Hooray, we have an on the ground Festival this year (fingers crossed!)
This time, the festival will be at two venues, both in Shropshire; a rural shire in middle England. One in Shrewsbury, the county town, and the other, near the Welsh border, in Oswestry. We pride ourselves in running very local, friendly community events, offering hosting for filmmakers who have been chosen to participate in our festivals.
Founded in 2006 Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival places LGBTQ+ lives at the heart of Shropshire's entertainment programme. Our aim is to entertain, educate, challenge and change;
Entertain - through an annual programme of film and one off events - we want our audiences to experience the pride of LGBTQ+ folk.
Educate - with stories from all over the globe, we portray a range of experiences, offering insights into other worlds
Challenge - questioning complacency and raising awareness of issues faced by LGBTQ+ folk - not all of our films are comfortable watching.
Change - how others perceive and behave towards lesbians, gay men, bisexual people and those with different sexualities and gender identities and how we feel about ourselves.
As well as screening films we also like to foster discussion and debate around a range of LGBTQ+ subjects and interests.
We also encourage filmmakers who attend to participate in Q&A sessions about their work.
We're a small community based festival, a charity with limited means; so no prestigious awards this year - sorry.
We're working on a way to reflect how our audience can reflect their appreciation for the films we'll screen, back to the filmmakers. Getting back on our feet as we, hopefully, come out of Covid 19, has taken a lot of energy!!
We'll update on this if/when we can!
1. All film submissions must be LGBTQ+ focussed. We do not screen films that have no LGBTQ+ content.
2. Films must be no more that 3 years old. Any film completed before 2018 will not be considered.
3. Our decision is final. We will not enter into discussion about films that have not been accepted into the festival. [Please note: we are a small festival and therefore have a limited amount of films (most likely a total of 12 feature films) we can accept.]
4. In some cases we will accept a short film but it will not be eligible for an award/prize (if any) and will instead be screened before a feature film. Please consider this when submitting.
5. All entrants must certify that appropriate copyright clearances for public exhibition of the work have been obtained. Failure to certify copyright clearances will result in disqualification.