MISSION

SECS FEST is a sex-positive international film festival celebrating the artistry of erotic cinema while inspiring diverse communities to engage in adult conversations about sex.

THE FESTIVAL

SECS Fest will be held at Seattleā€™s historic Grand Illusion Cinema on September 11-13, 2020. The festival originally began as a subset of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, where a small selection of short films were screened. SECS Fest has been running as a separate independent erotic film festival since 2017.

SECS Fest will include films that reflect the diversity of human sexuality and thus, a broad range of sexual practices and orientations will be on display. We curate a selection of short films (to be presented in a 90 minute program) and feature length films (60 -120 minutes) from around the globe. The films may be narrative fiction, experimental, animation, and even documentary and will include a broad range of genre (drama, comedy, romance). Special attention will be given to films that defy audience expectations for sexually explicit films. Festival programming will attempt to include films from female and non-binary creators and films that depict underrepresented populations, and thus will challenge heteronormativity, ableism, racism, sexism, etc.

Additionally, SECS Fest will include archival programs to explore the long history of sex in the cinema. SECS Fest programmers will curate archival programs included in the festival.

SECS FEST submissions are eligible for our Golden Raincoat Awards: Best Feature, Best Short, Best Sex-Positive film, and Best Humor.

Eligibility

All submissions must be completed original works.

What types of films will be accepted?

- Films of any length may be submitted.
- There are no genre restrictions. Films may be documentary, experimental, narrative, animated, etc.
- There are no restrictions based on explicit sexual content, except that depicted sex-acts are between consenting adults (18 years-old or over).
- Beyond that, you should decide what qualifies as an erotic film and share it with us.

Any non-English language film must be subtitled in English.

All films must be submitted by May 15, 2020

Submit film online via FilmFreeway.

All entry fees are non-refundable.

Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn. And please inform us of any prior festival screenings of the submitted work as well as acceptance of films in future festivals that may impose any restrictions on exhibition.

Upon acceptance, please submit a press kit including a director biography, a short synopsis of the film, and production stills. For accepted feature length films (>40 min) please submit a blu-ray or DVD of the film for festival presentation. Shipping of any materials to the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society are to be paid in full by the applicant. The festival will pay return shipping of any exhibition materials.

By submitting, I authorize the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society to use photographic stills and short film clips of any accepted work for broadcast, web publication and other forms of promotion of the festival. Please notify the Seattle Erotic Cinema Society in writing of any press restrictions for the submitted works. I agree to not have the submitted film available on-line prior to screening at SECS Fest. I am legally authorized to submit this film for screening at SECS Fest and hold the festival harmless in any damage or loss during shipping to and from the festival. I have read, understood and complied with the rules for submissions to the best of my knowledge.

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  • I curate a queer shorts festival and was impressed by every aspect of SECS Fest from the planning stages through the screenings; the affirming and respectful live interaction really enhanced the experience for me in my filmmaker role and I know how hard that is to create.

    September 2020
  • Amin Maher

    It was interesting that you kindly selected the film Letter to my mother. It shows your vision against sexual violence and rape. All the best, Amina

    September 2020
  • Menelas Siafakas

    They handled the switch to "online" festival with great efficiency and clear communication. Excellent selection of films!

    September 2020
  • Marion Renard

    Sadly I wasn't able to attend the festival, but I had a very good communication with the festival team, very kind and professional. The programming seemed amazing !

    September 2019
  • Ephraim Kratz

    Awesome festival! thank you very much.

    September 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you. We were excited to include your short documentary, Sissy, in the Festival.