The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is the largest queer arts event in Western Canada.
Each August, we showcase films and stories which uplift 2SLGBTQIA+ voices from throughout BC, across Canada, and around the world.

The VQFF serves to illuminate, celebrate, and advance queer lives through film, education, and dialogue, which we accomplished through 11 days of outstanding cinema, live performances, community-building events, and parties, all in the backdrop of beautiful mountain and ocean views.

We seek work in all genres that confronts stereotypes, pushes boundaries, strives for change, arouses and tantalizes, and above all, highlights the tremendous diversity of queer, trans, and Two Spirit people, artists, and communities.

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

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

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

-Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for Best BC short, 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5- Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.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 electronic payment via the Plooto payment platform (to select countries) or via cheque in the agreed amount preceding the Festival.

• 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 in the year in which the Festival takes place. 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
  • Bekantan Pictures

    Thank you for Vancouver Queer Film Festival audiences to choose our film. Awesome festival and hopefully we could meet the audiences online.

    June 2022
  • Angelica Perez Anzures

    Amazing! I Had a great experience. Great festival with great films! I hope I get to be a part of it again in the future.

    November 2021
  • 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
  • Jesse 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