The Trans Film Mentorship has set the inaugural Trans Filmmakers Summit x TIFF on September 11 at 2pm ET to coincide with the Toronto International Film Festival. The summit will reimagine trans storytelling as an opportunity for community-building and nurturing emerging trans talent and is open to all trans and non-binary creators, industry partners, and allies.

Bilal Baig (Sort Of), Lucah Rosenberg-Lee (Any Other Way: The Jackie Shane Story) and Luis De Filippis ( Something You Said Last Night) will participate in a Trans Creators Panel followed by a Trans Actors Panel with Carmen Madonia (Something You Said Last Night), Alina Khan (Joyland) and Miyoko Anderson (Soft).

The Trans Film Mentorship will award the first annual Trans Barrier Breaker Award, honoring a trans leader who is actively challenging the limitations of the media industry and disrupting the system, paving the way for more and better trans representation and storytelling. This year the award will be given to TS Madison (Bros) American reality television personality, actress, and LGBT activist.

An opening address by the Trans Film Mentorship team will honor the trans films and talent at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, sharing highlights from the films and celebrating performances.

During the summit, attendees can register for a complimentary workshop hosted by the Trans Film Mentorship where they can receive consultation and guidance  on how to use film and TV productions as opportunities for community-building and empowerment. In this workshop, the TFM will share the successes, common challenges, and identify the key components to ensuring successful on-set training.

“When I approached making Something You Said Last Night I knew questioning the stories we tell about trans women wouldn’t be enough, rather I wanted to question “how” we told said stories.” said Luis De Filippis, the founder of the Trans Film Mentorship,  “I wanted to ensure that other trans people were benefiting off the chance I had to tell my story in material and tangible ways. I’m so happy to see that with the support of our partners this seed of an idea has grown and continues to foster opportunities for the next generation of trans filmmakers. See you on the Tiff rooftop dolls.”

“Inclusion on and behind the screen matters—and we have more work to do,” says Mathieu Chantelois, EVP of Marketing & Public Affairs, CMF. “We are proud to support the Trans Filmmakers Summit and the important work they are doing to advocate, educate, and celebrate those that have knocked down barriers for others. One of many steps we must take to rethink our industry and the stories we tell.”