Founded in 1997, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) builds a strong and diverse community through the power of transgender cinema. SFTFF is the world’s first and longest-running Transgender Film Festival, and co-presents year-round screenings in collaboration with other LGBT film festivals. Our programs strengthen awareness of transgender identity, history and culture, support emerging and established independent filmmakers working with transgender themes and provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for dialogue about local and global transgender issues.

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for our 2019 Festival (November 7-10, 2019). SFTFF accepts narrative, documentary, experimental, animated films and music videos. All work should be created by transgender/genderqueer people. We prioritize short films, but accept all screening lengths. Only submit ONE film.

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival was founded in 1997 as North America’s first transgender film festival. We exhibit groundbreaking, provocative, outrageous, courageous, moving and innovative works that show the complexity of lives lived on the transgender spectrum.

Regular Deadline: August 1, 2019 ($15)
Late Deadline: August 21, 2019 ($20)

-We cannot return any submitted materials.
-We will notify you if your work is accepted by September 20, 2019.
-Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn for any reason.
-Short films are prioritized
-We do not provide screening fees.
-For questions or more information, contact:

-All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway

-The 2019 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival will take place at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco, CA, USA November 7-10, 2019.
-For venue, program and schedule information, visit SFTFF’s website ( starting October 1, 2019. In the meantime, join our email list to receive updates: sign up at

PLEASE NOTE: If your film is accepted, SFTFF does not pay rental fees under any circumstances. Rather, as a largely volunteer run festival, we devote our resources to producing the best possible programming for your film and promoting your work as widely as possible.


By submitting this form, I hereby allow the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival ("SFTFF") to preview my film/video. By signing this document I pledge that I hold the rights to this film and have the right to distribute this material to the SFTFF. I understand that once submitted my entry cannot be withdrawn. I understand that the SFTFF, although they take every precaution, cannot be held responsible for loss or damage of submission materials. If accepted I expressly grant the SFTFF the royalty-free, irrevocable, non-exclusive right and license to exhibit my film or video and to use, reproduce, publish, translate, and exhibit any and all publicity materials related to the film, including but not limited to stills, press releases, bios, and trailers, in whole or in part, without limitation to territory, and/or to include said publicity materials with other works in any form, media, or technology.

I have read and agree to the submission guidelines above.

Overall Rating
  • Gopal Shivakoti

    Great Festival. Great communications. It was an honor to be part of it.
    Everyone who makes films should enter their film here at some point in their life!

    November 2018
  • sarolta jane vay

    STELLAR festival! The diverse and international programming moved way beyond typical 'coming-out' narratives and presenting layered, relevant narratives; sharp experimental works and queer environmental musicals <3 Thrilled to have premiered here to such a welcoming audience and gracious staff and volunteers.

    November 2017