FilmPride is run on behalf of Brighton & Hove Pride by The Latest Music Bar.

Brighton & Hove Pride is one of the biggest Pride festivals in the world, and The Guardian describes it as “The country’s most popular LGBTQ+ event”.

In 2020, like many festivals, due to the Covid-19 crisis Brighton & Hove Pride had to cancel their real events and switch to delivering a virtual programme online.

We did the same and the FilmPride Online Film Festival ran from 17th to 31st August. We’re proud to have brought our audiences almost 60 fantastic LGBTQ+ short films, documentaries, animations and feature films, along with Q&As with some of the filmmakers.

In addition, we screened a selection of the films in a series of television shows from 3rd to 16th August, on Brighton and Hove's local TV channel, Latest TV Brighton, and on 13 local television channels throughout the UK. This was a highly successful addition to the festival and gave our selected filmmakers the opportunity to have their works seen by thousands more.

In 2021 things are still unknown but we hope we'll be able to go back to physical screenings and we'll also offer some of the selected films the chance to be included in our local TV shows again (but filmmakers can opt out of this) . We will, as always, be following government guidelines at all times. The FilmPride festival will go on!

FilmPride does not have premiere status requirements. International films in non-English language are very welcome but must contain English subtitles.

FilmPride reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any projects submitted. If accepted, you must be able to provide the festival with a downloadable high-resolution export of your film, as well as at least one high-quality still image for promotional purposes.

For purposes of submission, all films must be submitted as online screeners through FilmFreeway. Submitted films must be complete. Works-in-progress will not be accepted. All material in your film must be your own original work - you must have the rights to all images, music, and on-screen talent featured in your film. Films that do not adhere to copyright laws will be disqualified. Submission fees are non-refundable. For the purpose of accessibility, English subtitles will be required for all selected submissions.

By submitting your film, you acknowledge that you are giving permission to FilmPride to utilize still images and trailers from your film for non-commercial use in promoting the event. Submission of your film also indicates consent to the copyright agreement below.


I state that I am authorized to submit this film to FilmPride for consideration, and have read, understood, and agree to all the requirements. I hereby release the Festival from all responsibility for loss of or damage to submitted materials. As this is a competitive festival, I understand there are no guarantees that my film will be accepted for screening. Entry materials will not be returned.

I agree that I have secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights including, but not limited to music, images, and content.

Overall Rating
  • Cagdas Celtikli

    Very nice and good Festival. They made the best out of this situation and decided to keep showing LGBT-Art. We are very happy to be part of such an important thing is this difficult year. Thanks for all the communication and the online gathering, in order to connect.

    September 2020
  • Sander Houwen

    Deborah did the utmost to make the online edition of FilmPride succesful. Great effort! Thanks for the cozy online Q&A! We hope to meet Deborah and the other people of FilmPride in real life in 2021. With or without a new short.

    September 2020
  • FilmPride was an outstanding festival!! Such an amazing selection of films!! “Boys Don’t Wear Dresses” was honored to be a part of their 2020 online festival. Deborah did an incredible job organizing the fest and putting it all together online! Really impressed and hope to do more with FilmPride in the future! 🙏🌈👏

    September 2020
  • Agnes Lesti

    This is a brilliant festival, we enjoyed attending it and are delighted we could provide a kids' area featuring LGBT+ inclusive children's shows. The organisation of the event was excellent, Deborah was super helpful and attentive. We hope to attend the festival next year and encourage everyone to take part in this high-quality, well-organised event.

    September 2020
  • Francesca Pazniokas

    Even though FilmPride had to go online due to COVID, Deb was highly communicative and made sure the filmmakers still had a wonderful festival experience. We had access to networking, interviews and a great selection of films. Really pleased with the experience, and with the festival!

    September 2020