The Cherry Grove Archives Collection Film Festival was established in 2015 as a cinematic celebration of Cherry Grove's proud 170-year history and that of other LGBTQIA+ communities all around the world.

While this summer weekend event is a vital fundraiser for the Archives' operating and digitizing costs, our goal is to bring people together to both educate and celebrate our culture with a bounty of fabulous films.

Our beautiful beach community has supported and nurtured LGBTQIA+ artists, performers and musicians since it began, which is why we are dedicated to presenting films that bring gay history to life. It's vital that we don't forget our past, and by taking a look back at where we've come from, we may have a better vision of the future.

The festival began as a way of sharing the archival films, current documentaries and experimental works that reflect Cherry Grove (Fire Island) from our extraordinary past to our colorful present. The CGACFF also showcases projects that speak to our unique environment and outrageous community, from film makers everywhere.

The Cherry Grove Archives Committee (CGAC) has diligently been preserving everything from 8 millimeter films to family albums- all donated by members of the community who have graciously decided to share their lives and experiences.

Each CGACFF (hosted every two years) is a curated collection of documentaries, short films and restored masterpieces that speak to the LGBTQ experience of our beach community and others abroad.

Through our festival we seek to showcase works from queer communities around the globe. We hope to present everything from films about beach life to political activism, films that express individuality and the pursuit of equality.

The Cherry Grove Archives Film Festival accepts films of any length and genre by, about, and of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people.

Submitted works will be screened and selected by the festival submissions screening committee. Final decisions will be made no later than April 15, 2022. Filmmakers will be notified if selected by e-mail.

Works with non-English dialogue must have English subtitled exhibition materials, unless notified in writing by the maker.

The copyright must be available, and no film with a date before 2018.

We accept online submissions through FilmFreeway.

Preview submissions must be submitted via secure online screener (e.g. with password), or through a secure online link via FilmFreeway. Online submissions are handled through FilmFreeway via a secure online link of your film (uploaded films must be in their entirety; trailers will not be considered).

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission only if completed by June 1, 2022.

All FilmFreeway submissions will be marked "In Consideration" once payment, entry forms, and a DVD or online link of the film have all been received. If you would like hardcopy notification of receipt of your entry, please include a self addressed stamped postcard with your DVD entry. Entrants will be notified of festival selections by the end of April 2022.

Films may be viewed online during live screenings.

AFTER your film is accepted, please send high quality digital images from your film (minimum 300dpi in a tiff or jpeg format for MAC only) emailed to Please also send along Electronic Press Kits or any other publicity materials you may have (if available). High quality stills make a significant difference in press coverage for accepted films.

Overall Rating
  • Raymond Rea

    Very honored to be included in this festival! All communication was smooth, professional and welcoming to filmmakers. I hope to attend in person in the future.

    July 2022
  • Richard E Haywood

    Great event, I hope to go in person next year.

    July 2022