Fringe! is a LGBTIQA+ film and arts festival rooted in London's queer creative scene and welcoming everyone. We're not-for-profit and run by a team of passionate volunteers. From feature films to experimental art, workshops to interactive walks and wild parties, Fringe! hosts a multitude of diverse events to tickle every one of the senses. With a signature blend of eye opening movies, DIY and experimental work, the thoughtful, the provocative and the strange, the festival packs out cinemas, art galleries, pop-up venues, basement clubs and virtual spaces across East London.

Fringe! was launched in 2011, by a group of queer creatives as a community response to arts budget cuts. Our mission is to offer a dynamic, representative and unmistakably fresh alternative to other film and arts festivals.

Fringe! is a non-competitive festival.

Terms & Conditions:

Fringe! is a not-for-profit public festival run entirely by volunteers. We do not pay screening fees and try to make as many screenings as possible free for the community.

Fringe! is specifically interested in films created by AND about gay, lesbian, bisexual, ace, pansexual, queer, trans, non-binary, intersex, genderqueer and two-spirit people.
We do not have any restrictions on runtime, type or genre of film, but we do NOT currently have a VR category.

Films must have been completed within the past 3 years before the festival screening (so, your film must have been completed on or after September 2021).

We do NOT have any premiere status requirements, and it's fine if your film is online as long as screening rights are still available. However, priority is often given to works which have not recently reached large scale audiences in London.

Online screeners only - no DVDs, hard drives, or other physical formats please.
We are only interested in your film itself for submission, and request that no additional publicity materials be sent during the submission period.
All submissions must be made by providing an online screener and must have English subtitles if not in English language.
Works-in-progress are accepted, but please make this clear in the title.
Trailers will not be accepted as submissions.

We are happy to provide fee waivers before the regular deadline if you need one in order to be able to submit your film.
Please contact us on
with "fee waiver / Film Title" in the subject line. Then tell us:
- the title and runtime of your film
- a brief synopsis, making it clear that it is a queer film
- a little bit about your circumstances/why you need an fee waiver

Overall Rating
  • Absolutely stellar festival. Such an ace range of things to do and they were very communicative and transparent about everything. Completely gutted I couldn't be there in person for it but you bet I'll do my best to get in again so I can attend properly!

    October 2023
  • Vasco Vieira

    It was a pleasure and an honour to be a featured filmmaker at Fringe! From the welcoming and lovely staff, to the films I've seen and the diversity of events and attendees, I salute everyone who's involved in making this an important and unmissable festival. Thank you so much again and again! Til next year x

    October 2023
  • Pradeep Mahadeshwar

    It was my dream to get selected at the Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest. I am glad to be part of it.

    October 2023
  • david leo

    such a great lineup! honored to have been a part of it :) programmers are good at reaching out, easy delivery, and they even add your film to letterboxd if it isn't there already which is super cool

    October 2023
  • This festival is just brilliant. It manages to balance radical DIY quirkiness with absolute professionalism.

    November 2022