by Toby Hyde
A group looking to launch a transgender film festival in Sheffield have been selected as one of five finalists in a scheme funded by the Big Lottery Fund.
The ‘(Trans)forming Cinema’ project by E.D.E.N Film Productions is a scheme aimed at raising awareness for transgender people and the issues they face.
People from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community will be trained to create short films on topics including hate crimes and media representation, which would then be submitted to the first ever Transgender Film Festival in Sheffield.
The group is competing for the public’s vote to win up to £50,000 of National Lottery funding. If successful in the People’s Project, which is featured on ITV, Transforming Cinema would create a film festival that provides a platform and a chance for transgender voices to be heard.
Claire Watkinson, Managing Director at E.D.E.N Film Productions said “We are thrilled to be in the running to win this prize and not only provide training but to put on an event that could have such a positive impact on trans visibility and the way that transgender people are seen in society.”
The Sheffield-based group have been working for equality and diversity for three years, running projects and workshops for the LGBT community and creating and screening films across the UK.
Transgender-rights activist Nell Stockton added “If there had been something like a Transforming Cinema event when I was a young person, it would have totally changed my life.”