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Our annual film festival, SECS Fest, turns 6 this year. Compared to the likes of Seattle International Film Festival (48), Seattle Queer Film Festival (26), Local Sightings (25), and Translations (17);  we are an extremely young festival. Nevertheless, 6 feels like an accomplishment. Especially for a niche film festival like ours.

When we started the Seattle Erotica Cinema Society (SECS), we were one of few festivals in the USA screening explicit films. SECS was created to showcase archival films, features, and international films. We wanted to give these films the same treatment that any other film gets at a festival. Why should pornography be something you only watch at home privately?

Our hope is that you may discover something new at one of our screenings. Pornographic films are as stylized, artistic, and moving as a non-explicit film. SECS Fest has screened docuporns, experimental, comedy, dance, dramatic narratives, and music videos – all with explicit content. Guest film scholars and historians give our archival films context. Filmmaker Q&As inspire discussion with audience members.

It’s not easy being a festival that shows erotic content. We struggle with advertising our shows on social media, working with vendors that will allow us to sell tickets online, holding virtual events and much more – all because of the content of our films. Despite this, we have somehow made it to year 6.

When the COVID pandemic hit, the Grand Illusion (SECS’s home venue) shutdown. We were unable to hold monthly screenings which helped us fund our annual film festival. For our 4th annual SECS Fest we went virtual. Turnout was better than we thought but still low. A year passed. Seattle was cautiously reopening.  Weeks before our 5th annual SECS Fest occurred, the Grand Illusion opened its doors again and we held an in-person festival. Needless to say, attendance was extremely low. As the months have gone by, attendance has gotten better; but it’s still not what it was pre-COVID.

Most of our budget goes into our annual festival – venue rental and advertising being the largest costs. However, there are many other costs that go into putting on a festival – ticketing, poster art, printing flyers, etc. Our volunteer staff take on all aspects of festival production: programming, print traffic, communication with filmmakers, website management, newsletters, event coordination, social media/marketing, festival trailers, and all the tasks in between. We dedicate our personal time to make SECS Fest happen. Though our team is small, it says a lot that we have been committed to SECS for over 6 years.

Each year before the pandemic, we’ve somehow managed to stay afloat. But the last two years have hurt our small budget.Though our primary focus is SECS Fest, monthly screenings are a great way for audiences to find us, connect and learn more about our organization. Our monthly screenings have predominantly been a way to feature repertory films such as SEX WORLD, THUNDERCRACK!, SHORTBUS, and BIJOU. But we’ve also used those screenings to bring in newer restorations of older films or current films outside the scope of our annual festival. There is much to rediscover in the genre of erotic films and our goal is to bring more of that to our audience now that theaters have reopened. But we need your help – distribution fees to book films cuts into our festival budget, which is routinely tight.

We hope you can see the value of our mission and help us continue to grow and develop our foundation. We’d love to be on that list of festivals I mentioned earlier – hitting our 10, 15 and 20th year!

All our appreciation,

The SECS Fest Team

To contribute visit www.wagives.org/organization/Secsfest

Earlybird Deadline for submissions is today! #Erotic #FilmFestival #LGBTQIA #SexPositive

Background is an audience in a movie theater. Text reads: S.E.C.S. Fest Earlybird Deadline April 8, 2022 Submit Now FilmFreeway

Today is the Earlybird Deadline. Submission fees will increase tomorrow.

Submission Deadlines for SECS Fest 2022:

  • Earlybird – April 8, 2022
  • Regular – May 27, 2022
  • Late – June 24, 2022
  • Extended – July 29, 2022

To submit a sex-positive, erotic film for SECS Fest 2022, please visit our site at filmfreeway.org/secsfest.


Best of SECS Fest returns on Saturday, April 2.

Ranging from magical-realist fantasies to documentaries to poetic essays, these films all use sex to think through personal, philosophical, and metaphysical issues, stimulating your mind as much as your body.

BEST OF SECS FEST: Holes & Wholes

10 pm Saturday, April 2

  • Fisherman
  • Tears for Water: A Selkie Fantasy
  • Hole Theory – Winner Best Short Film at SECS Fest 2021
  • Saint Plaisir
  • Another Beautiful Creature Winner Best Docu-Porn at SECS Fest 2021
  • Letting Go
  • The MultiVerse in a MouthF*ck  Winner Best Sex-Positive Film at SECS Fest 2021

Tickets are on sale now at the Grand Illusion Cinema website


Submissions are now open for SECS FEST 2022 #EroticFilmFestival #QueerFilm #SexPositive

Submissions are open for SECS FEST 2022

For those who create erotic film, we have opened submissions for this years festival.

We are seeking films of any length and genre that depict and tell stories pertaining to human sexuality and adult relationships. We  attempt to emphasize the experiences of queer, feminist, BIPOC, trans and non-binary creators and performers in our festival curation.


Submission Deadlines:

  • April 8 – Earlybird deadline
  • May 27 – Regular deadline
  • June 24 – Late deadline
  • July 29 – Extended deadline

Submit at filmfreeway.com/secsfest

The radical art of explicit cinema graces the silver screen with Best of SECS Fest and SECS Fest Midwest. @gicinema and Indiana University Cinema

One Last Time, Olympe de G’s meditation on sex and aging and winner of Best Feature at SECS FEST 2021.

Next weekend, our partners at Indiana University have curated two days of the best of SECS Fest 2021 including two short film programs and SECS Fest Best Feature, One Last Time. Dr. David Church provides a introduction and convincing argument to not miss out on the Midwestern festival with Heat and Heart: Coming to SECS Fest Midwest.

…when we look beyond straight and narrow ideas of pornography as a cultural “bad object,” shrouded in a veil of sex-negative attitudes, then we can begin finding sexually explicit films that are as artfully made and politically engaged as any other form of cinema. Indeed, at a time when sexuality and pornography are both expected to remain behind closed doors for the sake of social respectability, there is something almost radical about opening oneself to public exhibitions of sex, finding beauty in different forms of erotic pleasure and sexual identity than one’s own.

For those not in Indiana, you can catch these programs here in Seattle at the Grand Illusion Cinema.

One one week is the shorts program, Best of SECS Fest 2021: Carnal Delights, which explores the lighter side of sex, with films themed around food, fun, friendship, and laughter. The program includes the SECS FEST 2021 Best Humor Award winner, Progressive Touch.

Shorts program Carnal Delights.

In April, you will be able to see the Best of SECS Fest 2021 Shorts program: Holes & Wholes. Here the more serious side of sex takes center stage, with films that use sex to think through personal, philosophical, and metaphysical issues such as trust, transformation, the natural world, and the boundaries of existence. It includes award winning shorts Hole Theory (SECS FEST 2021 Best Short), Another Beautiful Creature (SECS FEST 2021 Best Docu-Porn) and the Multiverse in the Mouth Fuck (SECS FEST 2021 Best Sex-Positive Film).

Shorts Program Holes & Wholes

And finally in May, we will hold a screening of the SECS FEST 2021 Best Feature Winner, One Last Time. This touching meditation on sexuality and mortality stars Brigitte Lahaie (who some viewers will recall from her many appearances in 1970s European horror and adult films) as Salomé, an aging French woman who decides to end her life before society’s ageism relegates her to supposed irrelevance as an elderly person.

Upcoming Best of SECS Fest Screenings:

Friday, March 4 – Best of SECS Fest2021: Carnal Delights – 10 pm

Saturday, April 2 – Best of SECS Fest2021: Holes & Wholes – 10 pm

Saturday, May 7 – Best of SECS Fest2021: One Last Time – 10 pm

To buy tickets go to the Grand Illusion Cinema. Tickets are on sale now.

For details about SECS Fest Midwest visit SECS Fest Midwest at Indiana University Cinema.