We were specifically looking for films that work against exclusion, discrimination, underrepresentation or misrepresentation and that address aesthetic modes of representation, diverse bodies and fluid notions of sexuality and queerness. Out of hundreds of films screened and submitted at festivals, the whole thing ended in a fabulous selection of seven feature-length films and four short film programmes. Beyond the films, the supporting programme will provide plenty of entertainment. There, taboos will be put on the table, made discussable and new things will be discovered without constraint.

Jury and Awards

The Lust Awards are presented in recognition of outstanding cinematic achievements in relation to their queer feminist contribution to society by a select, professional jury of experts. The Lust Awards only consider Short Films submitted to the festival.

A total of 4 Lust Awards will be presented in the following categories

  • Audience Award
  • Best Documentary Short
  • Best Fictional Short
  • Best Porn Short

This year we announce our winners of the Lust Awards with a BANG. Get ready for the Award Ceremony on Saturday evening, 11pm at neues kino. Cheers.

Avril Nyx

Avril Nyx is a sexworker based in Lausanne. They exerce as an escort and dominatrix and were certified as a sexual assistant in 2021 by Corps Solidaires. In accordance with their clients’ wishes, they explore gender and power dynamics in sexuality and body intimacy through various practices. They also performed in Fondre and Mirage, two short porn movies selected for the 2023 edition of the Fessestival in Geneva.

Laura Yuri Rivas Kaufmann

Laura Yuri Rivas Kaufmann (*1989) studied Fine Arts at the Zurich University of the Arts and holds a Master in Design in the field of Trend and Future Research. As part of her research on women's football fan culture, she has explored identities, gender, queerness, race and body images. For the last ten years, Laura Yuri has worked as a teacher at elementary school, as a journalist at tsü, as a photo editor at Tages Anzeiger, and in marketing at FC Zurich and Schauspielhaus Zurich. The only constant was photography. Since 2017, she has been photographing FINTA*s in sports, political campaigns, theater plays, and social movements such as the feminist, queer, or anti-racist movement in the city of Zurich.

Ella Rocca

Ella Rocca (none/they) is a filmmaker, born in 1999 and raised in the Zürich area. After the preliminary design course at the F+F School of Art and Design, they studied at the HSLU (Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts) and graduated this year with a Bachelor in Video. With their films Ella explores questions about gazes, queer film forms and identities.

The Festival

Hello it's us, and we want to celebrate with you. We celebrate sixteen years of queer-feminist representation on Basel's cinema screens. Luststreifen is celebrating its puberty, what started as a small film evening among queer friends has grown into one of the biggest queer-feminist film festivals in Switzerland.


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