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.

The Film Festival is curated and run by Lesflicks. Find out more about Lesflicks here:

Find out more about the full LFEST festival here:

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

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 10 August 2020 until 31 March 2021.
The early deadline is 31 December 2020.
The regular deadline is 28 February 2021.
The late deadline is 31 March 2021.
Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via wetransfer or similar transfer website with 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. We accept any film up to 3 years old.
There is no premiere policy for short films and music videos. We accept any film up to 3 years old.

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. LesFlicks or LFEST will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. Lesflicks will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid. Lesflicks 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
Lesflicks endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 31 May 2021 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. DVD is accepted.
LFEST is an outdoor film, music, comedy and arts festival, hence facilities do NOT support DCP, Blue-Ray, 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 15 June 2021.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Lesflicks and LFEST. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, Lesflicks and LFEST reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. Lesflicks and 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.

Overall Rating
  • While the organizers had to switch over to a virtual format due to COVID-19, the vibe of the festival remained warm, engaging, and exciting! As a filmmaker who had the absolute pleasure to screen my latest film at this festival, I highly recommend everyone to submit! And as someone who viewed many of the films, I also recommend everyone to attend as an audience member. Cheers to the organizers! You did an amazing job!

    August 2020
  • Truly the perfect festival. And they seamlessly transitioned into an exclusively on-line structure for this year: There were group watch parties, private access to the films, group Q&As, and educational seminars. So I didn't feel like I missed out on anything (and I can't wait to attend in person when next possible!) Everything functioned without technical hiccups and on time, as promised in their regular communication. I particularly appreciated the well-rounded selection of films, in that there were films focused on issues specific to the LGBTQ+ community as well as stories that just happen to have LGBTQ+ characters or filmmakers. Everyone involved was so sweet, enthusiastic, and passionate. I had a wonderful time and will re-apply every time I make a film!

    August 2020
  • Stacy Jill Calvert

    The festival was well-run, was very supportive of the filmmakers and selected films, and did a great job of connecting the community despite the fact it was Virtual this year! Would definitely submit again! F3$tDe$Qu@D

    August 2020
  • Naomi Beukes-Meyer

    I really loved being at lesFlicks Cinema at LFEST and can just recommend it to anyone thinking of entering.

    July 2019