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a note from the director

Dating as a transgender woman is hard. You can be chased after and sexualized by people solely interested in objectifying you, or you are rejected on the basis on your parts. FEMENINA is the love story I hope to have for myself. One where trans people are loved and valued for who they are, and not rejected for what they are. This is the love story we have never seen nor had, but always needed. 

- Ilana Garcia-Mittleman


FEMENINA tells the story of Nick, who lives his life in the confines of a boxing ring. When Nick begins training with Nina, the newest member to join the gym, he quickly realizes his feelings for her and asks her out on a simple date. But when Nina comes out to him as transgender, Nick must examine his own feelings and sexuality. 

FEMENINA is a twelve minute short film about the early days of romance and self-acceptance, all set against the backdrop of a boxing ring in Texas.

Kathleen Quinn


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Ilana Garcia-Mittleman

Director, Writer

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Nic Bonsteel

Director of Photography

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Kelly Mailliard


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Upcoming Screenings

  • Outfest Under The Stars: Drive In Screenings
    Calamigos Ranch & Resort
    Aug 28, 2020, 7:00 PM
    Calamigos Ranch & Resort, 327 Latigo Canyon Rd, Malibu, CA 90265, USA
  • Outfest LA 2020
    Outfest LA
    Aug 24, 2020, 10:00 AM
    Outfest LA
  • San Francisco Transgender Film Festival
    Roxie Theatre
    Nov 10, 2019, 8:00 PM
    Roxie Theatre, 3117 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
  • Austin Film Festival
    Rollins Theater
    Oct 29, 2019, 1:30 PM
    Rollins Theater, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704
  • Austin Film Festival
    Rollins Theater
    Oct 25, 2019, 1:00 PM
    Rollins Theater, 701 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704
  • Cannes Short Film Festival
    Cinema Pathé Masséna
    Sep 05, 2019, 8:00 PM
    Cinema Pathé Masséna, Nice, France
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