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Melbourne Trans
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Film Festival


We acknowledge that we are on traditional lands of the Boon Wurrung and Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nation. We offer our respect to the Elders of these traditional lands and, through them, to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

tilde's Board of Directors, 12 February 2023

Our Board

L-R Teddy Darling, Taz Ziard, Rachel Chapman, Sam Elkin, Zakaria Shahruddin, Ruby Mountford, Shin Azuma.

tilde is curated and produced entirely by volunteers, with collaborative involvement across all areas.

About The Festival

Established in 2014, tilde is a community-led, international film festival based in Melbourne, and one of only a handful of trans and gender diverse (TGD) film festivals in the world. tilde showcases and supports the work of TGD filmmakers and artists, and works that have TGD content. It also provides a crucial opportunity for TGD community members and allies to gather and connect with one another in a safe and supportive environment.

Since its inception tilde has been curated and produced entirely by volunteers. In 2023 tilde has a refreshed governance structure, a newly appointed board of directors and its first paid CEO, putting it in an exciting position to return to the festival circuit in March 2024.


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.

For more information about intersex communities, please see the following:
Intersex Human Rights Australia
Androgen Insensitivity Syndrom Support Group



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.