FOKUS Kurzfilmfestival / FOKUS Short Film Festival - "Queer - living between live and fear"

The FOKUS short film festival, which is being held for the first time in Otterfing, a city close to Munich in bavaria, is to become a permanent feature of rural cultural education in the coming years. Being conceptualized under a different topic each year, the festival addresses an explosive and topical issue.
The first edition in 2024 will feature short films on the theme "Queer - living between love and fear".
Probably everyone has experienced a situation in which queer people were personally attacked because of their orientation. Likewise, public love is now more common among queer people and is also proudly worn on the outside.
Showing one's queer life publicly and living out this lifestyle with pride in front of others is not always easy. There are often only nuances between love and fear.
Whether it is to be on the road in a neighborhood in which this is not desired or even in their own relatives to meet resistance because of their way of life.

Depending on the length of each short film, the evening program will consist of 6 to 8 films being shown to the audience.


An appointed jury of experts will review all selected short films and decide on the one winning the Jury Award (300 euros).


The audience will decide on which short film they liked the best. A film with the most votes from the audience will win the Audience Award (200 euros).

Please note that all selected films are competing for these two prizes.


- Minimum duration: 4 minutes

- Maximum duration: 25 minutes

- Country of production: all countries

- Year of production: June 2021 and onwards

- Type: Feature film, Documentary, Animation film, Student film, Experimental

- Film subject must align with the festival theme: "Queer – living between love and fear." Additional details can be found above.

- Films that demean human dignity, endorse criminal activities, or promote discrimination against individuals or groups based on factors such as race, ethnicity, religion, disability, age, or sexual orientation will not be considered. Films that infringe upon the lawful rights of third parties, including intellectual property rights, are also ineligible for participation.

- All films must be submitted with English subtitles. English-language productions are requested to include English subtitles to enhance inclusivity. Films without subtitles cannot be considered. Separate .srt files are not accepted.

- Acceptable screening copy formats are MP4 or .mov.

- Films cannot be publicly screened in Bavaria between November 2023 and May 2024.

› By submitting, filmmakers grant permission to use short excerpts or screenshots from their films for promotional purposes if their film is selected.

› Filmmakers are responsible for securing copyrights.

› By submitting, filmmakers allow for the retention of film-related information for internal purposes. Personal data will not be shared with third parties.


- Each film can be submitted only once.

- A director may submit a maximum of two films.

- Participants must be at least 18 years old to enter.

- Late submissions will not be considered.

- Submissions are open to participants from all countries.

- The submission fee is 3 euros.

- All submitters will receive a notification regarding the selection screening outcome.

- Submissions must be made through the online platform FilmFreeway. Submission via this platform implies acceptance of these rules and the platform's regulations.

- Withdrawals from the selection must be communicated via email to and should occur before March 4th, 2024.


- All selected films will be shown during the film festival.


The festival's organizing team will view and select the submitted films (this is separate from the juries and awards). Participants have no right to seek reimbursement of expenses or any other services. Participants are also not entitled to demand screening or rental fees for their films during the festival.


By submitting a short film, participants guarantee that they have the authority to submit the film and possess all usage rights for the movie, without infringing any third-party rights. The organizer is not liable for any claims by third parties related to copyrights or other rights. Participants must ensure that all third parties involved in the film's production consent to its participation in the festival.

Participants grant the FOKUS Kurzfilmfestival the non-exclusive, sublicensable right, without territorial restrictions, to use the film, press and promotional materials, and trailer/film excerpts for the purpose of presenting the film at the FOKUS Kurzfilmfestival. This includes copying the film, distributing it, publicly displaying it, screening or broadcasting it, making it accessible, and adding it to electronic databases and data networks. The organizer may also make editorial edits to content provided by the participant.


By submitting a short film, participants agree to the storage and processing of their data in the context of the festival. Participants also agree to receive relevant information via email when necessary. Personal data will not be shared with third parties.

Participants consent to the publication of their names in relevant media (e.g., social media, press releases, program brochures). The organizer may publish photographs, trailers, synopses, etc., for promotional purposes, with the participant's permission. Relevant information may be shared with third parties for promotional purposes.

The organizer is not liable for material or financial damages resulting from slight negligence. By submitting a short film, participants agree to abide by the aforementioned rules and regulations.


The FOKUS Kurzfilmfestival 2024 team is committed to promoting diversity, equality, and sustainability. Therefore, we strongly encourage submissions that reflect gender and cultural diversity. We also welcome short films from emerging artists and cinematography students.