Welcome to the second year of La Frontera Queer Film Fest!

La Frontera Queer Film Fest is an initiative of Valley AIDS Council (VAC) and the members of the South Texas Equality Project (STEP) and films selected will be showcased during Pride in The Park (June 28, 2019 at the McAllen Convention Center). La Frontera Queer Film Fest expands organizers scope of outreach and HIV prevention work in the Rio Grande Valley, by telling the stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender identities, with a vision to prioritize creative works by and for people of color, and stories from and about the borderlands. This festival aims to showcase both feature and short films, in addition to mainstream and avant-garde works.

La Frontera Queer Film Fest accepts all films, of any length and genre that are created, produced, edited, about and or of interest to LGBTQ+ people. Submitting an entry to the festival constitutes an agreement to our entry guidelines and terms and conditions.

La Frontera Queer Film Fest will prioritize programming works that have not been previously broadcast on television, or are on DVD or streaming distribution prior to the festival. Please disclose this information on your entry and notify organizers immediately of any changes after your entry is submitted for review.

Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images, and content in the entry.

Filmmaker is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the film, including obtaining releases and be able to prove as such to film organizers upon request.

Applicant admits that they are authorized to submit the film, being the sole rights-holder or authorized representative thereof.

Entrant will allow usage of clips from the film for promotional use on television, radio, in print, and at live Festival events.

All entries must be either in English or subtitled in English. Non-English entries submitted without subtitles are not eligible.

Submitting films is as easy as uploading to FilmFreeway by the entry deadline, emailing a link to festival organizers via a password protected video link from Venmo to: olopez@valleyaids.org, or by in person or mail-in submission on a DVD or USB to one of the following addresses:

300 S. 2ND ST, STE. 101

La Frontera Queer Film Fest, VAC or STEP cannot be held or assume responsibility for damage or loss of any materials while in transit. In case of loss or damage during the festival, the liability of STQFF, VAC or STEP is limited to the costs for repair or replacement of the print.

Submitting a work after the deadline will not guarantee to be screened by the juried committee, therefore limiting it’s chances of being included in festival programming and award consideration.

Rough Cuts and works-in-progress are allowed entry only if they will be completed by June 1, 2019. Please label materials as such and make specific notes of what is missing.
Final program selection decisions will be sent via email to the contact of record by late May, early June 2019.

If selected, La Frontera Queer Film Fest screens films ONLY on digital files during the Festival. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your film as a digital file by time of exhibition (June 28, 2019), DO NOT SUBMIT your film.

Sending as full a press kit as possible is encouraged, when submitting films, and required if selected for screening at the festival. Press materials may be emailed to: olopez@valleyaids.org

Press kit should include:
– Digital photo stills in JPEG or TIFF format
– Director Biography
– Cast and Crew List
– Any Artwork
– Mention of other festivals your film has screened

Selected films may be eligible for the following award competitions: Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, Best Documentary Short, Best Narrative Short and Best Animation.

Overall Rating
  • Kevin McCarthy

    I was unfortunately unable to attend La Frontera Queer Film Fest in person due to domestic obligations. I deeply regret this as I feel it is important to promote LGBTQ+ media in rural communities, and among audiences that consist largely of PoC,

    The organizers communication was excellent, and I only regret that I could not be more responsive in my promotion of the festival. (I was driving through the Yukon, and had very limited internet access.)

    I would highly recommend La Frontera to other filmmakers.

    July 2019