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New trans and gender diverse film festival to launch

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 23 April 2014 15:10 Written by // James Findlay

The tilde Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival will make its debut later this year, giving more light to stories created by trans and gender diverse filmmakers and trans and gender diverse content.

Inspired by other trans film festivals around the world, tilde will partner with Sydney Transgender International Film Festival.

Tilde Committee Member, Liz Alexander, was in LA last year and met the Director of the LA transgender film festival and thought it would be fantastic to have something like that in Melbourne.

“He was very generous in offering to share content and supporting us, as has the director of the Sydney Transgender International Film Festival.

“The Sydney festival will be right after ours and if any artists come over for the festival, this will be more incentive to do so”, she said.

Feeling the need for something that offered more of a focus around gender diversity, tilde will be launching their website in a few weeks where people will be able to submit their films online for a selection committee.

“We want to ensure there are more films screened or featured that have a range of trans and gender diverse characters, and that their presence in the film is not always solely focused on aspects of their gender identity or transition, and that there are more narratives around other experiences of life and identity” she said.

The tilde team has launched a Pozible campaign to help fund the Festival and are asking for donations to assist in reaching their $5000 goal.

Head to pozible.com/tildemelbourne to donate or search for Tilde Melbourne on Facebook for more information.

The festival premieres November 21-23 at Bella Union Bar at Trades Hall.

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James Findlay

James Findlay

James Findlay is a Melbourne-based writer and broadcaster who has worked in community media for many years. He has won awards for his work on The Naughty Rude Show on SYN, and can be heard on JOY 94.9's breakfast program, Triple Threat, and Hide and Seek - exploring sex, sexuality and self. James was also the Marketing and PR Manager for Melbourne's Midsumma Festival for two years, before traveling overseas where he taught English in Germany and worked as a tour guide around Western Europe. He is currently studying his Masters at Melbourne University in Public Health (specialising in Sexual Health).

Comments (2)

  • Sally Goldner

    03 May 2014 at 15:36 |
    I think this is awesome and is being run by awesome people.

    Trans, gender diverse and allies, let's make it huge!
  • Kalil Cohen

    24 April 2014 at 16:53 |
    I'm so glad that this fest is getting started! It was a pleasure to meet Liz in LA and help her formulate the idea for this fest. As the founder of the LA Transgender Film Festival, I know how important these events are, and how challenging it can be to organize. Congrats for all the work you've put into making this a reality.

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