Transforming Cinema 2018
24 – 25 November 2018
Sheffield Town Hall | Curzon Cinema | Sheffield Hallam University’s Void Cinema.
Over the weekend of 24th and 25th November 2018, filmmakers, speakers and artists from across Europe and the UK came to Sheffield to celebrate Transforming Cinema – Sheffield’s first film festival to focus on transgender and non-binary films and storytelling.
With overs 30 films, shorts, documentaries, workshops and Q&As, the weekend was a great success, with so many important conversations taking place and powerful stories being shared. Click here to find out more.
Transforming Cinema 2016
19 – 20 November 2016
Curzon Cinema | Showroom Cinema | ODEON Cinema | Sheffield Town Hall | Sheffield Hallam University’s Void Cinema.
On the 19-20 November 2016, filmmakers, speakers and artists from across Europe and the UK came to Sheffield to celebrate Transforming Cinema, Sheffield’s first film festival focused on transgender and non-binary films and storytelling. It was such a rewarding feeling seeing the months of planning unfold over the weekend. Click here to find out more.
Something About Us
3 February 2016
Savoy Cinema, Worksop 6pm
Two films made by the Worksop Out on Wednesday (WOW) lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans support service at The Centre Place and E.D.E.N. Film Productions as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded history project ‘Something About Us’ were screened at the Savoy Cinema, Worksop on the 3rd of February 2016. Over 60 people attended the screening to watch the end result of the research and recordings which compare how life was to be LGBT to the present-day, with a focus on the local area. David Edgley (Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage) provided a presentation focusing on general LGBTQ+ history as an introduction to the films.
‘Something About Us’ was a project run by E.D.E.N. Film Productions, which began in June 2015, that involved the young people attending the W.O.W service researching and recording what it was like historically to be LGBTQ+. The project provided training in archive research, oral history and filmmaking techniques. The young people produced a documentary film ‘Something About Us’ using their oral history interviews and findings from research from Nottinghamshire and Sheffield Archives. Throughout the project the young people recorded their own on-going reflections of the process and produced a separate reflective film ‘W.O.Wing me, W.O.Wing you’.
The films were also shown at other locations over LGBT History Month, which included:
12th of February at Sheffield Hallam University – Main Building (Owen) – Pennine Lecture theatre
19th of February at Nottinghamshire Archives
23rd of February at Nottinghamshire’s Rainbow Heritage Awards
20 November 2015
Sheffield Odeon 6.30pm
Trashing Transphobia premiered at the Sheffield Odeon Cinema as part of Transgender Day of Remembrance 2015 in Sheffield on Friday to 20 November. Each ticket was taken and we filled the 110 seats in the cinema.
Trashing Transphobia, funded by The Big Lottery Fund, run from August 2015 till November 2015 and worked with 15 members of the LGBTQ+ community. The project involved training the 15 members of the LGBTQ+ community with filmmaking and interviewing skills, which they have used to produce a feature-length documentary, Trashing Transphobia. The participants have been involved with the planning, production and post-production of the film.
Trashing Transphobia aims to tackle the discrimination that the transgender community often face. It follows Laura Holt, speaking with members of the transgender community alongside charitable organisations.
27 April 2015
We hosted a premiere screening of the three films that were produced on E.D.E.N Action! alongside a Q&A with the 13 filmmakers.
E.D.E.N Action! was a Humber Learning Consortium-funded project for unemployed members of the LGBTQ+ community in and around Sheffield, aimed at developing filmmaking skills and employability skills. The project ran in 2015 and empowered participants with the abilities of storytelling and filmmaking whilst educating members of the public about LGBTQ+ diversity through the films that the participants produced.
Byephobia – A black and white drama busting the myths of bisexuality. Set in a vintage style Sheffield cafe, we find out why Mr Jones is wrong to make assumptions about his date, the bisexual Miss Applegate.
Do we really need a “gay scene”? – A debate about the LGBT+ scene in Sheffield and beyond. Featuring prolific Sheffield voices this film discusses whether lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people want LGBT+ specific spaces or complete integration.
E.D.E.N Revealed – Going behind the scenes of E.D.E.N Action! we discover how the project unfolded and how the films that the group produced actually came to be.
E.D.E.N Incubator! – Families Like Ours premiere screening
17 September 2014
We hosted our very first screening event, the premiere screening of our feature film Families Like Ours at the Sheffield Odeon cinema.
Families Like Ours is a film by the members of E.D.E.N Incubator project. The film raises awareness of homophobia and transphobia and focusing in particular on family. E.D.E.N Incubator was funded by the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All programme and engaged members of the LGBTQ+ community in filmmaking skills, through academic and practical sessions. The group then developed their ideas for the film deciding to produce a documentary based on the theme family.