A huge congratulations are in order for Director Arthur Lopes, as his Film & TV Production Graduate film, LIBRE: A Celebration of The Queer Body, has won a number of awards. LIBRE, a documentary about body image in the Queer community has been awarded Winner of Best Documentary Short at Prague International Indie Film Festival 2021, winner of best film at LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival 2021, as well as taking home the title of Winner for Best LGBTQ Documentary at Venice Shorts 2021.
Alongside these shining awards, LIBRE has also been selected for the 2021 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection Indie Shorts, alongside the Montreal Independent Film Festival Official Selection.
Arthur Lopes, when discussing LIBRE, said his goal as Director was to address body image issues within the queer community and artistically portray those vulnerabilities. LIBRE is a celebration of the experiences a queer body can go through, both positive and negative.
Another short film entitled I Exist Because You Are Here, directed by Ingrid Machado, was selected for several international festivals, including The Rome Independent Prisma Awards, The Independent Shorts Award in Los Angeles, and The New York International Film Awards. This short film was inspired by people and the absurdity and simplicity of being human, and the brutal flow of emotions within. Ingrid Machado 'believes in the power of transformation that cinema has. It’s about being constantly fed by the process, constantly learning and exploring the connections between what I see, hear and read’.