QFest St. Louis, now in its 16th year, uses the art of contemporary gay cinema to spotlight the lives of LGBTQ people and celebrate queer culture. QFest is presented by Cinema St. Louis, organizers of the St. Louis International Film Festival. Submissions should be relevant to LGBTQ audiences.

Conditions for Eligibility:

This is a competitive, curated event, and submission does not guarantee an invitation.

All films must fulfill the following requirements:
1) Be relevant to LGBTQ audiences.
2) Be fully completed by entry deadline (NO works-in-progress).
3) Be a St. Louis theatrical premiere.
4) Be submitted with English subtitles if in a language other than English.
5) Be submitted with complete entry information and appropriate payment.
6) Not be widely available on video/DVD, cable, YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, or VOD in the St. Louis region before the festival dates. A film's availability on one of these platforms does not absolutely disqualify an entry, but first priority will be given to works that are true premieres.

Entry Procedure:

Provide complete information on FilmFreeway. Films should be submitted as secure online screeners on the platform.

All entrants will be notified of the status of their submission by e-mail no later than March 31, 2023.

Notification of acceptance or rejection will not include criticism or feedback specific to your entry.

If your film is selected, publicity images must be sent immediately (300 dpi or higher electronic images are preferred in .jpg or .png format). All invited films must be immediately available for upload or delivery on invitation.

Cinema St. Louis (CSL) will not be held responsible for any legal disputes regarding the exhibition of this film. Music rights and all copyright clearances are the sole responsibility of the filmmaker.

Please contact Cinema St. Louis for questions and clarifications.

Overall Rating
  • NuReality Productions

    Chris Clarke and his team were super friendly and involved in every step of the process. The theater was nice but attendance was scant with COVID. My film was also streaming for the festival so we are pleased that some folks got to see it that way. Q Fest is a class act.

    May 2022
  • Amir Zargara

    Thanks for having us :)

    May 2022
  • Everyone over at QFest was amazing. Unfortunately, I was not able to attend in person, but the team at QFest kept us informed and was extremely gracious and helpful with the screening.

    May 2022
  • Batul Mukhtiar

    It was a privilege for our very small independent film MUMU SHELLEY to be screened at QFest St. Louis. It is such a warm, personal festival, and even though I was not able to travel to it with the film, it was lovely to be part of it from across the world and see the enthusiasm with which the audiences related to the curation.

    May 2022
  • Mailuki Films

    Una experiencia maravillosa. Ganas de repetir el año que viene con nuevas películas. Mucho AMOR desde Bilbao, Eduardo.


    May 2022