Documentary on trans*genders from Amsterdam wins audience award TranScreen

The Dutch documentary TransAnders has won the audience award in the category ‘Short Film’ on the last night of TranScreen Film Festival 2015. In the winning film director Kim Bakker interviews middle-aged trans*genders and transvestites from Amsterdam about how they feel and what responses they get from people around them. TranScreen is the largest transgender film festival in Europe.

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The award for best long film went to the documentary Kate Bornstein – A Queer and Pleasant Danger by the American director Sam Feder. He was handed the award in front of a jubilant audience.

With about 1,000 tickets sold in the participating cinema’s Rialto and Cavia, TranScreen drew more visitors for the third time in a row. Just like at previous editions those visiting came from all over Europe and beyond. In addition to dozens of film screenings there were debates, with -among others- activists from Turkey and Kenya. Also many film makers went in discussion with the public after screenings.

What makes TranScreen special is that during the festival gender diversity is the norm, rather than the exception. Cinema Rialto especially changed their website, so that no one had to enter their sex when ordering tickets, and toilets were declared unisex. “The festival lasts for five days, but the effect it had on how I feel will last a lifetime,” a clearly touched visitor declared afterwards.

TranScreen is sponsored by the VSB Foundation, the Dienst Maatschappelijke Ontwikkeling of the City of Amsterdam, the Trut Foundation and FedEx. The trans* community made a contribution through several fundraising parties in former squat-site “Vrankrijk” at the Spui.

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