SFTFF’s Celebrates their 20th Anniversary Nov 10th Featured

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SFTFF’s Celebrates their 20th Anniversary Nov 10th

Founded in 1997, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival was the first -- and is the longest running -- transgender film festival worldwide. In the ever-growing sea of assimilationist and mainstream LGBT film festivals, SFTFF has a very strong independent, grassroots, and DIY-embracing aesthetic.

To celebrate this 20 year milestone “SFTFF 2017 will feature a special expanded International program, an Opening Night Anniversary Gala, and will be our biggest festival ever. From sexy shorts to inspiring animation, from gender-busting music videos to hard-hitting documentaries, SFTFF 2017 truly has something for EVERYONE! All genders welcome.”

Advance tickets are definitely recommended for these very popular programs. The full program lineup is available on” says SFTFF Artistic Director, Shawna Virago.

Why are film festivals important? Independent films are artistically driven in most cases, focused on story and less on financial considerations and special effects. So when you have a narrow focus -- like transgender -- these festivals give us compelling stories to inspire, educate and entertain us.  

Some stories you may identify with, some not. Some may bring clarity to your own internal questions.  Brianna Austin, editor in chief of, noted that” I’ve always advocated that the community support their own, regardless of whether its local venues, performers, and/or larger scale events like this film festival. I think the more insight we have into one another the more educated as a community we become.”


The Gold Fish Casino - A queer musical that tells the story of a plucky Salmon forced by a lack of water to gamble her eggs to get upstream. In her struggle, she encounters a Water Nymph with a murky past in the Water Wars dealing dirty cards, a River that has lost her way, and an ancient Crocodile stuck playing host to the casino’s vaudeville numbers performed by the bumbling Army Chorus of Engineers. Will the Salmon and her newfound allies rise up? Or will it all go down the drain? Directed by Sarolta Jane Cump whose work exemplifies a commitment to social justice and to radical forms of cultural intervention.

Sununú: The Revolution of Love  – Trans Dad Fernando Machado became an international news sensation when he announced he was pregnant with his trans woman partner Diane Rodriguez in Ecuador last year. This film is an intimate and touching portrayal of a couple getting to grips with parenthood while they challenge complex ideas of gender roles. With exclusive access to the new family in its earliest days, we see how this remarkable duo balance parenting with a career in activism.

Limina – A curious gender-fluid child, named Alessandra, embarks on a path of kindness that will forever change the lives of their fellow townspeople in a quaint and picturesque village. This film entertains and educates audiences with fresh perspective’s on gender diversity. The protagonist of the film, Alessandra, is a male-bodied gender-fluid eight-year child who demonstrates kindness and compassion towards their fellow townspeople.

After the Date – After the Date shares the relationship between Emma, a trans woman, and a new romantic interest, Nate. The two are brought together by Emma's interest in photography. Emma fears rejection from her new boyfriend, and the strength of their bond is tested, after Emma experiences harassment by a police officer. After the Date depicts a positive and loving relationship between a trans woman and a cisgender, straight man.

My Femme Is A Reflection– Directed by Jai Lei Yee. This experimental short highlights a survivor's journey in learning to lean into their femmeness while staying vulnerable, tender, and fierce.

Socorro - Lonely musician Socorro exists in a faraway time in a desolate place, where money's been replaced by obsidian stones. When a beautiful femme fatale provides an opportunity for revenge, Socorro can't resist in this new short by Maria Breaux.

Stop Drop Roll – New music video by superstar Macy Gray, featuring choreography legend Jenzi Russell. This film is about inclusion and advocating to be yourself.

Artistic Director Shawna Virago says, “SFTFF is world’s first and longest-running international Transgender film festival. We were founded at a time (1997) when funders would not support transgender film festivals or filmmakers - and so for years, we have had to survive and thrive on our transgender smarts, sweat and love from the community.”

Adds Virago, “The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival provides a powerful counter-narrative to the increasingly assimilationist world of transgender reality stars and celebrities. Hollywood gets it wrong – VERY wrong. Come see trans and gender-variant people telling our OWN stories. Come see trans characters played by TRANS actors. And help us celebrate our milestone 20th Festival!”


Friday November 10 @ 8PM: Opening Night Feature Film

Saturday November 11 @ 7PM: – Transgender Shorts Program

Saturday November 11 @ 9:00PM: Transgender Shorts Program( Closed captioning for-Deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-audiences program)

Sunday November 12 @ 2PM: Transgender Shorts Program

Sunday November 12 @ 4PM: Transgender Shorts Program

Sunday November 12 @ 6PM: Festival Closing Feature

Full Festival Line-up at


WHAT:    20th Anniversary San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF)

WHEN: November 10-12, 2017 

                  November 10 @ Roxie Theater: 8:00pm Opening Night 20th Anniversary Gala

                  November 11 @ Roxie Theater 7:00pm           

                  November 11 @ Roxie Theater: 9:00pm (Closed captioned-for-Deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-audiences program)
                  November 12 @ The Little Roxie Theater: 2:00pm & 4:00pm & 6:00pm

WHERE: Roxie Theater: November 10-12 (//,+San+Francisco+CA&;entry=gmail&source=g">3117 16th Street @ Valencia, San Francisco CA)

TICKETS:  $12-15 sliding scale at:


About the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF)

Founded in 1997, the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) programs transform culture, support trans filmmakers, build community, educate audiences about transgender identity, history and culture, and provide a dynamic and inclusive forum for dialogue about local and global transgender issues.

This is SFTFF’s 20th Anniversary Festival. SFTFF Artistic Director Shawna Virago is a nationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter and writer.

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