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

SFTFF 2021 will be an ONLINE Festival!

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) seeks entries for our 2021 Festival (November 11-14, 2021). 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: July 25, 2021 ($15)
Late Deadline: August 15, 2021 ($20)

-We will notify you if your work is accepted by September 18, 2021.
-Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn for any reason.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 2021 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival will take place November 11-14 ONLINE via Roxie Theater in San Francisco, CA, USA .
-For venue, program and schedule information, visit SFTFF’s website ( starting October 1, 2021. 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
  • Sepand Mashiahof

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

    November 2020
  • Sarah Hill

    Amazing festival! I could not be there in person but they still made me feel as if I were apart of the event via social media.

    November 2019
  • Neelu Bhuman

    Absolutely adore this one of a global gem of a festival dedicated for all trans* makers. Big love and gratitude for all you do!

    November 2019
  • Jose Alfredo & Coker Jones Garcia

    Great communication, attention to detail, consistent media posts prior to festival date , great venue and space for projects that would otherwise be deemed too provocative and on the fringes.

    November 2019
  • molly pease

    Amazing collection of films from our community!! I did not get to attend but it looks like the programmers work really hard to make sure to connect the filmmakers and build a beautiful, affirmative experience.

    November 2019