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Announcing our Jury Award winner… The Thing!

Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival Begins Tonight!

Be inspired to create, to celebrate and to keep telling your stories! A little encouragement can go a long way. Some times all it takes is one festival to screen your film, one person to tell you how much your work meant to them to motivate you to keep on creating. And while the nymph of inspiration may flit in and out  of our lives, the artists we are showcasing work tirelessly even when that elusive sprite is no where to be found. These filmmakers pour over dailies, spend long nights editing, and toss and turn at night wondering what they’ll do if they don’t meet their Kickstarter goals. And sometimes we just want to throw in the towel and crawl into a hole and never come out…This is DIY filmmaking.  This is why we need festivals. This is why we need awards.
Last year we were proud to honor J. Aguilar and Meliza Bañales (writer, filmmaker and member of the spoken word and performance art collective “Sister Spit) with the Jury award for their film “Getting Off.”
“Winning the jury award was such an honor for J. Aguilar and I! This festival

is so important and winning was a huge moment for us.” said Meliza Bañales who will be presenting this years Jury Award to Rhys Ernst for his film “The Thing” which will screen as part of our Surrealness program. The award will be accepted by Rhys Ernst’s partner Zackary Drucker.

Join us in honoring our Jury Award winner, Rhys Ernst! Please consider becoming a member of the Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival so that we might continue to create a space that celebrates and honors the imense talents of our trans and genderqueer global filmmaking community!

Echo Park Film Center 1200 North Alvarado Street

Los Angeles, CA 90026

8 p Mommy is Coming directed by Cheryl Dunye (erotic feature, 64 mins)

Mommy is Coming is a raunchy queer sex filled romance set in the international creative melting pot Berlin. Director Cheryl Dunye (The Watermelon Woman, The Owls) reinvents the screwball romantic comedy as we follow Claudia, Dylan, and Helen as they bumble their way through the hotel rooms and sex clubs of Berlin.

Screening is 18+


Featuring short films: Chris dir Don Bapst 6 min. Got Monsters dir .NK. 11 min.

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Schedule At A Glance


Friday November 2nd, 2012 Echo Park Film Center

8 pm Mommy is Coming (erotic feature, 18+ only)

Saturday Nov. 3rd, 2012 The Renberg Theatre

4:30 pm Surrealness (short films program, 86 mins)

6 pm Indie Filmmaking Workshop with Silas Howard

7p Reception in the courtyard

7:30 pm By Hook or By Crook (feature,98 mins), Trans Luminary Award presented to Silas Howard

Sunday Nov 4th, 2012 The Workmen’s Circle Cultural Center

2 p Work of Art (short films program, 90 mins)

4 p against a trans narrative (Documentary, 61 mins) & Audience Award for Best Short

5:30 p against a trans narrative panel discussion

6:30 p Closing Night Reception


Echo Park Film Center

1200 North Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026

The Renberg Theatre, The Village, LA Gay & Lesbian Center

1125 North McCadden Place, Los Angeles, CA 90038

The Workmen’s Circle Cultural Center

1525 S. Robertson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90035

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Help Support our work!

Become a Member of the LA Transgender Film Fest 


Your membership helps us to bring more great films to the festival, and on tour to high school and college students across California. Plus, you get great member’s benefits as well!

Gem Sweater Level – $35

2 tickets to 2012 festival + website thank you

Silver Sequin Level – $50

4 tickets to the 2012 LA Transgender Film Festival + website thank you

Gold Lamé Level – $100 (or $9/month)

Your name listed in the 2012 LA Transgender Film Festival program + receive a festival pass for one year to all LA Transgender Film Festival screenings including tour dates + priority seating at the festival

Super Queero Level – $200 (or $17/month)

Your name listed in the 2012 LA Transgender Film Festival program + receive a festival pass for one year to all LA Transgender Film Festival screenings including tour dates + receive a DVD of a film from the 2012 festival + VIP seating + VIP cocktail reception with Trans Luminary award winner Silas Howard.