San Francisco’s 24th Annual Transgender Film Festival Is In Full Swing This Week

Jamie Ferrell Jamie Ferrell

San Francisco’s 24th Annual Transgender Film Festival Is In Full Swing This Week

It’s here! The San Francisco Trans Film Festival (SFTFF) has been breaking barriers since 1997, making it the longest-running transgender film festival in the world. The 24th annual rendition of this powerful event will take place this week from November 11-14 in online form, so viewers can enjoy beautiful films centered on the trans and gender non-conforming community.

You can buy tickets to seven different film programs, all of which will screen a different collection of films on demand. The short films range in length from 2-30 minutes long (for a total of about 1 hour per program), and will be closed captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences.

The festival will feature films from around the United States and beyond, but there are a handful of works coming from the hands of Bay Area directors, according to Hoodline:

Before Baccae Before (Program 7)

  • Directed by Maxe Crandall and Hope Mohr
  • A choreographed dance performance in which queer and trans TV news reporters do a deep dive into gender reveal parties.

Dedicated To Those Who (Program 7)

  • Directed by Jules Retzlaff
  • “A hybrid doc and visual album exploring the struggles of the past, present, and future San Francisco.”

SEEK/AFTER (Program 2)


  • Directed by Sean Dorsey
  • A dance film set in a dreamlike rocky landscape as part of Dorsey’s project The Lost Art of Dreaming.

Shaving/Shorn (Program 3)

  • Directed by Lorin Murphy
  • A black and white, horror-tinged depiction of the ritual of shaving.

Treelogy (Program 2)

  • Directed by Eden Knutilla
  • “Three mini shorts about queering space/time, and talking to trees.”

Viewers can enjoy SFTFF on a sliding scale of ticket prices starting at $0. Be sure to take a look at the 2021 festival schedule. 

Frameline, home to the SF LGBTQ Film Festival, is also screening a handful of films this week for their fall showcase. On November 11 you can see Tricia’s Wedding, 50th Anniversary Remaster at 6pm and Mayor Pete at 7:45pm. On November 12 they’ll screen Bridesman at 6pm and Paris, 13th District at 7:45pm.


Featured image: SEEK/AFTER directed by Sean Dorsey. Photo via @sftransfilmfest on Instagram

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