Trans Stellar Film Festival

2nd Annual Trans Stellar Film Festival
September 2018 / Detroit, MI

Trans Stellar Film Festival is a new film festival out of Metro-Detroit, USA made by and for queer people! We envision a world where queer artists are integrated into the film industry with equal, fair representation and a voice proportionate to our place in society.

We seek films created by queer filmmakers, of any content, and provide a platform for exhibition of the very best.

Our annual festival will take place at the end of September at an independent theater in Detroit. We love to host you, the winning filmmakers, for Q&As with the public!

In 2017, we showed 23 films from 7 countries with two visiting filmmakers. Our "Filmmakers To Watch" program sold out. We also hosted an art exhibition from a local art collective and a roundtable discussion about being transgender in relationships.

Our Mission: Trans Stellar Film Festival encourages diversity and queer agency in art by promoting the exhibition of films created by queer people. We seek films by queer filmmakers with a variety of content and form and provide a platform for their exhibition to the public and industry professionals.

Our values include diversity, inclusion, agency, accessibility, and community.

Please contact us at about fee waivers or discounts available.

Awards & Prizes
In 2017, we had the following awards: Auteur of the Year, Best Short, Best Feature, Best International Film, Best Documentary, Best Experimental, Best Transgender Film, Best Gay Film.

Rules & Terms
Trans Stellar is for LGBT+ and queer filmmakers to submit any film with any content.

Submitted films:
—MUST be made by an LGBT+ and/or queer person*
—MUST be in English, or have English subtitles
—NOT disparage or police any minorities or identities
—NOT have any fees associated with the rights to show

*LGBT+ includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, nonbinary, pansexual, asexual, genderfluid, and other identities. Queer encompasses all of these identities, as well as any identities that fall “between” or “outside” these labels. Queer is the preferred term for TSFF, however if you submit and do not wish to be labeled under the queer umbrella, please let us know.

*The filmmaker is someone who maintains significant creative control over the content of the image and the story. This position is usually director. If you hold a different position, but feel you meet these qualifications, feel free to submit and your case will be considered.

By submitting your film, the Filmmaker agrees to the Terms & Conditions available at


Films from the Washington Film Festival screening at the World Film Fair