Trans films honored at Amsterdam’s TranScreen

The audience's picks for Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival which ran from 8 to 12 May

Trans films honored at Amsterdam’s TranScreen
16 May 2013

The audience award winners from Amsterdam Transgender Film Festival, TranScreen were announced earlier this week with a documentary/artfilm about ‘the smallest drag queen in the world’ taking the top slot.

The German film called One Zero One – the story of Cybersissy & BayBjane directed by Tim Lienhard tells the story of Morrocan-German Mourad ‘the smallest drag queen in the world’ and his partner Antoine. It’s described as ‘part documentary, part camp-style visual fairy tale’.

Runner-up was Orchids – My Intersex Adventure by Australian filmmaker Phoebe Hart in which she travels the country with her sister Bonnie interviewing other intersex people and explores how her own family responded to the condition.

A statement from TranScreen said they are ‘very much aware of the fact that it is not easy for intersex people to be associated with transgender issues’.

The festival organizers invited Juliette Kuling, chair of Dutch support for people with intersex conditions, DSDNederland to discuss the relationship between trans and intersex issues. ‘[It was] a very special connective moment that we hope will happen more in future,’ said TranScreen.

In the short film category four films were tied:

  • the UK’s Faryal Velmi with What You Looking At about the similarities between a girl in a burqa and a transvestite
  • Australia’s Alex Kelly with Queen of the Desert about a trans woman working with indigenous youth
  • Canada’s Tess Vo with Our Compass about the challenges of the term ‘mentally challenged with LGBTQ youth
  • Alec Butler’s The Misadventures of Pussy Boy; First Period, a puppet animation about two-spirited transgender youth Alick.

Watch a trailer for One Zero One – the story of Cybersissy & BayBjane here:



Colorado school did not discriminate against student who it barred from coming out in graduation speech
No thumbnail available

Lesbian actress Portia de Rossi won't be returning to series television anytime soon

NBC has decided against making her Munsters update into a series next fall
No thumbnail available

Argentina issues its first same-sex parent birth certificate

The capital city of Buenos Aires is registering Tobias, a three-week old boy born in India, to two fathers without differentiating between biological and paternal parent
No thumbnail available

Ukraine lawmakers demand ban on Kiev gay pride

62 Ukrainian parliamentarians signed a petition demanded from Kiev's mayor to ban a planned gay pride parade later this month
No thumbnail available

Ryan Phillippe glad audiences will see his kiss with Breckin Meyer in restored cut of 54

'We did something that was relatively bold for two young male actors, and we took pride in the places that the original story went'
No thumbnail available

Gay man arrested for buying baby from traffickers in China

A gay man in a fake marriage has bought a boy from a trafficking ring to please his parents
No thumbnail available

Neil Patrick Harris chosen to host Primetime Emmy Awards in September

It will be the second time as host for the openly gay star who says 'I couldn't be more honored and excited'
No thumbnail available

Aussie PM Tony Abbott refuses to dump pro-gay marriage minister

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to discipline Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull for his advocating for same-sex marriage despite calls from the right of his party to have him dumped from cabinet
No thumbnail available

Against Me! lead singer says being trans isn't 'going away'

Laura Jane Grace, who shot to fame as Tom Gabel, gives first TV interview since coming out as transgender
No thumbnail available

Sacré bleu! 'Queernaval' set to launch in Nice

Dust down your sequins – France's first gay carnival slated for February 2015