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5- Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.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

    Excellent festival! An exquisite communication and a selected program. Congratulations!

    September 2019
  • Jazmine Smith

    Well i enjoyed the opening act...not so much how i wasnt warned about my screening, being late, and not anle to get into my own screening and rudely handled.

    September 2019
  • What an amazing festival and community! We were thrilled to premiere our short documentary ‘Ô Criatura: Navigating (dis)location’ as part of the Coast is Queer program. The VQFF's communication was impeccable, the inclusivity and atmosphere fantastic. Thank you so much to the incredible Anoushka and the entire VQFF team for your hard work and for the warm welcome and embrace -- we loved every moment of it!

    September 2019