Founded in Tulsa, OK, Twisted Arts was created to highlight local, national, and international LGBTQ+ artists through year-round programs which include an annual fall film festival, monthly film screenings & performances, a LGBTQ+ youth filmmaking Summer camp, members-only sneak peeks, access to year-round short films, special events, and private screenings with directors, actors, and other queer media icons.

Tulsa's newest LGBTQ+ film festival, Twisted Arts Film Festival, was created to screen first-run LGBTQ-themed full-length films and 20 to 30 short films of all genres. It is our mission to highlight works made by Oklahoma filmmakers and the best queer cinema from around the world.

We strongly encourage submissions from women, people of color, transgender people, intersex people, asexual people, non-binary people, disabled people, and other underrepresented people and communities

Twisted Arts Film Festival accepts short films of length less than 20 min from any genre about LGBTQ+ people and their communities.

Please completely fill out the FilmFreeway Entry Form. We accept online submissions through FilmFreeway.

Preview submissions must be submitted via secure online screener (e.g. with password), or through a secure online link via FilmFreeway. Online submissions are handled through FilmFreeway via a secure online link of your film (uploaded films must be in their entirety; trailers will not be considered).

Twisted will exhibit all films via DCP. All non-English language entries must have English subtitles.

All FilmFreeway submissions will be marked "In Consideration" once payment, entry forms, and a DVD or online link of the film have all been received. If you would like hardcopy notification of receipt of your entry, please include a self addressed stamped postcard with your DVD entry. Entrants will be notified of festival selections by the end of July 2021.

AFTER your film is accepted, please send high quality digital images from your film (minimum 300dpi in a tiff or jpeg format) emailed to Please also send along press-ready, password protected screener links, Electronic Press Kits, or any other publicity materials you may have (if available). High quality stills make a significant difference in press coverage for accepted films.

Exhibition copies must be sent to the festival prepaid. The Festival will pay for return or forward shipping. The Festival cannot accept nor assume responsibility for damage or loss of materials while in transit. In case of loss or damage during the Festival, the responsibility of the Festival is limited to the costs for repair or replacement of the print.

All entries will be reviewed by the Festival Committee who will also determine a short list of nominees for the Festival juried awards. Once a film is submitted for entry, it may not be withdrawn.

The Festival does not pay rental fees; instead we choose to invest our resources in producing the best possible showcase for your work and promoting your work as widely as possible.


I give Twisted permission to use up to 3 minutes of footage or photographic stills from the work for broadcast, web publication or other promotional purposes. Twisted must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions.

Twisted must be notified in writing of any press restrictions, including hold reviews.

If accepted to the Twisted, I agree not to have a full copy of the film available online or thru VOD prior to the Twisted screening.

Overall Rating

    This was our first Film Festival and although virtual we felt right at home! The correspondence with the festival coordinators always kept us in the loop and made sure we had everything we needed. Great opportunity especially for queer voices in film. We highly recommend and hope to be in person next year.

    December 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks so much for the review, it was a pleasure working with you!