Co-Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood, California
Official 2023 WeHo Pride Event

NOW OPEN: Middle/High School/College Entries
NOW OPEN: Young Adult 35 & Younger

Welcome to the 2023 OUR PRIDE Video & Arts Fest, the global LGBTQIA+ Youth Content Creators Festival featuring short films, video and art, Sponsored by FILMOCRACY and held in partnership with the Student Television Network and the international Charter for Compassion, Co-Sponsored by the City of West Hollywood.

2023 THEME: "LOVE WINS! Compassion, Resilience & Solidarity," with entries highlighting compassion, resilience and solidarity in the global LGBTQIA+ community, featuring such topics as Social Justice, Human Rights, Current Issues, Mental Health, Personal Stories, Local Pride, LGBTQIA+ Community & History, and more.

Social Justice issues highlight: Amnesty / Immigration, Disability Justice, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender Justice, Health Justice, Racial Justice, and Reproductive Justice.


JUNE / PRIDE MONTH FESTIVAL: May 22 - June 30, 2023 - FILMOCRACY Virtual and hybrid West Hollywood, California event.

Categories: Narrative Short, Documentary Short, Animation Short, News Story, PSA, Music Video, Social Video Series (3 or more videos). In keeping with the 2023 theme, we encourage you to highlight compassion, resilience or solidarity in the LGBTQIA+ community, highlighting such topics as Social Justice, Human Rights, Current Issues, Mental Health, Personal Stories, Local Pride, Community, and History.

Submissions must be in English or contain English subtitles.

* There is no limit to the number of submissions per submitter, provided they are separate submissions.

* All submissions must be uploaded by the regular deadline.

We are an online video festival event. If accepted, you will upload your video to your personal online video account (YouTube, Vimeo, etc) and provide us with a link to the video.

In the event that your video is accepted to this festival, you will receive an email that explains how to submit your final for public viewing.

You will then need to upload your video before the festival start date.

The video must not (i) infringe any rights of publicity or privacy, moral rights or IP rights, including any music-related rights, (ii) be defamatory or indecent, and (iii) violate any applicable laws. You must have obtained and been able to prove that you have all the necessary rights to the music in your video.



The June / Pride Month OUR PRIDE Video & Arts Festival is hosting a virtual art exhibition curated by Ree Magaña, featuring photography, paintings, sculpture, digital art, and poetry.

The OUR PRIDE Video Fest Virtual Art Show participants' artwork will be featured alongside India-based artist / activist Anwesh Sahoo, Philippines-based photographer / activist Niccolo Cosme, along with artwork the US, Ukraine, Africa, India and around the world.​

Artist Submission Criteria: LGBTQIA+ ages 35 and younger.

Winners receive prizes, awards and certificates.

Outfest UCLA Legacy Project: Selected entries will be archived and entered into the permanent Outfest UCLA Legacy Project Collection.

WeVideo: Selected winning entries receive one-year licenses from WeVideo, the online video editor that makes it easy to capture, create, view and share your movies at up to 4K resolution for stunning playback anywhere. Winners under 18 years of age receive a single user license if they are working with a parent mentor. Those working with a teacher mentor receive WeVideo for Schools with up to 30 licenses.

Smart Film School: Selected entries will receive admission to online courses, such as Mobile Journalism and many more, from

Special Awards include:
* Mental Health & ​Suicide Prevention
* OutRight Award: Human Rights & Immigration
* Troy Perry Award: Pride Parades, Marches, Community & History

Participants may work in teams or solo to create video entries running 1 to 15 minutes in a variety of categories, such as Short Documentary, Narrative, Animated Short, Social Video Series, News Story, Music Video, News Story, and PSA, and incorporate original music, poetry and other creative content.

Youth 18 years and under work with mentors / adult coaches (teachers/parents)

* All rights must be cleared.
* Entries must include the following information:
- Contact information (name, address, email and telephone number)
- Short video synopsis (50 words max)
- Short director’s bio (50 words max)
- Date of completion
- Exact running time
* Videos entered in previous years are not eligible
* All entries must be submitted through FilmFreeway
* Submissions must be in English or contain English subtitles.
* This is a juried festival
* Accepted films will be screened March 17-18, 2023

Entries can only be submitted with a secure link of an online copy through vimeo or other host. Hard copies not accepted.

By submitting your work to OUR PRIDE Video Fest, you grant to OUR PRIDE a non-exclusive license to use an excerpt of your submission of up to two minutes in length, for promotional purposes only.

Still photos from your work are requested with your submission and are required for all videos selected for the festival. Good stills make a difference in video placement and press coverage, particularly for short films. Even the shortest short can get press coverage or festival prominence with a captivating still. Stills must be in TIFF or JPEG format and 300dpi (dots per inch).

You are also encouraged to enclose a synopsis, production credits, press information, and other collateral regarding your film.

I have read and agree to the festival submission and participation requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit to OUR PRIDE.