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"For me, queer and trans+ cinema serves as a community, presenting stories within private universes or intimate spaces. It conveys a transformative truth that resonates deeply.

Queer and trans cinema saved my life when I was young and struggling to accept myself and gave me the opportunity to have role models that I did not have within a conservative family. The many films I watched (in secret) empowered me and motivated me to share my experience with the world. Today I have an opportunity to do the same for others and for me, and that alone is enough motivation to keep making films.

I believe my own experience has helped me see the world in a more fluid way where cultural boundaries and traditions are constantly shifting and film is a powerful tool that can motivate and display these changes."

Why Film?


Anto(n) Astudillo (they/he) is a filmmaker, performance artist and curator of trans experience from Wallmapu (Santiago, Chile). They work with 16mm film, video and performance to create moving portraits of personal and political themes, navigating interconnections between embodied practices and experimental cinema. Anto’s work has screened at festivals such as Film Diary NYC, Ann Arbor Film Festival, IX Festival Dobra, Frontera Sur, Ouray Film Festival, DocMontevideo, Montreal Underground and spaces such as Mills Gallery BCA, NADA, WhiteBox, Bullet Space, ATA Gallery, MoMA PS1, Anthology Film Archives among other venues. Anto is currently Program Director of Millennium Film Workshop and Festival Director of TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival.

Photo Credit: Fernando Prado B. @fdopradob

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