Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival is a groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender people and the issues facing the transgender community. Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few transgender film festivals in the world, and places emphasis on visibility and positive representations.

Translations is produced by Three Dollar Bill Cinema, an organization that strengthens, connects, and reflects diverse communities through queer film and media. We recognize that the term transgender is an umbrella term that fits many different types of people, as well as not fitting some people at all. We strive to provide a place for the exploration of transgender identities and issues through cinema, as the community continues to evolve with time.

Translations includes programs such as presentations, clip shows, discussions, premieres, and archival films.

Jury and Audience awards are given for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short and Best Documentary Short.

1. Preview screeners will be accepted online via FilmFreeway or emailed to

2. If your work is accepted, we require your digital exhibition copy to be sent via email or file transfer on or before March 31, 2021.

3. Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.

4. All films must have trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming content

5. If your film is accepted, Translations does not pay rental fees. 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.

6. If your film is selected we will require captions for our virtual exhibition. These can be either open or closed captions, or subtitles. You will need to provide either a caption file (.srt or .vtt), or a version of your film with captions burned in. If you do not have captions for your film please contact for captioning information. This is a part of our larger effort to make our programming more accessible, and will allow a larger audience to enjoy your film.

Overall Rating
  • Abram Cerda

    A truly incredible festival! Our experience here was more intimate and special than any of the big LGBTQ+ festivals. Kudos to Kathleen & the team. Thank you for an amazing and unforgettable screening. <3

    July 2020
  • Jill Shinefield

    The current pandemic has certainly upended the world as we know it, and film festivals have been cancelling left and right. So KUDOS to Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival for staying the course and making the bold switch, in record time, to an online festival. We were thrilled when our film OUT LOUD was selected by Translations, but we had no idea what the online experience would be like. True, there were no red carpets or after-parties, but there was a slate of wonderful films and the opportunity to view them all remotely. Our cast and crew and family and friends were able to tune in from across the country (and even Canada) to watch what turned out to be the world premiere of our film. That gave us all a tremendous sense of connection in this time of social distancing. Translations also organized a Q&A on Zoom after our screening, and we really enjoyed interacting with the online audience. Thanks again to the wonderful staff at Translations for pulling off a wonderful event.

    May 2020
  • Timothy Wolfer

    While we didn’t have the joy of gathering in person for this years festival, the organizers did an amazing job hosting online, creating great panels, and curating an amazing selection of films. It was truly an honor to have The Right Girls screened.

    May 2020
  • Sarah Hill

    This was an amazing festival to be a part of! I was thrilled to be able to see the films this year! Thank you for including my work.

    May 2020
  • A wonderful, heartfelt festival for a tight-knit community who made all traveling filmmakers feel right at home! Thank you, Translations, for allowing me and GLORIA to be a part of your important event! Please keep fighting the good fight for trans visibility and celebration of trans lives!

    May 2019