ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
Established in 2014, tilde is a community-based, international film festival based in Melbourne, and one of a handful of trans and gender diverse (TGD) film festivals in the world, which showcases and supports the work of TGD filmmakers and artists, and works that have TGD content, for TGD people, allies, and the wider community. It also is a crucial opportunity for TGD community members to gather and connect with one another in a safe and supportive environment.
tilde is curated and produced entirely by volunteers, with collaborative involvement across all areas.
tilde recognises that intersex communities are often conflated with trans and gender diverse experiences, and that while individuals and issues at times overlap and connect, these communities are different, and have some different needs. In consultation with intersex groups and activists, it was decided not to include intersex specific material in the festival programming to avoid conflation. tilde remains open to accept submissions from all people who identify as trans or gender diverse, and warmly welcomes people of all gender and sex identities at our festival. tilde is also open to supporting intersex communities with intersex specific film events and welcomes contact regarding this.
TIL·DE (NOUN\’TIL-D \): A SYMBOL (~) INDICATING EQUIVALENCY OR SIMILARITY BETWEEN TWO VALUES/APPROXIMATIONS.
We like the idea that a tilde has a thereabouts, an approximation, an in-between-ness to it that steers away from absolutes or being rigidly bound. This captures some of our thoughts about the messy, indefinable nature of gender.
Foxes have multiple meanings and implications across eastern to western folklore and mythology. Given the international nature of the tilde festival this seems quite fitting. Kitsune are akin to the fox in Japanese folklore who were adept at shape shifting. Capable of moving effortlessly across physical planes, the little fox could morph through the parameters of the physical body with each turn, taking the wisdom and stories of each identity with them on the next part of the journey.
As the symbolic messenger, these tales combine to speak to tilde’s core values of sharing stories and developing communities, of creating a space for voices to be heard, supported and acknowledged.