Seattle Queer Film Festival has been an important part of the Seattle queer film community since 1996, and has remained the largest of its kind in the PNW. Since then the festival has expanded to intentionally showcase stories reflecting the vast spectrums and intersections of our queer communities. SQFF has evolved to be a hybrid festival, including in-person screenings, dazzling parties, engaging community meetups, virtual and IRL conversations, panels with filmmakers, and inspiring educational workshops.

Produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, Seattle's LGBTQ+ Film Hub!

The competition jury will select films from four categories to receive awards: Best Narrative Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature Film, Best Short Film, and Most Innovative Short Film.

Audience awards voted on by festival attendees will be given for Favorite Narrative Feature, Favorite Documentary Feature, and Favorite Short Film.

1 - Submit online via FilmFreeway.
2 - We are unable to pay screening fees at this time for any submitted films. We will work to give your film as much exposure as possible through press and social media.
3 - If your work is accepted, you will be notified by September 8, 2023.
4 - If a rough cut is submitted for review and your film is accepted to the festival, you must inform us of any major changes made to the film before an exhibition copy is received.
5 - We will require you to provide captions/subtitles for exhibition online and in person, in the event that your film is selected. We prefer burned in captions to your film file and DCP.
6 - As a hybrid festival, we will screen your film in person in Seattle and online it will be geo-blocked to the PNW (WA, OR, ID, and AK).

I give Three Dollar Bill Cinema permission to use up to 3 minutes of footage or photographic stills from the work for broadcast, web publication or other promotional purposes. Three Dollar Bill Cinema must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions. I am legally authorized to enter this film in Seattle Queer Film Festival and agree that, if accepted, an acceptable exhibition format will be made available for screening during the Festival. If a rough cut was submitted for review, I will inform Three Dollar Bill Cinema of any major changes made to the film before their receipt of an exhibition copy of the film. I hold the Festival harmless from damage to or loss of the print or drive during shipping to and from the Festival. I certify that I have read, understood and complied with all the festival regulations and terms of submission.

Overall Rating
  • Ali Grant

    We were so honoured to screen our film Not Quite That at the Seattle Queer Film Festival and to be runner up in the audience choice award for best documentary! It’s such a great festival for filmmakers - communication ahead of time was excellent including a fabulous virtual meet and greet for filmmakers from around the world who could and couldn’t be there in person. A group of us made the trip down from Vancouver and everyone from the festival team made us feel so welcome. We loved all the sapphic weekend events and films and had a wonderful screening with a great Q and A. Can’t wait to be back there. Highly recommended!

    November 2023
  • Golden Delicious Film

    It was a complete honour to screen our feature film at the Seattle Queer Film Festival as the closing night film. This is an amazing festival with professional and caring staff who went out of their way to make our experience special. They were incredible hosts and they definitely made the trip down from Vancouver Canada with 4 of our team worth it. We so enjoyed seeing some queer cinema and meeting other queer filmmakers. We will definitely submit again with future work.

    November 2022

    Great programming with a variety of events dedicated to elevating filmmakers' career advancement.

    November 2022
  • Jess James

    This was a fantastic festival! The programmers were delightful and the films were really a joy to play along side. Can't wait to come back!

    October 2022
  • Maria Breaux

    Such a great, filmmaker-friendly festival. We had a blast. Can't wait for next year!

    October 2022