We are excited to announce the return of the ClexaCon Film Festival! The festival is held alongside ClexaCon, the first and largest multi-fandom event for LGBTQ+ women and allies. ClexaCon brings together thousands of diverse LGBTQ+ fans and content creators from around the world to celebrate positive representation for LGBTQ+ women in the media.

The film festival will take place at the Tropicana Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 16-19, 2020

The festival will include Feature & Short Films, Episodics, Animation & Music Videos.

All chosen films will receive a free pass to the convention which will include access to industry panels and events.

The ClexaCon Film Festival accepts films that contain content related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer women & those who identify as non-binary . Entry into the Festival constitutes agreement with all Festival and ClexaCon guidelines and rules, and implies permission to exhibit work during the Festival and to use press kit images and ad copy in Festival and ClexaCon advertising.

By submitting your film ("Art"), you warrant 1) that you have the full right, power, and authority to grant ClexaCon ("Sponsor") the right to exhibit the Art to the public; 2) that you have all necessary rights in and to the literary and musical material upon which the Art is based or which are used therein, and any other rights necessary for the Sponsor to exhibit the film to the public; 3) neither the Art nor any part thereof violates or infringes any trademark, trade name, contract, agreement, copyright, or right of privacy or "moral rights of authors," or any law or regulation or other right whatsoever, or defames any person or other entity. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless ClexaCon ("Sponsor") from and against any and all liability, loss, cost and expense including, but not limited to, attorney's fees and court costs occasioned by your breach of any of the aforementioned warranties, or for any claim arising out of loss or damage to the work.

Submissions are only accepted for works made between April 1, 2018 and April 1, 2020

RE-SUBMISSIONS
All short and feature films must be original and be new to our film festival.

ENTRY FORM

We accept online submissions only through FilmFreeway.com.

PREVIEW FORMAT

Preview submissions must be submitted via a secure online screener (e.g. vimeo.com with password), or through a secure online link via FilmFreeway.com. Uploaded films must be in their entirety; trailers will not be considered.

ELIGIBLE EXHIBITION FORMATS

Acceptable formats for exhibition in the Festival include: Digital File (H.264). We strive to make our festival as inclusive as possible, and all screening copies are highly encouraged to have English subtitles. All non-English language entries must have English subtitles.

ROUGH CUTS & WORKS-IN-PROGRESS

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission only if completed by January 1, 2020

LENGTH
Music Videos - 10 minutes Max
Animation - 10 minutes Max
Short Films - 20 Minutes Max
Feature Film - 90 Minutes Max
Web Series - Episode length - 15 minutes max

NOTIFICATION

All FilmFreeway submissions will be marked "In Consideration" once payment, entry forms, and an online link of the film have all been received. Entrants will be notified of festival selections by February 7, 2020.

PRESS MATERIALS

Once your film is accepted, please send high quality digital images from your film (minimum 300dpi in a tiff or jpeg format) emailed to filmfestival@clexacon.com or uploaded to the film’s corresponding FilmFreeway profile. 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.

PROGRAM SELECTION

All entries will be reviewed by the Festival Committee who will also determine a shortlist of nominees for the Festival. Once a film is submitted for entry, it may not be withdrawn.

RENTAL FEES

The Festival does not pay rental fees.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Centered Web Series

    I can't sing the praises of Staci enough! Such a joy to be around, so professional. Great communication on her end and every time we saw her at the festival, she took the time to stop and have real conversations! Chicago represent! We were blown away by the web series selections. Absolutely outstanding- performance-wise, writing-wise, and production-wise. Thrilled to be included. Great networking opportunities and the opportunity to make new friends in general!

    July 2019
  • Functional Series

    We had a blast ! So humbled that we got to screen our project in a PACKED room as part of the web series premiere night.

    Thank you for the opportunity!

    April 2019
  • Julie Vaillancourt

    This was my first time at ClexaCon and I must say I really enjoyed the networking, camaraderie and positive attitude from the staff and organization. Stacy is bold in her programming! And Vegas is always a great place to have fun!

    April 2019
  • Nicole Tay

    Not only does Stacy do an incredible job of curating this film festival, but she takes genuine care in the selection of films and in supporting the filmmakers. She also personally opened many doors for us beyond ClexaCon. While the Con itself could have been stronger in supporting programming for QPOC, ClexaCon FF did a fantastic job and we were honored to attend. Thank you Stacy for making our first ClexaCon and unforgettable experience :)

    April 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Nicole, thank you so much for your kind words and for bringing “Tomato and Eggs” to ClexaCon this year! I can’t wait to see what you do next!

  • Wonderful festival and event! The convention is so much fun and everyone is just buzzing with excitement about queer media. It's a really fantastic opportunity to network and meet queers from all over the world. I would have liked more opportunity to see the other films and not miss out on panels, but I know scheduling is hard with a con this size. Stacy and Nikki were very communicative and let me know in advance when my film was screening and helped me with filmmaker passes during the convention. Stacy was so charming, sweet, and funny. She moderated my short film block and did a great job of organizing the shorts into a really engaging collection. I will definitely be back next year! :)

    April 2018