Queer Kampala International Film Festival (QKIFF), is the first and only LGBTQ Film Festival in Uganda and the only gay film festival organized in a country where homosexuality is illegal. QUEERKIFF offers a powerful platform to promote and progress LGBTIQ rights through film advocacy in homophobic Uganda.

For the first time in homophobic Uganda, an International film festival celebrating and reinforcing the right to be LGBTQI was held. Against all odds, the creative Queer KIFF team laid strategies to beat the stern security and anti homo communities. The inaugural Queer Kampala International Film Festival was held 9th – 11th, December 2016 at different venues in the country’s capital Kampala.

Measures included security 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.  
We are excited to announce the second edition scheduled for the 8th – 10th, December 2017. We are already accepting film submissions and be sure it will happen as our think tank is laying strategies to mitigate associated risks.

Together, we can end victimization of the LGBTQI community using social justice film-making, a tested and proven effective tool in changing hearts, minds, and laws!!

Project Goal  

-Pushing for Legal Reforms through expanding the network of LGBTIQ advocates, supporters and activists who can lobby the relevant authorities and stakeholders particularly politicians who are attracted by numbers.

-Preventing Discrimination of the LGBTIQ Community through creating awareness to the general populace about the LGBTIQ Community. This is done with an aim of changing perceptions and attitudes of the general populace thus reducing stigma and discrimination against the LGBTIQ community.

-Promoting Production of Quality LGBTIQ Films by providing spaces where their films can be exhibited as well as recognizing and awarding the brave film makers who dare to tell the suppressed LGBTIQ stories.

To learn about Queerkiff read this illuminating interview about setting up a queer film festival in a country where homosexuality is illegal. The inaugural Queer Kampala International Film Festival came to Uganda last December. (via VICE News) https://news.vice.com/story/a-queer-film-festival-comes-to-uganda-where-homosexuality-is-illegal

Awards & Prizes

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

Rules & Terms

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.

3 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Mehmet Tığlı

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

    December 2016
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    Ferran Navarro-Beltrán

    It was so great to be part of the first QKIFF! Thanks Kamoga for this great job!

    December 2016
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    Christopher McCombs

    Very friendly and easy to work with. Communication was frequent and mails were answered within the day. There was a real feeling of being a part of this festival, not just submitting our film. I was very happy and proud to be able to work with this team. If they continue this festival, we will happily work with them again.

    December 2016