Beauty

Beauty

Client: BC & Yukon Studio of The National Film Board of Canada

Dir. Christina Willings
Arri Amira / Arri Mini / Red Dragon / 23 min. / 2018

Beauty explores the lives of five gender-creative kids, each uniquely engaged in shaping their own sense of what it means to be fully human. Whether it’s dealing with bullies, explaining themselves to their parents, or navigating the uncharted waters of relationships, Bex, Lili, Fox, Tru and Milo talk about their experiences and struggle to live in authenticity.

c. 2018

Official Selection - Highlights: 

TIFF Kids 2018, Toronto, Canada 

Festival History: 

REGARD 2018, Montreal, Canada
Seoul International Women's Film Festival 2018, Seoul, Korea
Canada Day @ Harbourfront, Toronto, ON, Canada
Damn These Heels LGBTQ Film Festival 2018, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Yukon Riverside Arts Festival, Dawson City, Yukon, Canada
Los Angeles Outfest 2018, Los Angeles, CA, USA
North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2018, Durham, NC, USA
Doqumenta International Documentary Film Festival, Queretaro, Mexico
Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2018, Vancouver, Canada
Fresno Reel Pride 2018, Fresno, CA, USA
Oslo Fusion International Film Festival 2018, Oslo, Norway
Inconvenient Films Festival 2018, Lithuania
Reel Pride Film Festival 2018, Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Three Dollar Bill Cinema 2018, Seattle, WA, USA
Marda Loop Justice Film Festival, Calgary, AB, Canada
Guelph Film Festival 2018, Guelph, ON, Canada
KUKI International Short Film Festival for Children and Youth Berlin 2018, Berlin, Germany


"Amy is quite brilliant,” says Willings. “We’re using metaphoric and poetic visuals to explore and dissect ideas of gender and beauty, and Amy moves easily between fiction and documentary. I love the work of Wes Anderson, how he plays with artifice and style, and we’re employing some of those strategies here – using stylized camerawork and art-directed set-ups as well as verité footage."
- NFB Blog, Christina Willings (2016-07-12)

Awards

Audience Choice, Vancouver Queer Film Festival 2018, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Honourable Mention, DGC Gerry Brunet Memorial Award, Vancouver Queer Film Festival, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Honourable Mention, Best Short Documentary, Oslo Fusion International Film Festival 2018, Oslo, Norway

Finalist, NHK Japan Prize 2018, AudioVisual Division, Primary Category