QFest St. Louis, now in its 15th 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, 2022.

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
  • Kevin Nettles

    There are not enough words to express my gratitude for Chris and QFest St Louis. In this year of Covid, and all the headaches that has caused, our little film was given a chance to be seen. The Q&A session between myself and Chris allowed for us to dig into the story and the development of the characters, and it was such a fun exercise to be able to discuss the work in a relaxed environment. We can not wait to submit further work in the future.

    May 2021
  • in[APP]licable productions

    I am so happy with QFest St Louis and had a great experience having my short film, in[APP]licable, screen at the festival. The staff was always super friendly and communication was always great. I would highly recommend this festival and hope to submit again in the future.

    May 2021
  • 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