Updated information on MQFF 2024 coming soon! Thank you to all who participated in 2023.
Awards in all major categories and many special awards including technical and performance awards.
All awards will be nominated in categories based on the Festival director and nomination committee choose.
Submissions must be Queer oriented or Queer created or Must have Queer Representation on their production or creative staff.
No Production year and place barrier.
International films in non-English language are very welcome but must contain English subtitles.
Being an "Official Selection" does not guarantee a screening at the In-person festival. The festival directors will select films based on ranking; only Finalist and Semi Finalist will be screened.
Official Selections not screened are eligible for honorary or specific awards decided by the Judges,
Official Selections in the shorts category may receive a online screening for competition to be screened at the in-person festival
Festival accepts films of any length and genre produced.
Pornography will not be accepted.
Works-in-progress will not be accepted.
Applicant admits that he/she/they is authorized to submit the film, being the rights-holder or authorized representative of the film.
All persons submitting Material (“Entrants”) must be 18 years or older.
The submitter owns all the copyrights including music rights.
Festival does not have premiere status requirements. We will happily accept films that have been screened elsewhere and online.
Merced Queer Film Festival does not pay screening fees.
You may send more than one film but a separate application must be made for each film.
Festival only accepts submissions via FilmFreeway.com.