This is the annual lesbian film festival which forms part of the LFEST music, art and comedy festival in the UK -- one of the largest lesbian festivals in the UK.

This film festival focusses on shorts and features that celebrate being female and being lesbian in all it's guises shapes and sizes.

Find out more about the full festival here:

Best of LFEST - Short Film
Best of LFEST - Feature
Best of LFEST - Documentary

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from March the 16th 2017 until June the 21st.
The early deadline is Friday 31 March 2017.
The regular deadline is Friday 28 April 201.
The late deadline is Friday 26 May 2017.
Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener or wetransfer digital copies. The screeners must be clearly labeled with:
the film title
directors name
film category (F/SF/Doc)
film classification (age restriction)
running time.

3. Submission Eligibility
There is no premiere policy for feature film.
There is no premiere policy for short films and music videos.
Works-in-progress are accepted

5. Film Classification
Please label your submissions clearly with the appropriate film classification.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for LFEST Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all additional materials sent to and returned from LFEST must be borne by the submitting party. LFEST will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. LFEST will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid. LFEST will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.
Submission packages from outside the UK must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
Quality of narrative and production values
Relevance to the target audience and festival.

9. Notification
LFEST endeavours to complete all selection procedures by Friday 23 June 2017 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.

10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a digital screener, preferably a high quality mp4 or mov in order to be screened at the LFEST Film Festival. The film title and director's name MUST be clearly labeled in the file name.
LFEST is an outdoor film, music, comedy and arts festival, hence facilities do NOT support DCP, Blue-Ray, DVD, tape, 35mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or double-head formats.
All screener copies of films selected to screen at the festival must be received at the submissions address no later than 7th of July.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of LFEST. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, LFEST reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. LFEST will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

12. Festival Awards
Best of LFEST – Feature.
Best of LFEST – Short Film.
Best of LFEST – Documentary.

Overall Rating
  • Zsolti Szabó

    Very friendly and helpful festival, our work got shown multiple times, they arranged a Q&A with the audience and paid expenses for us to attend. Great opportunity to connect with the lesbian part of the LGBT community.

    August 2017
  • Very pleased to be selected for this festival. The weekend's schedule sounded phenomenal. While I was unable to attend, I still received feedback from the organizers and was able to send an introduction video for the q&a. I really wish I had been able to go, LFEST seems like a lesbian paradise! Thanks so much! :)

    July 2017