TRANSLations Film Festival 2024


📸: The poster of TOPS screening at TRANSlations 2024

📆 Thursday, June 6th – Sunday, June 9th
🎟 Passes start at $50
📍 Streams virtually in the US and world

📍 In-person events are located primarily in the Columbia City neighborhood in South Seattle at Ark Lodge Cinemas and The Beacon Cinema

Seattle’s TRANSlations Film Festival is about representation and emphasizing the creativity of the transgender community. Now in its 19th year, TRANSlations is bringing over 70 films from trans, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming filmmakers virtually and in person. 

But it’s not all about the movies. The festival hosts panels, community conversations, and an opening night party at The Royal Room. Passes, which include all films and events, start at $50. Members of Three Dollar Bill Cinema get $3 off all tickets. Plus, all tickets are offered on a sliding scale. In-person events are spread across locations, including Ark Lodge Cinemas, The Beacon, and the Seattle Art Museum.

Here are three standouts from this year’s fest: 

  • How to Carry Water transforms the freshwater springs of North Florida into a punk rock fairy tale, one that focuses on photographer Shoog McDaniel and the ways the world creates phobias. This short film, a part of the fest’s Queer Futures shorts package, channels the spirit that resides within marginalized bodies, including water, into a visual fountain on screen. 
  • Seat 31: In this new documentary, transgender lawmaker Zooey Zephyr examines anti-trans legislation. The film follows Zephyr, who was barred from the Montana House of Representatives. Find a screening here.
  • The feature-length horror film Smooth turns the aesthetic demands of a binary cis-normative society into a scary movie about HAIR. Written, directed, and starring Iranian filmmaker Sepand (Sepi) Mashiahof, the film reimagines how it feels to want to escape from your own body. Find a screening here.

Find the full lineup of films, panels, and events on the festival’s website.

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Patheresa Wells

Patheresa Wells is a Black/Persian, Pansexual, Polyamorous Poet (so many Ps) and writer living in Seatac. An aspiring comic, you can catch her cracking jokes at open mics around the area. In her free time, she likes to imagine what she’d do with free time and feed her backyard crows cuz they’re silly. Follow her on Twitter @PatheresaWells.