Democracy and participation, Migration

Trans*Guest House Project shortlist


Who is behind this?

Ipek Kiranci

Istanbul LGBTT


Who is joining forces?



Idea Sketch | Proposal


Idea pitch

A documentary film about a home for LGBTIQ refugees from Turkey, North –Africa, Middle East and Syria expelled by their families, the state, the society. A project run by experienced Trans* providing a safe shelter in a self created, self help structure in Istanbul. This film tells the stories of the individuals but at the same time the atmosphere of a society which is confronted with thousands of refugees.

Where will your idea take place?

Istanbul, Turkey, Berlin Germany

Why does Europe need your idea?

We have received applications from trans* and gay individuals from Middle East who do not have a guarantee for their lives and had to flee to Turkey. United Nations Refugee Office and Solidarity with Immigrants and Refugees Association has started to direct all LGBTQI individuals to our office. Especially the civil war in Syria and radical Islam groups and their trans/homophobic crimes towards LGBTİ individuals directs them to Turkey.

What is your impact?

Our activities aim on advocacy, visibility and education regarding human rights of LGBTIQ individuals and against hate crimes. One year later we will have a tool (the film) which we can use for educational events in Turkey and Europe to inform about our rights and the possible ways of self help structures. We know that we can reach people at best by connecting to their emotions.

How do you get there?

The production of the documentary film contents the following steps: 1. clarification and detailed planning of the overall concept; consulting with steering committee, 2. research of protagonists, 3. evaluation of existing archive materials (video, photo) including the material produced in the workshops, 4. skript writing, 5. production schedule, 6. shooting, 7. viewing of shoted material, 7. transscription, 8. rough cut, 9. intermediate meeting with steering committee, 10. sound design, 11.translation, 12. subtiteling 13. titels and titel design 14. online editing, 15. colour correction sound compositing, 16. production of master tape of feature lenghth film

What is your story?


Who are you doing it for?

The proposed project aims on visibility of Trans* and lgbiq, it makes LGBTIQ visible in society beyond clichés, intends a change of perception in state and society.

What makes your idea stand apart?

It is a cooperation between Turkish and German human rights organizations dealing with the question of creating a home for refugees in Istanbul without state´s involvement but with the involvement of civil society.

€ 50000,-

Funding requested from Advocate Europe

€ 60000,-

Total budget

Major expenses

shooting expenses, postproduction, distribution



Idea created on March 8, 2016
Last edit on Oct. 30, 2017

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