Film Festival Circuit of My Name Was January

My Name Was January is a true story


When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home, a community reacts and her friends and other trans women of colour come to share and voice their issues, concerns, and challenges. January was seen as a bright light in the lives of many. This is the story of January, a friend, a daughter, a person. This film will not only bring justice to January, but to all the women who have lost their lives. January had a beautiful soul, and now part of her soul rests in each and every one of us.


My Name Was January has won 14 international awards and garnered 63 official selections at film festivals around the world.  My Name Was January entered the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Short Documentary in 2020.

The film was screened in 11 countries including Canada, USA, England, Norway, Spain, Cyprus, Taiwan, Lebanon, India, Philippines, and Russia.

Below are some of our more notable recognitions at film festivals:


  • Best Short Documentary, Emerging Lens Cultural Film Festival, Halifax, Nova Scotia (A Canadian Screen Awards Qualifying Festival)
  • Best LGBTQ Film, Los Angeles Film Awards, Los Angeles, California


  • Finalist (Gold) in the Canadian Shorts Category, Canada Shorts – Canadian and International Short Film Fest, Saint John, New Brunswick
  • Finalist, San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival, San Francisco, California


  • Best Short Film (Narrative), Toronto Beaches Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
  • Best Long Shorts, Edmonton Short Film Festival, Edmonton, Alberta
  • Best LGBTQ Film, Reel Heart International Film and Screenplay Festival, Toronto, Ontario


  • National Screen Institute (NSI) Online Short Film Festival, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Lebanese Independent Film Festival, Achrafieh, Lebanon
  • Reel Pride LGBT Film Festival, Fresno, California
  • New West Film Festival, New Westminster, British Columbia
  • Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, Kaohsiung City, Taiwan
  • Queer Asia Film Festival, London, England (Screened at the British Museum)
  • Vancouver International South Asian Film Festival, Surrey, British Columbia (A Canadian Screen Awards Qualifying Festival)
  • International Motion Festival, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Davis Feminist Film Festival, Davis California
  • Toronto Feedback Female Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario
  • Global Nonviolent Film Festival, Hollywood, California
  • International Women’s Film Festival, Orlando, Florida


The film has been picked up for distribution by a local social justice non-profit distributor, Moving Images Distribution of Vancouver.

Moving Images will distribute the film to the educational market and the general public in Canada.

Discussion Guide for teachers has been developed to go with the film.  The film was also picked up by OUTtv and Revry.

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