Trans Shorts (Part 2)

Trans Shorts (Part 2)

July 28, 1:00 PM – August 2, 11:00 PM


This is a virtual event. All shorts programs will be available between April 1-30, 2021 and all feature films will be available for ten days between April 8-18, 2021.

The second of two trans-themed shorts programs goes deep into specific aspects of the trans experience, from unresolved issues of childhood pain and broken friendship, to an exploration of the beauty standard from the point of view of a transgender surgeon, to a gorgeous and ecstatic vision of Ballroom as it exists in French Guyana. Curated by Diane Griffin

Across, Beyond, and Over

Across, Beyond, and Over is a hybrid documentary about two estranged trans men who used to date in middle school reconnecting over a long weekend to develop a film about their past. Through the pre-production process and writing exercises, they are forced to reconcile the differences in how they want to portray themselves, their relationship, and their trans identities.

Directed by Brit Fryer | 2019 | 12 min | United States | English

Directed by Brit Fryer 12 m English United States

Translating Beauty

The millennial generation has given rise to new voices and brought visibility to the transgender community – a part of society with a unique relationship to beauty. Translating Beauty explores beauty as a concept but through the lens of trans women and how their unique connection to it is working to redefine beauty standards for all women.

Directed by Anita Ayres and Elizabeth Trojian | 2019 | 45 min | Canada | English

Content Warning: Brief Graphic Surgical Violence.

Directed by Anita Ayres and Elizabeth Trojian 45 m English Canada


Lasseindra Ninja, the main character of the film, is a professional transgenre dancer born in 1986. She’s a well-known artist in France’s voguing scene. After building her career through the balls of New York, France and Brazil, among many other main stages, she comes back to her home country to introduce voguing in French Guiana. By the means of her workshop, we catch a glance of its emergence and its impact on self-empowerment for a consolidating LGBTQ community. A glimpse of self-liberation and freedom of expression through the body.

Directed by Audrey Jean-Baptiste | 2019 | 46 min | French Guyana | French with English subtitles

Directed by Audrey Jean-Baptiste 46 m French with English subtitles French Guyana