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.
**Due to Covid-19 we are looking at having a virtual/ hybrid festival in 2020

Three Dollar Bill Cinema enriches, strengthens, and connects diverse communities by supporting queer film and by producing SQFF and other events.

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 September 13, 2020. Receipt of your exhibition tape or print is required by September 15, 2020. We will return your exhibition tape or print (if not being forwarded to another destination) by November 8, 2020.
3- Inbound shipments must be paid by the submitter, distributor, or filmmaker. Return shipment of exhibition materials will be paid by the festival. Any additional fees associated with shipping must be paid by the recipient. Three Dollar Bill Cinema accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the festival.
4- Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.
5- 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.
6- Due to the large number of entries, we cannot return physical preview screeners. Accepted titles will be kept in our archive.
7. We are unable to pay screening fees at this time. We will work to give your film as much exposure as possible.
8. Due to Covid-19 it is a possibility that we will be moving to a virtual festival in 2020. We will know closer to the date of the festival.

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
  • Laura Madalinski

    Highly recommend! Very communicative, friendly, and helpful. I was treated very well by the festival staff. There were many opportunities to connect with audiences, as well as other filmmakers.

    February 2020
  • The Seattle Queer film festival ran incredibly smooth. The entire staff showed so much warmth, hospitality and inclusion. The films were exceptionally great, and the filmmaker events allowed me to connect with filmmakers from around the world. It was an honor to be a part. I highly recommend this festival for any LGBTQ+ filmmaker.

    November 2019
  • January Jones

    Thrilled to be selected for this incredible festival.

    November 2019
  • Ori Ravid

    Couldn't have asked for a better experience. Made some great connections, from both an industry and friendship standpoint. Great screening venues. Really felt taken care of. Such a fun city too. Highly recommend.

    November 2019
  • Sadly couldn't be there but thank you all so much. Communication was great, the team made everything very easy. Great festival to be a part of.

    November 2019