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 2020).

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

    November 2022
  • Rahul Roye

    A fantastic festival that recognizes authentic cinema. The best-looking and one among the most prestigious laurels on your film's poster.

    October 2022
  • Hadi Moussally

    Great Festival with good communications and selection. Thanks a lot for all the work.

    October 2022
  • The organisers of this festival went above and beyond in terms of communicating with the filmmakers and making them feel welcome. The festival runs a series of incredible events alongside the screenings so a great one to be part of.

    October 2022
  • I was thrilled to have my video selected for screening at Fringe! as part of a varied and stimulating programme by film-makers from around the world. The Q&A was fun and I also enjoyed meeting other artists and participating in the other events during the Festival. Thank you Fringe! Queer Film and Arts Fest for yet another positive and fun experience for film-maker and audience alike.

    October 2022