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.

Lead image: Still from "Unapologetic" Directed by Xavier Singer-Kingsmith

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for our 2023 Festival (November 8-19, 2023). This year we are PRIORITIZING Films 20 Minutes or less. 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.

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: June 4, 2023 ($15)
Late Deadline: June 25, 2023 ($20)

-We will notify you if your work is accepted by July 12, 2023.
-Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn for any reason.
-All films will be closed-captioned for Deaf and Hard-of-hearing audiences
-Short films are prioritized (under 20 minutes)
-We do not provide screening fees.
-For questions or more information, contact:

-All films must be submitted through FilmFreeway

-The 2023 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival will take place November 8-19 at Roxie Theater in San Francisco, CA, USA as well as online via Eventive.
-For venue, program and schedule information, visit SFTFF’s website ( starting October 1, 2023. In the meantime, join our email list to receive updates: sign up at

PLEASE NOTE: If your film is accepted, SFTFF does not pay screening 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
  • Jiabao Peng

    Wonderful experience. Thank you so much for selecting my film. Great in-person + online hybrid screening.

    November 2022
  • Martin Rawlings-Fein

    This festival is constantly enriching, they practice clear communication, and the lineups were brilliant and well laid out. The festival did a great job of making me feel welcome as a returning filmmaker, and the platform was well chosen and showcased our films well. Overall I had a great time and hope to be back next year with another movie.

    November 2021
  • Raymond Rea

    So much love for this festival. As always communication was smooth and the rest of the lineup brilliant. Making the whole festival sliding scale to viewers was/is also a way that the festival acknowledges bias in the community. Hats off to you!

    November 2021
  • It was an honor to be part of this festival with such a fast and competent team . Important festival for our community and not to be missed. Unfortunately the festival was on line this year so no clue about the audience

    November 2021
  • Sepand Mashiahof

    Amazing curation, fantastic hosts, really lucky to have been a part of this festival <3

    November 2020