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.

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 cash 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, 2019. Receipt of your exhibition tape or print is required by September 9, 2019. We will return your exhibition tape or print (if not being forwarded to another destination) by November 8, 2019.
5- 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.
6- Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.
7- 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.
7- Due to the large number of entries, we cannot return physical preview screeners. Accepted titles will be kept in our archive.

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 TWIST: 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
  • Solaris Pictures

    We are a huge fan of this amazing festival, where we have screened our films several times. And it was truly an honour to screen our latest feature film EVENING SHADOWS at this warm and wonderful festival. Three Cheers to Three Dollar Bill Cinema!
    Check out all our 17 awards & 67 film festival screenings at https://bit.ly/32myl1K

    July 2019
  • Mahaliyah Ayla O

    Incredible festival - very grateful our film screened here! Although I was not able to attend the festival in-person, they still made me feel included and respected by communicating throughout and letting me know when our film won an audience award. Thank you for everything TWIST!

    October 2018
  • Rebekah Louisa Smith

    This is hand on heart one of the most supportive, sincere and well organised festivals in the world. Thank you for taking care of our films KANARIE & GEORGE MICHAEL FREEDOM - DIRECTOR'S CUT

    October 2018
  • Arshad Khan

    The most wonderful people run this festival. The quality of the cinema was excellent and the accommodation provided was absolutely stellar. They really take care of their filmmakers. The films were top notch and the volunteers and staff were just pure gold.

    December 2017
  • Danny Tayara

    Super fun! Screened my film in the documentary shorts program, and wow there were a ton of people there for 5pm on a weekday. Filmmaker brunches and parties in general were great.

    October 2016