Holebikort

LGBT themed Short Film Contest

Edition 2019

'Holebikort', the biggest queer shorts competition is back.

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From the entries, a professional jury selects the nominees to be screened at the Holebikort evening during the film festival. From these, the audience chooses the winner of Holebikort 2019.
This prize is 2000 €.

The registration form, the rules and the history of this competition can be found using the links at the top of this page. Registrations are open till 31 July 2019.

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Edition 2018

165 short films coming out of 31 countries competed in the 9th edition of Holebikort (Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New-Zealand, Norway, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Taiwan, The Netherlands, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Sweden, Switzerland).

A professional jury selected four finalists that were shown at the opening night of the Holebifilmfestival:

  • Anders (Something About Alex) by Reinout Hellenthal, The Netherlands - 2017
  • Skai Blue by Guido Verelst , Belgium - 2017
  • Löftet (The Promise) by Paula Gustafsson, Sweden - 2017
  • Instinct by Maria Alice Arida, USA - 2017


At the opening night of the Holebifilmfestival the audience has chosen the Winner of Holebikort 2018:

Löftet by Paula Gustafsson

The professional jury praised the subdued, observing style of the documentary, where the viewer sits close to the main characters and feels their intense emotions without being embarrassed or voyeuristic. This short documentary follows a lesbian couple who is torn apart by age and disease, but whose love is so strong that being together is the only thing that matters. This is a small masterpiece that crawls under your skin, that makes you speechless.

The jury also awarded the Best Lesbian Short Prize to Löftet by Paula Gustafsson for being the best lesbian short film in competition. Paula was educated at National School of Dramatic Arts in Stockholm (Sweden) and specialized in documentary. While making a documentary about the life and work of Maj-Briht Bergström-Walan, a well-known Swedish champion of female sexuality, it suddenly went downhill with the health of her wife Helle. With Löftet Paula Gustafsson shows Maj-Briht's final battle to spend her last years together with Helle.

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