TRANSlations: Seattle Trans Film Festival showcases films by, for and about trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Launched in 2006, TRANSlations is one of only nine trans-focused film festivals in the world, providing an innovative space for creation and connection for under-represented and marginalized identities. A vital community space, this hybrid festival unites audiences and filmmakers from around the globe. Through virtual and in-person screenings, parties, panels, workshops, and community meet-ups, TRANSlations invests in relationships that build bridges and advocate for a more equitable future.


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.

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

* If your film is selected we will require captions for our virtual exhibition. These can be either open or closed captions, or subtitles. You will need to provide either a caption file (.srt or .vtt), or a version of your film with captions burned in. If you do not have captions for your film please contact for captioning information. This is a part of our larger effort to make our programming more accessible, and will allow a larger audience to enjoy your film.

* Preview screeners will be accepted online via FilmFreeway or emailed to

* If your work is accepted, we require your digital exhibition copy to be sent via email or file transfer on or before March 31, 2023.

* All films must have trans/non-binary/gender non-conforming content

* If your film is accepted, Translations does not pay rental fees. 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.

Overall Rating
  • Ryan Baker

    An incredibly accessible film festival that prioritizes community needs over profit.

    June 2022
  • Krissy Mahan

    Translations is one of the best festivals i've had the honor of participating in years. The quality of the films they selected was outstanding. I appreciated how intersectional the festival was, including land acknowledgements. Communication was excellent (professional yet warm). It seemed they made a special effort to have plenty of social and networking opportunities even online (I am on the other side of the continent and "attended" virtually. The leadership really cares about trans film and filmmakers. I give this festival my highest rating. Thank you and I hope to see you next year!

    May 2022
  • I loved this festival, everyone running it is so nice and it was great to meet the organisers and filmmakers over Zoom. I loved all the online events throughout the festival, including a game night which was really fun! It made me feel like a part of the community, even if I am all the way over in the UK!

    May 2022
  • Jo G├╝stin

    This is the very first review I ever leave here because 1) it is the first time I actually want to give (at least) 5 stars to a festival 2) I didn't know being anonymous was an option! TRANSLATIONS was epic: my short film Don't Text Your Ex was part of a playlist called "All the hearts" and oh my, that playlist! I just ADORE all those films! The round table with the filmmakers of the playlist was thrilling. The networking events during the festival sounded so great (game nights, speed friending!!!!), I was unfortunately in Cameroon with the worst internet access so I couldn't attend any! TnT Last but not least, the team (Maddy!) were kind, available, reactive, professional, just excellent. My heart is full, thank you Seattle! All the hearts from Cameroon <3 <3 <3

    May 2022
  • Raymond Rea

    Such a great festival, well-organized, great networking, and a lot of fun.

    May 2021