The Seattle Queer Film Festival, a program of Three Dollar Bill Cinema, has been held annually in October since 1996. The festival has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene—and the social event of the season—the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain over 10,000 attendees.

**We are currently planning on having a hybrid (both virtual and in person elements) festival in 2021

Three Dollar Bill Cinema fosters deeper community engagement by showcasing queer film programming, educational experiences, and social dialogue.

Elevating the spectrum of queer stories to help create a just and equitable world.

The competition jury will select films from four categories to receive awards: Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, and Most Innovative Short Film.

Audience awards voted on by festival attendees will be given for Favorite Narrative Feature, Favorite Documentary Feature, Favorite Gay Short Film, Favorite Lesbian Short Film, Favorite Transgender Film, and Favorite Local Film.

1 - Submit online via FilmFreeway.
2 - If your work is accepted, you will be notified by August 15, 2021.
3 - Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.
4 - If a rough cut is submitted for review and your film is accepted to the festival, you must inform us of any major changes made to the film before an exhibition copy is received.
5 - We are unable to pay screening fees at this time. We will work to give your film as much exposure as possible.
6 - We will require you to submit your film with captions, or work with our festival team to create captions for your film for exhibition.

I permit Three Dollar Bill Cinema to retain a DVD or digital copy of this work for a non-circulating Festival archive. I give Three Dollar Bill Cinema permission to use up to 3 minutes of footage or photographic stills from the work for broadcast, web publication or other promotional purposes. Three Dollar Bill Cinema must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions. I give Three Dollar Bill Cinema permission to make DVD copies of the work for press purposes. Three Dollar Bill Cinema must be notified in writing of any press restrictions. If accepted to the Festival, I agree to not have a full copy of the film available online prior to the Three Dollar Bill Cinema screening. I am legally authorized to enter this film in Seattle Queer Film Festival and agree that, if accepted, an acceptable exhibition format will be made available for screening during the Festival. If a rough cut was submitted for review, I will inform Three Dollar Bill Cinema of any major changes made to the film before their receipt of an exhibition copy of the film. I hold the Festival harmless from damage to or loss of the print or tape during shipping to and from the Festival. I certify that I have read, understood and complied with all the festival regulations and terms of submission.

Overall Rating
  • Diane Malherbe

    Such a great festival's organization, everyone was warm and welcoming. Really good communication too! Thanks so much! I will applying again...

    November 2021
  • Eye Rise Films

    Although we couldn't attend in person, it was a pleasure to participate in a pre-recorded Q&A via zoom to talk about "Flamenco Queer" with programmers and fellow filmmakers. Many thanks for selecting us and hopefully see you guys next time!

    November 2021
  • Had a great run with them. I really enjoyed the meet & greet that got me in touch with other queer filmmakers. Thanks so much for selecting my film Unboxing to be a part of your festival!

    October 2021
  • Dave Quantic

    SQFF is committed to providing multiple opportunities to safely gather in person for screenings and parties and they also offer a whole online experience to maximize audience reach. Everyone on staff was super nice. This year they did a good job of spreading the in person screenings to more different venues around town. I’m looking forward to future fests that offer even more in person screenings.

    October 2021
  • John Irvine

    Thank you for selecting my film Common Monsters! This festival was excellent. They were warm, gracious, and genuinely interested in the perspectives of filmmakers. They supplied multiple opportunities to network and enjoy local queer-celebrating Seattle hot spots. Their hybrid festival worked without a hitch. I will be going again, even if I don’t have a film in the program.

    October 2021