A Film by Niels Bourgonje


A young man agrees to support his ex lover during an HIV test. Not having seen each other for a while, they are forced to sit together in the waiting room of an STI clinic. What starts out as an awkward conversation, soon becomes something more tender. Is there still a chance for reconciliation?


  • Picture of Niels Bourgonje © Anouk van Kalmthout

    Niels Bourgonje

    Niels Bourgonje (1980) is an award winning short film and commercial director based in Amsterdam. Niels started out as an intern on international feature film THE DEVIL’S DOUBLE. He graduated with the short thriller BURN, which was selected for several international filmfestivals winning numerous awards. His follow-up was the high intensity drama ORDER. In 2014 Niels directed PEACE AND QUIET, winning the 48 Hour Film Project. Shortly after, the black comedy won two awards at the Filmapalooza in Hollywood. His follow-up NEIGHBOURS won Best Film and Screenplay at the Seven Regions Award Show. Niels' next short DESERTED was shot on location in Los Angeles and premiered at the Dutch Film Festival. BUDDY is his sixth short film.

Awards + Festivals

  • 19th ROZE FILMDAGEN AMSTERDAM LGBTQ FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, The Netherlands)March 10, 2016
  • 32nd WICKED QUEER – BOSTON LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Boston, USA)April 1, 2016
  • 8th RENCONTRES CINÉMATOGRAPHIQUES IN&OUT FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nice/Cannes, France)April 19, 2016
  • 8th WE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Maastricht, The Netherlands)April 28, 2016
  • 7th KASHISH MUMBAI INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Competition International Narrative Short, India) May 25, 2016
  • 26th INISIDE OUT TORONTO LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada) May 26, 2016
  • 18th FILMOUT SAN DIEGO (Official Selection, San Diego, USA)June 3, 2016
  • 3rd KREIVĖS VILNIUS LGBT FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Vilnius, Lithuania)June 13, 2016
  • 22nd PALM SPRINGS INTERNATIONAL SHORTFEST (Official Selection, Palm Springs, USA)June 23, 2016
  • 17th OUT HERE NOW – THE KANSAS CITY LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kansas, USA)June 23, 2016
  • 10th GAY & LESBIAN SUMMER FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Nationwide, The Netherlands)July 2, 2016
  • 3rd QFLIX PHILADELPHIA (Official Selection, Philadelphia, USA)July 5, 2016
  • 6th RIO GENDER & SEXUALITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil) July 7, 2016
    21st NORTH CAROLINA GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, North Carolina, USA) August 12, 2016
  • 6th DURBAN GAY&LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Durban, South Africa) August 19, 2016
  • 13th JAMESON CINEFEST MISKOLC INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Miskolc, Hungary) September 9, 2016
  • 15th Q! FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Jakarta, Indonesia) September 16, 2016
  • 12th INDPANDA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hong Kong, China)October 2, 2016
  • 24th IMAGEOUT: ROCHESTER LGBT FILM AND VIDEO FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Rochester, New York, USA)October 6, 2016
  • 10th IRIS PRIZE FESTIVAL (Competition Best International Short, Cardiff, UK)October 12, 2016
  • 27th LESBISCH SCHWULE FILMTAGE - INTERNATIONAL QUEER FILM FESTIVAL HAMBURG (Official Selection, Hamburg, Germany)October 18, 2016
  • 6th SEOUL PRIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seoul, South Korea)October 20, 2016
  • 4th SHORTCUTZ AMSTERDAM (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)November 1, 2016
  • QUEER-STREIFEN REGENSBURG (Competition, Germany)November 3, 2016
  • 10th RAINBOW FESTVAL OF SEXUAL DIVERSITY CULTURE AND FILM (Official Selection, Fortaleza, Brazil)November 10, 2016
  • 15th MIAMI SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Miami, USA)November 14, 2016
  • 6th FRINGE! QUEER FILM & ARTS FEST (Official Selection, London, UK)November 15, 2016
  • 9th SIDE BY SIDE LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Saint Petersburg, Russia) November 16, 2016
  • 12th SUIKERZOET FILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Schiedam, The Netherlands)November 19, 2016
    16th HOLEBIFILMFESTIVAL (Official Selection, Kortenberg, Belgium)November 24, 2016
  • 32nd LJUBLJANA GAY AND LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Ljubljana, Slovenia)November 26, 2016
  • 18th MADURAI FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, India)December 6, 2016
  • CHENNAI RAINBOW FILMFESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Chennai, India)December 7, 2016
  • 7th INT’L QUEER FILM FESTIVAL MERLINKA (Official Selection, Belgrade, Serbia)December 8, 2016
  • 6th EINDHOVEN FILM FESTIVAL 2016 (Official Selection, Netherlands)December 9, 2016
  • 5th SMITA PATIL DOCUMENTARY AND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pune, India)December 10, 2016
  • ROTTERDAMS OPEN DOEK (Screening, Rotterdam, Netherlands)December 13, 2016
    INDIEFLICKS 2017 (Official Selection, Manchester & Liverpool, UK)January 4, 2017
  • 2nd INT'L FILM FESTIVAL OF THE CARIBBEAN SEA (Fiction Short Film Section, Island of Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela)January 10, 2017
  • 6th PINK LIFE QUEERFEST (Official Selection, Ankara, Turkey)January 19, 2017
  • 12th DURANGO INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Durango, Colorado, USA)March 1, 2017
  • 27th MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Australia)March 16, 2017
  • 3rd METERS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Naples, New York, USA)April 1, 2017
  • SIDE BY SIDE LGBT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Moscow, Russia)April 20, 2017
  • BACKUP_FESTIVAL (Special Programme, Weimar, Germany)May 17, 2017
  • 43rd SEATTLE INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Seattle, USA)May 18, 2017
  • 19th ANNUAL FAIRY TALES QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Alberta, Canada)May 19, 2017
  • 11th 20MIN|MAX INTERNATIONAL SHORTFILMFESTIVAL INGOLSTADT (Official Selection, Germany)May 25, 2017
  • 2nd DIGO - GOIAS INT'L FESTIVAL OF SEXUAL DIVERSITY AND GENDER (Official Selection, Goiânia, GO, Brazil)June 1, 2017
  • IDENTITIES 2017 - INTL. QUEER FILM FESTIVAL VIENNA (Competition Best Short Filmm, Austria)June 8, 2017
  • 1st INT'L INDEPENDENT PERMANENT MEMORIES FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Italy)June 8, 2017
  • SHORT TO THE POINT - JUNE NOMINEES 2017 (Official Selection, Bucharest, Romania)July 12, 2017
  • 28th HONOLULU RAINBOW FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Hawaii, USA)August 10, 2017
  • STILL VOICES SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Longford, Ireland)August 18, 2017
  • LLAMALE H - URUGUAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Uruguay)September 14, 2017
  • 10th LVIV INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL WIZ-ART (Official Selection, Lviv, Ukraine)October 11, 2017
  • 16th LGBT-FILMFESTIVAL PINKPANORAMA (Short Film Program, Lucerne, Switzerland)November 9, 2017
  • PINK SCREENS FILM FESTIVAL 2017 (Official Selection, Brussels, Belgium)November 9, 2017
  • 3rd NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)March 1, 2018


Niels Bourgonje
Edwin Goldman & Niels Bourgonje
Edwin Goldman, Goldman Film
Director of Photography
Casper Brink
Art Direction
Rosylke Gersons
Costume Design
Rosylke Gersons
Wietse de Zwart
Sound Design
Jesper Ankarfeldt


Running Time
11 min. 30 sec.
Shooting Format
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio



SND Films
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1017 PG Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Goldman Film
Edwin Goldman
Gijsbrecht van Aemstelstraat 6-18
1091 TC Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Niels Bourgonje