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tilde: Melbourne Trans And Gender Diverse Film Festival

tilde’s 2014 LGBTI program has been released.


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tilde: Melbourne Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival is proud to announce its inaugural program! From 21 to 23 November, five feature length films and a collection of shorts will screen in the welcoming space of the Bella Union at Trades Hall, Carlton.

Running in partners with the Sydney Transgender Film Festival (STIFF), tilde is Melbourne’s first international film festival created to showcase the work of trans and gender diverse filmmakers along with films containing trans and gender diverse content.

Community, struggle, love, solidarity and the reclamation of space are some of the themes the tilde program focuses on. The program includes stories of intergenerational exchanges, the added layers of oppression for trans people of colour, the relationships people strive and sometimes settle for, the history and fight for healthcare, and how the wounds from literal and figurative violence are endured and healed. tilde showcases the myriad of ways people self-identity; and, as Director Liz Alexander says, the program highlights “ultimately, how free we would all be if gender norms and policing were undone”.

With an expansive geographical footprint – from Sweden to Hawai’i to Australia and more – tilde offers different cultural understandings of gender diversity, including perspectives from Indigenous Australians. With the film program presented alongside parties and discussions, tilde invites people to connect, be challenged and celebrate!

The Films

The festival launches with Boy Meets Girl (USA, 2013, directed by Eric Shaeffer), a poignant, sensitive and sex-positive comedy set in Kentucky. This is followed by an opening night party with DJ Narcissique and a live set by Simona Kapitolina.


tilde Shorts is a collection of shorts form around the globe, including films from Germany and Taiwan. Innovative and varied, this selection offers powerful stories that explore the erotic, the complexities and impacts of transitioning, and the courage and strength shown by those who dare cross the gender borders. My Prairie Home (Canada, 2013, directed by Chelsea McMullan) follows transgender indie singer Rae Spoon’s trip through the Canadian Prairies. Part-musical, part-documentary, it’s a celebration of music and art as a means of expression and resistance.


Set in queer Cologne, Romeos (Germany, 2011, directed by Sabine Bernardi) focuses on a hot, complicated love affair, the journey of transitioning, and how it can impact others.


A visual fantasy of delicately flavoured contrasts, She Male Snails (Sweden, 2012, directed by Ester Martin Bergsmark) is a tale of love and survival by those whose gender expression defies the norm.


Closing night, co-hosted by Seahorse Victoria, features the short documentary Brotherboys Yarnin’ Up (Australia, 2014, directed by Lisa O’Brien and Aunty Gloria) in which Wuli Wuli and Waka Waka brotherboy Kai (a guest of tilde) and Wiradjuri brotherboy Dean explain what it means to be a brotherboy. This is followed by the documentary Kumu Hina (Hawai’i, 2014, directed by Dean Hamer), a rare screen insight into transgender life in traditional and contemporary Hawai’i. The film follows the year long quest of a native Hawaiian māhū, or transgender, teacher and leader who uses traditional culture to inspire a student to claim her place as leader of the school’s all-male hula troupe.


til•de (~): a symbol indicating equivalency or similarity between two values of approximation. tilde has an in-between-ness to it that steers away from absolutes or being rigidly bound, reflecting the undefinable nature of gender. tilde believes that film has the power to heal, connect, agitate and educate. Stories of trans and gender diverse people have historically been marginalised, silenced or distorted. This film festival aims to convey positive and authentic representations of gender diversity, and encourage dialogue and sharing of stories between and across communities, both local and global.

Dates: Friday 21 November - Sunday 23 November at various times
Location: Bella Union
Trades Hall, 54 Victoria Street, Carlton, VIC

Tickets are available now at www.bellaunion.com.au.

For more information, visit www.tildemelbourne.com


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