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 want to screen movies that people might not otherwise get a chance to see and to 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 largely on a voluntary basis.

Terms & Conditions:

SQIFF is a not-for-profit festival which receives public funding for promoting and supporting LGBTQ+ artists. 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 attend. SQIFF is designed to be accessible to the most marginalised and exploited people within our LGBTQ+ communities.

SQIFF is interested in showing work created by and about LGBTQ+ 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 and/or audio description.

Films may have been completed at any time.

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

Submissions are free for films where the director or equivalent is LGBTQ+ AND a person of colour (someone who is not white), Disabled, Deaf, and/or from a working class background. This is to challenge the lack of access to filmmaking and institutional film culture for people from the most marginalised and exploited backgrounds.