This screening will be followed by a Q&A with participating directors. 

Explore is a collection of six short narrative and animated films from Austria, Ukraine, Belgium, Scotland, Ireland and Slovenia. 

Each film focuses on awakening our sexuality and identity, the emotions that come with exploring ourselves and the conflicts keeping this expression at bay; exploring themes of reclaiming sexuality, pressure to fulfil gender norms and discovering sexual identity. Witness a lonely mermaid discover lust through Ukrainian water-pipes, a stable-hand in rural Ireland struggle with his femininity, a group of friends in Belgium discuss polyamory and three modern day sworn-virgins act out against patriarchal society.

Fabiu dir. Stefan Langthaler, Austria, 2020, drama, 30mins

Whilst caring for his ill wife with the help of female nurses, 80-year old Arthur's life is turned upside down with the arrival of young nurse Fabiu. Receiving the Special Mention at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival in 2021, Fabiu is a very personal story of suppressed longing. 

Deep Water dir. Anna Dudko, Ukraine, 2021, animation, 6mins

A lonely, middle-aged mermaid lives at the bottom of the lake, passing her time by spying on people through water-pipes. One day, she falls in love with a man and unable to control her passion, appears through the drain in his shower. A colourful look at intimacy, desire and pleasure. 

Amours Libres dir. Emily Worms, Belgium, 2020, animation, 5mins

Two friends discuss their experiences and opinions around polyamory. A debut film by Emily Worms, this vibrant and modern animation will leave you wanting to continue the discussion long after it ends. 

Candy dir. Sarah Grant, Scotland, 2022, comedy drama, 13mins

Mandy is a plus-size burlesque performer preparing for her first performance and trying to reclaim sexuality when not fitting into societal norms. A fun and feisty comedy from lead actress/director Sarah Grant that will make you want to dance along with her. 

Dash dir. Rory Fleck Byrne, Ireland, 2021, drama, 15mins

A stable-hand struggles with his femininity in a small, rural Irish town. When faced with losing his favourite mare, he is forced to face up to his struggles. An intimate portrayal of defying gender norms set against the rugged Irish landscape. 

Sisters dir. Katarina Rešek Kukla, Slovenia, 2021, drama, 24mins

Alienated by society and determined to rebel against all that is expected of them, three modern-day 'virđinas' find themselves helped by someone also on the outskirts of society. Winner of the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2021, Sisters is a brutal depiction of indoctrination.