The Seattle Queer Film Festival, a program of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, has been held annually in October since 1996. The festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene—and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.

**We are currently planning on having a hybrid (both virtual and in person elements) festival in 2021

Three Dollar Bill Cinema fosters deeper community engagement by showcasing queer film programming, educational experiences, and social dialogue.

Elevating the spectrum of queer stories to help create a just and equitable world.

The competition jury will select films from four categories to receive awards: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary 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, Favorite Gay Short Film, Favorite Lesbian Short Film, Favorite Transgender Film, and Favorite Local Film.

1 - Submit online via FilmFreeway.
2 - If your work is accepted, you will be notified by August 15, 2021.
3 - Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.
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 are unable to pay screening fees at this time. We will work to give your film as much exposure as possible.
6 - We will require you to submit your film with captions, or work with our festival team to create captions for your film for exhibition.

I permit Three Dollar Bill Cinema to retain a DVD or digital copy of this work for a non-circulating Festival archive. 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 give Three Dollar Bill Cinema permission to make DVD copies of the work for press purposes. Three Dollar Bill Cinema must be notified in writing of any press restrictions. If accepted to the Festival, I agree to not have a full copy of the film available online prior to the Three Dollar Bill Cinema screening. 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 tape 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
  • Jessica Smith

    A great festival! Adapted well to the challenges of hosting an online festival due to covid with inclusions of virtual events, etc. The Q&A was a lot of fun. Maddy and the team were a pleasure to deal with, hope to screen with them again!

    February 2021
  • Jad Wadi

    Lucky to have been a part of this year's festival. The online screenings and platforms were very well organized and allowed me to connect and meet other queer folx sharing their experiences as filmmakers/visual artists in the industry! Keeping an eye out for more editions, many of the selected films left me in awe, and I was a proud winner of the Jury Shorts Award!

    December 2020
  • Jeffrey Bird

    "I thought the festival was excellent. They kept it fun, engaging and exciting during a digital festival. I felt accepted and welcomed with open arms. Everyone from the jury to the filmmakers and curators were nothing but lovely and I felt I made some great friends along the way. Highly recommend this festival." - 5 stars.



    November 2020
  • Laura Madalinski

    Highly recommend! Very communicative, friendly, and helpful. I was treated very well by the festival staff. There were many opportunities to connect with audiences, as well as other filmmakers.

    February 2020
  • The Seattle Queer film festival ran incredibly smooth. The entire staff showed so much warmth, hospitality and inclusion. The films were exceptionally great, and the filmmaker events allowed me to connect with filmmakers from around the world. It was an honor to be a part. I highly recommend this festival for any LGBTQ+ filmmaker.

    November 2019