Established in 2001, the Beijing Queer Film Festival is the first grassroots film festival in China focusing on independent queer film screenings and cultural exchange activities. Beijing Queer aims to expand public discussions on sexuality and gender by giving a platform to diverse LGBTQ+ voices from China and beyond. Despite a complicated social environment, we have thrived year after year, thanks to the help and solidarity of our community and supporters.


1. All LGBTQIA-themed films are eligible! We accept all lengths as well as all genres: narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, hybrid, etc.

2. All foreign language films must have been produced after January 1, 2022. We will consider exceptions for films that have not yet been screened in China.

3. Only films that haven’t been screened at the Beijing Queer Film Festival will be selected.

4. For Chinese-language films, the submission deadline is August 1, 2023.

5. For non-Chinese-language-films, the submission deadline is August 1, 2023.

1. Filled-out entry form for 2023 Beijing Queer Film Festival

2. High-quality film poster, director headshot, at least 3 film stills

3. Online screener link+password (via FilmFreeway, Vimeo, or other accessible platforms)*

4. There is a $5 (USD) submission fee for each submitted film. We believe in charging the same fee for all films, regardless of duration and genre. These fees support our operating costs, as a volunteer-run festival.**

**We will waive submission fees for:
--Filmmakers based in Ukraine
--Filmmakers/films from countries where LGBTQ expressions and relationships are punished by imprisonment or worse
To request a waiver, please send an explanatory note to

We will notify selected filmmakers by mid October 2023.

Overall Rating
  • Fernando Muñoz

    Great festival. Thanks for the select. Very kind organizers.

    July 2023
  • muyen chen

    This is a very good and professional film festival, and the entire administrative team is very enthusiastic and responsible, which makes the main creators selected for the festival feel enjoyment and respect.

    March 2023
  • An amazing festival that is incredibly robust and thorough when it comes to their selection process. It is also very well attended, with sold out screenings and an inquisitive and smart audience - the questions during Q&A were thoughtful, challenging and complex.

    February 2023
  • The team is one of the most passionate and friendly people I've met in the festival circuit. They are on an important mission and put their hard work and soul in it.

    December 2022
  • Lam Can-zhao

    An awesome festival that my team and I were privileged to be a part of!

    June 2022