BENT Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival is proud to be launching the BENT Queer Youth Film Festival which will highlight LGBTQ+ stories from youth filmmakers within Sacramento and the surrounding areas. The festival will take place virtually Saturday, April 10th, 2021 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, showing LGBTQ+ films by artists under 20 years of age. Submissions are due March 19th, 2021.
The BENT Queer Youth Film Festival highlights the importance of queer visibility in the media, through young filmmakers who both pave the way for the future of queer cinema and are near the age many discover their sexuality and/or gender. The event also connects youth within the Sacramento filmmaking community by fostering queer art and showcasing the work of LGBTQ+ folk and allies.

Jury Award for Best Film ($200)
Jury Award for 2nd
Jury Award for 3rd

The following guidelines govern submissions for the Bent Sacramento LGBTQ Film Festival. Please read these guidelines carefully and follow all directions for submission.

Directors must be within a 50 mile radius from Sacramento.
Films must have predominantly LGBTQ+ content.
Directors must be 20 years of age or younger.
At least one screenwriter must be 20 years of age or younger.
Contributors to your film should be under 20 years of age or younger at time of submission.
**Age limit does not include interviewees, crew, or actors.
All music and other copyrighted material used in films must be properly licensed.
All films must be in English or subtitled in English.
All films must be completed after 2019.
Submitted films must be between 2 and 10 minutes in length, including any desired credits.
Films may not include graphic sexual activity or drug use.

Format Requirements: Please submit a preview copy of your film via the FilmFreeway online submission engine. If accepted, you will be contacted to provide a final screening copy on one of the accepted formats. All final exhibition prints must be submitted on one of the following formats: HD online copy (Vimeo or Dropbox)

Overall Rating
  • Tara Gadomski

    Very nice organisers and quick communication! Hope to see everyone in person next year!

    December 2020
  • Starina Johnson

    Great communication! Everyone was so lovely!

    October 2020
  • Martin Mulcahy

    It was great to be included in this years festival. There were some great shorts. I wish there would’ve been a virtual Q&A, or more interaction. Still, I’m grateful for the inclusion

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    hi Martin, I wish there was more interaction as well. I love Q&As! But not knowing how many people will actually participate was a concern. We did one for a film earlier in the year and there were 8 people, 5 of whom were festival board members. We did do one on Sunday 10/11, for 'Surviving The Silence', with only 15 attendees. I was expecting more because of the local connection. If we have to be virtual again next year, we will definitely do more. We did learn some lessons this year. Please keep us in mind for any future projects. We will start accepting submissions in February. Thank you! Michael