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.
November 12, 2016
A conversation with the risk-taking organizer of the first queer film festival in Uganda.
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
Uganda Christian News
December 15, 2016
Bishop who says being gay is not a sin returns to defend Kampala’s 1st LGBTQ film festival
Human Rights Watch
December 15, 2017 8:36AM EST
Uganda: Police Raid Queer Kampala Film Festival
January 2, 2018
Uganda’s defiant LGBTIQ film festival completes screenings.
Uganda's LGBTI film festival defiantly returns after police raid
10 Countries Where Art Was Censored in 2017
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.