USN – Sardinia Queer Film Expo 2024 is a short movies contest addressed to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer themed works, both released and unreleased ones. Contents can be artistically performed in all its possible meanings, interpretations and realities.

USN|Expo is fostered by ARC OdV, a cultural association from Cagliari, by ARCinema, a member of the Italian Federation of Cinema Societies, and by Students’ Association universitARC.

USN|Expo is born to promote LGBTQIA+ cinema, literature, and culture, on a local, national, and international level The organising Associations aim to raise awareness in society on sexual and romantic orientation, gender identity and on the need of equality in terms of civil rights, thanks to the universal language of art. In addition, through the Festival the Associations aim to enhance and promote young and independent movie productions, especially small ones, that are connected to queer culture; to promote dialogue and cultural exchange among productions of different countries; to offer the region of Sardinia and the city of Cagliari an opportunity to learn more about this still unknown movie niche.

The competition is exclusively dedicated to short films concerning LGBTQIA+ topics, that last no more than 25 minutes (opening and closing credits included).

Works of any genre and production will be accepted: documentary, fiction, classic and/or digital animation, videoclips, videoart.

Best Short Film Award, awarded by the Jury of USN|Festival: € 2,000.00

Audience Award: € 1000.00

Best Original Short Film that speaks about the LGBT situation in Sardinia: € 300,00

Student Award: € 300,00

• Works must be submitted within 31st May 2024
• Le opere devono essere inviate alla Segreteria di USN|Festival entro il 31 Maggio 2024.

• USN|Festival is exclusively dedicated to short films that last less than 25 minutes (opening and closing credits included), produced after 1st January 2022.

• Possono partecipare tutti i cortometraggi di durata non superiore ai 25 minuti realizzati dopo il 1 gennaio 2022.

• All foreign works shot in any language which is not Italian must be submitted attaching a subtitle file in srt format or other digital format comprehensive of text and timecode, possibly in Italian or in English. Non-subtitled foreign short films will not be selected.
• Le opere in lingue diverse dall'italiano devono essere inviate con allegato il file dei sottotitoli in formato srt o altro formato digitale con testo e timecode, preferibilmente in italiano o, in alternativa, in inglese.

• Short films, since the first submission, must be either downloadable online (from services such as Vimeo, that enable online downloading or directly from or sent via file transferring services (such as WeTransfer) in high quality and with no burnt-in subtitles via e-mail to the official address:

In the required form on FilmFreeway, or via e-mail, must be stated: a short synopsis (no more than 500 characters); a technical sheet; cast&credits; a list of non-original soundtracks.

• I cortometraggi devono essere scaricabili online (da servizi come Vimeo con abilitazione del download o direttamente da, oppure inviati tramite servizi di trasferimento file, in alta qualità e senza sottotitoli sovraimpressi, già in fase di preselezione all’indirizzo e-mail:

Nell’apposito form su FilmFreeway, o via e-mail, dovranno essere anche indicati: la sinossi del film (massimo 500 battute); la scheda tecnica del film; cast e crediti; elenco musiche non originali.

The complete regualtion, which will be referenced of legal controversy, is avaible on the officiale website

Il regolamento integrale, valido per qualunque controversia, è disponibile sul sito ufficiale:

Overall Rating
  • John Currie

    Good communications and a warm positive attitude

    December 2019
  • Excellent! Congratulations to the team.

    December 2018