When a trans sister, January Marie Lapuz, is brutally murdered in her own home in New Westminster, BC, her 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 won 15 international awards and garnered 64 official selections at film festivals around the world.  My Name Was January entered the Canadian Screen Awards for Best Short Documentary. Some of our more notable recognitions at film festivals are:


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

San Francisco Sex Worker Film and Arts Festival, San Francisco, California


Toronto Beaches Film Festival, Toronto, Ontario

Edmonton Short Film Festival, Edmonton, Alberta

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