Since our founding in 2001, Korea Queer Film Festival (KQFF) is an annual event held in Seoul, Korea, as part of the Seoul Queer Culture Festival (SQCF)—the largest LGBTQ+ festival in Korea visited by more than 150,000 people. Starting from a small screening event, KQFF has achieved significant growth, programming more than 70 films last year and marking its 20th anniversary next year. As a non-profit organization run by volunteers, the mission of KQFF is to celebrate diversity and develop cultural resources for the LGBTQ+ community, bringing the queer’s voices on screen. KQFF works as the public sphere for cultural/political agendas, including anti-discrimination law and its legislation, the possibility of identity politics, and irregularities in social structures.

KQFF visualizes diverse sexual orientation and gender of LGBTQ+ communities by programming 「𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴/𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 (𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢)」, 「𝘒𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴/𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 (𝘒𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢)」, 「𝘌𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 (𝘌𝘹𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢)」, and 「𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘐𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦」 sections. 「𝘐𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘯𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴/𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 (𝘞𝘰𝘳𝘭𝘥 𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢)」 includes documentary and narrative films of the world. 「𝘒𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴/𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 (𝘒𝘰𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘯 𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢)」 discovers the talented new filmmakers of Korea and works that present a new vision of Korean Cinema. 「𝘌𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘭 (𝘌𝘹𝘱𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘦𝘥 𝘊𝘪𝘯𝘦𝘮𝘢)」 introduces queer cinema centered on its ‘form,’ seeking the origin of queerness and its power. 「𝘊𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘐𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘦」 presents the contemporary issues of our society around queer communities.

To provide dynamic experiences, audiences can enjoy various events like opening/closing ceremony, Guest Visit (Filmmaker conversation), Q-Talk (Panel discussion), and Academy during the film festival.

𝗘𝗮𝗿𝗹𝘆 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴
Sunday, Nov 8, 2020 – Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 -$2 entry fee

𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴
Sunday, Nov 8, 2020 – Sunday, Dec 13, 2020 -$4 entry fee

𝗢𝗳𝗳𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴
Monday, Dec 14, 2020 – Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 -$5 entry fee

𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴
Monday, Dec 14, 2020 – Sunday, Jan 31, 2021 -$7 entry fee

𝗟𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗦𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻
𝘚𝘩𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘴 & 𝘍𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦𝘴
Monday, Feb 1, 2021 – Sunday, Feb 28, 2021 -$10 entry fee

We only accept International Films through FilmFreeway.

If you have any questions, please contact kqff@kqff.co.kr.

𝗞𝗤𝗙𝗙 𝗖𝗛𝗢𝗜𝗖𝗘

KQFF CHOICE is the only award of KQFF, determined by KQFF programmers. The prize is awarded to the film that spotlights the agenda of contemporary queer cinema, including aesthetic achievement, innovative storytelling, and audience’s interest; one of each International/Korean section will be selected. The medal will be given, and the film chosen for KQFF CHOICE will be prioritized when recommending the film to any Korean/International film festival connected to KQFF. The awardee will be announced at the closing ceremony.

𝗘𝗻𝘁𝗿𝘆 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗺
: We do not need more information than FilmFreeway requires entrants to. If it is needed, we will contact entrants for further information. Please make sure to fill out the FilmFreeway Entry Form carefully. We only receive International submission through FilmFreeway.

𝗦𝘂𝗯𝗺𝗶𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗴𝗼𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀
: Any films with a running time of 40 minutes or longer must be categorized as Feature Films.

𝗣𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗶𝗲𝘄 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁
: Film must be uploaded as a preview version via FilmFreeway or via Vimeo and YouTube. We encourage all entries to provide English Subtitles or script in advance so that our juries can evaluate the film precisely. When the film is selected, the entrant must provide either English subtitles or the script for the screening.

𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗮𝘁
: When the film is selected, the video format file (MP4, AVI, MOV, etc) must be submitted. Please consult with us when the format is not available.

𝗣𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗶𝗲𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝘂𝘀
: We do not have a specific regulation for the premiere. Films that have shown on television/Online Streaming Services (Netflix, Hulu, etc) or are available on DVD can also be submitted. Please inform us when the premiere status of your film is changed.

𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸
: We feel sorry that we cannot provide feedback for every entrant. We appreciate every submission and entrants for their effort—however our juries will watch all applicants’ works in the same manner, no matter when applicants submitted the movie. The selection might differ according to the theme of our film festival of that year, so please don’t be discouraged by the result.

𝗦𝗰𝗿𝗲𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗙𝗲𝗲
: We do not pay rental fees for selected films. Instead, the festival (including our festival staff) will promote your works using the festival’s resources including the film’s social media accounts (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook). Also, the festival recommends your work to related local film festivals of Korea and connect you with them so that your work can be shown to more varied audiences.

𝗙𝗲𝗲 𝗪𝗮𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘀
: Korea Queer Film Festival is a non-profit organization run with the help of many volunteers, and entry fees that entrants pay will be solely used for keeping our film festival. The festival decided not to provide fee waivers to any entrants to be fair in the submission process. Still, we put a minimum and reasonable amount of entry fee, so we encourage you to submit till the early and official deadline.

𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗮 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗺𝗼𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
: Photos (stills), trailers, clips, 2-3 minutes of footage, any review will be used for the press, advertisement, and any promotion—so please provide as many materials as possible. Materials might be edited by the festival for promotional purposes.

𝗧𝗲𝗿𝗺𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀
: I have read the Rules & Terms above and agree to follow the instructions of the Korea Queer Film Festival as the entrants.

For more information on last year’s KQFF, please visit our website.
For more information or questions, email kqff@kqff.co.kr.

Overall Rating
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  • Karina Astrup

    A truly passionate team bringing great quality LGBTQ+ films to their audience, we were so excited to have our Asian Premiere at this Festival! Fantastic communication, very well run and put together!

    July 2021
  • eric chou

    It is a wonderful chance to join the festival!

    June 2021
  • The Korea Queer Film Festival was absolutely amazing, they are so friendly to help and encourage me. Thank you to giving me so good experience and for awesome time.

    June 2021
  • Asia LeMasters

    I'm excited that my film, EVOKE's first screening outside of the United States was at this festival!!

    August 2018
  • Tommy Naess

    Great to be selected to this festival. I could not attend myself but all communication and feedback was great. Thanks for screening my film.

    August 2018