The winner of this year's Tropfest has sparked an online controversy amid claims the film is offensive to transgender and gay people.
WA-born and raised film maker Matt Hardie won the top award at the short film festival on Sunday night for his film Bamboozled, about a man who is tricked into sleeping with a guy claiming to be his post-sex change ex-girlfriend.
Tropfest was one of the top trends on Twitter on Monday with many complaining about the winner.
After a tweet of congratulations to the winner from a Twitter Australia handle, another tweeter replied "You mean the film which traded on cheap transphobia, homophobia and the casual endorsing of duplicitous sexual intent?"
Crikey.com.au TV critic Laurence Barber tweeted "Sorry heteros, Tropfest win is indefensible. Queer ppl spend 2 much of our lives fearing that humiliation for it to exist as a joke for you."
In a post on the gay and and lesbian site, samesame.com, Matt Akersten wrote "What could've been an unrealistic but sweet love story is wreaked by a nasty twist at the very end of the tale."
Teddy Cook from Dude magazine said the film perpetuated ignorance and misunderstanding.
"You can call me butthurt or a killjoy, but when I see films like this one and know that thousands of people have laughed so hard that it has won a competition, it really hurts," he told samesame.
"It's not bamboozling to sleep with a trans man. Actually, its pretty rad and count yourself lucky if the man you're cruising happens to be trans."
Hardie, who moved to Sydney six years ago to study acting at the National Institute of Dramatic Art, has defended the film.
"The punchline really is a comment on media and how the world may have homophobia, but the lead character ... was completely willing to go with either gender, he was in love with the person," he told The Guardian Australia.