Each August, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival proudly showcases films that illuminate the transformative moments in the lives of queer people – telling stories of the journeys we have taken to find ourselves, each other and our place in the world. We host 11 days and nights of outstanding cinema, performances, networking events and parties, all in the backdrop of beautiful mountain and ocean views.

The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is the largest LGBT arts event in Western Canada and the second-largest film festival in the city.

We seek work in all genres that confronts stereotypes, pushes boundaries and strives for change, arouses and tantalizes, and above all, highlights the tremendous diversity of queer, trans, and two-spirit artists, locally, nationally and internationally.

All films selected for the Festival are eligible for the following awards:

-People’s Choice Awards for Best Feature
-People’s Choice Awards for Best Short

BC artists with a short film in the festival are eligible for:

-Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best BC short ($2,500 value) supported by Directors Guild of Canada-BC.

1- Submit online via FilmFreeway.

2- You will receive an automatic reply confirming receipt of your submission

3- We are grateful for the opportunity to consider all work submitted. If yours is accepted, we will send an acceptance letter by mid-June. From there, we will require the exhibition format of your film by mid-July.

4- Shipment of exhibition materials to the festival must be paid by the applicant. Return shipment of exhibition materials will be paid by the Festival. Any additional fees associated with shipping must be paid by the recipient. VQFF accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the Festival.

5- Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.

7- Filmmakers wishing to submit rough cuts for consideration must clearly note that the film is a rough cut, and must supply the completed film before acceptance can be finalized.

8- If selected for the Festival, VQFF will remit payment by cheque (Canadian or US currency) or PayPal in the agreed amount preceding the Festival.

• Selected films will be Metro Vancouver premieres. A premiere must not have been previously been publicly screened in Metro Vancouver, broadcast in Canada or otherwise made publicly available (including online).
• Films that are available to purchase or for public viewing online are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.

Submission permissions:

I permit Out On Screen permission to retain a copy of this work for a non-circulating Festival archive, and to distribute for media relations purposes. I give Out On Screen and the VQFF permission to use up to 3 minutes of footage or photographic stills from the work for broadcast, web publication or other promotional purposes. VQFF must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions or media restrictions.

I agree that, if accepted, an acceptable exhibition format (note we do not accept 3D submissions) will be made available for screening during the Festival by July 15. I hold the Festival harmless from damage to or loss of the print or tape during shipping to and from the Festival. I certify that I have read, understood and complied with all the festival regulations and terms of submission.

Overall Rating
  • Anderson Bardot

    amazing festival! <3 Thank you so much

    August 2021
  • Gatopardo Filmes

    VQFF was super, even taking place as a virtual event this year. The team was very good in communication, they made us feel like we were really participating in the event. Hope to attend in person anytime in the future! Thank you all!

    August 2021
  • Lauren Hart

    This festival was online this year but they did a great job at putting it together, and there was an emerging filmmakers networking event through Zoom in which I was able to meet other filmmakers!

    October 2020
  • Krit Komkrichwarakool

    Excellent festival and great staff members. We are honoured to be a part of this year's festival.

    September 2020
  • Tathagata Ghosh

    Simply one of the best festival experiences I have ever had! VQFF respects filmmakers and films like anything. I am blessed to screen our film "Miss Man" this year. The communication was world class and they made me feel home. My regards to Anoushka and Nya! Can't wait to be back with a new film!

    August 2020