The 20th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival runs Oct. 8-18 at the Egyptian, Pacific Place and Northwest Film Forum, though some special events will be held elsewhere.

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The 20th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival (SLGFF) opens tonight, Oct. 8, with one of the highest-profile movies in the festival’s history: “Freeheld,” starring recent Oscar winner Julianne Moore (“Still Alice”) and Oscar nominee Ellen Page (for 2007’s “Juno”).

Making its local debut at 7:15 p.m. at SIFF Cinema Egyptian (it opens for a regular run Friday, Oct. 9), it’s based on the true story of a terminally ill detective and her New Jersey battle to secure survivor benefits for her lover. Written by Ron Nyswaner, who scripted “Philadelphia,” it’s based on a 2007 documentary short that won an Oscar in its category.

Back in town with his own story is Dave Kopay, the former NFL player and UW Husky All-American, who left the closet in 1975. “Out to Win,” the new documentary about sports homophobia and Kopay’s coming-out process, is the closing-night event at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at Pacific Place.

Most of the festival will be held at the Egyptian, Pacific Place and Northwest Film Forum, though some special events will be held elsewhere. The memorable 1995 documentary about gender-bending in Hollywood films, “The Celluloid Closet,” will be screened at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at 12th Ave Arts.

Also among the special screenings are the centerpiece gala showings of “Beautiful Something,” based on writer-director Joseph Graham’s 1990s experiences in Philadelphia (7 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Egyptian); “Portrait of a Serial Monogamist,” a comedy about uncertain romance (7:15 p.m. Oct. 14 at the Egyptian); and “Nasty Baby,” about a gay Brooklyn couple wanting to have a child (7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Pacific Place).

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20th Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

Runs Oct. 8-18 at the SIFF Cinema Egyptian (805 E. Pine St.), Pacific Place (Sixth Avenue and Pine Street) and Northwest Film Forum (1515 12th Ave.); some special events will be held elsewhere; individual tickets are $12 (or $9 for Three Dollar Bill Cinema members); festival passes are $225 ($200 for members); party passes are $85 ($80 for members). For more information: threedollarbillcinema.org.

“Seed Money: The Chuck Holmes Story” (7 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Egyptian) deals with the creation of Falcon Studios and will be followed by a party. Parties will also follow screenings of the horror-comedy “You’re Killing Me” (9:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Egyptian); the biker movie “Dyke Hard” (11:45 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Egyptian); and the world premiere of “Capitol Hill 2,” a Web-series sequel (9:15 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Egyptian).