Produced by Sweet Nothing Productions
We are an LGBTQ+ focused film festival screening high-quality [short & feature] films, which accurately and/or positively represent the LGBTQ+ Community. We are looking for independent projects from all genres, particularly low or no-budget ones, from all countries. We are looking for Queer-Positive Films with main characters and/or supporting characters who identify as LGBTQ+. First-time filmmakers are encouraged to submit their projects.
ANNUAL IN-PERSON FESTIVAL* DETAILS:
*UPDATED: 6/8/22: Due to a recent, local 'mask up' policy and increasing cases of COVID-19 in the Bay Area, we have paused further planning of our in-person annual festival. Our in-person festival has been tentatively scheduled to occur in Silicon Valley (San Jose, CA) for 3 days ~ October 13, October 14, and October 15, 2022. At this time, we plan to stream all Official Selections for this year, across all Selections sessions, via our website (online) for one month duration beginning October 15, 2022. This will give our participating filmmakers (& films) extra time for viewership.
Our in-person Mixer / Awards Ceremony for Selected Filmmakers and Select Guests is still scheduled for Tuesday October 11, 2022 (date subject to change, Venue TBD).
Sales and monies earned from our online film festivals will fund production costs, which include advertisement, staffing hours, and website design/maintenance.
ONLINE FESTIVAL DETAILS:
Films selected for our respective Online Festivals will be made available on our password-protected website. Participating filmmakers can access the website for FREE, whereas Film Patrons can access the films for a small, nominal fee.
WHAT MAKES OUR ONLINE FESTIVALS DIFFERENT:
We have created a personal, user-friendly, and engaging online experience for our viewers & our participating filmmakers.
As members of the film community, we understand many filmmakers learn from viewers (how their films were interpreted, how a story impacted others, a favorite character or scene,, etc.). Many filmmakers seek validation of their artwork and appreciate responses from audience members. At this time, we post additional information about our filmmakers, with the consent of our filmmakers, so our viewers can connect (& communicate) with their favorite filmmakers.
In the future, we may introduce an online viewer feedback system to give our Selected filmmakers [anonymous] positive & constructive feedback about their films. Prior to any implemented system, we collaborate with our most responsive Selected filmmakers about what information and feedback is sought out. We will ensure our viewer feedback system is user-friendly and positive in nature.
Up to 20 Total Films will be Selected for the Online Festival (March 2022).
Up to 20 Total Films will be Selected for the Online Festival (May 2022).
Up to 20 Total Films will be Selected for the Online Festival (August 2022).
Up to 20 Total Films will be Selected for our annual event, which will be in-person or online (October 2022).
In total, up to 80 Official Selections across all Selections sessions (March, May, August, October ~ 2022) will participate in our annual event, which will be in-person or online (October 2022).
All Official Selections will be announced on/before our respective Notification date(s). Winners for each Interim Event and our annual Film Festival will be announced and posted on our main website and our other social media platforms (IG, FB).
All Submissions will be judged by credited filmmakers and film lovers.
Awards will be provided for each portion of our film festival, online or in-person, in two main categories:
Best Short Film (LGBTQ+ film OR film with Queer-Positive Content)
Best Feature Film (LGBTQ+ film OR film with Queer-Positive Content)
Awards will also be provided in the following categories:
Best Director // Best Screenplay // Best Original Story // Best Performance
Awards during our Fall film festival (October 2022) will be provided in one of the following sub-categories, pending there are at minimum five (5) total submissions that identify with the sub-category.
Best Experimental Film*
Best Horror Film*
Best Comedy Film*
Best Drama Film*
Best Animation Film*
***We currently have a minimum of 5 Official Selections in: Drama, Documentary & Comedy***
Digital Certificates/Awards will be distributed for Interim Online Festivals.
Printed Certificates/Awards will be distributed at the In-Person Festival.
All films are eligible, regardless if they have distribution or not.
All films are eligible even if they have been accepted to other film festivals.
All films must have been completed on/after January 1, 2019.
All films must include English subtitles (unless the spoken language is English).
Short Films must not be longer than 49 minutes in length. Feature films are defined as films with length of 50+ minutes
By submitting your film, you agree that:
1. Silicon Valley Queer Film Festival can use parts of your film (including trailer/teaser/film poster) for promotional purpose.
2. Submission fees are non-refundable.
3. You own all the rights to the film.
4. You cannot withdraw your submission after the official selection announcement of each round.
Submit for either Short or Feature Film. Once you've submitted, your film and its features will be considered for awards in sub-categories. A sub-category needs at minimum 5 submissions for an award to be distributed.
We accept .mp4 or .mov file. We do not accept DCP format. Once Selected, we will contact you to acquire your film and can render your file to our specifications free of charge if needed.
Silicon Valley Queer Film Festival is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition during our online events and during our in-person Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Silicon Valley Queer 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 films entered.
Each submission is not guaranteed a Selection.