WICKED QUEER: The Boston LGBT Film Festival is the fourth oldest LGBT film festival in North America and it is largest LGBT media event in New England. Founded in 1984 by film programmer George Mansour, the festival has been hosted by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston since the early nineties. In 2009 the festival expanded to include screenings at the Brattle Theatre in iconic Harvard Square, Cambridge, the Fenway Health Center on Boylston Street in Boston, and the Institute of Contemporary Art. Our mission is to build community and to celebrate Queer storytelling and filmmaking through the uplifting of voices and stories not yet heard and to present and preserve the vibrancy of our histories. In 2021 the festival virtually screened over 149 films in 45 programs across throughout the month of April.

The festival holds Juried awards for Best Feature, Narrative and Best Feature, Documentary. We also have audience awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Feature Documentary, and Best in Show Short Film.

Review Format
We prefer that preview submissions be submitted as digital online screeners.

Filmmakers are required upon acceptance to have a complete press kit assembled with stills and poster images, trailer, synopsis, log line and social media handles. Moving toward our goal of becoming more accessible, all films, including English language, that are accepted must have English captions or subtitles integrated in your digital file.

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.

Films will be considered for presentation in both physical and online venues.

Overall Rating
  • I couldn't attend but it was a pleasant experience to communicate with the team and have the chance to get my film screened !
    Many thanks to all of you :)

    April 2023
  • Andrew Van Heusden

    Wicked Queer was so much fun! I wish I stayed longer, but I guess that means I'll have to come back to Boston soon. :) Thank you to the amazing team for screening "Sax."

    April 2023
  • Alex G

    I had an amazing experience at Wicked Queer, from engaging in great discussions with the organizers and other filmmakers to seeing the lineups to simply feeling supported and inspired by the entire community! Shawn, Katie, Charles, James, Giuseppe, and Jeffrey went above and beyond to cultivate a festival of heart and queer goodness, and shoutout to Sheen for the epic graphic design :)

    April 2023
  • Raymond Rea

    So glad to be a part of this fantastic festival this year! Communication was quick, fluid, and fun. The level of interplay and community creation was beautiful, especially given the hybrid nature of things this year. Thank you!

    May 2022
  • Alex Dimitriou

    Wicked Queer is a fantastic festival and our communication with the team was great (both in arranging the practicalities and in discussing about the present and future of queer cinema!). Our only regret was not being there in person - hopefully we'll get the opportunity to fix that in the future!

    April 2022