CINEMQ is a queer cinema collective in Shanghai, run by a group of queers with too much on their minds to sit still for long. We organise events and curate content from around the world, pulling together the filthy and gorgeous of queer world cinema once a month, an eclectic mixtape of short films, visuals and music at some of Shanghai’s best venues. Screenings are always free and open to all.

Our screening program runs throughout the year, with pop-up events hosted around Shanghai.

We also publish content on queer cinema and screen culture, with a focus of China and East Asia. Want to contribute? Message us on social media, or email [at] gmail [dot] com

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Earlier this year, Shanghai was placed under a strict 2 month citywide lockdown as part of the zero-covid strategy. Whilst this was functionally lifted on July 1st, many spaces, including our regular screening venues, remain closed.

This has delayed our scheduled monthly screening programme, although we hope to return to normal operation soon. In the meantime, we are following local rules and regulations, and working closely with venues to bring CINEMQ back to Shanghai as soon as it is safe to do so. Our first priority continues to be the safety of our audience, filmmakers, venues and organisers. We thank filmmakers for their patience and understanding during this difficult time.

1. We screen films which are queer, or engage with issues of gender and non-hetero sexualities. This includes but is not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex, asexual, non-binary etc. We're open to broad interpretations of these topics, but please only submit if your film genuinely fits this theme.

2. We accept films from around the world and from all cultures. Filmmakers may submit in any language. We ask that non-English language films please be subtitled in English. Where possible, we appreciate Simplified Chinese subtitles being provided.

3. Films should be less than 20 minutes long. We are likely to give preference to films under 8 minutes in length.

4. Films can be narrative, documentary, experimental, music video, video art...we are open to and actively encourage diverse formats. Please note that we cannot screen explicit depictions of frontal-nudity.

5. By submitting, filmmakers confirm that they own or have acquired copyright permission for all materials used in their film.

6. By submitting, filmmakers give permission to CINEMQ to screen their submitted work at any of our monthly events during the period/year(s) of submission. CINEMQ will notify filmmakers with details of when and when films are being shown.

All stated information, eligibility and submission guidelines, terms and conditions of entry and entry information is subject to change by CINEMQ, without notice.

If you have any questions, please contact

CINEMQ is a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers. Please respect this and be sure that your film fits our criteria before submitting.

Overall Rating
  • 鸿志 刘

    It is a great honor to participate in the film festival.

    Hope to participate again and keep in touch.

    December 2022
  • Sari Katharyn

    I was so happy to hear The Sappho Project: Fragment 147 was included in their DIVA program last May 20. Although I wasn't able to attend in person, I appreciated the ease of communication and general support from the CINEMQ team. Thank you so much, and best of luck for all future events!

    September 2021
  • Sarah Hill

    So pleased to be apart of this festival! Thanks for screening my work!

    September 2021
  • S. Brown (Sweatmother)

    Incredible curation of films of underrepresented identities and cultures. It was great to be apart of something like this.

    September 2020
  • Xavier Brydges

    Great festival. Very easy to communicate with. Love what it represents. I would submit to them again.

    April 2018