Queer Voices: NYC (QVNYC) – is a 3-day film festival that brings together LGBTQIA+ filmmakers of color from around the globe. This year's festival will be hosted at none other than Manhattan's historic Gay Center!

Our mission is to empower LGBTQIA+ filmmakers of color by providing a space to exist, be celebrated, and share their stories. Through entertaining and socially relevant films, we aim to educate and inspire audiences to embrace their truths and advocate for social justice.

With an exceptional catalog of films, thought-provoking live panels, and engaging talkbacks, QVNYC creates an environment that builds connection, inspires advocacy, and provides filmmakers with real-world opportunities.

QVNYC is more than just a film festival. We are a vibrant community created to support, uplift, connect, and push each other forward. Join us in creating a space where LGBTQIA+ filmmakers of color can exist unapologetically, be celebrated for their artistry, and share their powerful narratives with the world.

Submit your film today and be part of a transformative cinematic experience that will leave an indelible mark on our community and beyond!

Submission Guidelines:
a. QVNYC welcomes film submissions that showcase and celebrate the voices and experiences of the queer-BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) community.
b. Films of any genre or format that align with the festival's theme and are created by queer-BIPOC individuals (writer, director producer) and have a focus on queer-BIPOC stories are eligible for submission.
c. Submissions must comply with the specified technical requirements and any additional guidelines provided by QVNYC.

Entry Fees:
a. There is a non-refundable entry fee for submitting films to QVNYC. The fee amount and payment details are provided on the festival's official FilmFreeway page.

Submission Deadline:
a. Submissions must be received by the specified deadline as mentioned on the festival's official FilmFreeway page. Late submissions may not be considered.

Rights and Permissions:
a. Filmmakers must have all necessary rights, licenses, and permissions for their submitted films, including but not limited to music, images, and third-party content.
b. By submitting their film to QVNYC, filmmakers grant the festival the right to screen their film during the festival and use excerpts or still images for promotional purposes.

Selection Process:
a. All submissions will be reviewed by a qualified selection committee appointed by QVNYC.
b. The final selection of films will be determined based on the artistic merits, relevance to the festival's theme, and overall quality of the submissions.
c. QVNYC reserves the right to select or reject any film at its sole discretion, without providing feedback or explanation to the filmmakers.

Festival Screening:
a. Selected films will be publicly screened during QVNYC at the historic Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center (The Center) in New York City.
b. Details regarding the date, time, and location of screenings will be provided to the selected filmmakers in advance.

Awards and Prizes:
a. QVNYC may present awards or prizes in various categories to honor outstanding films. The award categories and criteria will be announced prior to the festival.
b. The decision of the jury or panel responsible for selecting the award winners will be final and binding.

Safe Space and Zero Tolerance Policy:
a. QVNYC is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and hate-free environment for all attendees, filmmakers, and volunteers.
b. QVNYC has a zero-tolerance policy for hatred, discrimination, or any form of bigotry. Any behavior that undermines this safe space will not be tolerated, and appropriate action will be taken.

Allies and Their Role:
a. QVNYC welcomes allies who support and uplift the queer-BIPOC community.
b. However, allies are kindly requested to respect the festival's focus on queer-BIPOC voices and experiences. Please be mindful of your role as an ally and ensure that the space remains centered on the voices and needs of the community.

Dispute Resolution:
a. Any disputes or conflicts arising between QVNYC and filmmakers will be resolved through negotiation and mutual understanding.
b. If a resolution cannot be reached, both parties agree to pursue mediation or arbitration in accordance with the laws of the state of New York.