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Seattle Queer Film Festival

Seattle Queer Film Festival

Thursday, 15 October 2020 until Sunday, 25 October 2020

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.

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.


 

2020 films...

AHEAD OF THE CURVE

ALICE JUNIOR

BREAKING FAST

CICADA

COCOON

CURED

DEATH DROP GORGEOUS

DISRUPTOR CONDUCTOR

ELLIE & ABBIE (& ELLIE'S DEAD AUNT)

EQUAL

FORGOTTEN ROADS

GOSSAMER FOLDS

KEYBOARD FANTASIES: THE BEVERLY GLENN-COPELAND STORY

LOLA

LUZ

MILKWATER

MONSOON

OUR DANCE OF REVOLUTION

 

SUBLET

SURVIVING THE SILENCE

THE CAPOTE TAPES

THE DILEMMA OF DESIRE

THE GODDESS OF FORTUNE

THE MILLENNIAL EXPERIENCE

THE STRONG ONES (LOS FUERTES)

THE TWO OF US

THE WHISTLE

UFERFRAUN – LESBIAN LIFE AND LOVE IN THE GDR

VITO


BOYS SHORTS

POLTER

Álvaro Vicario; 2019; Spain; 10 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

Hilarity ensues as José tries to regain control of his home during a paranormal event.

BLUE SUIT

Kevin J. Nguyen; 2020; USA; 16 min.

When a surprise party interrupts his plans, John tries to find a private moment to confess his feelings for his friend Henry before he moves away.

YOUR LUCKY DAY (Tu día de suerte)

Fele Martínez; 2019; Spain; 10 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

In an elevator, Ernesto finds an unexpected passenger who makes their short journey uncomfortable—and steamy.

STALLS

João Dall’Stella; 2019; USA; 3 min.

During an opera, Jonathan hits up the glory hole in the swanky restroom. As one guy after another uses the next stall over, he anxiously performs a nonverbal tease, hoping to please.

EVERY THORN HAS ITS DAY (Todo rosa tem espinhas)

Tadeu Bijos; 2019; Brazil; 9 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

Fábio wakes up with a zit on his forehead. He goes online to see what he should do about it and pimps out his pimple.

PROFILE

Justin Dean & Joel Breuklander; 2020; USA; 14 min.

Taking place entirely on a phone, this short careens through the humor and humiliation of digital gay hookup culture.

TRUE TO YOU

Jacob Charton; 2018; USA; 2 min.

This brief lyrical work of visual poetry captures a newly out Mexican man as he muses on his internal war with religion and identity.

MONSIEUR

Thomas Ducastel; 2019; France; 23 min.; in French with English subtitles

Georgie, a diva with a body-positive agenda, strives to get a shot at the “Mister Northern France” pageant crown. Stan, his quiet buddy, aspires to be a filmmaker. Their journey unlocks hidden tensions—as well as a musical number or two!

THE D*CK APPOINTMENT

Mike Roma; 2020; USA; 10 min.

When lovelorn Wally wants to get over his ex, he turns to apps.

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Varad Bhamburdekar; 2020; USA; 2 min.

Two male peacocks have trouble finding mates—until they find each other.


CHANCE ENCOUNTERS: SHORTS

BUCK

Elegance Bratton & Jovan James; 2020; USA; 14 min.

Lynn turns to debauchery to find happiness, only to find that it is more complicated than he thought.

MARCO

Saleem Haddad; 2019; United Kingdom; 22 min.; in Arabic with English subtitles

When a banker invites a sex worker to his London apartment, he finds himself coming face to face with his own past.

THE FALL

Shannon Anderson; 2019; Australia; 12 min.

An elderly man reminisces about his secret love affair with his boxing coach when he was young.

DIRTY

Matthew Puccini; 2019; USA; 11 min.

High school boyfriends Marco and Graham cut class to lose their virginities. Things do not go as planned.

FIRST LOVE

Florent Gouelou; 2020; France; 11 min.; in French with English subtitles

Parisian drag queen Cookie Kunty is the star of the night, but from the back of the theater, her boyfriend Baptiste may be looking at her for the last time.

OF HEARTS AND CASTLES

Ruben Navarro; 2020; USA; 15 min.

Marcus is trying to get past a bad breakup. Could a one-night stand do the trick?

THE DISTANCE BETWEEN US AND THE SKY (La distance entre nous et le ciel)

Vasilis Kekatos; 2019; France & Greece; 9 min.; in Greek with English subtitles

Sparks fly when two men meet at a remote gas station in Greece.


GIRLS SHORTS

FEELING FLUSH

Erin Brown Thomas; 2019; USA; 9 min.

Can these adoring partners move past the issue of the porcelain throne when they already share everything else?

MAIN SQUEEZE

Brendan Prost; 2019; Canada; 17 min.

In this comedy about navigating multiple partners, an apparently straight couple work through the logistics of the third partner breaking all the rules.

6:23 AM

Geoffrey Breton; 2019; United Kingdom; 4 min.

It’s the perfect first date, except they forgot one key element. Will their initial attraction be enough to move past this common social blunder?

PINEAPPLE

Max Lincoln; 2019; United Kingdom; 13 min.

An established painter works through jealousy and confusion as her idle partner is selected for a prestigious art show by her own mentor.

THE BRA MITZVAH

Stacy Jill Calvert; 2020; USA; 10 min.

Becca navigates the awkwardness of bra shopping for their coming-of-age celebration while their bubbes weigh in with their opinions. 

GOT GAME?

Fatimah Asghar; 2019; USA; 15 min.

Khudejha and her preoccupied wing woman explore potential hookups at a video game–inspired kink party.

SECOND PARENT

Penny Pin-Jung Chen; 2020; USA; 16 min.

Julia struggles to bond with her biological child Becca, who has a clear preference for the mom who stayed home during the early years.

THE TEST

Jessica Smith; 2020; Australia; 8 min.

Two women, anxious to learn the results of a test that will determine how they move forward in their relationship, get a definitive result—and another unexpected surprise.

AYANEH

Nicholas Greinacher; 2019; Switzerland; 14 min.; in English, German, and Arabic with English subtitles

When a young woman moves to Switzerland with her conservative Muslim family, she finds herself interested in more than just swimming laps and must decide what is worth sacrificing for her newfound freedom.


PLUGGED IN: SCI FI SHORTS

TRASHY BOOTY

Iris Devins; 2020; USA; 9 min.

Two dumpster-diving trans women pick up a hitchhiking robot in an experiment on human kindness.

BLISS IS ORANGE

Jenna Kanell; 2019; USA; 6 min.

When the chip implanted in her wrist lights up green, Claire discovers that someone nearby is the love of her life.

JEFF DRIVES YOU

Aidan Brezonick; 2019; USA; 17 min.

David discovers that Jeff—a self-driving car with a sexy voice—is really easy to bond with.

SHELF LIFE

Liz Walber; 2020; USA; 25 min.

In a not-so-distant future, Golda is the last dyke delivery driver handing off packages to isolated survivors living in denial of the impending, climate-accelerated apocalypse.

DISSONANCE

Kim Garcia; 2020; USA; 13 min.

A group of queer city punks find the key to their dreams and desires in an abandoned warehouse.

THE LAST QUEEN ON EARTH

Michael Shumway; 2020; USA; 16 min.

It’s the end of the world, and a farmer has one last chance to be his true self.

IN ORBIT

Katie McNeice; 2019; Ireland; 17 min.

At the end of her life, Maura teaches a young archivist about the meaning of life.


QUEERING THE NARRATIVE SHORTS

HAKUUMACAATO

Kulan Farah; 2019; Australia; 17 min.; in English and Somali with English subtitles

Somali refugee Liban struggles to love and understand his son Imran, who has adopted more Western values.

SYLVIE

Clem Hue; 2019; France; 21 min.; in French with English subtitles

A group of queer squatters in a house where a woman was abused and murdered by her husband realize that trauma echoes across sexuality, gender, and race.

A WHITE HORSE

Shaun O’Connor; 2019; Ireland; 11 min.

A woman running toward home and betrayal fears a white horse is coming to get her.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE & GAYS

DiDi Rizzo; 2019; USA; 17 min.

Queering up Pride and Prejudice with drag queens and lesbians has never been such fun!

WE ARE DANCERS

Joe Morris; 2019; United Kingdom; 30 min.; in English and German with English subtitles

The show must go on for these queer cabaret performers as the Third Reich marches in.


SATURGAY MORNING CARTOONS

BIRDS OF A FEATHER

Varad Bhamburdekar; 2020; USA; 2 min.

Two male peacocks have trouble finding mates—until they find each other.

SIREN’S TALE (Cua de sirena)

Alba Barbé i Serra; 2020; Spain; 8 min.

A young child explores their identity and place in the world through the magic of the sea.

KEEP IN TOUCH

Memie Osuga; 2020; USA; 6 min.

Min and Lillian are best friends...but they’ve only ever met in the online world of the fantasy novel they’re writing together.

TOOMAS BENEATH THE VALLEY OF THE WILD WOLVES

Chintis Lundgren; 2019; Estonia; 18 min.

After losing his job, Toomas the hung wolf finds sex work to support his family. Meanwhile, his pregnant wife explores her own sexuality after joining a “female empowerment” group.

IN ORBIT

Soham Chakraborty, Hanxu Chen, Meton Joffily, Justin Polley & Julia Trouvé; 2019; France; 5 min.

In the far future, Sonia is about to be transferred from her space station, but her mind is elsewhere.

GOODBYE REBECCA & EILEEN

Sarah Hill; 2020; USA; 13 min.

Director and star Sarah Hill’s dreamlike vision of their top surgery is part queer horror, part queer fantasy, and all experimental.

REVIVING THE ROOST

Vivek Shraya; 2019; Canada; 6 min.

Pulsating neon-light animation provides an elegy for a gay bar lost, in this short that questions the complexity of being in community.

SHANNON AMEN

Chris Dainty; 2019; Canada; 15 min.

Shannon Amen is a loving elegy to a friend lost to suicide and the passionate and pained artwork she left behind.

LADIES, GENTLEMEN, AND EVERYONE IN BETWEEN (Sayidaati, saadati, wakull man baynahum)

Jad Wadi; 2019; Lebanon; 10 min.; in Arabic with English subtitles

This experimental animation challenges the gender binary as the director navigates their city as male, female, and neither.

KAPAEMAHU

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson; 2019; USA; 8 min.; in Olelo Niihau with English subtitles

Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach—and the legendary transgender spirits within them.


SPECTRUMS OF THE SPIRIT: INDIGENOUS SHORTS

KATINNGAK (TOGETHER

Glenn Gear; 2020; First Nation; 2 min.

Through kaleidoscopic visuals and mesmerizing sound, animal characters from the Big Land (Labrador) bring new life to traditional Inuit throat singing.

THE ROGERS

Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson; 2020; Samoa; 16 min.

A Translations 2020 favorite, this intimate documentary profiles the first visible group of transgender men in the Pacific, the Rogers of Samoa.

I AM ME

Jazmine Smith; 2018; Canada; 4 min.

The filmmaker and star takes us on her journey with makeup as a tool of self-expression, and a path to her identity as a trans woman.

WOMAN DRESS

Thirza Cuthand; 2019; Canada; 7 min.

Before contact, a Two Spirit person named Woman Dress travels the plains, gathering and sharing stories. Featuring archival images and dramatized reenactments, this experimental documentary shares an oral story from the director’s family.

KAPAEMAHU

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer & Joe Wilson; 2019; USA; 8 min. 

Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach—and the legendary transgender spirits within them.

KAMA’ĀINA (CHILD OF THE LAND)

Kimi Howl Lee; 2020 USA; 17 min.

A queer 16-year-old girl, must navigate life on the streets, until she finds refuge at Hawaiʻi’s largest organized homeless encampment.


THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT: YOUTH SHORTS

MY LGBTQ EXPERIENCE - REEL QUEER YOUTH

Alex Borden; 2020; USA; 5 min. 

Sixteen-year-old Alex investigates their own identities, which change daily.

HERITAGE - REEL QUEER YOUTH

Samantha Lai; 2020; USA; 4 min.

Samatha explores the different worlds that she has grown up between.

UNDER MY UMBRELLA: A (VERY GAY) SHORT FILM - REEL QUEER YOUTH

Celestine; 2020; USA; 5 min. 

Cel asks friends to talk about their identities and what their coming out might have been like in different circumstances.

WERE YOU GAY IN HIGH SCHOOL?

Niki Ang; 2019; USA; 13 min.

Two queer Asian-American women reminisce about the boyfriends they didn’t like kissing and the straight girls who were definitely flirting with them.

DUNGAREES

Abel Rubinstein; 2019; United Kingdom; 5 min.

Cigs, video games, and an accidental tent make for a wholesome afternoon.

BIND

Emory Chao Johnson; 2019; USA; 3 min.; in Chinese and English with English subtitles

Jules gets a surprise visit from their mother—and their chest binder.

JESSE

Vinz Feller; 2019; USA; 16 min.

Jesse is bold and authentic when she is forced to take a road trip with her distant dad.

HAUS

Joseph Amenta; 2019; USA; 15 min. 

Makai, a young homeless queer boy, and his friend Trevon wander the streets of Toronto, go to the local Kiki Ball, and try to reconnect with Makai’s brother.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE UNICORN

Mina Sewell Mancuso; 2019; Canada; 15 min.

When Uma clashes with her family, her transgender aunt helps her embrace her most magical self.

WONDER

Javier Molina; 2019; USA; 16 min.

Young Sammy dreams of trick-or-treating as Wonder Woman, so his father is called upon to step up to the plate.

ARE YOU HUNGRY? (Onko sulla nälkä?)

Teemu Niukkanen; 2019; Finland; 12 min.; in Finnish with English subtitles

An overprotective single mother struggles to support her adopted son, who she suspects is gay.

GO GO, BOY!

Oriana Oppice; 2019; USA; 6 min.

Bobby finds his fabulousness while dancing alone one night.


TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES: TRANS SHORTS

OPEN YOUR EYES: AN ANTHEM FOR PRIDE

Julia Jansch; 2019; USA; 4 min.

This spoken-word film celebrates the meaning of pride and pays homage to those that came before.

MES CHÉRIS

Ethan Folk & Ty Wardwell; 2020; Germany; 12 min.

A transboi bids farewell to his boobs. Part documentary, part pornography, this raunchy tribute subverts straight porn tropes and mainstream trans representation in a radical act of self-love.

THE BITE

Pedro Neves Marques; 2019; Portugal; 26 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

This atmospheric short combines elements of slow cinema, sci-fi, and horror to create a portrait of a polyamorous, nonbinary relationship as it struggles to survive an epidemic spreading across Brazil. It’ll leave you itching for more.

GAY AS IN HAPPY: A QUEER ANTI-TRAGEDY

Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim; 2020; Canada; 3 min.

A celebration of queer joy and resilience in the face of transphobia and abuse.

ONLY FOR THE NIGHT

LaQuan Lewis; 2020; USA; 15 min.

A day in the life of Sam, a trans man looking for love and connection.

CANDIS FOR PRESIDENT

Michelle Peerali; 2020; USA; 12 min.

In a world where anything is possible, actress Candis Cayne decides to set out on the campaign trail.

THE RITUAL OF THE SEX MAGICK WARRIORS

Maximilian Suillerot; 2019; Canada; 14 min.

The Sex Magick Warriors risk it all to carry out a ritual that exposes the hardships of this army of lovers and reveals their sensual strategy for self-preservation.

THEY THROUGH THEM

Joan Lopez; 2020; Spain; 11 min.; in Spanish with English subtitles

A love letter to nonbinary people, through the stories of their friends.

FLOURISH

Heather María Ács; 2019; USA; 14 min.

The stories of five queer and trans characters swirl together as the magic of a queer dance party pulls us in.


ULTRAVIOLET SHORTS

AJE IJO

Kiana Harris; 2020; USA; 14 min.

A kaleidoscopic dance elicits elements of the African diaspora while interrogating the Western gender binary.

OUROBOROS

Oliver David; 2019; United Kingdom; 1 min.

An exploration of the queer self.

A MONTH OF SINGLE FRAMES

Lynne Sachs; 2019; USA; 14 min.

An intimate viewing of archived footage unearthed as Barbara Hammer begins her own process of passing from this life.

THE PASSING

Nichola Wong; 2019; United Kingdom; 15 min.

A wordless glimpse into one mortician’s macabre experiences.

BEFORE THE BLUE

Romy Pocztaruk; 2019; Brazil; 14 min.; in English and Portuguese with English subtitles

This stream-of-consciousness shattering of time and space explodes reality at the end of human existence.

EADEM CUTIS: THE SAME SKIN

Nina Hopf; 2019; Germany; 6 mins.; in German with English subtitles

Join John on his journey to self-acceptance.

LA MESA

Adrian Garcia Gomez; 2018; USA; 10 min.

A seat at the (queer) table, where shapeshifting desire and gender leave you captivated, breathless, and curious.

TOUCH AND AGREE

Juel D. Lane; 2020; USA; 12 min.

The flow of a relationship through touch and body.

LOOK AT WHAT THE LIGHT DID NOW

Brian Imakura; 2019; USA; 12 min.

“I didn’t know it could be so easy to separate my dreams from reality.”


WALK MANY WORLDS: QTBIPOC SHORTS

2 DOLLARS

Robin Cloud; 2019; USA; 15 min.

As a Black, queer, masculine-of-center artist, Syd deals with daily slights from ignorant co-workers, an oblivious boss, and a killer workload, but when her lucky chance for change comes along, will she find what it takes to walk away?

DOWN DOG

Shae Xu; 2020; USA; 9 min.

Tammy is an independent, trans-identified yoga instructor. Will her new boyfriend support her independence when he suddenly shows up in her class one day?

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THE RING

Yi-Chi Chen; 2020; Taiwan; 30 min.; in Mandarin with English subtitles

Against the backdrop of Taiwan’s new marriage equality law, Xin risks both love and family as she owns up to her desire to marry the love of her life.

BREAKWATER (Quebramar)

Cris Lyra; 2019; Brazil; 25 min.; in Portuguese with English subtitles

Through song and dance, lyrics, and images, when a group of young lesbians travel to a remote beach for New Year’s, they follow a gorgeous path to healing and recovery from the trauma of protesting against Brazil’s ultraconservative government.

GANG 888

Banzi Mavuso; 2020; South Africa; 8 min.; in English, Xhosa, and Zulu with English subtitles

At the end of their tether, five Black lesbians walk a dangerous road of revenge and retribution against toxic masculinity.

TENDER

Felicia Pride; 2019; USA; 15 min.

The morning after the night before can be sexy, awkward, fun, and unpredictable. This beautifully shot romance is a meandering dance between two women in very different places in their lives.