"Transgender Life in Slovenia" - documentary film

For: Michelle Emson & Zavod TransAkcija
Slovenia
Organizer: Michelle Emson
"Transgender Life in Slovenia" - documentary film (Michelle Emson & Zavod TransAkcija)
€905
of €1,750 goal.
Raised by 39 donors
51% Complete

The Story

Transgender Life in Slovenia (Transspolna življenja v Sloveniji)   [Spodaj v slovenskem jeziku]

Slovenia is a central European country of just 2.06 million inhabitants. International estimates suggest that 0.3% of any given population will identify as transgender, hence, Slovenia has an estimated transgender population of over 6,000 people. The vast majority of this population remains closeted, hidden from a society where they feel incredible pressure to conform with conservative standards of gender and live in fear of abandonment. However, a significant proportion are able to be their true authentic selves, identify and express their gender freely, and live productive and integrated lives within their communities. This film project hopes to compassionately raise awareness of transgender lives in Slovenia, increase visibility of transgender people throughout the country, and inspire others to live their lives freely. 
The project was conceived by Anja Koletnik and Ana Grm of "Zavod TransAkcija", the only non-profit transgender organisation in Slovenia. They approached film director Michelle Emson ("Pride of Ukraine" - 2015) to develop, shoot, and produce the project which is now scheduled to begin filming in February 2016 and is targeted for completion in March.

The film will share the stories of 11 or more transgender and gender non-conforming people living in Slovenia. The objective is to share their lived experience to both raise awareness to the general population and to inspire hope to those feeling pressured to remain closeted.

The film will be distributed as a web-series to maximise availability and will be shared in two or more formats including:

  1. Separate vignettes each featuring one participant
  2. A documentary short featuring all participants and providing a general overview of the lived experience in Slovenia.

The money raised through this campaign will help offset the costs of production and enable a wider distribution through festivals, screenings, presentations, and social media campaigns. Please help us spread awareness, increase acceptance, and continue to improve the lives of transgender people in Slovenia. 

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Slovenija je srednjeevropska država s približno 2.06 miljona prebivalk_cev. Mednarodne ocene kažejo, da naj bi bilo 0.3% populacije v vsaki državi transspolnih in cisspolno nenormativnih oseb. To pomeni, da je v Sloveniji vsaj 6000 transspolnih oseb, čeprav o tem nimamo točnih podatkov, saj jih je nemogoče pridobiti. Večina transspolnih oseb zaradi nesprejemanja v družbi ostane nerazkritih, saj čutijo velik pritisk, da se morajo prilagoditi zastarelim in omejujočim pričakovanjem glede spolne identitete in spolnega izraza, v nasprotnem primeru pa lahko doživijo zavrnitev, zlorabo in celo nasilje. Kljub temu obstajajo tudi transspolne osebe, ki živijo v skladu s svojo spolno identiteto in jo tudi izražajo ter skušajo delovati za večjo opolnomočenost vseh transspolnih oseb v Sloveniji. S tem filmskim projektom želimo povečati osveščenost o življenju transspolnih oseb v Sloveniji, povečati svojo vidnost širom države in spodbuditi čim več transspolnih oseb, da zaživijo v skladu s svojo spolno identiteto.

Ideja o projektu se je porodila Anji Koletnik in Ani Grm iz Zavod TransAkcija, trenutno edini nevladni organizaciji, ki deluje za podporo in zagovorništvo pravic transspolnih oseb v Sloveniji. Z idejo sta pristopili_a k Michelle Emson (Pride of Ukraine 2015), ki je sprejela ponudbo, da posname kratek dokumentarni film. S snemanjem pričnemo februarja 2016, projekt pa se bo predvidoma zaključil marca.

V kratkem dokumentarnem filmu bo svojo zgodbo delilo okrog 11 transspolnih in cisspolno nenormativnih oseb, ki živimo v Sloveniji. Cilj je deliti naše izkušnje z namenom osveščanja splošne javnosti in podpore transspolnim osebam.

Film bomo distribuirale_i kot spletno serijo, saj želimo z njim doseči čim več ljudi. To bomo naredile_i z dvema ali več formatoma, in sicer kot:

  1. Posamezne vinjete, v vsaki zgodba ene osebe
  2. Kratki dokumentarni film, v katerem bodo združene zgodbe vseh oseb, in ki bo predstavljal pregled izkušenj transspolnih oseb v Sloveniji

Sredstva, ki jih bomo zbrale_i v tej kampanji, bodo omogočila, da pokrijemo stroške produkcije filma in širšo distribucijo po festivalih, dogodkih, za kampanje na družbenih omrežjih, itd. Prosimo, da nam pomagate osveščati, zagotoviti sprejemanje, podporo in nadaljnje zavzemanje za boljšo kvaliteto življenja transspolnih oseb v Sloveniji. Hvala!

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 19, 2016

Posted on February 19, 2016

Please help us to raise the remainder of the production budget so we can complete the film.

We have had an overwhelming amount of support for the project, of which I'm eternally grateful, but we're still short of the production budget to complete the film and give the transgender community of Slovenia a voice.

Your contribution, however small, makes a huge difference. I have met some incredible, brave, young people so far and, just as importantly, some amazingly supportive parents. Giving this community a voice will go a long way to increasing visibility, awareness, understanding, and ultimately acceptance, of transgender people in Slovenian society. 

Please share the campaign with your friends, colleagues, and network to help us reach our goal and make a difference. Tweet it and share it on Facebook and please help us complete this important film.

Thank you in advance,

Michelle & Zavod TransAkcija
"Transgender Life in Slovenia" - a documentary


Posted on February 2, 2016

Posted on February 2, 2016

What a fantastic start to the campaign and a huge "Thank You (Hvala)" to everyone who has donated or shared the project. Incredibly, the campaign has already been shared 225 times! That's unbelievable in just a few days. If you haven't does so already I urge you to please share the campaign on all your favourite networks so that we might reach our goal and produce the film on schedule.
Thank you so much.
Michelle & Zavod TransAkcija

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