Tag! Queer Shorts Festival brings thought-provoking films about queer and trans experiences to new audiences in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Tag! returned to the big screen for the 2023 season after a pandemic pause. We loved having an expanded community during our online-only seasons and we anticipate adding more online festival components that support our international vision. Tag! occasionally offers special screenings both online and in person during the rest of the year using material drawn from current and past submissions.

Tag! Queer Shorts Festival is committed to bringing a broader array of queer voices to the screen. If you are a queer- or trans-identifying director or producer who features intersectional identities and complicates the usual narratives around sex, gender, and intimacy, this is the festival for you! We are especially excited to receive innovative work by queer and trans people of color.

Tag! Queer Shorts Festival is a sponsored project of the Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon and donations to the festival are tax deductible! Contact us for more information.

OVERVIEW:

Films submitted to Tag! will be considered for the spring 2024 festival, which we anticipate will be a two-day live event hosted at the Hollywood Theatre in Portland with an online/streaming component for our international audience.

Tag! may also consider films submitted to us early in the season for inclusion in special online programming aimed at providing modest financial support for QTBIPOC creators. Filmmakers whose work we hope to use in these online events will be contacted in advance by festival organizers with more information about what participation entails.

CONTENT:

Tag! reviews films of all genres and themes provided that they were made by queer or trans filmmakers. In general we favor work that is directed and produced by people whose perspective on the topic they are exploring is informed by their own life experience.

Due to guidelines from our venue, Tag! can no longer screen "pornographic" content in the festival. We invite you to contact us directly to discuss screening possibilities not officially connected to Tag!. If you are in doubt about whether your film meets our sponsor's content guidelines, please contact the organizers by email and we'll give you an answer. Nudity or mindfully-composed sex scenes are typically just fine.

We appreciate the support and creativity of our filmmaker allies who do not identify as 2SLGBTQIA+ but respectfully ask that you not submit to Tag!

SUBMISSION RULES:

Submissions will be accepted online only via FilmFreeway and we require projects to include embedded or linked versions of the films. We cannot evaluate physical media.

Please submit only competed work; rough cuts will not be evaluated.

Work that is available for public online viewing (without password protection) or that is in commercial distribution is not eligible for submission, but may be considered for an invited screening; contact festival organizers for details.

Tag! is committed to accessibility for audiences who need text support to enjoy our films, therefore we require ALL films to provide subtitles or closed captions in their original language and in English *at the time of submission*.

With adequate time we may be able to help arrange the production of captions for a modest fee. Contact silv@tagqsf.org for more information.

WAIVERS AND DISCOUNTS:

In order to support filmmakers who do not have the resources to pay submission fees, we provide a limited number of fee waivers. Please contact the festival at info@tagqsf.org to request fee waivers.

Filmmakers from the Pacific Northwest (Washington, Oregon, British Columbia) may be eligible for discounted fees. Contact the festival at info@tagqsf.org if you wish to request a fee discount.

SELECTED FILMS:

By submitting your film, you are granting non-exclusive permission for us to exhibit it in one or more festival programs.

Exhibition copies of films accepted for our special online events much be made available by electronic transfer within 14 days of notification. Films accepted for live screenings must arrive at the festival by two weeks before the exhibition date using Google Drive or similar cloud storage/file transfer service. We can accept physical media such as USB drives if necessary. In either case, any costs involved in getting films to the festival are the filmmakers' responsibility.

Our venue uses a DCP projection system for live screenings, so we strongly prefer that your final exhibition copy be provided in that format. If you do not have a DCP version of your short (and we understand that most of you do not), you must provide a copy of your film that we can easily repackage as a DCP. Films that deviate from these specifications will have to be re-timed and re-encoded on our end which may generate unacceptable artifacts and problems with visual flow, especially with text/titles:

- Resolution should be 1920 x 1080 (higher is okay)
- Aspect ratios other than 16:9 will have letterboxing and/or pillars added
- Frame rate should be 24fps (23.976 works fine; 25 is usually okay too)
- Captioning should be in separate .SRT file(s) and NOT burned in
- Audio mixes should place dialogue in a center channel

By submitting a film, you grant the festival permission to use trailers, stills, descriptions, biographies and other submitted materials for the purpose of festival promotion and publicity. We reserve the right to edit these publicity materials for length, style, and grammar.

Tag! keeps an archival copy of each festival's full program. Out of respect for the creative property rights these copies will not be re-screened without prior consent of the original submitter or their legal representative.

Submitters bear the sole responsibility to clear all content of work submitted from any and all potential legal claims including, without limitation, claims based on libel, defamation, copyright, or trademark infringement. The festival disavows liability for any such actual or potential legal claims and submitters indemnify the the festival from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection to such claims.

DISCLAIMER:

We are pleased to operate the Tag! Queer Shorts Festival with financial and other support from community partners. Opinions expressed by festival organizers and the creators of content screened in festival programming are their own and do not necessarily reflect the view of community partners, sponsors, or venues.

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  • Simone Lucas

    Thank you so much, Tag! for accepting my film. I was sadly not able to make it to the festival. The program looked amazing and the festival programmers were extremely kind and good communicators. All my best

    April 2023
  • Declan McKenna

    TAG! Was such a wonderful, warm, friendly, and powerful festival. What an amazing team, and it was such an honor to participate. My heart goes out to everyone that came, showed, and worked towards making this possible. What a great experience!

    March 2023
  • Alex G

    Juan and SILV have cultivated an amazing, inspiring, and welcoming community in Tag!, from the communication with us filmmakers to the hospitality in person in Portland, and so much more. Not to mention, the programming itself was top-notch! From start to finish, the block that (In)convenience showed in was a rollercoaster of emotions in the best way possible. I highly, HIGHLY recommend Tag! Queer Shorts Festival to all filmmakers in the LGBTQIA+ community.

    March 2023
  • Jonathan M Fink

    Tag! Queer Shorts Festival Hosted some amazing work by many creators, including myself. When communicating with those working for the festival, I got quick and clear replies that told me exactly what I needed to do and was super kind and helpful.

    March 2022
  • Atlas O Phoenix

    Juan and SILV are amazing humans. They were an immense pleasure to work with. Their communication was warm and kind. SILV made closed captioning for my film, Do I Qualify for Love? in four different languages at an minimal additional cost. This will be so helpful in the future. I look forward to submitting more of my films to this brave and brazen film festival. Thank you both for sharing our queer films!

    March 2022
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    Response from festival:

    We're speechless, Atlas, thank you so much for bringing your vulnerability and eloquence to our festival this year.