7.1 linear feet (7 cartons, 1 oversize folder)
Founded in 1997 and originally named Tranny Fest, San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) was North America’s first
transgender film festival. SFTFF organized its first festival for the same reason so many other marginalized communities have
organized film festivals: the absence of authentic representations of their lives and experiences in the mainstream commercial
media. Originally a biennial event, SFTFF screened films and videos by transgender and gender variant media artists whose
work challenged stereotypes. They primarily served filmmakers with extremely limited access to venues. After five biannual
festivals, overwhelming audience demand led the organizers to begin staging the Festival as an annual event in 1997. (from
Copyright to material created by festival participants has not been transferred to the GLBT Historical Society. All requests
for reproductions and/or permission to publish or quote from material must be submitted in writing to the GLBT Historical
Society Archivist. Permission for reproductions and/or permission to publish or quote from material is given on behalf of
the GLBT Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright
holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.
Collection is open for research.