GFEST – Gaywise FESTival – recognised as London’s LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex) cross-art festival for all – will screen a short film ‘My Genderation – Alice’ amongst other films at Bernie Grant Arts Centre on 8 November.

More information and booking:

A pre-screening Q & A with ‘My Genderation – Alice’ filmmakers Raphael Fox and Lewis Hancox who talk about the film series.

What are working on right now?

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A still from My Genderation – Alice

We are currently editing four small films made on the streets around Canal Street for this year’s Sparkle in Manchester (9th Year). We are also editing two other films, one about a musician called Oliva Spleen and a catchup episode for Reuben (the first film we made).

We have been closely involved with all previous phases and are delighted to work with On Road Media for the third phase, which involves enabling young trans* people to record their own personal journeys. We are making 20 films (as part of Phase Three, through contributors from Gendered Intelligence and Mermaids during group retreats)

How would you describe your film work?

We are a symbiotic team, dedicated to portraying the varied stories of each individual. We are storytellers through film, enabling individuals to share intimate details with a much wider audience. We are working to fill in any gaps in understanding, to provide a sensitive and intimate look into the trials and achievements of  many trans* individuals  living in the UK.

Your reasons for agreeing to present your work as part of GFEST?

We are extremely passionate about our project and love chatting about it. We hope to meet other film-makers and make new connections. The more people who know about My Genderation, the better, and we are proud to be associated with GFEST.

Our film project is an opportunity to educate a wide audience and engage with real subjects and help create a shift in consciousness. Gender effects everyone and I hope that with our heart felt approach we can continue to engage the general public as well as our own community. We want to engage the audience, whether they are 18 or 85, friend or foe, through our heart-felt content and editing.

We provide positive and heart-felt role models to raise some serious issues about gender, whilst still engaging the audience with fresh perspectives and a jaunty pace. We are learning as we go along, with our equipment, pushing ourselves to learn as much as possible.

Do you think events like GFEST are still necessary?

GFEST is necessary so we can gather as a community and discover new films based on gender and sexuality. Together, we can celebrate our variance and allow people a window on an individual’s situation.

How would you like your work to be known as?

We want to be that light-bulb moment for those who don’t yet ‘get it’. My Genderation is the start of many other projects. We see ourselves as queer film-makers and have a passion for all genres, particularly comedy, music videos and short fictions. We are also in chats with Roz Kaveney about creating a film-version of one of her fictions.

A last word?

If you like our work and wish to support us, please Anything at all makes a massive difference because we have been creating these films in our own time, with our own equipment.

Many thanks and best wishes to Raphael Fox and Lewis Hancox from GFEST 2013 team.