Hansen Bursic

Hansen Bursic is an Appalachian-born, award-winning filmmaker and journalist born and raised near Pittsburgh, PA. Building on the legacy of queer and trans creators before him, he has dedicated his work to not only elevating LGBTQ+ narratives through documentary but bringing radical equity to the film industry.


Bursic has accepted multiple awards during his career as a filmmaker. 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. For his journalism work, Bursic is a proud recipient of a Golden Quil Award from the Western Pennsylvania Press Club for his journalism around Pride.


Bursic is the Marketing Manager at Outfest, an LGBTQ+ media and advocacy organization that runs the largest LGBTQ+ film festival in the world. He previously worked at the International Documentary Association (IDA) and on Pennsylvania Values, a campaign to add sexuality, gender identity, and expression protections to the state constitution. He also serves on the editorial board of CinéSPEAK’s online film journal, on the board of NLGJA’s LA chapter, and as the Programming Director of Pittsburgh’s Video Consortium chapter.

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Looking Back and Moving Forward: QDoc, America’s Only LGBTQ+ Documentary Festival

Filmmakers have a special place in their hearts for film festivals hosted in small theaters, in idyllic local neighborhoods, with thoughtful Q&As, and crowds as interesting as the films themselves.[…]

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June 28, 2022 0

Documentary Workers Unite Against the Odds 

On March 14, workers at the International Documentary Association (IDA) announced their intent to unionize with the Communications Workers of America Local 9003. Documentary Workers United (DWU) is the first[…]

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May 13, 2022 0

Documentaries To Watch on Guns and America

It has been a devastating month for us reeling from gun violence in the US. As with many issues, we look to documentaries to give us a deeper understanding of[…]

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May 31, 2022 0

1 Step Forward, 2 Steps Back: Reflecting on LGBTQ Rights Since Last Pride

The LGBTQ community has been through a lot since Pride 2021. From “Don’t Say Gay” bills to horrendous legislation targeting trans kids, it’s easy to feel like this last year[…]

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May 25, 2022 0

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