Genderbende / Genderblend

A film by: Sophie Dros

A story about five young people who neither feel male or female, but rather position themselves somewhere in between. Everyday they are confronted with being different, yet they are proud to be who they are. The young people in this film all have their own struggles but together they tell a strong story about acceptance. The film plays with the curiosity, interest and incomprehension of anything outside the mainstream gender norm. Isn’t everyone’s gender actually ‘fluid’? Wouldn’t it be liberating if we could break the narrow-mindedness about gender? The five “gender fluid” characters make us question our sometimes-rigid society and offer a moment of reflection, how male or female are you? The film celebrates the individual.

Country: the Netherlands
Length: 67’ 40”
Completion: 05/2017
Genre: documentary
Screening format: DCP, H264, ProRes
Spoken language: Dutch
Subtitles: English

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Festivals:

  1. Nederlands Film Festival, Netherlands (20 – 29 September, 2017)
    Debut Competition Won: Debut Award of the City of Utrecht
  2. DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film, Germany (30 October – 5 November, 2017)
    International Programme
  3. Madrid International Lesbian Gay and Transsexual Film Festival, Spain (26 October – 12 November, 2017)
    International Competition
  4. International Film and Human Rights Festival of Valencia, Spain (9 – 16 February, 2018)
    Official Selection Feature Documentaries
  5. IFEMA International Female Film Festival Malmö, Sweden (9 – 15 April, 2018)
    Official Selection
  6. Zinentiendo – LGTBIQ Film Festival, Spain (12 – 20 April, 2018)
    Official Selection
  7. CinHomo – International LGBT Film Festival, Spain (9 – 22 April, 2018)
    Official Selection Won: Best Documentary Film
  8. International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund|Cologne, Germany (24 – 29 April, 2018)
    queerfilm section: begehrt!
  9. Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival, Germany (25 – 29 April, 2018)
    Best Long Documentary Competition
  10. Maryland Film Fest, United States (2 – 6 May, 2018)
    Official Selection
  11. EDOC – International Documentary Film Festival, Ecuador (9 – 20 May, 2018)
    Official Selection
  12. Inside Out – Toronto LGBT Film Festival, Canada (24 May – 3 June, 2018)
    Official Selection
  13. Mostra FIRE!! – Barcelona Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, Spain (7 – 17 June, 2018)
    Official SelectionWon: Best Documentary
  14. ShanghaiPRIDE Film Festival, China (8 – 18 June, 2018)
    Official Selection
  15. Rio Gender & Sexuality Film Festival, Brasil (5 – 11 Juli, 2018)
    Official Selection
  16. Feminist Festival Malmö, Sweden (9 – 11 June, 2018)
  17. AMOR Festival Internacional de Cine LGBT+, Chile (12 – 17 June, 2018)
    International PanoramaDirector: Sophie Dros
  18. Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, Taiwan (24 August – 16 September, 2018)
    Official Selection
  19. Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival, United States (12 – 15 September, 2018)
    Official Selection
  20. Cinema Queer, Sweden (25 – 30 September, 2018)
    Official Selection
  21. Lustreifen Film Festival, Switzerland (26 – 30 September, 2018)
    Official Selection
  22. Pride Pictures – Queer Film Festival Karlsruhe, Germany (13 – 21 October, 2018)
    Official Selection
  23. Hamburg International Queer Film Festival, Germany (16 – 21 October, 2018)
    Official Selection
  24. QUEER Film Festival Weiterstadt, Germany (24 October – 8 November, 2018)
    Official Selection
  25. Beijing Queer Film Festival, China (2 – 9 November, 2018)
    Official Selection
  26. QUEERSICHT Queer Film Festival, Switzerland (8 – 14 November, 2018)
    Official Selection
  27. Mezipatra Queer Film Festival, Czech Republic (8 – 23 November, 2018)
    Documentary Section
  28. Internacional Queer Film Festival Playa del Carmen, Mexico (9 – 15 November, 2018)
    Official Competition
  29. PRINDIE – Princeton Independent Film Festival, United States (13 – 16 November, 2018)
    Official Selection
  30. Chéries-Chéris, France (17 – 27 November, 2018)
    Documentary Competition

Director Of Photography: Boas van Milligen Bielke
Sound: Job Michel
Sound Design: Gijs den Hartogh
Editor: Erik ten Brinke
Producer: Olivia Sophie Van Leeuwen
Line Producer: Carolien Everswijk
Music: Reinier van Harten
Composer: Thomas Goralski
Title designer: Sander Brouwer