Welcome to the third edition of the festival!
T-Image Foundation presents in collaboration with Cinema de Balie the Netherlands Transgender Filmfestival from May 18 - 22 in Amsterdam. For the third time, De Balie will be the festival’s hot spot, celebrating gender diversity and the freedom of gender expressions. Apart from many Dutch premieres, the festival hosts panel discussions, a lecture, spoken word performances and a photo exibition Planet Gender. The festival will also celebrate its own Dutch-Canadian connection with a Transcanadian programme.
The festival kicks off the biggest transgender event in the Netherlands with the feature Transamerica, a touching and acclaimed road movie by Duncan Tucker about a transgender woman who is pulled into an unexpected travel adventure when she found out that she has a long lost son who is looking for his long lost dad. Starring Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) and the up and coming young actor Kevin Zegers.
Other titles in our Main Programme are Asia Argento’s adaptation of cult author J.T. Leroy’s second novel The Heart is Deceitful above all Things, a film about the heartbreaking tale of young Jeremy who’s dragged into the unstable world of drugs, abuse and his mother Sarah's truck stop tricks; Splendid Float, a melancholic and poetic feature from Taiwan by Zero Chow, tells the story of a Taoist priest who’s also the star of a drag queen band; and Agnes und seine Brüder, an over-the-top tragicomedy by Oskar Roehler.
A special focus on Canadian productions can be found in the Transcanadian programme: Drew Dennis of Vancouver’s Out on Screen Queer Film & Video Festival curated a shorts programme on "genderqueer"; and media artist Ivan E. Coyote will give a spoken word performance at the festival.
The programme Trans ‘n’ Sports focuses on the effects of gender segregation in the world of professional sport. With screening of Karen Duthie’s 100% Woman, a documentary on Canadian national champion downhill mountain biker Michelle Dumaresq, and Kurt Mayer’s film Erik(A) on Erik Schinegger, who looks back at the tumult in 1967 when he was Erika Schinegger, the world champion downhill skiing who was tested as intersex by the IOC’s gender test and was forced to give up her successful professional career as an athlete.
Using music to tell extraordinary stories, the Sound of Transformation programme contains films about talented musicians such as Venus in Emily Goldberg’s Venus of Mars, the transgender glam-punkrocker from All the Pretty Horses, and the Scottish singer-songwriter Simon de Voil in Travis Reeves’ Funny Kinda Guy; the unconventional 100% Human uses the aesthetic of music video to express the pain and sorrow of the transition of a transgender youth.
The theme of female versus transgender masculinity is explored in the shorts programme The Man in Us; being transgender at school is the main theme of the youth programme It’s not in a Game!, a showcase shorts and TV programmes made on transgender youth dealing with school situations, like Nadav Gal’s A Different War, the Swedish En kille som jag/ Being a Boy by Mia Olsson, and episodes from youth TV programmes like Gemma Glitter and Jong!
The NTGF has always offered more than screenings: research on transgender history will be presented in the Mapping our History programme; Canadian scholar Viviane Namaste will give an entertaining lecture on the history of transsexual artists in Montréal in That was Showbusiness! Furthermore, the festival is honoured to screen the sneak preview of Victor Silverman and Susan Stryker’s historical documentary Screaming Queens, about an unknown but important riot in 1966 which sparked off the transgender movement in San Francisco. The festival is host to the Belgium art and historical documentation project Planet Gender, an ongoing project in which Estelle Slegers and photographer Marc de Clerq collect oral histories from the gender variant communities in the Netherlands and Belgium.
A treat is in store for our festival audience with another edition of the popular experimental shorts programme T-Shorts #3, featuring animation films like Drive Thru, Helpline!, Bikini ; the dry-humored satire Paszta Cowboy ; A: Gender and many more.