Tracing Utopia is an odyssey into the dreams of a group of queer teens in New York City as they envision a better world. Directed by Catarina de Sousa and Nick Tyson, this short documentary imagines a form of queer community transcending time, through glimpses of a utopia made manifest in the streets, in community spaces, and online. A collaborative manifesto weaves these pasts and futures together--calling for the change that queer youth strive for today: “As queer teens in Queens, we demand this in order to build a better world.”


[2021] IFFR | International Film Festival Rotterdam [The Netherlands]
[2021] BFI Flare: London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival [UK]
[2021] É Tudo Verdade [Brazil]
[2021] International Short Film Festival Oberhausen [Germany]
[2021] Vienna Shorts - Vienna Independent Short Film Festival [Austria]
[2021] Hamburg Short Film Festival [Germany]
[2021] Mo&Friese Children’s Short Film Festival Hamburg [Germany]
[2021] Istanbul Pride Week - Pera Museum [Turkey]
[2021] Kyiv International Short Film Festival [Ukraine]
[2021] DevolvidDe [Mexico]
[2021] XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin [Germany]
[2021] MIEFF - Moscow International Experimental Film Festival [Russia]
[2021] Kashish Mumbai International Short Film Festival (Best International Narrative Short Award) [India]
[2021] IndieLisboa International Film Festival [Portugal]
[2021] Queer Porto (Special Mention from the Casa Comum Award) [Portugal]
[2021] Shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival [Switzerland]
[2021] Uppsala Short Film Festival [Sweden]
[2021] Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival - FestCurtasBH [Brazil]
[2021] FRONTDOC [Italy]
[2021] Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest [UK]
[2021] Festival Mix Brasil de Cultura da Diversidade [Brazil]
[2021] Kasseler Documentary Film and Video Festival [Germany]
[2021] KFFK / Kurzfilmfestival Köln [Germany]
[2021] Dialogues Film Festival [India]
[2021] Pravo Ljudski Film Festival [Bosnia & Herzegovina]
[2022] Fotomuseum Antwerpen: FOMU [Bélgica]
[2022] Massimadi : Afro LGBTQ+ Film & Arts Festival [Canada]
[2022] jfc Medienzentrum [Germany]
[2022] Glasgow Short Film Festival [United Kingdom]
[2022] Festival Política [Portugal]
[2022] Taiwan International Documentary Festival [Taiwan]
[2022] La Fête du Slip [Switzerland]
[2022] Short Waves [Poland]
[2022] Anthology Film Archives [USA]
[2022] Kinemastik International Short Film Festival [Malta]
[2022] Porto Femme (Menção Honrosa da Competição XX Element) [Portugal]
[2022] Helsinki International Film Festival - Love & Anarchy [Finland]
[2022] International Film Festival BRNO16 [Czech Republic]
[2022] Month of European Film [Montenegro]
[2023] Arts Santa Mónica [Espanha]
[2023] Transitions Video [Países Baixos]
[2023] International Short Film Festival Oberhausen (Theme Programme) [Germany]
[2023] CINE GALA [Portugal]
[2023] Sunny Bunny LGBTQIA+ Film Festival [Ukraine]
[2024] Uppsala Short Film Festival [Sweden]
[2024] Cinema Queer on Tour [Suécia]

2021, Portugal, USA, 27’

Script: Catarina de Sousa, Nick Tyson, Asher, Chase, Jay, Mars, Raphael 
Cinematography: Catarina de Sousa, Nick Tyson
Sound: H. Mur, Rafael Gonçalves Cardoso
Editing: Catarina de Sousa
​Production: UnionDocs; Catarina de Sousa, Nick Tyson / Foi Bonita a Festa
Cast: Asher, Chase, Mars, Jay, Raphael, Julia, Lindsey