The Queer Kampala International Film Festival is the first and only LGBTIQ film festival in Uganda. It offers a platform to promote the rights of LGBTIQ persons through Film Advocacy. QKIFF illuminates the diversity of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Queer communities by providing spaces where queer films and stories are screened, discussed and celebrated. Its goals include pushing for legal reforms through expanding the network of LGBTIQ advocates, supporters and activists who can lobby the relevant authorities and stakeholders particularly politicians. QKIFF will prevent the discrimination of the LGBTIQ community through creating awareness to the general populace about the LGBTIQ community, which is done with an aim of changing perceptions and attitudes of the general populace thus reducing stigma and discrimination against the LGBTIQ community; and promoting production of quality LGBTIQ films by providing spaces where their films can be exhibited as well recognizing and awarding the brave filmmakers who daring enough to tell the suppressed LGBTIQ stories. The festival brings together filmmakers, researchers, activists, academics, lawyers, journalists and LGBTIQ persons from around the world.

The inaugural Queer Kampala International Film Festival was held 9th – 11th, December 2016 at different venues in the country’s capital Kampala. Security measures included screening of attendees, keeping the venues secret and mobile daily. The attendants had to go to a different venue in the morning and afternoon. Venues were announced within hours to the event. Encouragingly, the LGBTIQ community, supporters and sympathizers hung in there and religiously followed us to the different venues attracting a turn up of more than 800 visitors with in a space of three days.

On 8th December 2017, the first day of the 2nd edition of the QKIFF opened in Kampala and It was a huge success, the festival sold out.
It was however raided by the police on the second day 9th December 2017 after a tip off. The Festival was later completed on 28th and 29th December 2017 but held in private spaces and with only trusted persons invited.

The show must - and will - go on 🌈🌈🌈
We are excited to announce the third edition scheduled for the 07th – 09th, December 2018. We are already accepting film submissions and our think tank is laying strategies to mitigate associated risks.

To learner about QueerKIFF see the Past Media Coverage links below.

Vice News
Ruby Pratka
November 12, 2016
A conversation with the risk-taking organizer of the first queer film festival in Uganda.
https://news.vice.com/en_ca/article/ev5gaw/a-queer-film-festival-comes-to-uganda-where-homosexuality-is-illegal

Huffington Post
James Michael Nichols
HuffPost Queer Voices Deputy Editor
July 20, 2016
A Queer Film Festival Is Headed To One Of The Most Anti-Queer Countries
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/uganda-queer-film-festival_us_578fb993e4b0f180da6414a2

Uganda Christian News
December 15, 2016
Bishop who says being gay is not a sin returns to defend Kampala’s 1st LGBTQ film festival
http://ugchristiannews.com/bishop-who-says-being-gay-is-not-a-sin-returns-to-defend-kampalas-1st-lgbtq-film-festival/

Human Rights Watch
December 15, 2017 8:36AM EST
Uganda: Police Raid Queer Kampala Film Festival
https://www.hrw.org/news/2017/12/15/uganda-police-raid-queer-kampala-film-festival

Mamba Online
January 2, 2018
Uganda’s defiant LGBTIQ film festival completes screenings.
http://www.mambaonline.com/2018/01/02/ugandas-defiant-lgbtiq-film-festival-completes-screenings-secret/

Uganda's LGBTI film festival defiantly returns after police raid
https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ugandas-lgbti-film-festival-defiantly-returns-after-police-raid/#gs.QotVI0A

10 Countries Where Art Was Censored in 2017
https://hyperallergic.com/419184/art-censorship-2017/

Jury Awards:
Best Narrative Short
Best Documentary Short
Best Ugandan Film
Best East African Film
Best Foreign Film

Audience Choice Awards:
Best LGBTQ Themed film of the Year

Queer Kampala International Film Festival (QueerKiff) will only consider LGBTQ content.
To be considered: pay the required fee, then send a link and password to an online screener to info@queerkiff.com
You must have the authority to submit the film for Queerkiff consideration.

You must have obtained all the necessary rights (including music rights), consents, authorizations and licenses covering the film.

If accepted, an exhibition copy will be accepted in blu-ray format. Disks must be received by no later than 1 Dec 2018. Stills, trailers, synopsis, promo material will be requested upon approval. All notifications will come via email.

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  • Judith Westermann

    It was a great honor to be part of this wonderful festival. Thank you so much to the organizers! I highly recommend submitting to this very important festival and please also consider supporting its on-going crowdfunding campaign!

    March 2018
  • Laurie Mannessier

    A very brave and essential film festival we were very proud to be part of. This team is gold and they're fighting like lions, for their rights, that are also ours, and for our films.

    March 2018
  • It was a joy working with the organizers of the festival. Sadly the police raided the event before my film and others were going to be screened. So much hard work and courage to put on a festival like this.

    December 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Peterson for giving us the opportunity to share your powerful Film with our East African audience. On 8th December 2017, the first day of the 2nd edition of the QueerKIFF opened in Kampala and It was a huge success, the festival was sold out.

    The festival which was intended for three days was called off on 09th/December/2017 the second day when the police raided, and only reconvened on 28th and 29th December 2017 under new security guidelines and we boldly showed all the films. Thank you so much, we hope to work with you again in Future. The show must go on.

    see this article below.

    Uganda's LGBTI film festival defiantly returns after police raid
    https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ugandas-lgbti-film-festival-defiantly-returns-after-police-raid/#gs.QotVI0A

  • My hats off to this Festival for being very brave. May your voice live on! I'm proud to have been a part of it.

    December 2017
  • Mehmet Tığlı

    Great team, amazing festival for human rights. I am honored to be a nominee of this meaningful event.

    December 2016