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.
The Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival is seeking films for our fourth annual film festival. We will be screening many diverse works made by trans, genderqueer, and intersex artists, including comedy, dramedy, drama, experimental, animation, and more! We also welcome work by allies who are showcasing “transgenderqueer” themes in their work.
Call for Submissions
We’re currently accepting film submissions for the 3rd annual Los Angeles Transgender Film Festival. Please forward widely! Submit your short or feature film today!
Whether you’re dealing with gender-specific issues or not, we will be screen many diverse works made by trans, genderqueer, and intersex artists and our allies, including comedy, dramedy, drama, experimental, animation, and more!
Gay and Queer Things To Do In Los Angles Summer 2011
Join us for “Naughty Bits” a night of sultry and sexy films from trans and queer porn stars and filmmakers. Featuring works by Morty Diamond, Meliza Bañales, Mandy Mitchell, and many more. From BDSM and Kink to “Doing It Ourselves: The Trans Women P0rn Project”, these mouthwatering films are sure to get you all worked up! Bring a date, or leave with one, on this titillating night of succulent and subversive films.
Friday, May 27 · 7:30pm – 10:00pm
The Echo Park Film Center
1200 N Alvarado St. (@ Sunset Blvd.) Los Angeles, Ca
I don’t know what my art would be about if it weren’t for the challenges I’ve faced. I am often inspired by negative situations I’ve experienced or things I’ve read about in the news. For instance, when I went to a protest and witnessed police brutality against demonstrators it inspired the song May Day in LA, while The Bling Ring is based on a news story involving five wealthy teens robbing celebrities of millions in clothes, jewelry, and cash. I often spoof these experiences or turn them into jokes in order to heal myself, or to build strength to resist these situations. Although this sounds really serious, the actual art that comes out of it is often lighthearted and funny. It is very powerful to combat negativity with humor. When I am performing for majority-straight audiences, or people who don’t identify with radical politics, humor helps opens people up to hearing about unfamiliar experiences or ways of thinking.
Once a year Los Angeles hosts the TG Film Festival, one of the few festivals in the world that showcase the work of transgender and gender queer filmmakers. Festival founder, Kalil Cohen, was tired of going to LGBT film festivals and seeing films about trans people that often ranged from the shoddily made to the down right offensive (ala Gendercator at Outfest and Ticked-Off Trannies with Knives at the 2006 Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival & Tribeca), in 2009 the filmmaker and long time community organizer decided to do something about it.