What is Transforming Cinema?
Born out of our previous E.D.E.N projects E.D.E.N Action! and Trashing Transphobia, Transforming Cinema aims to create a trans focused film festival giving transgender and gender nonconforming people a platform to broadcast their voices and stories.
Why is this important?
In the past few years we have seen press cover the stories of transgender and gender nonconforming people more regularly but there is still a lack of understanding in society at large. Mainstream films rarely touch upon this subject and trans people are suffering because of the widespread ignorance and negativity that often surrounds their depiction in the media.
Depression, self-harm and suicide are some of the issues that affect trans people to a much higher rate than non-trans people; media representation is low and the messages we do hear are negative, unhelpful and even harmful.
Transforming Cinema will challenge this as we launch a national film festival that champions trans people, films and stories.
How do I get involved?
Submissions to the festival are now closed, but Transforming Cinema will also provide opportunities for volunteers to gain experience by working at the film festival. Please get in touch if you are interested.
We want to thank our supporters, volunteers and mentors as well as our funders The Big Lottery Fund for helping us make Transforming Cinema happen. We also want to thank the venues; Curzon Cinema, Odeon Cinema, Showroom Cinema, Sheffield Hallam University, The Sheffield City Town Hall and The Viper Rooms for their continued support. A special thanks goes to all the filmmakers out there, working relentlessly to tell their story, and most of all we want to thank our past and present project participants: without your ideas and great contributions we would not have been able to make this happen and you inspires us every day.