2020 edition of Translations brings Seattle’s transgender film festival online

Closing night film So Pretty shows Sunday, May 10th

Seattle’s Pride is moving online in 2020. The city’s transgender film festival — now in its 15th year — is, too.

The 2020 edition of the Translations festival, organized by Capitol Hill film nonprofit Three Dollar Bill Cinema, opens Thursday — on small screens across the neighborhood and the world:

Translations: Seattle Transgender Online Film Festival is a groundbreaking film festival that provides the Pacific Northwest with a venue for films by, for, and about transgender, non-binary, and gender-diverse people and the issues facing the community. Launched in 2006, Translations is one of only a few transgender film festivals in the world and places emphasis on visibility and positive representations.

With COVID-19 restrictions shutting down real-world venues, the film festival will brings its works direct to “stay at home” fans. Tickets are being sold at threedollarbillcinema.org/translations on a sliding $0 to $25 scale or you can buy a festival pass for $75. All proceeds go to support Three Dollar Bill.

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Celebrate the neighborhood’s arts — and your seventh week of COVID-19 ‘stay home’ — with the Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Film Festival

Photographic Center NW & CD Forum opens the festival Wednesday night

COVID-19 has taken its toll on Seattle artists and performers — Many rely on Capitol Hill’s thriving nightlife for gigs and income. With live performances and gatherings on hold, many creatives are suddenly out of work. A new streaming film festival is hoped to bring some of that work and energy into homes around Seattle and the world while raising money to help artists make ends meet.

The Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Film Festival starts Wednesday and runs through May 3rd featuring a dozen Capitol Hill arts organizations. Facilitated by the Northwest Film Forum, the event is free to all, but purchasing sliding scale festival passes are encouraged. All proceeds will go to the COVID-19 Artists Trust Relief Fund.

Capitol Hill Arts District Streaming Festival 2020

“Given all of the circumstances around COVID-19, with artists really being displaced and out of work, and a lot of people having a difficult time with this, we thought this would be just an excellent opportunity to provide that platform for artists to showcase their work, to provide resources for them, and to connect them with engaging audiences,” said Terry Novak, chair of Capitol Hill Arts District and executive director of Photographic Center Northwest. “I’m very proud of the district and the work that we do, and we’re just happy that we have the resources and the talented team to be putting something together like this,” Continue reading