's soon to leave for L.A., and it's a ... See full summary »

Director: Raoul O'Connell | Stars: Raoul O'Connell, Ann Russo, Kevin McClatchy, Greg Lauren

Votes: 338

Edited into: Boys Life: Three Stories of Love, Lust, and Liberation

23. The Disco Years (1991)

30 min | Short, Drama

Tom Peters looks back to 1978, the year in high school that he came out of the closet. Tom's mom is both sweet and intrusive, urging him to take out girls. She also drags him to her ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Lee King | Stars: Matt Nolan, Gwen Welles, Dennis Christopher, Russell Scott Lewis

Votes: 375

Edited into: Boys Life: Three Stories of Love, Lust, and Liberation

24. Boys Life 2 (1997)

74 min | Drama

Compilation of four short films about homoerotic situations involving young men. Tom DeCerchio directed "Nunzio's Second Cousin", telling the story of a gay cop who forces a gay-basher to ... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Christopher, Tom DeCerchio, Tom Donaghy, Nickolas Perry | Stars: Michael Saucedo, Justin Urich, Travis Sher, Milo Ventimiglia

Votes: 428 | Gross: $0.19M

The limited DVD also included the popular shrot "Trevor", starring Brett Barsky.

25. Must Be the Music (1996)

20 min | Short

Four gay men on a Friday night out in Los Angeles.

Director: Nickolas Perry | Stars: Michael Saucedo, Justin Urich, Travis Sher, Milo Ventimiglia

Votes: 212

Edited into: Boys Life 2

26. Nunzio's Second Cousin (1994)

18 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A masculine gay cop teaches a lesson to a group of young homophobes.

Director: Tom DeCerchio | Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Miles Perlich, Eileen Brennan, David Fresco

Votes: 268

Edited into: Boys Life 2

27. Alkali, Iowa (1995)

17 min | Short

On his family's farm in rural Iowa, young Jack Gudmanson is wrestling with his sexual identity, not an easy thing to do in the macho world of the Midwest. But things become clearer for him ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Christopher | Stars: J.D. Cerna, Mary Beth Hurt, Edward Seamon, Ellen Latzen

Votes: 333

Edited into: Boys Life 2

Edited into: Boys Life 2

29. Boys Life 3 (2000)

79 min | Drama, Romance

44 Metascore

Jason Gould satirizes coming out in Hollywood in "Inside Out", starring Alexis Arquette and his father Elliott Gould. Lane Janger's "Just One Time" was a festival favorite later expanded ... See full summary »

Directors: Gregory Cooke, David Fourier, Jason Gould, Bradley Rust Gray, Lane Janger | Stars: Cléo Delacruz, Aurélien Bianco, Jean-Marc Delacruz, Elise Laurent

Votes: 287 | Gross: $0.21M

30. Majorettes in Space (1997)

6 min | Short

Dimitri, a Soviet cosmonaut of Soyouz 27 likes majorettes. Catherine and Laurent like making love. Jean-Paul II loves airports. Vincent loves boys.

Director: David Fourier | Stars: Elise Laurent, Jean-Marc Delacruz, Olivier Laville, Cléo Delacruz

Votes: 213

Edited into: Boys Life 3

31. Hitch (2000)


Two friends on a road-trip: one is gay, the other straight. The former gets attracted to the latter.

Director: Bradley Rust Gray | Stars: Jason Herman, Drew Wood

Votes: 134

Edited into: Boys Life 3

32. Inside Out (1997)

27 min | Short, Comedy

A film that shows how "hard" it is to be son of celebrities.

Director: Jason Gould | Stars: Robert Amico, Alexis Arquette, Kate Asner, Christina Crawford

Votes: 147

Edited into: Boys Life 3

33. Just One Time (1998)

8 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A man wants his girlfriend to have a sexual relationship with another girl, just one time.

Director: Lane Janger | Stars: Guillermo Díaz, Jennifer Esposito, Joelle Carter, Lane Janger

Votes: 230

Edited into: Boys Life 3 Expanded into a feature film of the same name tt0168912

34. $30 (1999)

20 min | Comedy, Short

A father buys his closeted son a night with a prostitute.

Director: Gregory Cooke | Stars: Sara Gilbert, Erik MacArthur, Gregory Itzin

Votes: 288

Edited into: Boys Life 3

35. Boys Life 4: Four Play (2003)

83 min | Comedy, Drama

53 Metascore

Four gay shorts are rolled into one 83-minute movie.

Directors: Phillip J. Bartell, Alan Brown, Eric Mueller, Brian Sloan | Stars: Craig Chester, Brent Doyle, Jay Gillespie, Cole Williams

Votes: 192 | Gross: $0.05M

36. L.T.R. (2002)

16 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

A young, newly-in-love gay couple allow a documentary filmmaker to film their burgeoning long term relationship.

Director: Phillip J. Bartell | Stars: Cole Williams, Weston Mueller, Aimee Garcia, Michael Azria

Votes: 124

Edited into: Boys Life 4: Four Play

37. O Beautiful (2002)

29 min | Short, Drama

Being gay bashed and left in a corn field in rural America takes an unusual turn when one of the bashers returns with remorse and a secret.

Director: Alan Brown | Stars: Jay Gillespie, David Clayton Rogers

Votes: 594

Edited into: Boys Life 4: Four Play

38. Bumping Heads (2002)

22 min | Drama, Romance, Short

Craig wants to be boyfriends, Gary wants to be "just friends."

Director: Brian Sloan | Stars: Craig Chester, Andersen Gabrych, Nora Burns, Ned Stresen-Reuter

Votes: 116

Edited into: Boys Life 4: Four Play

39. This Car Up (2003)

16 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

In this comedy of errors and elevators a bike messenger and a businessman can't stop thinking about each other after their paths cross.

Director: Eric Mueller | Stars: Mike Booth, Brent Doyle

Votes: 128

Edited into: Boys Life 4: Four Play

41. Boys Life 6 (2007 Video)

80 min | Drama, Romance

Anthology of four gay-themed stories centered around the idea of first-time crushes.

Directors: Soman Chainani, Mark Christopher, Etienne Kallos, Carter Smith | Stars: Josh Caras, Donald Cumming, Eleonore Hendricks, David Tennent

Votes: 147

42. Boys Life 7 (2010 Video)

Short, Comedy, Drama

A compilation of four gay shorts from Sundance includes a story of a disturbed black teen trying to seduce a much older AIDS prevention counselor; and a story of high school seniors pondering end of school and the end of their secret love.

Directors: Martín Deus, Gary Huggins, Larry Kennar, Julian Breece | Stars: Vaughn Lowery, Diana Elizabeth Jordan, Reggie Watkins, Michael Oliver Perry

Votes: 30

43. Boys' Shorts: The New Queer Cinema (1993)

119 min

In these sexy, fun and darkly entertaining boys shorts, we see the hilarious terrors of gay childhood, an Internet hook-up with unexpected motivation and what happens when you hate musicals... See full summary »

Directors: Mark Christopher, Stephen Cummins, Laurie Lynd, Michael Mayson, Chris Newby, Marlon Riggs

Votes: 63

44. Boys to Men (2001)

75 min | Drama

Compilation of 4 short films from different directors all with a common theme of gay identity - "Crush" by Philip Bartell, "The Mountain King" by Duncan Tucker, "...lost" by Dan Castle and "The Confession" by Carl Pfirman.

Stars: Ema Tuennerman, Brett Chukerman, Weston Mueller, Rengin Altay

Votes: 383 | Gross: $0.14M

45. Black Sheep Boy (1995)

Unrated | 37 min | Short, Fantasy

The psychological and emotional motivations of gay sexual fetish, especially relating to gay male teens maturing into men and their sexual exploits.

Director: Michael Wallin | Stars: Stuart Cataldo, Drew Daniel, Peter Dunaj, Andrew Durham

Votes: 74

46. Fest Selects: Best Gay Shorts, Vol. 1 (2011)

104 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

Eight gay shorts culled from top film festivals - A cross-section of some of the best recent gay shorts culled from top film festivals including Slamdance, Outfest, Frameline and more. ... See full summary »

Directors: David Färdmar, Alain Hain, Jonathan Lisecki, Barry Morse, Mark Pariselli, Eldar Rapaport, Guy Shalem, Pierre Stefanos | Stars: Cole J. Alvis, Matthew Armet, Danny Bernardy, Paul Caiola

Votes: 47

47. Boys Briefs 4 (2006 Video)

Short, Drama

At night, a world comes to life in the shadows of streetlamps, in the stalls of public restrooms, in the apartments of the well-to-do. This is a world most guys only dream about. But the ... See full summary »

Directors: Greg Atkins, Mary Feuer, Welby Ings, Armen Kazazian, Tony Krawitz, Bastian Schweitzer | Stars: Greg Atkins, Nancy Beatty, Bryan Bevege, John Carson

Votes: 53

48. Summer (2006)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Drama, Romance

Mates emerge from latency into their sexual identities. Will and Leung are pals, searching the woods of Hampstead Heath for botanical material Leung needs for a school class. Along the way,... See full summary »

Director: Hong Khaou | Stars: Peter Peralta, Jay Brown

Votes: 611

Included on "Boys On Film 1 - Hard Love"