Founded in 1977, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival is the longest-running, largest, and most widely recognized queer film exhibition event in the world. As a community event with an annual attendance of more than 63,000 (89,000 virtual attendance in 2020), the Festival is the most prominent and well-attended LGBTQ+ arts program in the Bay Area. In 2021, Frameline's Festival was named by MovieMaker one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. In 2023, Frameline was ranked #8 in USA Today's Readers Choice poll of the 10 Best Film Festivals in the US. Frameline is a BAFTA Qualifying Festival.

Frameline48: the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival will return to the Bay Area with its signature showcase of the world’s leading queer cinema. Frameline unites diverse communities for 11 days of innovative and socially relevant content. Discover emerging talents and embrace an unparalleled community of festival-goers at the world’s largest celebration of queer media. The Festival pays tribute to LGBTQ+ experiences through pioneering documentaries, gripping features, delightful shorts, cinematic classics, engaging episodics, and more.

Each year, Frameline hosts 400 official Festival Guests, including directors, producers, actors, programmers, distributors, and buyers that range from small, independent entities to studios such as A24, Neon, Strand Releasing, Wolfe Video, The Film Collaborative, TLA Releasing, HBO, Showtime, and Warner Bros. The Festival is one of the largest annual business meeting places for theatrical and educational film and video buyers in Northern California.

Committed to showcasing the best and most diverse work by, about, and of interest to the LGBTQ+ community, we strongly encourage applications from women, people of color, transgender people, intersex people, asexual people, non-binary people, disabled people, and other underrepresented people and communities. The Festival is produced by Frameline, a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the exhibition, distribution, funding and promotion of LGBTQ+ media arts.

Frameline48 will be presented safely at venues around the Bay Area.

Frameline48 will be a competitive film festival with three juried awards for Outstanding First Feature (Narrative), Outstanding Documentary Feature, Outstanding Narrative Short, and Outstanding Documentary Short. Frameline48 will also have cash prizes attached to the two Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature. Introduced in 2022, the Out in the Silence Award is an annual honor conferred to an outstanding film project that highlights brave acts of visibility, especially in places where such acts are rare and unexpected because of the dominant systems that make it difficult for LGBTQ+ people to live authentic lives.

Frameline47 introduced The Colin Higgins Youth Filmmaker Grants which are presented by Frameline centered on providing LGBTQ+ youth filmmakers with financial support to continue their work. Eligible applicants must be LGBTQ+ filmmakers under the age of 25 who currently reside in the United States. Up to three cash prizes of $15,000 each will be awarded in conjunction with the Frameline Film Festival. Frameline will curate up to 10 short films from which the Colin Higgins Foundation (CHF) Board will select up to three grantees.

Since 1983, our audience has been responsible for selecting the Best Narrative Feature and Best Documentary Feature of the Festival. Putting the power in the audience's hands, the Frameline Audience Awards offer cash prizes to the awarded titles.

Frameline, the San Francisco International LGBTQ+ Film Festival, accepts films of any length and genre about LGBTQ+ people and their communities.

All submissions must be made via FilmFreeway. We do not accept submissions by email. A separate Entry Form is required for each film being submitted. Once a film is submitted for entry, it may not be withdrawn.

We encourage filmmakers to submit by the Early Bird Deadline before fees increase. Entry fees are not refundable. Frameline only allots a small number of fee waivers for Festival alumni as well as filmmakers based in countries that cannot legally send money to the U.S. Discounted submission fees are granted on a case-by-case basis for filmmakers who demonstrate a financial need. No additional discounts are available with Student Discounts or Early Bird pricing. Requests can be directed to

Feature films previously exhibited publicly in the Bay Area—either theatrically, at another local festival, via television, or widely available via streaming—are not eligible for submission. There is no premiere requirement for short films.

For theatrical screenings, Frameline47 will exhibit all films via DCP. For streaming screenings, we will reach out with format specifications. All non-English language entries must have English subtitles.

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission only if completed by May 9, 2024.

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 in early May 2024.

Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. The Festival will pay for return or forward shipping. The Festival cannot accept nor assume responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. In case of loss or damage during the Festival, the responsibility of the Festival is limited to the costs for repair or replacement of the print.

All feature films selected are eligible for the Audience Awards.
To be eligible for a juried award, a film cannot have screened or been broadcast on television or on VOD in the San Francisco Bay Area prior to the Festival.

All entries will be reviewed in their entirety by at least two members of the Festival Screening Committee or by one Programmer. The Screening Committee is composed of industry professionals, filmmakers, students, longtime festival screeners, and movie lovers.

The Festival does not pay rental fees; instead, we choose to invest our resources in producing the best possible showcase for your work and promoting your work as widely as possible.

I give Frameline permission to use up to 3 minutes of footage or photographic stills from the work for broadcast, web publication, or other promotional purposes. Frameline must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions.

Frameline must be notified in writing of any press restrictions, including hold reviews.

If accepted to the Festival, I agree not to have a full copy of the film available online or thru VOD prior to the Frameline screening.

Overall Rating
  • Two months from this time in FRAMELINE 47, flying from Sao Paulo to San Francisco. Sampã to Sanfran. How many beautiful and unexpected encounters, how many joys, how many special people who entered in my journey and that do not even fit in photos.
    My short-film EMPIRE, was projected at Teatro Castro (a cinema of such powerful causes, which struggles to remain as it is), in a session of delicious short films that discuss what we want for our futures, our bodies, our desires.
    Was such a great and wonderful experience!
    I wish to thank so much Frameline47 for welcoming me, and my lovely Homestay hosts Shannon, Marina ans Iliana for welcoming me with such kindness and affection.

    August 2023
  • V.T. Nayani

    From the kind festival team, to the wonderful volunteers, to the incredible screening experience, we are so grateful to have screened our feature film THIS PLACE at the 2023 festival. This is an experience we will never forget, sharing our story with community at FRAMELINE.

    July 2023
  • We are so grateful for the generous support of the Frameline team. The festival and films were a blast. On top of that, we stayed with a family through the homestay program who were lovely. Having our film screen at the Castro was such a treat. Thank you Frameline!

    July 2023
  • Alex G

    The organizers of Frameline have perfected filmmaker hospitality, as well as rallying the local LGBTQ+ film enthusiast community, into an art form! Myself and my cast + crew had the best time at Frameline47, from Industry Day, to designated locations for mingling with other filmmakers + Frameline members, to a truly moving after-screening Q&A session, to great programming all 10 days of the film festival. Throughout it all, the organizers and volunqueers kept everything running smoothly and kept us filmmakers up-to-date with the latest information as needed. Highly recommend Frameline!

    July 2023
  • Beija Flor Filmes

    It was an AMAZING experience to be part of Frameline47! Unforgettable!

    July 2023