The decision to transfer this year’s Mezipatra completely online was made three weeks before the start of the festival. Such a radical step means that the organizers have to quickly renegotiate the rights for online film screenings, and that they probably won’t get back the money they had already paid for cinema screening rights. Simply put, this year had some hard times in store for queer film festival organizers, as if organizing such cultural events wasn’t difficult on its own. That is why festival representatives from four Eastern European countries met during Mezipatra on November 7, 2020 to share their experiences. Listen to the whole discussion How To Make a Festival, Eastern Edition where the participants also talk about festival funding, film selection, and the possibilities of screening queer films to school children.
Bruce LaBruce, an icon of Canadian queer cinema, is no newbie at Mezipatra. Four years ago, he was even a member of the Main Jury. This year, the festival introduced his latest film, Saint-Narcisse. The key motives of this feature film, which premiered at Venice festival in the summer, are narcissism and twincest – incest between twins.
Find some time in the pre-Christmas madness for high-quality queer films. For example those from this year's Mezipatra, which you can watch from the comfort of your home on Aerovod. We are glad that we managed to arrange an extension of the films' availability, so you can catch up on what you missed at the festival. Which film from the program of the 21. Mezipatra will you watch first? Choose quickly, streaming is only possible until January 5!
On Friday, November 20, you will see reruns of last week's debates in our studio. You can watch the Q&A for the film Make Up with director Claire Oakley from 6:00 p.m. From 6:30 p.m. there will be a debate with Czeslaw Walek from Prague Pride and from 7:00 p.m. you can remember yourself the filming of the episode of the popular podcast Vyhonit ďábla about the OnlyFans phenomenon. The recordings are also available on our YouTube channel.
Come and find out which films won this year's Mezipatra! There will be a live closing ceremony on Saturday, November 21 starting at 7:00 p.m. via Moje kino LIVE platform, where we will announce the winners of all three competitions (feature film, short film, audience award). Hosted by favorite Buchty from Radio Wave. The ceremony will be followed by a screening of Zero Patience film and there will also be a closing online party with DJs NCOL, Still Sparkling and Hnát. Don't wait and purchase your tickets here, they are valid for all three parts of the program.
Don't turn on Netflix today because you're watching films from Mezipatra! But you can get closer to Netflix at 6:00 p.m., as it will be discussed in the Netflix & Queer debate. How has the Pose series changed the portrayal of trans characters? How do animated series like She-ra affect the perception of queer heroes among children? What are the issues and practices of portraying minorities in the film and serial production of Western and Eastern Europe? You will learn all this and even more in a panel discussion with film theorists Šárka Gmiterková, Eva Chlumská, Jana Glocarová and director Martin Velič.
In the Mezipatra LIVE studio, you can rewatch an interview with the director of the sex-driven drama Dry Wind from 6:00 p.m. This will be followed by a recording of a discussion with Viktor Heuman from the Trans*parent association. And then you can watch again the discussion I’m Not a Homophobe, But… about minority stress and its effects on mental and physical health. You can also find all the recordings on our YouTube channel.
If you missed an interview with German director Leonie Krippendorff, you can watch it streamed from our studio Mezipatra LIVE at 6:00 p.m. Leonie Krippendorff presented her film Cocoon about finding oneself in sun-heated Berlin. From 6.30 p.m., it will be followed by a discussion with Aleš Rumpel and Marcela Macháčková about our project Mezipatra in schools. You can celebrate the revolution, but the sexual one, from 7:00 p.m. in the reprise of the discussion Fortune favors the prepared about the PrEP medication that helps against HIV transmission. You can see everything, of course, now already.
Turn your Monday at home into short films evening! For example, enjoy the block It Will Pass that shows that even home may not be a safe place, or Torn from the Chain with heroines and heroes who stand up against the pressure in our society. You shouldn't miss the Queering the Script slide either. What does the representative of Xena, Lucy Lawless, think of the character as a lesbian icon? The documentary, with humor and passionate criticism, recalls essential pop-cultural works. And a special place in our hearts holds the film Matthias & Maxime, which we bought for our distribution.
Sunday's Mezipatra LIVE starts from 6:00 p.m. with interviews of celebrities about their coming out. How did the family and friends of director Kateřina Turečková, YouTuber Lukefry or director Peter Bebjak react? You will find out in the discussion Why We're (Not) Quiet, which will be conducted by journalist Filip Titlbach.