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Siraj Syed reviews Moonlight: Silences waxing eloquent

Siraj Syed reviews Moonlight: Silences waxing eloquent ‘Slowly, silently, now the moon Walks the night in her silver shoon’—Walter de la Mare In The Color Purple, we realised that black persons appear purple in on some occasions. A character in Moonlight says he was nick-named Blue because he looked blue when seen in moonlight. Others are called Black or Nigger, by their own folk, who are low on self esteem, and susceptible to apartheid, within the segregated race of black...

KASHISH 2017 invites LGBTQ film submissions

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Note: You can submit your film through FilmFreeWay: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/KASHISH or https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KASHISH2017 8th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held from May 24 - 28, 2017 at two venues - Liberty Cinema (May 24-28th) and Alliance Francaise de Bombay (May 25-27th).  KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) film festival i...

Grand Prix of the Americas went to Rajko Grlic’s Constitution (FFM 2016)

The Constitution (Ustav Republike Hrvatske), Croatia, Czech Republic, UK, Slovenia, Macedonia Directed by Rajko Grlic; written by Ante Tomic & Rajko Grlic; cast: Nebojsa Glogovac, Dejan Acimovic, Ksenija Marinkovic, Bozidar Smiljanic... The Story: Four characters (or rather three and a half, since the father of the protagonist is tied up to a deathbed with amputated legs, hardly able to speak) live in the same building, yet separated by different social status, political and ideological ...

Not Your Skin Trans Documentary Is Brym's New Film Project

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Brym's new documentary takes on a touchy subject We are all by now somewhat familiar with some of the more visible transgender personalities in our society. Who are they really and what does it mean to be transgender? Since her first feature film Butterflies (2009), director Ester Brym have not stopped and this will be her 4th documentary film. She is currently in production and raising money to finish the project by the end of this year. The film follows ordinary men and women wh...

KASHISH 2016 - Call for Film Submissions

To submit a film to KASHISH 2016, please fill out the online form at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KASHISH2016FilmSubmission  -------------------------------------------------  7th KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival will be held from May 25 - 29, 2016 at two venues - Liberty Cinema (May 25-29th) and Alliance Francaise de Bombay (May 26-28th). KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival is the first and only LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) fil...

Do I sound gay?

Showing at DIFF at the same time as its opening in the US is a fascinating documentary about the gay voice called Do I sound gay?. The film is a funny yet technical examination of the gay voice, which I didn't know existed before I saw the film. It is a real eye-opener as it immediately made you examine your own voice. Suddenly everybody in the cinema was practising their s's and going down at the end of a sentence instead of going up! The crowd was mainly gay and they, as I,...

THE GRAND RAPIDS FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL

The Grand Rapids Feminist Film Festival is a celebration of films made by and for feminists, women-identified, genderqueer, people of color, and other under-represented groups. We are seeking short films from or featuring feminist-identified and women-identified filmmakers. Professionals, amateurs, students and community members locally, nationally and internationally are all welcome to submit. The film festival will be held Sunday,  September 13, 2015 at Wealthy Theatre  in  Grand Rapids, Michigan.
 
To be considered, films must:
 
Have been directed, written and/or produced by feminist or woman-identified person(s) or feature these people in the film
Be less than 20 minutes in length
Include trigger warnings when necessary
Fall in line with social justice advocacy

Margarita, With a Straw, Review: Heady Cocktail of Passions Raw

Margarita, With a Straw, Review: Heady Cocktail of Passions Raw Earlier titled Chhoone Chali Aasman (she’s reaching for the sky), the film settles for an even more abstract title. Margarita, as a drink, might be known only to the club/bar circuit among the upper middle class and upper class of Indian society. Moreover, a large part of the dialogue is in English, often-sub-titled. Then to discover that it is the story of a young woman struck with cerebral palsy, who wants to be a creati...

Transgender L.A.T.E. Festival

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TDOR Palm Springs uses films pertaining to Transgender and Intersex issues to motivate public support of Transgender persons. This is an opportunity to share your work with the public. ...

Transgender L.A.T.E. Festival

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2nd Annual Transgender L.A.T.E. Festival will occur on June 6, 2015 this is a new film festival that uses the event to educate and raise public awareness pertaining to Transgender and Intersex persons in the community.  Criteria for submissions is that it pertains or has a Transgender or Intersex theme or character.  There are no submission fees.  Films are donated to the Transgender L.A.T.E. Festival for use.  Creators are encouraged to participate when possible.  Non-English speaking files require subtitles. Films are currently shown at The Tolerance Education Center in Rancho Mirage with a 72 seating capacity. Funds raised from this event are given to Transgender human rights group called TDOR Palm Springs.

FilmOut San Diego Call for Entry's for 17th LGBT Film Festival May 29-31, 2015

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FilmOut San Diego's 17th LGBT Film Festival will be May 29th - May 31st, 2015 The mission of FilmOut San Diego is to enlighten, educate, and entertain the communitites of San Diego County through the exhibition of LGBT-themed films. FilmOut San Diego seeks to recognize, promote, celebrate and support the important diverse artistic contributions LGBT filmmakers make to our community. Eligibility Requirements:     * Film submission screeners are ONLY accepted on DVD (NTSC-Re...

Out and proud or not?

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  Gender and sexuality is one of the official themes at DIFF.   I saw three films today and a little-known surfer documentary stole the show. Out in the    line up is the story of how gay surfers struggle to fit in in one of the most macho sports. It    is polished, beautifully filmed, straight forward without offending and even funny. It is a    pity the doccie was only screened once as a wider audience should s...

Love is strange

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Love is strange indeed. How many words do we have for love? Day 3 at DIFF consisted of three films that have love as its central theme - admiration for a friend, revenge after the loss of a loved one and love by family and friends. How strange to be named Federico is Ettore Scola's tribute to his friend, Frederico Fellini. This documentary, part recreation and part original footage, shows how the master developed from cartoonist to deity. I expected a more dissecting portrait of the...

Film in the cards at Durban's DIFF 2014

My psychic was right... I visited the psychic expo before my first film of the day and the tarot reader told me I'm very relaxed and happy. She was spot on. How can I not be? I'm in Durban at the country's top film event with a smorgasbord of art and independent films just waiting to be seen.  The 3 films on my menu are superb, albeit for very different reasons. The variety at DIFF this year is outstanding with films for all tastes. I kicked ...

Accepting Submissions For Outflix 2014

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Submission Deadline: July 1, 2014 Please review the Entry Guidelines and fill out the entry form. If submitting a physical copy of a screener (DVD) for consideration, please download our Entry Form PDF, fill it out, and include with your submission. Mail physical copies to: Outflix Film Festival c/o MGLCC 892 South Cooper Street Memphis, TN 38104 If submitting an online screener for consideration, please fill out our online entry form below, and include the screener ...

Imperfectu: International Film and Gender Festival

Through film, art, and gender studies, Imperfectu: International Film and Gender Festival celebrates and examines the diversity of gender identities and expressions, as well as of sexual identities and orientations, while embracing varied and alternative feminisms.

Imperfectu explores the infinite possibilities that sex, gender and sexuality fields offer to us, questioning the primacy of the conventions to which the binary gender system and heteronormativity limit us. Furthermore, this festival gives room to feminist expressions that know how to include these infinite possibilities in their discourses.

PLACE

The festival will take place in Tijuana, Mexico.
A selection of the screened works in Tijuana will also be presented in Berlin, Germany.

VENUES

Tijuana Cultural Center (CECUT)
Tijuana University CUT
Berlin venue TBD

DATES

The festival will be held from April 1st to 6th, 2014 (Tijuana, Mexico).
The dates for the Berlin screenings will be announced later.

 

MEANING

Through the word “imperfectu” we want to give a new value to the concept of imperfection within the gender studies framework. The “-tu” ending avoids the gender morpheme that in Spanish language is used when the noun “imperfection” becomes an adjective. At the same time, this ending makes a reference to the Spanish pronoun “tú” (“you”) in order to create closeness to the individual.

“Imperfectu” is an invented adjective that seeks identification and fraternity between those who somehow transgress the binary system of sex and gender and heteronormativity and, therefore, are seen as outsiders of “normality” and even as “imperfect beings”. Through this festival, what a binary and heteronormative culture reads as “imperfect” is simply read as “non-normative” and, consequently, considered “normal” and celebrated from a second reading that becomes liberal and intelligent.

 

OBJECTIVES

  • 1. To encourage education, analysis and discussion about the relationship that cinema, art and popular culture maintain with gender studies.
  • 2. To open a cultural space that creates visibility for all those communities whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality.
  • 3. To promote art with a gender focus.
  • 4. To celebrate sexual and gender diversity.
  • 5. To create identification and fraternity among all those individuals whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality.
  • 6. To express alternative feminisms that know how to combine their ideologies and movements and sexual and gender diversity.
  • 7. To include. This festival in any way excludes cisgender communities; on the contrary, it seeks the integration of all types of gender and transgender manifestations.
  • 8. To fight homophobia, lesbophobia, biphobia and transphobia, encouraging acceptance and tolerance of all those individuals whose tendencies are different from the conventional concepts of sex, gender and sexuality. Although all these objectives will have an impact directly on Tijuana society, they will also reach the Baja California and the Mexican societies as well as Spanish speaking and English speaking communities through the festival’s publications.

The Reckoning.

Director: James McDonald.

Continuing where A Conversation with Mr. D left off, we find Chris Richardson out for revenge for the killing of her lover but unbeknownst to her, someone else is out for her for killing the love of their life.

Attack of the deranged vaginas

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How did Pussy Riot - A punk prayer escape the wrath of the SA morality police? As a member of Brics, Russia is a friend and the film is everything they don't like - offensive, deranged, undesirable and shocking. Luckily they did not apply the chop as its one of the best examples of filmmaking I've ever seen and everybody should see it.. The doccie had its African premiere on Monday - on the same day new draconian anti-gay laws and an anti-blasphemy law, aptly called the Pussy Riot law, came in...

Holden

Director: Roque Madrid & Juan Arcones.

Holden is a young photographer who suffers from short-term memory loss. He travels to Paris to make a photo shoot with a famous French Actor, doing the promotion of his latest feature film, to whom he feels attraction from the first moment. They spend the night walking through the streets of the city, knowing it's probably the only night they will have together.

 

Strangelove FilmFest

Strangelove Filmfest is a yearly event in Antwerp where the public will be taken into the underbelly of  cinema. ‘Strange’, ‘cult’, ‘weird’ and ‘gender’ are the terms used to define a story. The festival offers a very rich choice of movies, shorts, documentaries and classics from Queer Cinema. A treat for the movie lover!

First and foremost a film festival, Strangelove does also offer a tasty platter of music, performance and visual art. Every evening we serve smiles and food (volxkeuken) in the bar where you can sit back and enjoy some gigs, video-installations, theatre, expositions or performances. This unique combination serves a broad spectrum of culture lovers who adore surprises. An invigorating festival for everyone!

This festival is an initiative of Interzone vzw who stimulate and spread audiovisual art.

Post Production fundraising for BREAKING FREE

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  Shooting for documentary feature BREAKING FREE is almost complete after fabulous schedules in Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, New Delhi and Lucknow over the past two months.  Post production is now in progress and we NOW NEED Y OUR SUPPORT MORE THAN EVER to complete the project. Please contribute to our project through below links. EVERY CONTRIBUTION IS VALUABLE and greatly helpful.  International Supporters:http://www.indiegogo.com/breakingfreeindia Indian Supporters:...

MIN MAMMA ALSKAR LESBISKA ( MUMS LESBIAN LOVER) a.k.a MLL

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Director: WILL MOORE.

Min Mamma alska lesbiska or Mums lesbian lover ( MLL ) is an alternate love story between   two women   MAGDA played by SABRINA CHIMEKA  and KATARINA played by SELMA GLASELL whose relationship started when they were at boarding school. Unfortunately for the pair MAGDA was expelled for smoking before their relationship could be fully developed and its not until years later at a chance meeting between the two in Sweden.  MAGDA who is now a born again Christian Film making lecturer is invited on a break to Sweden by a church friend Michelle played by KETORAH WILLIAMS  that it is realised.

Filmed on location in England the film is in both English and in Swedish.

The Film challenges discrimination and the need for rights to be carried out , from Copyright rights , black civil rights , gender rights and lastly gay rights.  It presents the truth and reality of racism even amongst the wealth y and well to do where MAGDA the black lead is not accepted by her peers at the boarding school despite the financial clout being reached by MAGDAs parents.  This reality is further displayed even in the gay and lesbian relationship where KATARINA – MAGDAs love interest decides that it is best not to further develop the relations hip . It further presents conventional views on held by the church on gay and lesbian relationship whilst challenging that view with a twist 

A fun contest giving away $1,000 cash

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Fans of sexy cinema with a need for cold hard cash are in for quite a treat as the TLA Gives It Away Sweepstakes is underway giving one lucky (and very creative) customer the chance to win a grand prize of $1,000 dollars. To enter, entrants must be signed up for at least one TLA email list and submit an email, video, drawing, essay, or any other form of media that describes their love of all things TLA and why they feel they should win the money. The most unique and interesting entr...

Contribute to film BREAKING FREE

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India: http://www.wishberry.in/Breaking-Free-13618 International: http://indiegogo.com/breakingfreeindia "This film has to be made, and it has to be made NOW", urges Sridhar Rangayan, activist and filmmaker, who tells this story of Indian LGBT community breaking free.   BREAKING FREE is a feature-length documentary by award winning filmmaker and rights activist Sridhar Rangayan, that strings together anguished voices of those who were to...
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