Trans Shorts II: We Trans Reside

Trans Shorts II: We Trans Reside

April 1, 12:00 AM – April 30, 11:59 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.

Here are eight films that speak to the idea of home, as we trans folk experience it. Whatever or wherever that home may be—because we are everywhere—we inhabit, we transform, and we abide. We are home with or without our families, no matter what the description; in our lands, whether we are welcome, banished, seeking, finding, giving, or needing, whether we are revered or forgotten: in our own bodies, and in each other’s hearts. These are stories about living trans, right where you are. Curated by Diane Griffin.

Content Warning: Viewer discretion advised.


The secret yearnings of a child for an alternate identity are traced through a decade of birthday wishes filmed by their mother.

Directed by Amy Jenkins, 2019, 6 min, USA, English, T

Directed by Amy Jenkins 6 m English USA Documentary

Hello Me

Growing up, many people try to conform to social norms, but not our heroes. The film tells about a Russian trans person. About people who know firsthand what it's like when you are different - is a crime.

Directed by Anastasia Shalaya, 2020, 30 min, Russia, Russian with English subtitles, T

Directed by Anastasia Shalaya 30 m Russian with English subtitles Russia

Her Voice

A young woman falls into frustration and despair in coping with her gender dysphoria.

Directed by Nic Peerson, 2020, 6 min, Canada, English, T

Directed by Nic Peerson 6 m English Canada


This is the story of the moment when Ana sees Clara for the first time.

Directed by Daniel Toledo Saura, 2020, 8 min, Spain, Spanish with English subtitles, T

Directed by Daniel Toledo Saura 8 m Spanish with English subtitles Spain

Pink & Blue

After a surprise first-time pregnancy, a Trans couple of color wrestles with how the new baby will affect their relationship and how to raise a child in a binary world.

Directed by Carmen LoBue, 2021, 10 min, USA, English, T

Directed by Carmen LoBue 10 m English USA


Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary transgender spirits within them. Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of both male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. Beloved by the people for their gentle ways and miraculous cures, they imbued four giant boulders with their powers. The stones still stand on what is now Waikiki Beach, but the true story behind them has been hidden – until now. Narrated in an ancient Hawaiian dialect, Kapaemahu brings this powerful legend back to life in vivid animation, seen through the eyes of a curious child.

Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu & Dean Hamer & Joe WIlson, 2020, 9 min, USA, Olelo Niihau with English subtitles, T/Q

Directed by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu & Dean Hamer & Joe WIlson 9 m Olelo Niihau with English subtitles USA

Kind Of

KIND OF follows two trans masculine folks in a newly open relationship as they prepare to host brunch -– while hashing out their insecurities about their relationship in the minutes before their friends arrive.

Directed by Noah Schamus, 2020, 8 min, USA , English, T

Directed by Noah Schamus 8 m English USA


The film is made of footage from Jo's filmed diary. Jo is a 40-year-old trans man. He is addicted to cocaine. This addiction prevents him from achieving his transition in good conditions, and from maintaining fulfilling relationships. He is trying to quit drugs and to make a fresh start.

Directed by Ann Sophie Wieder, 2020, 30 min, France, French with English subtitles, T

Content Warning: Addiction

Directed by Ann Sophie Wieder 30 m French with English subtitles France