Hansen Bursic

Hansen Bursic is an award-winning filmmaker and LGBTQ+ rights activist currently based out of Los Angeles, CA. For the past four years, Bursic has been working as an independent filmmaker and media consultant in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Much of his film work has been dedicated to telling transparent, meaningful stories that center marginalized voices. Bursic’s work has explored a variety of social issues including transgender rights, rural representation, and LGBTQ+ nondiscrimination all through personal, character-focused short films.


Bursic has accepted multiple awards during his career as a filmmaker and activist. Most recently, Bursic was given an Outstanding Writing/Directing Award from the prestigious Freese Foundation for his film “Halloween 1987.” His 2017 film “The Toothmans” also went home with several awards including the Relationship First Award from the Foundation for The Contemporary Family & The My Hero Project and a Best Documentary Award from the Lancaster International Short Film Festival.


Currently, Bursic serves on the editorial board and as a contributor to CinéSPEAK’s online film journal. There he writes on topics surrounding equity and representation in the film industry. Bursic has a BFA in Film Directing from Temple University. He has most recently worked as the Lead Media Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Values Campaign, a campaign advocating for sexuality, gender identity, and expression to be added to Pennsylvania’s state nondiscrimination protections.


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August, 2020 – The temple news

Temple senior’s thesis film shares transgender experience

Hansen Bursic is taking viewers back to the 1980s to tell an important story about the transgender experience. “Halloween 1987” tells the story of Cory, a gender-questioning teenager whose girlfriend, Meg, wants them to wear a couple’s costume to a Halloween party. Because Cory presents…

April 21, 2020 – The derek Freese film Foundation

Halloween 1987 wins two big awards from the Freese Film Foundation

This year, the Halloween 1987 team took home two prestigious awards for Best Writing/Directing and Best Editing. Hansen Bursic, the films director, and Eric McKelvey, the films editor, accepted these awards digitally on May 8th at a ceremony for award winners.

June 14 2018 – Philadelphia Gay News

Student Director Screens Trans Youth Documentary Set in Rural PA

At 20 years old, queer filmmaker and activist Hansen Bursic will be one of the youngest directors in attendance this weekend when his award-winning documentary “The Toothmans” screens at the nation’s oldest…


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