Wishing everyone a happy International LGBT + Pride Day. Celebrated every year, the 28th of June marks the date in history when the first pride march was held in New York in memory of the Stonewall Uprising. In tribute to this special day, we’ve collected a few films that explore the diverse and multi-faceted nature of the queer experience. From Fx Goby’s live-action shorts championing inclusivity and challenging stereotypes to Johnny Kelly’s series of playful stop-motion animations encouraging self-love and Bonnie Taylor Forsyth’s psychedelic dreamland created for Australia’s first touring LGBTQIA+ music festival.

‘Right on Tracks’ by Johnny Kelly

Johnny Kelly’s quartet of beautifully crafted puppeteered films aim to encourage people to be kind to one another and themselves. Featuring songs written, composed and performed by Walter Martin (The Walkmen), the shorts feature a total of 98 puppets with buckets of personality celebrating everything from different types of families to self-expression.

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‘The Shimmering Extraordinary’ by Fx Goby

In a powerful series for Scottish Ballet’s inaugural Safe To Be Me™ Festival, Fx explores themes of belonging and acceptance through movement. From six unique perspectives, each performer shares their story through intimate interviews and emotive routines encapsulating the power of dance in helping them embrace their extraordinary selves.

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‘Boobs’ by Hannah Lau-Walker

Join the boobolution! Produced and animated by an all female team, this bold and beautiful film playfully encourages women to recognise the importance of boob health. The epic collaboration saw illustrators team up with animators from the female artist community, She Drew That.

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‘Summercamp Festival’ by Bonnie Taylor Forsyth

Director Bonnie Taylor Forsyth crafted a psychedelic dreamland to launch Australia’s first touring LGBTQIA+ music festival, Summer Camp. From conceptualisation to design, 2D animation, and composition, she meticulously executed every aspect of the campaign. The resulting promo exudes a delightful sense of fun, with its larger-than-life characters and vivid 70s-inspired colour palette.

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‘TWIST’ by Fx Goby

Created in collaboration with award-winning designer, choreographer, and partner Saul Nash, Fx directed ‘TWIST’ for Saul’s AW21 collection as a reflection on the stereotypes assigned to sportswear and the young men associated with it. Beneath bold, theatrical lighting, tension rises before giving way to an ending that both redirects the narrative and challenges our societal preconceptions.

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‘Elton John, Live on Apple Music’ by Mighty Nice

Part of a series of animated idents for Apple Music, the talented team at Mighty Nice take us on an enchanting flight through space with the one and only Rocketman, Elton John, in a promo for his radio show.

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