Filmmaker Spotlight: Ewan Duarte

Posted on October 23, 2013 | Tags: , ,

SFTFF: What is the name of your film?

ED: Change Over Time

SFTFF: What was the inspiration for your film?

ED: I was inspired to create a film that focused on the emotional and soul experiences of my changes during my first year on testosterone. I wanted to share my inner life through the medium of film/media.

SFTFF: Describe your film in three words.

ED: Beautiful. Authentic. Inspiring.

SFTFF: What is one thing you learned from making your film?

ED: One thing that I learned from making Change Over Time is that my creative work is a process. Change Over Time was definitely a process piece. It took 3 years to create. The first year I was archiving my experiences via digital media, journaling, etc. The next two years I focused on the actual film.

SFTFF: If your film had to be summed up in one song, what song would it be?

ED: If my film had to be summed up into one song what would it be? This is a great question. The sound of OM. The song of the universe. The sound of the heart-beating.

“Change Over Time” will be screened on Friday, November 8 @ 8:00pm as part of the “Opening Night Gala: Transgender Shorts”. For more information, visit the 2013 Festival Program.

Help the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival raise the FUNDSwe need to move our 2013 Film Festival to the ROXIE THEATER!

Posted on October 7, 2013 | Tags: , , , , ,

Contribute to our Kickstarter campaign today!

Please help the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival raise the funds we need to move our 12th Film Festival to the ROXIE THEATER (November 8-10, 2013)

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) made history as North America’s first transgender film festival in 1997 – and has built community, launched careers, and mentored emerging transgender filmmakers and festivals around the world. SFTFF screens films that promote the visibility of transgender and gender variant people and challenge mainstream media stereotypes of our communities.

We need your help to pay for THIS YEAR’s theater rental and technical crew – we must raise $7,500 by November 2, 2013.

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival has launched an online fundraising campaign on Kickstarter – and we’re asking for your help right now. The 12th San Francisco Transgender Film Festival will take place November 8-10, 2013. After years of completely sold-to-capacity screenings, we are presenting our biggest festival yet … and with your support, we are moving back to the ROXIE THEATER! Info & tix:

Our move back to the Roxie is especially important this year – as our community was heartbroken by the December 2012 death of SFTFF co-founder Christopher Lee. Christopher was a pioneering FTM transgender filmmaker, activist and community leader. Christopher made the world’s first feature film starring FTM people of color and the first-ever FTM trans adult films. With heartfelt roots in our history and a passionate eye for the future, we need YOUR help to make this year’s Festival a roaring success!

YOU RECEIVE GREAT *PERKS* FOR YOUR DONATION! Your donation to SFTFF is fully tax-deductible and comes with great PERKS including free tickets and passes to this year’s San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (November 8-10), Frameline passes, tickets to premiere Bay Area LGBT arts events, dinner with our Artistic Director and much more! Donate today!

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD! If you are excited about this project, please help us spread the word – and SHARE this fundraising campaign (here’s the link: on FACEBOOK, TWITTER, Google+ and other social media. Every enthusiastic personal recommendation helps soooooo much! THANK YOU!

— love, Artistic Director Shawna Virago and the SFTFF family


Welcome to the SFTFF blog!

Posted on September 30, 2013 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

Want to get the inside-scoop on the San Francisco Transgender Film Festival? Well friend, you’ve come to the right place.

We are super, super, super excited to announce the launch of the SFTFF blog! Here you will find all sorts of goodies: interviews with filmmakers, fun facts, photos, videos, and more! We will be sure to keep you updated on all the juicy details and stories.

First order of business: SAVE THE DATE! The 2013 San Francisco Transgender Film Festival will be on November 8-10 at the fabulous Roxie Theater! The programs are currently being set, so check back soon for the festival schedule at the SFTFF Official Website ( In the meantime, please enjoy this amazing puppet video we made for you…