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 difficult social environment, we have thrived year after year, thanks to the help and solidarity of our community and supporters.

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

2. All films must have been produced after January 1, 2021. 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 20, 2022.

5. For non-Chinese-language-films, the submission deadline is August 1, 2022.

REQUIREMENTS:
1. Filled-out entry form for 2022 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.**

*If you cannot provide an online screener, please contact us at beijingqueer@gmail.com. We will arrange for the submission of a DVD copy via postal mail.

**We will waive submission fees for:
--Filmmakers based in Ukraine
--Filmmakers/films from countries where LGBTQ love is punished by imprisonment or worse
--Filmmakers in financial stress
To request a waiver, please send an explanatory note to beijingqueer@gmail.com

We will notify selected filmmakers by mid October 2022.

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  • Lam Can-zhao

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

    June 2022
  • Matthew Baren

    Great communication and friendly organisers, with really thoughtful and challenging programming.

    December 2021
  • Queer Comrades

    so happy to be part of 20 year of anniversary of Beijing Queer film festival, best queer film festival!

    December 2021
  • Bia Lee

    Amazing festival and attentive team! I'm so honored and grateful to have my short-film (Closeted Lesbian) in it. It's especially meaningful for me to participate for the 1st time in an asian festival (more specifically, east-asian, as well as LGBTQ), as a queer mixed asian-brazilian woman. Too bad I wasn't able to attend in person, but hopefully I will someday. Congratulations! <3

    December 2021
  • Lanca Li

    Despite the great hardship (censorship, pandemic, etc.), the team has put together a wonderful film festival that was engaging, welcoming and extremely meaningful.

    November 2021