Submissions to the 2016 Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo are now closed. Thank you to all who submitted. Please check back for information regarding next year's festival.

Scream Queen Filmfest Tokyo (SQFFT) is a film festival dedicated to showcase and promote emerging and established female genre filmmakers.

Launched in 2013 and held annually in Tokyo with tour screenings around Japan throughout the year, SQFFT is passionate about sharing unique and diverse visions that female artists bring to the genre. We are celebrating its 4th year and we continue to support and celebrate the art and cinematic contribution of women genre filmmakers from around the world.

The 2016 edition will be held at Uplink, the famous art-house movie theatre in Tokyo (CNN listed Uplink in their “10 of the world's most enjoyable movie theatres”). And immediately after our Tokyo event, the festival will have its very first tour out of Japan and heads to Southeast Asia! (further details about our international tour will be announced on our official website and Facebook page). We’ll be showcasing the programme from Tokyo screening as well as films selected for the tour.

Do you have films that you want to share with the enthusiastic genre film fans in Asia? We celebrate independent genre cinema like no other events and we seek out the newest, exciting and thought-provoking genre films by women from across the world!

The main festival will be held at UPLINK, in Tokyo, Japan (Oct.22-28)
37-18 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150- 0042.

SQFFT Southeast Asia Tour (TBA)

SQFFT Tour Screenings in Japan (2017)

Audience Award (Tokyo event)


Eligibility Requirements for the feature film and short film:

・Feature films must be directed or co-directed by woman.
・Short films must be directed or co-directed by woman or featuring a woman in at least 3 of the following significant creative roles (Producer, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor,
Composer and Lead Performer) ※Projects directed by men are accepted as long as they satisfy the above criteria. ※Only women directed short films will be eligible for the Audience Award.
・ Accepted genres are horror, science fiction, dark-fantasy, thriller, grind house, noir, dark/horror comedy, and any combination thereof.
・All feature and short films must have been completed after January 1, 2014.
-Running time for all feature films must be 60 minutes or more
-Running time for all shorts must be less than 30 minutes.
・Selected film MUST have its Japanese premiere at SQFFT. (Japanese film must have its Tokyo premiere.)Entries that have screened in Japan or available online for public view prior to the Festival will not be eligible for a Festival screening. 
・Film submissions in a foreign language must have English subtitles for Festival consideration and presentation.

Note:Entry fees are in U.S. Dollars, are per film and are non-refundable. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify a submission, without refund of any kind, if eligibility requirements listed above are not met including if eligibility status changes post-submission.


Before you send us your film please make sure you have read the following:

・Preview screening format is an online screener ONLY - No DVD screeners.
・Entrant will allow usage of clips (no more than 3 minutes in length) from the entry and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live Festival events.
・Once a film is submitted and accepted to the festival you guarantee to not withdraw it from the festival under any circumstances.
・By submitting your film to SQFFT, you give us permission to screen your film at screening(s) during the festival and at tour screenings including the Southeast Asia tour.(please note that not all films will be screened at both Tokyo and Southeast Asia tour. Selected film may only be screened at one of the venues)
・With your submission, you agree that no screening fee will be paid by the festival to screen your film.The number of screenings, days and venue is at the sole discretion of the festival.
・Filmmakers will be notified regarding their acceptance status by June 26, 2016. The screening and promotional materials are due immediately. SQFFT reserves the right to disqualify any submission, which does not meet all submission requirements within the deadline.

IMPORTANT:All films submitted to SQFFT must satisfy Japanese premiere (Japanese film must have its Tokyo premiere) . Your film may be disqualified if there is any changes with the film's premiere status prior to the event.


If your film is selected for exhibition, please be advised that the Festival will require:

・ 2 still photos from the film (JPEG in hi-res)
・ Headshots of director(s) (JPEG in hi-res)
・1 sentence publicity synopsis of the film
・Director’s statement
・Trailers, clip reels, posters, postcards, and EPKs, if available, to maximize exposure for your film
・English dialogue list with timecode (*required* if your film is in English)

Note:At theTokyo screening, all films will be screened in the original-language version with both English and Japanese subtitles, except for films in English version, which will be shown with Japanese subtitles only. Please note that your film may be given a Japanese title which maybe different from the original title.


・Entrant confirms and warrants required legal authority to submit the entry into the Festival and to use all music, images and content in the entry and/or has the right to authorize the public screening of the film.

Note: Dates and guidelines subject to change without prior notice


Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to SQFFT2016 and we look forward to seeing your film!

Overall Rating
  • Jill Gevargizian

    Scream Queen is so cool to be part of! Not only do they have the main event in Tokyo- when you submit you're also eligible for their tour. My film played in Singapore thanks to SQFF!

    November 2016
  • SQFFT is really amazing, I have not had the chance to attend (so I haven't rated networking) but my brother has. The screening locations in both Tokyo and Singapore are outstanding, they are workshops and local artist stands during the festivals. Communication with the festival runner is perfect, the volunteers are very positive, enthusiastic and helpful. The selection of film is of such a high level that I am very proud to have been selected amongst them. Mai knows what she is doing, she truly loves it and fills the seats of her amazing fest. I hope to be there next time!

    November 2016
  • Prano Bailey-Bond

    So thrilled that my short film NASTY was part of this amazing festival and is now on tour! From the people behind it to the films to the amazing posters - this festival rocks!

    November 2016