The Love & Distance Short Film Challenge

VOTING IS NOW OPEN!

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Dekkoo.com understands the hardship the COVID-19 pandemic has put on Queer filmmakers. To help creators, Dekkoo launched a one-week short film challenge. Submissions had to use the theme of ‘Love & Distance’ and could be no more than 5-minutes in length. All submissions had to be sent into Dekkoo no later than Sunday, May 10.

While our grand prize (a $2500.00 reward and $5000.00 budget to make a Dekkoo-original short film) will be selected by the Dekkoo staff, there are four $1000.00 prizes that will be awarded to the films that receive the most comments on Dekkoo.com. That’s where YOU come in!

Visit Dekkoo.com to watch the submissions!

After you’ve watched them all, leave a comment on the film(s) that you like best. Remember, 1 comment = 1 vote!

Only comments left on Dekkoo.com will be counted.

Voting ends Sunday, May 17 at 11:59 PST. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 20!

New This Week – 5/1/20

Three teenagers are shaken up by their first loves in the turmoil of their youth. At a time when others are conforming, they stand their ground and assert their right to love and be free. ‘Genese’ is available now to stream on Dekkoo!

A lonely New Yorker serendipitously meets a mysterious foreigner and sparks ignite in this meditation on life and love in the digital age. Watch ‘Foreign Lovers’ now on Dekkoo!

In this one-man show, author/actor/humorist Del Shores shares sordid stories about his Texas family, reads caustic letters he’s written to people like Newt Gingrich and Kirk Cameron and acts out scenes from life. ‘Naked. Sordid. Reality.’ is available now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: Secrets are repressed in a youth detention center.

ATTENTION QUEER FILMMAKERS!

Dekkoo understands the hardship the COVID-19 pandemic has put on you. To help creators, Dekkoo is launching a one-week short film challenge. You could win a cut of $10,000.00 in prizes! Interested? Read on!

THE THEME: LOVE AND DISTANCE

Dating from a distance. Home alone and loving it. Dealing with romance and heartbreak while social distancing. Far-away flirting.

The pandemic has put a spotlight on our relationships with others and ourselves. What do relationships in the time of quarantine look like? How do they function? Shoot and submit a 5-minute maximum length short film telling a story from a Queer perspective that deals with LOVE AND DISTANCE. It can be funny, sad, romantic, sexy – anything.

PRIZES

  • The Dekkoo Jury Award – One film will be selected. The winning film will be decided by the Dekkoo staff based on artistic merit. The winner will receive a cash award of $2500.00 and the opportunity to direct a Dekkoo-original short film with a production budget of $5000.00.
  • Audience Favorites – Four films will be selected. The four films that receive the most comments on that films page on Dekkoo.com will win $1000.00 each! Filmmakers are encouraged to ask fans to comment often!

Voting will be tallied through May 18th. Winners will be announced May 20th.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM

Submissions must be no more than 5-minutes in length and submitted via Dekkoo’s Dropbox Folder or a password-protected URL between Monday, May 4 and Sunday, May 10, 2020. All submissions are due no later than Sunday, May 10 at 11:59pm Eastern.

Submission specifications:

  • All films should be 1920×1080 or higher, H.264, preferably no vertical video. All submissions uploaded to Dropbox should be clearly labeled with the film title and director (ex: Avengers_Whedon.mp4)
  • All films should be in English or have English subtitles.

To submit your film:

RULES & TERMS

It is FREE to submit your film. There is no entrance fee! As an added bonus, all filmmakers who submit a film to the challenge (as long as it is accepted by Dekkoo) will receive a free 6-month Dekkoo-subscription.

  • Entrants must abide by laws and guidelines concerning quarantine and self-isolation according to their local regulations.
  • Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via the Dekkoo Dropbox Folder or a password-protected streaming URL.
  • If you change the password or link after submitting, you must email Dekkoo at digital@dekkoo.com immediately with that change so we may update accordingly. If the Festival is not notified of the change and the link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible.
  • If a film is accepted, the filmmaker agrees to allow Dekkoo to edit beginning and/or ending credits down for the purpose of time as well as use film footage and audio for promotional purposes.
  • The submitter must be entitled to submit the film and the legal rights to screen it.
  • Submission does not guarantee acceptance. Dekkoo will review all submissions and the submitter will be notified if the film has been approved. Submitter will then be required to sign a Dekkoo Licensing Agreement before the Submission is accepted.
  • By submitting your film you agree to grant Dekkoo exclusive streaming rights to the film for a period of three (3) months. Winners agree to grant Dekkoo exclusive streaming rights to the film for a period of three (3) years.
  • Dekkoo reserves the right to use stills and images for promotional or press needs.
  • Films must be original work. Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights.
  • We just want to say this clearly, one more time, MUSIC MUST BE ORIGINAL or you must have express consent to use the music in your film.
  • Dekkoo expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

New This Week – 4/24/20

Available now, one month before DVD!

Brothers-in-law Sasha, a meek farmhand, and Dima, a policeman, have always had a fraught relationship. When the two set out on a trip together through the desolate, wide-open country of Siberia, the pair soon become not only travel companions, but secret lovers. ‘Siberia & Him’ is a available to stream now, exclusively on Dekkoo!

Mickaël, a pig farmer in rural France, finds his search for an amorous connection interrupted by the sudden return of the charming and youthful Paul. ‘Magnetic Harvest’ is available now on Dekkoo!

‘Trade’ is the story of two men, one a streetwise hustler, the other a straight-laced lawyer, who meet and form a relationship that brings to light who they really are. Stream ‘Trade’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A film about the exhuberance of youth and first love. Mixed with juuuust a touch devastating pain and sadness.

New This Week – 4/10/20

Despite clear rules, the continuously growing relationship between the straight Syrian refugee Waseem and his German customer Lars starts to pose a threat within the reality of Waseem’s shelter. ‘Label Me’ is streaming now on Dekkoo.

A cynical counselor at a crisis hotline finds himself in a life or death situation when a young man calls and threatens to kill three people and then himself. ‘Crisis Hotline’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

Arthur is a single dad, struggling with the care for his seven-year-old son Max and the combination of his secret life as a drag queen. Stream ‘Hello Stranger’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A film where a gender nonconforming teenager walks through their neighborhood and is greeted with dignity. 

New This Week – 4/3/20

Pedro, a 70-year-old gay nurse, is taking care of Daniela, his ailing transgender friend. In order to find her a vacant hospital bed, he decides to help an arrested and wounded criminal to escape. ‘Greta’ is now streaming on Dekkoo!

While Montreal is in the throes of a string of kidnappings targeting young boys, ten-year-old Felix is finishing his school year in the seemingly quiet suburb where he lives. A sensitive boy with a vivid imagination, Felix is afraid of everything. Little by little, his imaginary demons begin to mirror those of the truly disturbing world around him. Stream ‘Demons’ now on Dekkoo!

Jimmy Park is visiting home for the first time in years and has nothing to show for his time living overseas in Seoul. But old tensions come to a head when he confronts his homophobic sister at a family dinner. ‘Zero One’ is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

In this inspiring animated short film, a young man comes out to his father while preparing his favorite traditional dish. Watch ‘The Fish Curry’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A soulfully melancholy reflection on the extreme isolation of the refugee experience.

New This Week – 3/27/20

When a 30-something Argentine poet on vacation in Barcelona spots a Spaniard from Berlin the attraction is subtle but persistent. After a missed connection on the beach, a third chance encounter escalates to a seemingly random hookup. But are these two merely beautiful strangers in a foreign city or are they part of each other’s histories – and maybe even their destinies? ‘End of the Century’ is now available on Dekkoo!

In Kuntergrau, coming out is part of the past while sex and love is mundane. A group of five gay friends between 17 and 24 deal with everyday problems and experience the meaning of love, sex, and friendship. Season 2 of Kuntergrau is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

Winn Morton – a visionary, 90-year-old costume designer who honed his craft on Broadway and with Ringling Brothers Circus – brings over-the-top fantasy and sparkle to a traditional debutante pageant in East Texas. Watch ‘The Queen’s New Clothes’ on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: “…a thematically ambitious but narratively very intimate and compassionate story of human relationships.” – The Hollywood Reporter

New This Week – 3/20/20

Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. When a defiant initiate from the city discovers his best-kept secret, Xolani’s entire existence begins to unravel. ‘The Wound’ is now playing on Dekkoo!

Inspired by true events, ‘Lúbtha’ follows the story of a teenager dealing with his sexuality whilst having to grow up in early 90s Northern Ireland. ‘Lúbtha’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

Dallas is a succesful executive with a beautiful wife. Austin is his gay younger brother. Each thinks the other “has it so good.” When they switch places due to a strange twist of fate they both discover not everything is always as it seems. Stream ‘My Brother’s Shoes’ now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A powerful love story, elegantly told.

New This Week – 3/13/20

Three queer characters of wildly different backgrounds – a closeted young African-American man, a gender non-conforming artist and a smooth-talking media mogul – find their lives connected through fate, work, family love and donuts in this thoughtful, sexy and deeply heartfelt new Dekkoo-original series. Stream the first season of ‘Stranger Hearts’ now exclusively on Dekkoo!

College freshman Damien is struggling to stay focused on his studies – and not on all the shirtless jocks, hot frat boys and handsome intellectuals at his new school. His self-discipline is tested, however, when a manipulative college senior enters the picture. Meanwhile, Damien’s cousin Kendall embarks on his own journey of self-discovery when he reconnects with a cute church boy from his past. Binge the first season of H.I.M. now on Dekkoo!

A single, awkward business man finds himself attracted to his hunky, ride-share driver but loses any chance with him when they pick up an annoying passenger who wants the driver for himself. ‘Luber’ is available to stream now on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: A stunning debut from South African filmmaker John Trengove,

New This Week – 3/6/20

This dark comedy from writer-director-star Mark Blane concerns a self-involved gay man who becomes a nanny for a well-to-do couple…a job for which he’s completely unqualified. As he begins to bond with his precocious new charge, he also starts having delusions involving a BDSM superhero named Leather-Man, brought on by a psychedelic cupcake. ‘Cubby’ is available to stream exclusively on Dekkoo!

Jasper, a 20 something playboy with little empathy, has a date in a rather obscure motel Petit Ami with Vincent, a mysterious older man. For Jasper just another day on the job, until he discovers Vincent’s secret. Watch ‘Petit Ami’ now on Dekkoo!

At the oldest-running queer theatre in the world, Toronto’s most cerebral drag queen and “tragicomedienne” Pearle Harbour prepares to take the stage for her new show “Battle Cry: Songs Of Warfare & Gaiety”. ‘Battle Cry’ is now available to stream on Dekkoo!

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Coming next week: The Dekkoo-original series ‘Stranger Hearts’!