Seattle Queer Film Festival 2023 @ Venues Around Seattle

From The Meat Rack to The People’s Joker 🃏

📸: Cora Bora | SQFF 2023

📅 Thursday, October 12th – Sunday, October 22nd
⏰ Various times
📍Various locations, including virtual
🎟️ Free* – $275

The Seattle Queer Film Festival has been going on for almost three decades, and this year it’s packed with around 50 screenings of queer cinema from all over the world from October 12th to 22nd. It’s hard to summarize everything beyond “a wide variety of gay things across time and space,” but let’s jump into what I’m most excited about!

Cora Bora is this year’s comedy centerpiece, about a struggling musician who returns to her Portland hometown to salvage her open relationship. Megan Stalter (the flighty nepo baby assistant in Hacks) stars, and I would watch her read a phone book.
📅 Saturday, October 14th
⏰ 7 – 9 pm
📍 Broadway Performance Hall: 1625 Broadway, Seattle
🎟️ Tickets here

The People’s Joker is a trans parody of Batman featuring some heavy hitters in weirdo comedy. The Upright Citizen’s Brigade exists within this particular Batman canon; if that appeals to you, this is a good choice.
📅 Saturday, October 14th
⏰ 9 – 11 pm
📍 Broadway Performance Hall: 1625 Broadway, Seattle
🎟️ Tickets here

In the Meat Rack is an attempt to capture the history of The Meat Rack on Fire Island, a gay hotspot since the 1940s, described in the program as “an entertaining and nostalgic reminder of what gay life was like before AIDS.”
📅 Sunday, October 15th
⏰ 4:30 – 6 pm
📍 Broadway Performance Hall: 1625 Broadway, Seattle
🎟️ Tickets here
🖥️ Available virtually

Who I Am Not follows the disparate paths of two intersex people in South Africa—a community that doesn’t get a lot of time in the spotlight.
📅 Thursday, October 19th
⏰ 6 – 8 pm
📍Northwest Film Forum: 1515 12th Ave, Seattle
🎟️ Tickets here 

1946: The Mistranslation That Shifted Culture unearths some roots of the current state of Christian homophobia by taking a deep dive into how the word “homosexual” first ended up in any translation of the Bible. The soundtrack is by local treasure Mary Lambert.
📅 Saturday, October 21st
⏰ 4:45 – 6:30 pm
📍 SIFF Cinema Egyptian: 805 E Pine St, Seattle
🎟️ Tickets here

Chasing Chasing Amy explores the complicated legacy of Kevin Smith’s very heterosexual attempt at a movie about queer people from a queer lens—both as a highly problematic cultural phenomenon and as a deeply meaningful part of filmmaker Sav Rodgers’s adolescence.
📅 Sunday, October 22nd
⏰ 1 – 2:30 pm
📍 Broadway Performance Hall: 1625 Broadway, Seattle
🎟️ Tickets here

Several films will be available to stream the week after the festival ends; those that aren’t are marked on the program. Find the full lineup on Seattle Queer Film Festival’s site

*From SQFF: “If you would be otherwise unable to attend our festival due to the cost of entry, please fill out the form to request a ticket or tickets to the programs you are interested in attending! We will do our best to accommodate your request for SQFF 2023, as accessibility is a foundational principle for Three Dollar Bill Cinema!”


Sarah Anne Lloyd

Sarah Anne Lloyd is a writer and lifelong Seattleite whose work has appeared in Seattle Met, The Stranger, Seattle Weekly, KNKX, and others. She lives on the outskirts of West Seattle with her partner, an absolutely perfect dog, and six terrifying chickens. Follow her on Twitter at @sarah