Festival Line Up is now online!

The festival program for the 5th Netherlands Transgender Film Festival is now online!

The (online) ticket sales at De Balie, the festival venue, are available from Wednesday May 6, 2009. RESERVE NOW to ensure a seat at the fabulous events and screenings. For your information: many screenings were sold out quickly in our last edition!

The festival is proud to host an opening night event with the sexy and sassy burlesque cabaret performance, Madame Pierre's Other Tongue by Lazlo Pearlman on Wednesday May 20 at 8pm. Come early to see the "Ask a Tranny Performance" in the foyer!


Lazlo's flirty and dirty performance kicks-off a line-up of poignant films from the Sex Positive themed-program that dares to show loving trans and intersex relationships in detail with TransEntities and Claudette. Family Ties is also one of our focused themes this year with several award-winning films that through intimate documentary and inventive fiction pose the question of what it means to transition not just for the individual, but for the people around them in Red without Blue, Mainstay and She's a Boy I Knew. We wish to especially highlight the festival's closing film, Prodigal Sons by Kimberly Reed, which began as a personal recording of events, but grew into an incredible story of reconciliation. Bring your chosen family and allies, and some tissues, to see them! As always we select films that clearly articulate the complex identity politics that spiral out from trans practices and experience. This year's topical theme of Transitioning Borders especially speak to the impact of movement, namely (im)migration, on trans identity with the festival's center pieces Identities and Transvestites also Cry.

Evidence of more trans folks creating great and often entirely independent art is found in our two shorts programs: T-Short #5 and Everybody, Everybody, curated by Kate Huh. We have received some real gems to share with you -- don't miss out!
The trans cinema of today comes from a visual archive that we wish to reflect upon in our Regained History themed-program, which included an engaging documentary on the miraculous Italian soprano singer Giorgia O'Brien, the cult classic Funeral Parade of Roses, and a lecture from erudite transgender scholar and filmmaker Susan Stryker on Kaming Mga Talyada (We Who Are Sexy), a Philippines campy archival treasure featuring Christine Jorgensen.

Workshops & Community Screening

To help those interested in taking the camera into their own hands, we have asked festival guests Gwen Haworth and Jules Rosskam to give workshops based on their experience of making independent films. Gwen will focus on how to tell your story as well as the politics of why itís important, whereas Jules will help you get your film produced and distributed on a shoe-string budget. Go do-it-yourself!
In the spirit of community solidarity, we will have films about specific activist trans communities in mid-west America, London and Belgrade available for viewing for free and at your leisure in the salon (see program for times).

Come participate in workshops, meet new people, meet and greet with our many festival guests, get on camera for this year's documentary of NTGF 5, develop your own film ideas, get inspired by the past, have your notions of self challenged, and see films with remarkable stories and fine craftsmanship, many you cannot see anywhere else!