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San Francisco Transgender Film Festival

By Charlotte Robinson, October 13, 2022

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) is celebrating its 25th year returning in person & online from November 10th to 20th with 7 short film programs showcasing 47 films. SFTFF in-person programing returns for the first time in two years at the Roxie Theater, 3117 16th Street in San Francisco. Artistic Director Shawna Virago stated, “For 25 years, SFTFF has been an artistic haven for trans & gender non-conforming filmmakers to assert their wisdom & creative brilliance, allowing our communities to safely gather & take part in visual storytelling that decries transphobic representation in cinema. Our annual festival remains intentionally anti-assimilationist & centers works that challenge transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, anti-migrant hate & homophobia.” Some of the highlights include “The Beauty President” directed by Whitney Skauge, “Chaac & Yum” directed by Roberto Fatal, “Gone Postal” directed by Megan Mead, “M(other)hood” directed by Bea Goddard, “Prayers for Sweet Waters” directed by Elijah Ndoumbe & “Ro & Shirelle” directed by Adelina Anthony. Founded in 1997 the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival presents & screens films that promote the visibility of transgender & gender-variant people & challenges mainstream media’s negative stereotypes of our LGBTQ communities. They provide opportunities for transgender & gender-variant media artists, build community through their festival & engage audiences in cross-community dialogue. Films are closed captioned for deaf & hard-of-hearing audiences with tickets ranging on a sliding scale & donation-based fees from $0-$50. SFTFF 2022 is supported by the Queer Cultural Center, Creative Capacity Fund, Grants for the Arts, the Fleishhacker Foundation, Horizons Foundation, California Arts Council, San Francisco Arts Commission, Bill Graham Memorial Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation & the Trans Justice Funding Project. 

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