Safflicks runs three annual Sapphic Film Festivals in partnership with Lesflicks. Safflicks was founded in 2022 by Naomi Bennett; who has been running sapphic film festivals in the UK both in-person and virtually since 2016 (2011-2015 run under a different organiser). Our mission is to showcase authentic lesbian & bisexual shorts, features and series and support filmmakers by bringing their sapphic stories to a sapphic audience.

A one month hybrid festival of sapphic film showcasing lesbian & bisexual stories from across the world on the big screen and virtual via the Lesflicks platform.

We are seeking up to 30 shorts, features and series which shows women loving women on screen, either a lesbian or bisexual storyline; or that portrays a cis, trans or non-binary lesbian, bisexual, asexual, polysexual character as a strong supporting character.

Film submissions are accepted by anyone who is creating authentic, positive sapphic storylines that show women (non-binary and trans-inclusive) loving women on screen.

1st - 31st October 2024 (incorporating International Coming Out Day and International Lesbian Day – with a nod towards the recently celebrated Bisexual Visibility Day on 23rd September)

This film festival ran between 2011 and 2022 incubated within LFEST - the UK's lesbian arts festival. LFEST was a music, arts and comedy festival in the UK -- one of the largest lesbian festivals in the UK that ran between 2011 and 2022. The festival was a 3 day cinema set amongst a backdrop of music, arts, entertainment and camping. Running in its entirety since 2012, it has had a few different organisers over the years.

LFEST sadly ceased running after 10 successful years in 2022.

> 2011-2015: programmed by different organisers including SpringOut, Denise Warner Gregory, My LesbianRadio and The Rainbow Film Festival.
> 2016: in person at LFEST in Uttoxeter, UK
> 2017: in person at LFEST in Loughborough, UK
> 2019: in person at LFEST in Wales, UK
> 2020: online virtual only through Lesflicks
> 2021: online virtual only through Lesflicks
> 2022: hybrid - in person at LFEST in Wales, UK and online through Lesflicks
> 2023: hybrid – in person in Kent, UK and online virtual through Lesflicks

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All festival selections will receive:

> official selection laurel
> promotional artwork to support their submission
> invitation to record a fireside chat/Q&A as part of the festival
> 1 hour consultancy with Naomi Bennett to discuss the current distribution landscape, to maximise the filmmakers potential of a successful distribution

Audience awards (as voted for by the audience members):

- Best short
- Best webseries
- Best feature
- Best of Fest

Award winners will be announced in late November.

1. Submission Deadlines
Submissions will be accepted from 25th January 2024 until 14th June 2024
> The early deadline is 15th February 2024
> The regular deadline is 30th April 2024
> The late deadline is 14th June 2024
Early entry is encouraged but in no way guarantees acceptance.

2. Submission Format
Selected films must be submitted via wetransfer or similar transfer website with digital copies. The screeners must be clearly labeled with:
-the film title
-directors name
-running time.
We require the film, a trailer (if available), portrait poster, landscape poster, 3-5 stills, press kit

3. Submission Eligibility
There is no premiere policy. We accept any film of any age.
Filmmakers are required upon acceptance to have a complete press kit assembled with stills and poster images, trailer, synopsis, log line and social media handles.
All of your press materials must be uploaded to the film’s corresponding FilmFreeway profile. This includes EPK/press kits (as PDF should include synopsis of the film, a film poster image or photo to represent the film (for our marketing/promotions), and a photo of the lesbian filmmaker(s) and filmmaker BIO (which may be used in our marketing/promotions). Images must be 300dpi or higher. High quality stills and trailers make a significant difference in press coverage for accepted films.
Film submissions are accepted by anyone who is creating authentic, positive sapphic storylines that show women (non-binary and trans-inclusive) loving women on screen.
The acceptable format for exhibition in our festival is a Digital File (H.264). We strive to make our festival as inclusive and accessible as possible, and as such all screening copies must have English subtitles (.SRT file or embedded subtitles are accepted).

5. Film Classification and legals
Please label your submissions clearly with the appropriate film classification or if child safe or only suitable for adults. When submitting your film, you certify that all film and music rights have been obtained and are in accordance with UK Copyright laws.

6. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for SaFFlicks Film Festival are to be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable. Once a film is submitted for entry, it may not be withdrawn and film submission fees will not be refunded.

7. Shipping
All shipping and postage costs for the submission package and, if the film is selected for the Festival, for all additional materials sent to and returned from SaFFlicks must be borne by the submitting party. SaFFlicks will not accept Cash On Delivery shipments. SaFFlicks will not absorb any fees incurred in British customs. All charges must be pre-paid. SaFFlicks will not accept submissions if customs and delivery fees have not been paid by the submitting party.
Submission packages from outside the UK must be labeled 'Trade Sample' on any customs label and, for customs purposes, must be given a value of no more than US$10.

8. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
-Quality of narrative and production values
-Relevance to the target audience and festival.

9. Notification
SaFFlicks endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 1 November and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time. Successful submissions will receive a Filmmaker Festival Pack that will include guest accreditation, contact information and how to make the most of participating in the Festival.
All FilmFreeway submissions will be marked "In Consideration" once payment, entry forms, and an online link of the film have all been received. Entrants will be notified of festival selections by the notification date via FilmFreeway.

10. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a digital screener, preferably a high quality mp4 or mov in order to be screened at the Film Festival. The film title and director's name MUST be clearly labeled in the file name. DVD is accepted.

SaFFlicks is occasionally an outdoor film festival, hence facilities do NOT support DCP, Blue-Ray, tape, 35mm, Super 16mm, 8mm or double-head formats.
All screener copies of films selected to screen at the festival must be received at the submissions address no later than 30 November.

11. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of SaFflicks and Lesflicks. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, SaFFlicks and Lesflicks reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. SaFFlicks and Lesflicks will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission only if completed by the notification date.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless SaFFlicks Film Festival from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

SaFFlicks Film Festival is run by SaFFlicks; which is an affiliated organisation of Lesflicks, but inclusion in this festival does not equate to distribution of your film, and does not take away any of your ownership of your film. We may offer you the opportunity to place your film with Lesflicks in the future once you have finished your festival run; but this is just an introduction, and is by no means guaranteed or required. We are pro-good practices and keep our film festival and our streaming platform businesses separate. We are also available to help break down distribution queries including how the distribution landscape is changing in general and for LGBTQ+ films; and answer any concerns or questions. We know that distribution can be complicated - we exist to amplify and empower films and filmmakers to be more successful.

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Overall Rating
  • Rose Collis

    Very proud to have been chosen for this final Lesflicks Cinema at LFEST.

    August 2022
  • Hamish Downie

    It’s no secret that I love LesFlicks. It’s a great streaming platform, and it’s an awesome festival. The best part is the networking and hospitality. They really care about your film.

    July 2022
  • Though it was a virtual screening, I got the experience of being welcomed and involved in a live film festival presentation! From the beginning, shortly after they selected Park View, LesFlicks maintained regular communication about the logistics of their virtual festival, including a new community-networking platform being launched, and I was excited to be included in a well-organized process that seemed quite focused and heart-felt. LesFlicks appeared to have a decidedly human rights, social action priority in their selection process, judging from the films that made it onto their schedule, and they accepted the harsh reality of the story of Talana Kreeger’s suffering in a hate crime murder as a vehicle for engaging viewers in meaningful change, embracing their role as facilitators of that process, as expressed in their review:

    “Stories such as the ones told in Park View are important to tell, to share, and to learn from. Let us amplify them, and thereby amplify each other and the community at large.”

    July 2021
  • SaFFlicks - lesbian & bisexual film festival has determined '24th Michigan Womyn's Music Festival 1999' to be an Award Winner in 2022 !

    Film Freeway Film Festival REVIEWS -

    I have found the Film Freeway approach to posting your movie and submitting to Film Festivals to be relatively easy, and quite convenient.

    24th Michigan Womyn's Music Festival 1999 has thus far received 5 Awards, 1 Honorable Mention & 2 Selections in 2022 for LIVE sessions. The film has also received IMDb qualifying status. I am most thankful for this recognition.

    Cinema Systers & LesFlicks have Selected my Documentary - ‘24th Michigan Womyn’ Music Film Festival [1999]’ . I am grateful for this acknowledgement. I was present at the Live event this Spring in 2022.

    Considering the difficulties involved with editing a film such as this using the older software; I must acknowledge the year 2000 work of Anat Salomon, Sally Sasso & Emily Martin Alexander; who served as Dyke TV editors. These women taught me how to video edit in the process. The Docs without Borders editing award is for them.

    The family of film festivals [ Women’s International, LBGTQ+ Unordered & Docs Without Borders; has each acknowledged ‘24th Michigan Womyn’s Film Festival [1999]’ in their own way. started the award spree for me. They have requested, and I have agreed that the documentary be shown on their station at some future time.

    That the ‘MichFest 1999’ documentary has also received awards from other virtual film festivals in 2021 - [ LesFlicks - Best Short & Sappho - Honorable Mention; and, that it has been also Selected for Cinema Systers Lesbian Film Festival], expresses to me that both - “the film is good”, and that “there is an audience” yearning to witness the vision of female empowerment that ‘MichFest 1999’ expresses.

    For my part; I have been offering views of the documentary “Free to Lesbians”; and have committed to documenting other Women’s HerStories in the near future.

    I thank Film Freeway and the participating film festivals which provided a forum for ‘24th Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival [1999]’ to be seen.

    As a Native New Yorker; my work in media has brought me to experience a variety of people, places and events. Traveling around the country, and to different parts of the earth’s globe has been a residual benefit. I credit this short documentary film for the breakthrough in my becoming a noted “film-maker.”

    Above all, I thank the Goddess for what are both memories now: The Michigan Womyn’s Music Festival & I am ever grateful for the marvelous event itself - which lasted for 40 years; and for the opportunity to produce this insightful documentary as a means to share it.

    © Natalie M. Williams January 31, 2022

    July 2021
  • While the organizers had to switch over to a virtual format due to COVID-19, the vibe of the festival remained warm, engaging, and exciting! As a filmmaker who had the absolute pleasure to screen my latest film at this festival, I highly recommend everyone to submit! And as someone who viewed many of the films, I also recommend everyone to attend as an audience member. Cheers to the organizers! You did an amazing job!

    August 2020