Held annually in October, Flip the Script is a three-day film festival that celebrates Queer stories from 2SLGBTQIA+ filmmakers all over the globe!

Returning this October 6โ€“8, 2023, we will continue to present a hybrid festival with in-person screenings at Emagine Willow Creek, and virtual access through Eventive!

Flip the Script Festโ€™s mission is to remove barriers to access Queer film!

We believe quality representation should be accessible for all and that financial means should never keep filmmakers from submitting their films or audience members from participating in our programming. Subsidized free tickets, passes, and submissions fees, for those in need of financial assistance, are built into our budget and supported by donations made through our fiscal sponsorship with Springboard for the Arts.

Who and what we see on screen affects our community, the entertainment industry, and even legislation. Too often in film, Queer folks are seen in tragic or powerless situations. Weโ€™re working to flip that narrative by showcasing empowering stories that inspire individuals to envision themselves and the Queer community without restrictions.

The Michael Alonga Award for Audience Choice film, aka The Daphnes
๐Ÿ’Œ Feature Film: $1,500
๐Ÿ’Œ Short Film: $500

๐Ÿ’– Short Films: $100
๐Ÿ’– Feature-Length Films: $500


SHORT FILMS are classified as having a runtime of 1โ€“45 minutes in length.
FEATURE FILMS are classified as having a runtime of 60โ€“120 minutes in length.

We define โ€œqueer filmsโ€, in this context, as projects that include characters, storylines, ideas and/or are directed, produced, or written to subvert the norm of representation. In order to qualify, we ask that at least one member of the 2SLGBTQIA+ community was involved in the making of your submission.

All submissions must be in a visual format of 1080p or greater quality, 24fps, 25fps, or 30fps, and be 1-120 minutes in length. All films must be submitted digitally, via links on Vimeo or Youtube or an attached digital download in MP4, WMV, AVI, Quicktime, or Apple ProRes format. All films should be in their final form. Any films that have a significant amount of non-English dialogue must include English subtitles. Filmmakers must have the rights to their films, and through submitting thereby grant the Flip the Script Fest the right to screen their film.

All submissions received by July 1, 2023 will be reviewed for Flip the Script Festivalโ€™s 2023 programming (October 6-8, 2023). All applicants will be notified of inclusion or otherwise by July 17, 2022. After receiving a contract for inclusion, all chosen applicants will need to return a signed copy of the contract to Flip the Script Festival by July 31, 2023.

Final copies of accepted films must be received by August 14, 2023, with a daily fee of $5 for copies received after. Films received on September 15th, 2023 and after may not be shown due to inadequate time to prepare and test.

The Festival is unable to waive entry fees or provide discounts beyond those indicated. Entry fees are not refundable. You may submit any number of titles; however, a separate entry form, preview copy, and entry fee are required for each title. If the Festival determines a work is entered in the wrong category and needs to reassign it, any discrepancy in entry fees between the categories must be paid by the filmmaker.

Overall Rating
  • Flip The Script does something that's almost unheard of (in the film festival world)... they offer screening fees! WHAAA? The festival communication was fantastic. The engagement with the community increases every year. This is a great festival that is only going to get better and better each passing year. I highly recommend. :-)

    October 2023
  • Jeremy Stilb

    Reviewing from my coproducer's account bc he submitted our film Erica's First Holy S*** from here, but I want to chime in and say how much I loved attending the fest and love this crew! It's a young festival, but these folks have a real passion for queer films and really care about filmmakers. They have worked hard to present us with good opportunities and get us paid for our film and appearances. And their crowd is really sweet and open :) I attended with our star, Erica Nix, and they found space for Erica to teach her aerobics class, made room for our weird performance desires, and really did their best to cater to our specific needs. They also brought us back to MinneapoIis for Pride weekend! So much fun! I made real friendships here. Expect down to earth communication with a genuine, enthusiastic, and welcoming community ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿงกโค๏ธ๏ธ๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ–คLove you, Flip the Script!๐Ÿ˜ฝ๐Ÿ’•

    July 2023
  • La Hagendorfer

    Thanks to FlipTheScript that my film FUDLIKAS! was allowed to run in the program, what an honor! And to the whole team a huge thank you for your hard work, your great communication and I couldn't imagine a funnier, more exciting and outstanding festival than yours - congratulations!

    January 2023
  • Really loved being part of Flip the Script Fest! It's so exciting and emotional knowing "Asians Have Feelings Too" had its US premiere with you. Due to access, I couldn't get out much so I also really enjoyed watching the films by other filmmakers online and feeling part of a happening! Thank you!

    December 2022
  • My queer dark comedy short played at Flip the Script Fest and won an audience award! How cool. This festival is really well organized and incredibly communicative. Not to mention they provide paid opportunities for their filmmakers! Don't sleep on FTSF!!!

    November 2022