by GREG KING
tilde: Melbourne Trans & Gender Diverse Film Festival is seeking submissions for our first international festival in November 2014. Running in partnership with Sydney Transgender International Film Festival, tilde will be Melbourne’s first international film festival created to showcase the work of trans and gender diverse (gd) filmmakers as well as films containing trans and gender diverse content.
We believe stories have the power to heal, connect, agitate and educate. Stories from and about trans and gender diverse people have historically been marginalised, silenced or distorted. tilde envisions more positive and authentic representations of gender diversity, and more dialogue and sharing of stories between and across communities both local and global.
tilde is seeking short and feature length entries of all genres from across the globe. Films will be selected in line with our values. A first for Melbourne, tilde highlights the stories and perspectives of trans and gd communities and promotes the work of both local and international trans and gd filmmakers, challenging gender norms and binary and celebrating diverse representation of gender. Closing date for entries is 31 July 2014.
The tilde group is entirely volunteer based. Its members identify across a wide range of genders and are made up of community workers, activists, artists, writers, film geeks and academics. tilde is not for profit and aims to work collaboratively with others in the trans, queer and allied organisations and communities. The festival is inspired by similar interstate and international initiatives.
tilde festival will premiere at the Bella Union Bar at Trades Hall, Carlton from 21–23 November 2014. It will include shorts and feature length films from across the globe, a retrospective, discussions, events, panels and parties. Awards include Best Short/Mid-Length Film, Best Feature Film, Audience Choice Feature Film, and Audience Choice Short Film. Check out www.tildemelbourne.com for more information. tilde events are open to everyone with an interest in film and/or gender issues.