2020 marks the 13th anniversary of QFest St. Louis. The festival uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of LGBTQ people and celebrate queer culture. QFest brings films to audiences that would not otherwise be seen on the big screen in St. Louis and is presented by Cinema St. Louis, organizers of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Submissions should be relevant to LGBTQ audiences.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the seriousness of the ongoing world health crisis and the ongoing need for strong social distancing, we have had to make the difficult decision to move QFest St. Louis this year to an exclusive online platform during Pride month in June. We hope to have new festival dates available soon. The original entry deadline of March 22 has been changed to April 30. We strongly encourage you to still submit your projects for consideration, and our staff will continue to watch and evaluate submitted films.


I affirm that the information above and on the previous pages is correct, that I have read, understood, and do hereby agree to be bound by the festival regulations as described herein and that I have the legal right to represent and to submit this film to QFest – St. Louis. Music rights and all copyright clearances are the sole responsibility of the filmmaker. Cinema St. Louis (CSL) will not be held responsible for any legal disputes regarding the exhibition of this film. Submitting a film for consideration does not guarantee inclusion in the 2020 QFest line up. Noncompliance with form may affect, delay, and/or disqualify your entry. Permission for the festival to use excerpts of each submitted film, not to exceed 3 minutes, for promotional purposes is considered granted on submission, unless otherwise noted. The festival reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible if incorrect information is entered. Participation in QFest implies understanding and acceptance of above regulations and requirements of this application. Notifications will be made prior to May 15th, 2020.


It is our intention to hold the event online in mid June. We do not currently have a refund policy in place.

Overall Rating
  • Todd Gordon

    The 2020 online festival was a triumph! Despite ever-changing pandemic conditions, Chris Clark was calm, flexible and professional throughout. The Q&A with him was a blast. Bravo to all involved!

    August 2020
  • Daniele Guerra

    QFest have been welcoming and friendly, and communication has been a pleasure. Thank you!

    July 2020
  • Brian Tognotti

    As a first time filmmaker, my experience with QFest was fantastic. They were professional and very supportive of my film, even inviting me to record a Q&A. A great experience!

    July 2020
  • Nathaniel Ryan

    It was a great experience. Especially since it was my first one. Thank you so much.

    July 2020
  • Amy Oden

    Q Fest pivoted well despite the pandemic! Everyone was very communicative and helpful!

    July 2020