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.

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.

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

Films should have been completed within the past 3 years before the festival screening (so, your film must have been completed on or after November 2018).

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 may be 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 on 15 June if you need one in order to be able to submit your film.
Please contact us on with "fee waiver" in the subject line letting us know:
- the title of your film and a brief synopsis
- a little bit about your circumstances and why you need an fee waiver

*** We will ONLY provide fee waivers to films submitted by the regular deadline (15 June)***

Overall Rating
  • Really glad that Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest exists and I feel super grateful to have my work archived in this way

    January 2021
  • Kate Jessop

    The festival was still brilliant despite it all going online last minute due to the latest lockdown. Good communication from the organisers and an inclusive atmosphere. Wish Fringe could have it's own TV channel all year round I would watch every night!

    November 2020
  • Sarah Brown (Sweatmother)

    The best festival Ive participated in. Fringe! not only provides an incredible program but is always so personable with their communication. This year they were able to adapt so flawlessly to the current lockdown that it felt they had been doing an online digital film festival forever. I really recommend them highly if you're a viewer or filmmaker!

    November 2020
  • Nathaniel Walters

    A wonderful festival with a fantastic, dedicated team.  Despite having to deal with an unexpected covid lockdown at the last minute, the festival went ahead, well organised and promoted.  Very highly recommended!

    November 2020
  • Karina Astrup

    A fantastic, passionate group of people who put this Festival together! It's a really fun Fest to be a part of and was a smooth well run experience. They had to do a lightning fast last minute adaption for covid and it was executed as well as one could hope for!

    November 2020