My name is Beth Stokes and I am a 21 year old student filmmaker currently in my last year of University. I'm very passionate about the environment, love animals, and I am an advocate for LGBT+ rights and equality. There is a lot of conversation, rightly so, about gender identity and what it means to be transgender out in the open right now and I'd like to contribute to the conversation in regards to what it means when you don't exactly fit into a box; exploring what it means to be non-binary. I'm hoping to do that through one of my last year projects at University, making a 10 minute film called 'Just Saffy'.
'Just Saffy' will be a short film following 16 year old Saffy as she begins to struggle with her gender identity after moving to a school with strictly gendered uniform. Never really feeling like she fits in with the girls or boys, Saffy finds herself treading water in the world of identity. She's in a transitive stage of her life, physically, mentally, emotionally and this film will hope to explore the trials involved in this; alienation to others and herself, gender dysphoria and finding a way to feel like herself, just Saffy being Saffy. The story will focus on these aspects, and how they can affect family; the narrative revolving around Saffy and her mother and their struggle to understand each other in light of these changes.
Being inspired by the brave and groundbreaking stories of real LGBT+ people, voices being heard from LGBT+ film festivals and the Staffs Uni LGBT+ Network, I hope to really create a story with agency which will help to educate people about what it means to be non-binary, and how we can all be better allies to young people struggling with understanding their identity when the world around them likes to exist in a binary.
The money donated towards this film will help towards base production costs such as paying for actors travel and accommodation expenses, securing locations, kit and crew moving, catering, and for submission to film festivals.
My first film 'CANDY' (which can be found here: https://vimeo.com/247622391) deals also with issues of identity, body image was selected for 8 different film festivals, screened in the UK and internationally and won 'Best Super Short' at the Berlin Flash Film Festival and Best Documentary at the East Coast Film Festival. We're hoping to emulate this success with 'Just Saffy', submitting it to LGBT film festivals world wide in order to help spread a positive message.
I thank you a lot for reading this and for donating what you can to support the film, if you can't donate a share would be amazing.
All my love,