TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival showcases films by, for and about our Trans+ community (Trans, Non-Binary, Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex and Two-Spirit). Launched in 2006, TRANSlations is one of only nine Trans+ focused film festivals in the world, providing an innovative space for creation and connection for under-represented and marginalized identities. A vital community space, this hybrid festival unites audiences and filmmakers from around the globe. Through virtual and in-person screenings, parties, panels, workshops, and community meet-ups, TRANSlations invests in relationships that build bridges and advocate for a more equitable future.


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.

Jury and Audience awards are given for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short/Midlength, Best Documentary Short/Midlength, Best Transgenre Short/Midlength and Best Narrative Erotic

* 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.

* Preview screeners will be accepted online via FilmFreeway or emailed to

* If your work is accepted, we require your digital exhibition copy to be sent via email or file transfer on or before May 6, 2024.

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

* 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.

Overall Rating
  • Jack Warren

    Though I was unable to attend the festival in person, the team did an incredible job making me feel connected to other filmmakers and their wide array of excellent programming. I was able to watch so many wonderful films through their online programming as well as participate in helpful online meet and greets. Would definitely recommend, and hope to go in person next time!

    September 2023
  • Jessica Magro

    My experience with this year's TRANSlations film festival couldn't have been more joyous - I am a filmmaker based in Australia and from beginning to end, from the technical processes to the screening and beyond, I felt the love, support and community feel every step of the way. Highly recommend submitting your important work to this festival knowing it will be loved and supported the whole way through.

    May 2023
  • Alex G

    The TRANSlations team did a wonderful job creating a festival that encouraged both in-person and virtual engagement from filmmakers. Anto, Maddy, and team consistently kept me up-to-date on next steps, action items, opportunities to participate in filmmaker networking, and more. They really set the bar high on festival organizer communication! Congrats to the TRANSlations team for an amazing 18th annual festival!

    May 2023
  • Ryan Baker

    An incredibly accessible film festival that prioritizes community needs over profit.

    June 2022
  • Translations is one of the best festivals i've had the honor of participating in years. The quality of the films they selected was outstanding. I appreciated how intersectional the festival was, including land acknowledgements. Communication was excellent (professional yet warm). It seemed they made a special effort to have plenty of social and networking opportunities even online (I am on the other side of the continent and "attended" virtually. The leadership really cares about trans film and filmmakers. I give this festival my highest rating. Thank you and I hope to see you next year!

    May 2022