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.

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

1. Preview screeners can be online or in the DVD formats specified.
2. If your work is accepted, we require your exhibition copy to be postmarked on or before April 13, 2020. We will return your exhibition copy (if not being forwarded to another destination) by May 31, 2020.
3. Shipment of materials to the festival must be paid by the applicant. Return shipment of exhibition materials will be paid by the festival. Any additional fees associated with shipping (higher cost than standard shipping rates) must be paid by the recipient/distributor/filmmaker.
4. Three Dollar Bill Cinema accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries or exhibition copies during shipment to or from the festival.
5. Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • The communication, quality and value for money is all 5 star, I wish we could attend but we could not, however when it come to venue 3 dollar bill cinema is up there and when it comes to Transgender film festival this festival is way up there, we are delighted and feel privileged that our film Ek Aash got represented by the
    Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival. Sam and Mocha were so good to me - I wish I could have gone and hugged them and said thank you so much! In future for sure.

    May 2019