The TranScreen Film Festival is a multi-day film festival with international films on themes of transgender and/or gender diversity. During TranScreen you can enjoy feature films and shorts, mainstream and experimental, professional and community films from different countries. TranScreen is the largest transgender film festival in Europe.
TranScreen is a cultural and informative film festival on the theme of transgender and gender diversity. The festival aims to show qualitative and challenging films from all over the world. The aim is to increase public awareness to provide the versatility of transgender and gender diverse people.
Simultaneously, TranScreen is an event in which (trans)gender diversity is the norm. A public space where everyone can be themselves in a secure environment. Regardless of gender orientation or sexual preference. A place to meet up and exchange international experiences in a relaxed and spontaneous way.
TranScreen has a clear social mission. Many ‘closet’ transgender people, or those that have left that noun behind long time ago and are no longer within the transgender community, come to TranScreen. Therefore, the festival offers a special meeting. This is an important asset, the impact should not be underestimated.
Damon Cardasis | United States | 2018 | 82 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Musical, Fantasy, Drama
A 14-year-old on a musical journey about finding oneself, inspired by true events. Move and vogue along! With stars from the hit-series POSE!
Marcelo Díaz | Brazil | 2019 | 80 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
The life of Maria Luiza da Silva, the first Transgender in the Brazilian Air Force. After being compulsorily retired after 22 years service, the movie shows a genuinely Brazilian story, while discussing universal themes such as identity and prejudice.
CALL HER GANDA presented by P J Raval
P J Raval | Philippines | 2018 | 98 min. | English, Filipino spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
When 26-year old Filipina transgender woman and alleged sex worker, Jennifer Laude, is found dead, the perpetrator is quickly identified as a 19-year-old U.S. marine. Fusing personal tragedy, human rights activism and the little-known history, and complex aftermath, of U.S. imperial rule in the Philippines, CALL HER GANDA forges a visually daring and profoundly humanistic geopolitical investigative exposé.
Dynamo Jeugd & Jongerenwerk Amsterdam| The Netherlands | 3 min. | Dutch spoken | English subtitles
Evangelia Kranioti | France, Greece | 2018 | 60 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Mystery, Documentary
Magnificent filming and a very trippy atmosphere. A kaleidoscopic journey through Rio de Janeiro, Genders, Metamorphosis, Carnaval, and mystical musings about being trans and/or alive.
Daniel Favaretto, Dudu Quintanilha | Brazil | 2017 | 24 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
A performative documentary , filmed during meetings in shelters, parks and streets of São Paulo, Brazil, where a diversity of LGBT+ individuals collect.
Régine Abadia | France | 2017 | 67 min. | Dutch, English, French spoken | English subtitles | Documentary, Animation
Vincent and Ins stand up in a creative way for the rights intersex persons in a normative (medical) world.
Nthabiseng Mokoena, Gabrielle La Roux | South Africa | | 28 min. | English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
Documentary that is centred on the life, activism and experiences of Mokoena, a black genderqueer and feminist in South Africa.
The Real Thing
Brandon Kelley | United States | 2017 | 8 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Drama
While on tour of duty, Staff Sergeant Michael Waltze’s daughter has transitioned and started living her truth. Today he is coming home to surprise her.
Maria Augusta V. Nunes | Brazil | 2018 | 15 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Drama
Two teenagers meet at a skate park. Their friendship turns into something more. All of a sudden Laura disappears. Why?
Max and their They-by River
Fox Fisher | United Kingdom | 2018 | 6 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary
Baby River is raised in a gender neutral way by Max, until River is old enough to express gender preference.
Poppy and Josie
Fox Fisher | United Kingdom | 2018 | 6 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary
Two trans people,with an almost 60 year age gap, talk about their experiences growing up trans. A powerful yet simple film by trans people, about trans people, and for a much wider audience.
Julie Kalceff | Australia | 2017 | 18 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Drama
It’s Hannah’s first day of high school – and the first day she will use her chosen name.
Something About Alex / Anders
Reinout Hellenthal | The Netherlands | 2017 | 19 min. | Dutch spoken | English subtitles | Drama
Teenager Alex has a special bond with his sister’s boyfriend. When they announce plans to move to the city he is sent into a tailspin.
Samuel Shanahoy | Canada | 2016 | 65 min. | English spoken | No subtitles
Samuel Shanahoy’s DIY comedy about a group of Seattle misfits. A campy queer coming of age teen film.
GET OFF MY TURF
Fox Fisher | United Kingdom | 2018 | 9 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Comedy, Drama
Is a friendship possible between a trans woman and her transphobic neighbour?
I Have To Say I Love You / Preciso Dizer Que Te Amo
Ariel Nobre | Brazil | 2018 | 13 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Drama, Documentary
A poetic docudrama about the fight against suicide, resilience, and inner healing.
Chico Santos, Rafael Mellim | Brazil | 2017 | 19 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Drama, Documentary
Homeless 17 year old Rosa lives in Favela da Prainha, São Paulo. An important protest filmabout gender and sexual identity, housing rights and the ever-present need to confront racial and class-based inequalities that profoundly mark Brazilian society.
Sheena Rossiter, Sandro Silva, Nadia Sussman | Brazil, Canada | 2018 | 22 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
Three siblings from São Paulo, with different gender identities and sexual orientations, bring us into their world during the city’s Pride Month.
Luiz Roque | Brazil | 2016 | 10 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Sci-Fi
The film depicts a world gripped by a new viral epidemic, and reflects on the stigmatising rhetoric of anti-AIDS campaigns in the 1980s.
The Get Up / Eu vou me Piratear
Daniel Favaretto, Dudu Quintanilha | Brazil | 2015 | 21 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
A fictional documentary that follows performances, experiences and testimonies of three queer artists in São Paulo city.
#YOUTH – TRANS YOUTH
Rebecca Adler | United States | 2017 | 84 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary
This documentary filmed over three years centres on seven young trans adults navigating growing older in the southern city of Austin, Texas.
Walk For Me
Elegance Bratton | United States | 2016 | 12 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Music, Family, Drama
A contemporary coming out story about Hassan who explores their trans identity voguing as a girl named Hanna, and the night her two worlds collide.
Maria Binder | Turkey | 2016 | 60 min. | Turkish spoken | English subtitles | Drama, Documentary, Animation
How to cope with daily violence and hatred? Trans*BUT is a documental research study driven by the question: “What keeps you going when all else falls away?”
“Violence – Square of a Quarter / VIOLENCE – Square des quarts d’heure”
Elsa Aloisio | France | 2017 | 13 min. | French spoken | English subtitles | Biography
An Algerian-French transgender comes to term with identity, religion and sports.
Helle Jensen | Denmark, United States | 2017 | 67 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Docudrama
Miss Rosewood confronts us with intense and explicit queer art. She strips to full she-male nudity, shares passion for her art and shows you just how far she’s willing to go to blow your mind. Raw, intense, and without filters.
Pol Merchan | Germany | 2018 | 13 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Fantasy, Documentary
A portrait of the punk writer Kathy Acker is the starting point for a conversation with the photographer and intersex person, Del LaGrace Volcano around gender identity and transformation.
Neelu Bhuman | United States | | 70 min. | English, Swahili, Spanish, Navajo spoken | English subtitles | Sci-Fi
Transfinite is a sci-fi omnibus feature film composed of seven standalone magical realistic short stories where supernatural trans and queer people from various cultures use their powers to protect, love, teach, fight and thrive.
Rebellious Essence / Uporni duh
Ana Čigon | Slovenia | 2017 | 5 min. | None spoken | No subtitles | Animation
A cat is applying for a passport, but this does not go without hiccups.
#YOUTH SHORTS – Who Am I?
Zara Dwinger | The Netherlands | 2017 | 26 min. | Dutch spoken | English subtitles | Drama
Kay heeft een hoop lol met zijn vrienden en hun ‘jongensachtige’ avonturen. Als hij ‘new girl in town’ Melody ontmoet, verandert er iets in hem.
Kay is having fun with his friends and their ‘boyish’ antics, but when Kay meets ‘new girl in town’ Melody, something unlocks in him.
The Banished / Los desterrados hijos de Eva
Omar Robles Cano | Mexico | 2017 | 17 min. | Spanish spoken | English subtitles | Drama
A transgender woman returns to the city that once banished her. She will have to overcome her own pain to heal the wounds.
In My Mother’s Closet
Carolyn Wu | Canada | 2017 | 13 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Musical
Adri wants to come out to her religious mother, but is afraid to risk the relationship. Maybe singing is the best method?
Michael Hardinge, Jay Beckerleg | Australia | 2018 | 15 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Dramal
High school student Zoe is struggling to come out as a trans man. After accepting their true self, Zoe becomes extremely stressed with the fear of whether others will accept them or not.
Tereza Pospíšilová | Czech Republic | 2016 | 30 min. | Czech spoken | English subtitles
A runaway Roma Trans boy and an elderly gentleman meet each other in a train. Will there be a connection or are their differences too big?
Reina de Corazones
Guille Bergandi | Argentina | 2016 | 82 min. | Spanish spoken | English subtitles | Documentary | Sci-Fi
The Cooperative AR/TV Trans is a theater co-operative composed of trans people and is created for the sole purpose of getting its people out of prostitution. The participants study acting and produce their shows. The protagonists tell their dreams, show their daily struggles and share their experiences and hopes to be accepted and belong to society.
Victoria Verseau | Sweden | 2016 | 14 min. | Swedish spoken | English subtitles | Drama
A drama about about a trans person’s loneliness and desire for closeness and love.
Tristan Aitchison | Kenya | | 75 min. | English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
When his family tries to kill him, Sidney, who is intersex, flees to Nairobi where he meets a group of transgender friends. Together, they fight discrimination and discover life, love and self-worth.
Logan Mucha | Australia | 2018 | 5 min. | English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
Dani performs on stage as Dani Boi, a non-binary ‘dragtivist’, with a mission to fight back against oppressive gender norms.
Silas Howard | United States | 2017 | 54 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary
Zeven transgender en gender non-conforme individuen, gezien door de lens van gevierd filmmaker Silas Howard.
Seven transgender and gender nonconforming individuals seen through the lens of celebrated film maker, Silas Howard.
Chase Joynt | Canada, United States | 2018 | 19 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Documentary
In the late 1950s, a woman named Agnes approached the UCLA Medical Center seeking sex reassignment surgery. Her story was long considered to be exceptional until never-before-seen case files of other patients were found in 2017. Watch as preeminent trans culture-makers of our time breathe new life into those who redefined gender in the midcentury. Starring Zackary Drucker (Transparent), Angelica Ross (Pose), Silas Howard (By Hook or By Crook), and Max Wolf Valerio (The Testosterone Files).
OUT OF MANY…
Tertuliana Lustosa | Brazil | 2017 | 11 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles
Cuceta is a meeting of art and transitional ritual, Bahian food, tattooing, and body modification.
Carre Real | United States | 2017 | 8 min. | Spanish spoken | English subtitles
Being a Black, Cuban, immigrant, bearded, gender nonconforming queer is a personal and social challenge.
Black is me
Elliot Blue | Germany | 2017 | 4 min. | English spoken | No subtitles
A demonstration of empowerment concerning being transgender and being black; being unapologetically oneself.
Cutiepoc productions | Germany | 2014 | 13 min. | English spoken | No subtitles
A community project bringing people from the Berlin and QTIBPoC community together to create a soap. By doing so they find their own alternative narratives.
Inside Out / Avesso
Julia Morais, Wil Futuro | Brazil | 2016 | 9 min. | Portuguese, English spoken | English subtitles
Through the memories of Tereza, Avesso portrays how young black queer people are dealing with oppressions, by choosing to express their own narratives.
Thiago Kistenmacker & Sanni Est | Brazil | 14 min | 2017 | Portuguese | English subtitles
A contemplative picture about the losses and pain some have to undergo after transition, in order to be truly themselves.
Happy Birthday Marsha!
Sasha Wortzel, Tourmaline | United States | 2018 | 14 min. | English spoken | No subtitles
Happy Birthday, Marsha! commemorates Black trans activist and performer Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson and her role in instigating the 1969 anti-policing riots at the Stonewall Inn, a watershed event for the gay liberation movement. The film interweaves imagined scenes with found archival footage to counter the endemic erasure of trans women of color from narratives of political resistance.The film stars Independent Spirit Award Winner Mya Taylor as Johnson with cinematography by Sundance winner Arthur Jafa and an original score by Geo Wyeth.
Carlos Motta | The Netherlands | 2017 | 26 min. | Arabic, Persian (Farsi), Urdu spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
A collection of video portraits of eleven LGBTQI refugees who tell their experiences before, during and after the flight from their country of birth to the Netherlands. Their moving stories emphasises how hard it is to be surrounded by homophobia and transphobia.
Afterwards there is a panel with and about trans refugees concerning their safety and betterment of their living conditions in the Netherlands.
Megg- The Margin Who Migrate to the Center / Megg- A Margem que Migra para o Centro
Larissa Nepomuceno, Eduardo Sanches | Brazil | 2018 | 15 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
Meet Dr Megg Rayara, who through sheer determination and hard work became the first trans person of colour to gain a Doctorate at the Federal University of Paraná, Brasil.
Denise Kelm | Brazil | 2018 | 17 min. | Portuguese spoken | English subtitles | Drama, Romance
Transmasculine circus artist Lui doesn’t only play with gender, he plays with color, movement, and sexuality. He also wants his partner to see who he is beyond his gender, but isn’t sure that she does.
Anne-Marie O’Connor | United Kingdom | 2016 | 13 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Family
8A universal story about the love between a mother and daughter, and the things that are not discussed in families.
Michelle Sam | United States | 2017 | 15 min. | English spoken | No subtitles | Comedy
Two strangers meet and form a bond at a festival, but they forget to exchange contact info. As they search for one another, their posts go viral. They navigate through their careers, lives, and society, as Black, female, and transgender.
Maxime Feyers | Belgium | 2017 | 22 min. | French spoken | English subtitles | Drama
France meets her son’s girlfriend for the first time. She loses control. An edgy film which is funny, sweet and claustrophobic at the same time.
OUTtv presents the European premiere of The Switch, the very first comedy series, in which all trans roles are played by trans actors.
The launch will be followed by drinks and chat in the cafe.
Amy Fox | Canada | | 25 min. | spoken | No subtitles | Comedy
OUTtv presents The Switch!- The world’s first transgender sitcom soon to debut on OUTtv. “The Switch” follows Sü, fleeing Trump’s America to start her life over again in Canada, changing careers, countries — and genders! The first two changes go swimmingly. The third leaves her unemployed and crashing with her ex, a dumpster-diving eco-asasin. Thrown into sketchy employment, “alternative” community, and a new identity, can Sü claw her way back to her old life? Or, to her horror, will she adapt and thrive?
Kevin F McCarthy, Sayer Johnson | United Kingdom, United States, Sweden | 2018 | 82 min. | English spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
The stories of transgender people working in the tech industry and existing within geek culture, who risked their careers and their lives to be their authentic selves. The film uses in-depth interviews conducted over a period of several years to explore the lives, hobbies, politics, careers, and thoughts of transgender geeks.
Followed by a Q and A with director Kevin F McCarthy
A Woman Is A Woman
Mimi Wong | Hong Kong | 2018 | 93 min. | Cantonese, English spoken | English subtitles | Drama
Transwomen are arguably the most marginalised group of people in Hong Kong. Local media often present a negative image. Many of them find themselves unemployed while transitioning. After transition they are often forced to hide their identities to avoid further humiliation and discrimination.
Amanda Lee | United States | 2017 | 6 min. | English, Cantonese spoken | English subtitles | Documentary
Relationship of a mother and her transgender daughter, seen from the perspective of the mother and against the background of migration.
Followed by a Q and A with director Mimi Wong
Wei Zhang| China | 2018 | 85 min. | Mandarin spoken | English subtitles | Drama
China has arguably progressive laws regarding transgender rights, but public awareness has not caught up yet. The Rib is hailed as the first Chinese feature film that makes transgender its main subject and still passed government censorship. It also offers a rare and eye-opening window into China’s Christian communities, which survive precariously. But ultimately, it’s an intense father-child drama fueled by pressures from a society still steeped in patriarchal, Confucian morality. Zhang Wei, an exceptional director known for his incisive social messages, won the Kim Ji-seok Award at Busan Film Festival for this film.