May 17th is the International Day Against Homophobia & Transphobia (IDAHO). In the last few years reports of teenage suicide due to gay bullying have increased drastically. Projects like the „It Gets Better Project“ and the “Out4Marriage” Project want to raise awareness for this problem and provide a perspective of hope.
Inspired by those projects, the short film HOMOPHOBIA, available now for free on youtube.projecthomophobia.com, wants to contribute to raising awareness and create empathy for the topic since gay bullying and homophobia are still very present in today’s society.
“Laws can prevent people from doing crimes, but they don’t change people’s thinking. Art can touch people on an emotional level and therefore really make an impact”, says Gregor Schmidinger, the director of HOMOPHOBIA.
“People often connect homophobia with hate”, he says, “but it’s really about fear (phobia). It’s the fear of the unknown and sometimes of the unknown within ourselves. With HOMOPHOBIA I want to portray this conflict and provide people with new perspectives on an empathetic level.” Sharing the movie on Facebook and Twitter helps to spread the word and beat homophobia.
The world premier of HOMOPHOBIA was in Vienna, on May 11th. 600 people consisting of politicians, filmmakers, activists as well as the cast and crew celebrated the release of HOMOPHOBIA. City Council Sandra Frauenberger praised the movie and thanked the team for their “commitment and time” they invested in the movie.
The story of HOMOPHOBIA is set in the environment of the Austrian Military Forces. Michael, a young soldier, experiences homosexual feelings for Raphael, one of his comrades. During their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian Border, the suppressed conflict bubbles to the surface.
The movie was partly funded through crowd funding. More than 10.000$ were donated to execute the movie. The crowd funders were also able to take part in the project. In a hidden Facebook group, the team shared different production steps with the funders. The script, the casting, the selection of the poster motive – everything was laid open for discussions and ideas within the group.
The cast was found through an online casting. More than 30 people sent in their video and a small selection was invited to a personal casting in Vienna. “With Michael Glantschnig [Michael], Josef Mohamed [Raphael] and Günther Sturmlechner [Jürgen] we’ve found the perfect cast. They have a great group dynamic, which is really important for the dynamic of the characters within the movie.”
For further information and all the latest news visit www.projecthomophobia.com
An adolescent boy, who serves the Austrian Military Forces, experiences homosexual feelings towards one of his comrades. It’s their last night at the Austrian-Hungarian border, socially isolated and armed with loaded weapons.
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::: CREW :::
DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Nino Leitner, AAC
WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND EDITED BY
UNIT PRODUCTION MANAGER
1ST ASSISTANT CAMERA
Alois Kozar Jr.
SOUND MIXER AND SOUND DESIGNER
PRESS AND SOCIAL MEDIA