***PLEASE NOTE: This is ALSO the submission site for I+N Festival Courts Queer Short Film Fest. DEADLINE for I+NFCQSFF : 15 June, 2021.

A pioneer of LGBTQ cinema for over 30 years, image+nation is the oldest festival of its kind in Canada, showcasing award-winning local and international films that strive to preserve the authenticity and diversity of LGBTQ+ voices while chronicling an evolving queer cinematic practice. The Festival explores New Queer Storytelling - both the uniqueness and the universality of these stories - offering audiences contemporary representation of what it means to be LGBTQ+ in the 21st century.

Equally, image+nation’s mission is to promote and prepare both contemporary and future generations of queer storytellers and media makers. Through the development of educational and mentoring initiatives such as I+N Explore (inaugurated in 2016) image+nation continues its dedication to nurturing emerging content for an evolving queer cinema while building empathy through sharing stories with audiences here in Canada and throughout the world with its online initiatives.

Prix du Jury:
Feature Film
Documentary Film
Short Film
Special Jury Award

Audience Awards:

:: Only secure online screeners will be accepted for submission.

:: Films will be considered for presentation in both physical and online venues.
:: Excerpts: Permission for excerpts not exceeding 3 minutes to be used for promotional purposes on television or radio programs is granted upon entry unless otherwise stated.

:: If physically sending exhibition materials please label material clearly with : title, production format, running time, year, sender's name, return address and telephone number.
:: For customs purposes, please indicate - For festival use only / no commercial value - on the package; value for customs: $1; or else you may be required to pay customs duties.
:: If shipping from outside of Canada, DO NOT SEND VIA UPS as this will incur large customs charges which the Festival will not pay and your entry will be returned.
:: 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.
The Applicant in applying to the Festival agrees to release the Festival from any and all claims arising in any way from the submission of materials by or on behalf of the Applicant, whether on film, video or otherwise to the Festival.

_ secure online screener link of the film (please ensure it is an external Vimeo link and not an embedded link only on the FilmFreeway platform)
_ Stills (must be HI RES 300 dpi)
_ Press kit
_ Director's biography and filmography
_ Director's statement

Overall Rating
  • Mark Pariselli

    The festival pivoted smoothly to a virtual edition for 2020 that felt as inclusive, engaging and supportive as past editions. Communication was efficient. The programming was strong with a diverse and eclectic selection of work. I was proud to screen my short film, Family.

    February 2021
  • HAUI aka Howard J Davis

    Honoured to screen at Canada's longest running queer film festival with my feature film debut MixedUp. Kat and the team were very supportive. Would have loved to be there in person. Will have to just go when we can meet in person

    February 2021
  • Lee Manansala

    It was an honor to screen our film with image + nation. Communication with staff was friendly and informative and the programming was excellent. Cheers!

    January 2021
  • Rob Salerno

    image+nation is such a great film festival and I was proud to be a part of it, even if I couldn't travel due to COVID! Hopefully I'll be able to come back someday!

    December 2020
  • Myat Noe

    Good line up of films. They did two types of programing. First one is 'festival proper'. The second one is for short films only which is running til Dec 31. Thanks for selecting the film Love X Bites.

    December 2020