SQIFF (Scottish Queer International Film Festival) was formed with the aim of adding to the exciting and growing amount of queer film stuff happening around Scotland. Since 2015, we have held an annual festival in Glasgow alongside providing year round events across various locations. Our goal is to get people watching, talking about, and making more queer films. We screen movies that people might not otherwise get a chance to see. We create inspiring and informative events alongside challenging inequality and barriers to accessing the arts.

SQIFF is not-for-profit. We receive project by project funding, which means we typically have around 4 months of funding to pay staff during the Festival period with the rest of the Festival work done on a voluntary basis.

Terms & Conditions:

SQIFF is a not-for-profit Festival which receives public funding for promoting and supporting LGBTQIA+ filmmakers and communities. We will offer set screening fees for films received via submissions of £100 for feature films and £30 for short films. Our Festival is ticketed on a sliding scale with free entry available to anyone who could not otherwise afford to come along. SQIFF is designed to be accessible to the most marginalised and exploited people within our LGBTQIA+ communities.

We are looking for:
SQIFF is interested in showing work created by and about LGBTQIA+ individuals and communities. We are open within this to all subject matter, styles, and film lengths. We screen all films in the Festival with English language subtitles or captions for D/deaf and Hard of Hearing audiences. We also put on some screenings with audio description. We therefore appreciate films which integrate captioning, audio description, and/or other access measures.

Year of completion:
Films may have been completed at any time.

Premiere status:
We do not have any premiere status requirements and it's ok if your film is viewable online.

Fee waivers:
Submission fees are on a Pay What You Can basis. Please choose the submission fee you are able to afford. If you are able to pay to submit your film, we very much appreciate this as it helps support the most marginalised and exploited queer communities to submit their films and attend our Festival. If you need to submit your film for free, that's completely fine and we will treat your submission the same as everyone else's.

The Pay What You Can price options for feature films are $30, $15, $5, or free.

The Pay What You Can price options for short films are $10, $5, $3, or free.

This submission policy is to challenge the lack of access to filmmaking and institutional film culture for people from the most marginalised and exploited backgrounds. If you have any questions about what to pay for your submission, please email info@sqiff.org.

Overall Rating
  • Fred Guerrier

    I found SQIFF's communication, creative programming, and thematic focus to be terrific. Most of all I was impressed by their commitment to true inclusion, in every sense of the word. It's a gem of a festival.

    October 2019
  • Krissy Mahan

    SQIFF isn't just brilliantly programmed and accessible in all ways -- it is where filmmakers and film lovers can meet and form real relationships that last all year between festivals. SQIFF creates opportunities for regular people to get excited about film, and to hopefully make their own movies to show at the festival. And of course there are groundbreaking new films by internationally recognized filmmakers. A leader in all that is good about collective film viewing.

    October 2019
  • The communication was great! And I'm sure so was the festival - unfortunately, I could not come - but I hope that I can attend in the future!

    October 2019
  • Naomi Beukes-Meyer

    A very good selection of movies. Very heartwarming, empowering festival. Definitely will visit again in the future. Keep up the good work.

    October 2019
  • Sofi W

    Lovely festival with a real impact on the community. It was a pleasure to be part of it twice! Super recommend it.

    October 2019