We were so sorry that, owing to Covid-19, post July 1st 2020 we had to confirm that the Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival; due to take place from October 2nd– 4th 2020 was cancelled

BUT... we have scheduled screenings as part of the 2021 Shropshire, UK, LGBTQ+ History Festival celebrations in February/March 2021 and we are screening 9 the shorts we selected for 2020 (many sourced via FilmFreeway) then. Check out our website for details or https://www.shrewsburylgbthistory.org.uk/.

We know how much our Festival means to our communities and allies – including ourselves, the organisers.

These are difficult times for so many of us. We hope that you and the ones you love are okay. Let us find strength in our communities – local, national and worldwide.

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.

We pride ourselves on running friendly events, offering hosting for filmmakers who have been chosen to participate in our festivals.

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 are revisiting our plans; in past years there has been an Audience Award for each of the following categories:


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 2017 will not be considered.
3. The decision of our pre-jury 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 we can accept.]
4. In some cases we will accept your film but it will not be eligible for an Audience Award and will instead be screened before a feature. 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.
6. Short films must be under 45 minutes.