Gala Films Announced for the 23rd Annual TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

SEATTLE, Wash. (September 5, 2018) – Three Dollar Bill Cinema has announced the four gala screenings for the 23rd TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival taking place October 11-21. The largest festival of its kind in the Pacific Northwest will also start selling early-bird discounted tickets and passes Wednesday, September 5.

For the first time in more than 15 years, all four festival gala screenings will take place on Capitol Hill. Opening Night, Closing Night and both Centerpiece screenings will be at the Egyptian Theatre. “We are very excited to return to Capitol Hill for Opening Night and to experience these premier screenings and parties in Seattle’s historically queer neighborhood,” said Ben McCarthy, Three Dollar Bill Cinema’s new executive director. “I have been a fan of Three Dollar Bill Cinema and avid TWIST attendee since I moved to Seattle, and I look forward to meeting the many supporters of this fabulous organization at this year’s festival.”

Left to right: Colin Morgan as Alfred Boise Douglas, Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde. (Wilhelm Moser / Sony Pictures Classics)

Left to right: Colin Morgan as Alfred Boise Douglas, Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde. (Wilhelm Moser / Sony Pictures Classics)

This year’s gala screenings are THE HAPPY PRINCE, written, directed and starring Rupert Everett; RAFIKI, a Kenyan film banned in its home country; TRANSMILITARY, the 2018 SXSW audience award winner for best documentary; and RIOT, an Australian film from multi award-winning director Jeffrey Walker.

“I am eager to share this lineup of diverse, powerful gala films with our audience,” said Kathleen Mullen, TWIST Festival Director. “There is so much talent represented in these films both in front of and behind the camera.” Mullen was previously TWIST Festival Director in 2014 and 2015.

Early-bird discounted tickets and passes go on sale Wednesday, September 5. Full Festival Passes, Ultimate Party Passes and Opening Night and Closing Night tickets will all be discounted through September 19th. Early-bird pass prices range from $72.00 to $195.00, Gala ticket prices range from $15.00 to $28.00. Prices will increase on September 20.


· The full festival program launches online September 20 at

· For press credentials or high-res images, to preview any films, or to arrange interviews with festival staff and guests, please email Rachael Brister at



About TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival

Beginning as the Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in October 1996, TWIST has grown into the largest event of its kind in the Pacific Northwest, gaining industry and audience recognition for showcasing the latest and greatest in queer film, from major motion picture premieres to emerging talent. An important venue in the Seattle film scene, the festival provides unique opportunities for visiting and local filmmakers to engage and entertain the greater Seattle region’s LGBTQ and allied community. For more information, visit


About Three Dollar Bill Cinema

Three Dollar Bill Cinema is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides access to films by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people and a forum for LGBTQ filmmakers to share and discuss their work with audiences. Annual programs include TWIST: Seattle Queer Film Festival, Translations: Seattle Transgender Film Festival, Three Dollar Bill Outdoor Cinema and Reel Queer Youth. For more information, visit


Media Contact:

Rachael Brister

Public Relations for Three Dollar Bill Cinema