Amsterdam, 10 september 2001

Nederlands Transgender Filmfestival (NTGF)
Dutch Transgender Film Festival
3th - 7th October 2001
Cultureel Centrum De Balie, Amsterdam, Holland

The T-Image Foundation presents in collaboration with Cinema de Balie from 3 till 7 October the Dutch Transgender Film Festival (NTGF) at De Balie in Amsterdam. This 5-day festival offers you a programme of 16 screenings, three lectures, Q&A discussions at the Festival Salon and a photo exhibition of works by Wilma van der Hel. International guests and filmmakers will be joining us during this 5-day celebration of transgender cinema & culture.

Opening Night Film: Southern Comfort
On October 3th, the NTGF will open its festival with the Dutch premiere of Southern Comfort from director Kate Davis, winner of the Best Documentary Award at the Sundance Film Festival 2001. This documentary on the FTM Robert Eads shows the hostile medical environment that refuses to treat his ovarian cancer, all because medical professionals are in fear of losing their reputation under the repressive climate of Robert's homeland.

Dutch Premieres
Apart from the Opening Night Film, many other films are presented for the first time to the Dutch audience, like the documentary A Boy Named Sue from director Julie Wyman, the first film which captures seven years of the transformation process of a ftm on screen. Furthermore: the visual extravaganza of Shu Lea Cheang's Sci-Fi Porn I.K.U., the film version of Banana Yoshimoto's bestseller Kitchen, and the documentary Paradise Bent about the social importance of boys raised as girls on Samoa.

Special focus on Southeast Asia: Asian Expressions
This festival focuses on representations of transgenders from the Southeast Asian region, showing comedies, documentary, martial arts films and science fiction film, ranging from Singapore to Hong Kong and Japan. We will be showing Stanley Kwan's personal documentary Yang + Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema; the Japanese cult classic Summer Vacation: 1999, a story that deals with Japan's fascination of straight women for (ideal) gay love; and the ultimate feel good movie Forever Fever from Singapore, an entertaining mixture of Saturday Night Fever with Bruce Lee.

Special Shorts Programmes on FTM's and Intersex
The festival offers special programmes on two groups within the community that suffer from insufficient visibility in the media: the FTM programme and the Intersex programme. The FTM programme offers divers short films with topics on FTM's life, including Manhood, Straightboy Lessons and A Boy Named Sue; the Intersex Programme shows Cheryl Chase's 1997 classic documentary Hermaphrodites Speak and Del LaGrace Volcano and Cara Lavan's Journey Intersex. This film programme will be followed by a lecture by Cheryl Chase on the activities of Intersex Society of North America.
The third shorts programme, T-Shorts, is a selection of films ranging from traditional documentaries like Boy Girl and XXXY to experimental films like Phallocy, the satire Almost Human and the funny family portrait of No Dumb Questions, the winner of the Audience Award at the San Francisco Gay & Lesbian Film Festival 2001.

Lectures by Cheryl Chase and Susan Stryker
As mentioned earlier, Cheryl Chase, the founder of Intersex Society of North America (ISNA), will give a lecture on the often misinformed subject of intersexuality on Sunday October 7th at 4pm. The ISNA was awarded the Human Rights Award by the The International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission for their path breaking activities for the rights of intersex in the U.S. Cheryl Chase will talk about the political activities of ISNA. After her talk, Cheryl Chase will be joined by Del LaGrace Volcano in a discussion with the audience. (For more information on ISNA:

Transgender-activist, historian and academic Susan Stryker will give a lecture on Building a Trans Community, based on her activities for GLBT Historical Society in San Francisco on Thursday October 4th at 8pm. Susan Stryker is the executive director of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Historical Society in San Francisco, editor of The Transgender Issue (Journal of Lesbian & Gay Studies) and author of books as Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in San Francisco Bay Area. Susan Stryker will show clips from her work-in-progress, a documentary on the very beginning of transgender activism in the Bay Area, Looking For Compton's. She will be joined by Victor Silverman, co-director of Looking for Compton's.

The third lecture of the festival will focus on drag queen contests on Friday October 5th at 8pm. During this lecture, the audience will be given a glimpse of the world of drag queen contests, using rare footages dating back from the 1960's, ranging from countries from Italy to Thailand and the Philippines.

Audience Favourites and Surprise Film
On Sunday October 7th, the two most popular programmes will be repeated at the Audience Favourites screenings at 4pm and 8pm. Check the festival website for the latest updates. The festival's closing film is a sneak preview from Southeast Asia; a comedy with a tolerant message.

Location: Cultureel Centrum de Balie, Kleine Gartmansplantsoen 10, Amsterdam. Reservation from September 17th : tel. +31 (0)20 - 5535100.

For more information on NTGF: Jac-Paul Spaas, tel: +31 (0)71-5125-132, e-mail orwebsite

Nederlands Transgender Filmfestival (NTGF)
c/o T-Image Foundation, P.O. Box 15650, 1001 ND, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The NTGF is sponsored by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Science and Art, Amsterdam Fonds voor de Kunst, Prins Bernard Cultuurfonds and Stichting Thuiskopie.

The T-Image Foundation is a non-profit organisation that aims to encourage visibility of the transgender culture by organising cultural events.