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A Trans boy celebrates his birthday in online games, away from the bullying he faces at an all girls school. A film by an LGBTQ+ crew.
178 backers pledged £13,021 to help bring this project to life.

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SO WHAT IS THIS ALL ABOUT? 🤷‍♂️

Birthday Boy will be a short film about a Transgender teenage boy named Alex. 

He chooses to celebrate his 16th Birthday with digital friends within an online game. It's there where he feels that he can be his true self.

Although he has come out as Trans to his family, who embrace him, he still attends an all girls school that they have invested their savings into. 

At the school Alex is severely bullied. On the day of his birthday things take a turn for the worse. 

He ultimately overcomes this and finds acceptance in an uplifting narrative that positively portrays a Trans character. 

It’s very rare to see a story that showcases a female to male character. Or one that doesn't just focus on their transition. 

We hope to shed some light on the universal theme of bullying which affects so many young people. 

Gaming has become very popular in our culture and is a way to escape for many. This aspect of the film also allows us to create some extremely exciting visuals.

The character is inspired by someone very close to one of our writers, James Bell, and is written from experience with a great respect. 

As an LGBTQ+ team we feel that we can responsibly tell an authentic story that creates a positive, educational impact!

 All BTS Photography by Alfio Sambataro

WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT? 🙋

For too long Transgender people have been portrayed as Serial Killers, Sex Offenders, Predators - so many negative associations that are just not true. The story of Birthday Boy doesn’t rely on stereotypes or solely focus on a Trans character’s transition. It’s a snapshot into a normal teenager’s life who just happens to be Trans. 

There are few positive films about Transgender people and even less about Transgender men. As an LGBTQ+ team we all understand the importance of true representation. For this reason we will also be casting a Trans actor to play the role of Alex. 

This is not only a film about Trans people but also about the bullying that Teenagers are experiencing in schools.  

Research continues to uncover the devastating and very real impacts that bullying has on young people. 60% told the charity Ditch The Label that it had seriously impacted their mental health, with 1-in-2 telling them it made them feel depressed and 11% attempting to take their own lives as a result. 

This is an extremely relevant story that brings more awareness to various issues young people are experiencing. By joining us on our campaign you will become a part of making a positive impact on many young lives.

AND WHY KICKSTARTER?👨‍💻

We are honoured to have been selected over many other brilliant projects to represent The NFTS Platform! x KickStarter.  It's an initiative to help young filmmakers like ourselves to create ambitious short films. The National Film and Television School is one of "The Top Film Schools In The World" (Hollywood Reporter) and will support our film each step of the way, we just need to raise the money! 

We see this Kickstarter as an opportunity to start a discussion on the important topics surrounding our film, a fantastic way to collaborate with you the audience, and a chance to create some unique fun rewards!

OKAY, SO WHO'S INVOLVED?🕵️‍♀️

BBC

BBC LGBT Correspondent Ben Hunte has joined us to film our casting process (something we are currently working on)!

WHO ELSE? 💁‍♂️

We saw this platform as unique opportunity to raise further awareness! We reached out to five Transgender people to join us as Ambassadors for Birthday Boy. They shared with us their own experiences on growing up as Transgender. 

From left to right: Cambell, Cairo, Hugo, Loro, Maxine.

SO... WHERE IS MY MONEY GOING? 💰

Your money goes towards helping us to tell an important story. We have tried very hard to keep the costs down, however we still need to raise the amount of £12,500. All of this goes towards :

  • VFX
  • Lighting and Camera equipment
  • Production design
  • Locations
  • Cast members 
  • Catering
  • Transportation 
  • Accommodation 
  • Kickstarter fees (10%)  
  • Other production necessities

The NFTS will offer support to us in terms of equipment and facilities but we need these funds to truly bring Birthday Boy to life.


WHAT DO I GET OUT OF IT? 🎁

Let's face it, people work hard for their money! We are excited to have you on board and have tried to give you some great rewards for joining our story!

We have collaborated with Queer Graphic Designer Xavier Segers. As well as the logo for the film Xavier has also designed a range of Merchandise exclusive to our Kickstarter. Each design reflects a moment in the film, the overall uplifting vibe and the sassy, witty personality of our Birthday Boy Alex!


Exclusive Birthday Boy T-Shirt! 👕 

Exclusive Birthday Boy Pin! 😮

Exclusive Birthday Boy Tote Bag! 🛍️ 


Thank you! ❤️ 🏳️‍🌈

Thank you for taking the time to read about our film. We hope that you can see why we feel it's important to tell this story. We can't wait for you to join us on our journey to create Birthday Boy. 

Follow our social channels for the latest updates! 

Instagram/Facebook/Twitter

@BdayBoyFilm

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

A lot of us are full-time students and this project is outside our curriculum. For this reason, we have worked out a shooting schedule that doesn’t clash with any of our university commitments. We are very excited and 100% committed to making this film happen!

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.21

    A personal Thank You! 🤗

    Thanks for your support!
    We will keep you updated on the development of our project.

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    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Digital Poster! 😊

    An exclusive downloadable Birthday Boy Poster.

    Includes:
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Social Media Shout Out! 📣😎

    A public Shout Out on our Social Media Platforms to say Thanks!

    Includes:
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
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    Pledge £15 or more About $18

    Digital Download of Birthday Boy 🎬

    A digital download of our film once it has completed its festival circuit.

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £25 or more About $30

    Digital Download & Birthday Boy Pin! 😮

    A digital download of our film once it has completed its festival circuit.
    As an extra thanks, you will receive an exclusive Birthday Boy Pin designed by Xavier Segers.
    Choose from one of three designs!
    Designs in the campaign section.

    Includes:
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £25 or more About $30

    48 HR HALF PRICE Birthday Boy T-Shirt! ⏰

    Early Bird Reward 50% DISCOUNT FOR FIRST 48 HOURS ONLY! BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt.
    Choose from one of six designs! Get it fast!
    (Designs in the campaign section)

    Includes:
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £25 or more About $30

    50% SALE - Birthday Boy T-Shirt/Totes ⏰

    Our Birthday Boy x Xavier Segers T-Shirt's and Tote's are NOW 50% OFF for our last 6 days!
    LAST CHANCE to grab one of these exclusive T-Shirt's or Totes 😱⏰

    Includes:
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt or Tote.
    • Download of the film once it's completed it's festival circuit.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £35 or more About $42

    Your Name in the Film Credits! 👏

    A Thank You for your contribution at the end of the Film.

    Includes:
    • Your Name in the Film Credits.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £50 or more About $61

    Exclusive Birthday Boy Tote Bag! 🛍️

    BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS exclusively designed Tote Bag.
    Choose from one of six designs!
    (Designs in the campaign section)

    Includes:
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS Tote.
    • Your Name in the Film Credits.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £50 or more About $61

    Exclusive Birthday Boy T-Shirt! 👕

    Missed the early bird? Don't worry you can still grab one of our BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirts.
    Choose from one of six exclusive designs!
    (Designs in the campaign section)

    Includes:
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt.
    • Your Name in the Film Credits.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £75 or more About $91

    Signed Limited Edition Poster! ✍️

    1 of 30 Limited Edition physical posters signed by the Birthday Boy crew!

    Includes:
    • Signed 1 of 30 Limited Edition Posters.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt or Tote!
    • Your Name in the Film Credits.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £100 or more About $121

    Signed Script from the Set! 📜

    1 of 20 Signed scripts used by the cast and crew during the filming of Birthday Boy!

    Includes:
    • Signed Script from the Set.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt or Tote!
    • Your Name in the Film Credits.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £200 or more About $243

    Become Immortalised in The Film! ⭐

    Your chosen name (subject to approval) will appear in the film itself. A Digital Avatar wishing Alex a Happy Birthday!

    Includes:
    • Name one of the Film's Digital Avatars.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt or Tote!
    • Your Name in the Film Credits.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £300 or more About $364

    2 VIP Screening Tix + Meet & Greet! 🎟

    Two Tickets to a VIP Screening (in or around London) of Birthday Boy with a chance to meet the cast and crew! Choose a T-Shirt AND a Tote. Plus a Secret Goodie Bag. 🎁😉

    Includes:
    • 2 VIP Screening Tickets + Meet & Greet.
    • Secret Goodie Bag.
    • Your Name in the Film Credits.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS Tote.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £600 or more About $728

    Painting by James Bell from the set! 🖼️

    One of a kind painting as seen in the film. Created by Fine Artist and Birthday Boy Producer/Writer James Bell.

    Includes:
    • Signed one of a kind painting by Fine Artist James Bell.
    • 2 VIP Screening Tickets + Meet & Greet.
    • Secret Goodie Bag.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS Tote.
    • Your Name in the Film Credits.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    Pledge £1,500 or more About $1,820

    Associate Producer! 🏆

    You will be credited as an Associate Producer for Birthday Boy.

    Includes:
    • Associate Producer Credit.
    • 2 VIP Screening Tickets + Meet & Greet.
    • Secret Goodie Bag.
    • Name one of the Film's Digital Avatars.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS Tote.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS T-Shirt.
    • Digital Download of our film.
    • BIRTHDAY BOY x XAVIER SEGERS pin.
    • Social Media Shout Out!
    • A Digital Poster.
    • Personalised Thank You Email.
    • Updates on the development of our project.
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    We Throw You A Birthday Party! 🎉

    We Throw You a Birthday Party, Alex style!

    Includes:
    • We throw you a Birthday Party, Alex Style!
    • All of the above!
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Funding period

- (30 days)