Thessaloniki International LGBTIQ Film Festival (T.I. LGBTIQ F.F.) is seeking films and videos that are of interest to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Intersex, and Queer people and/or related to the SPECTRUM of Gender Roles & Behaviour. FILMS THAT DO NOT MEET THESE SUBJECTS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

The “T.I. LGBTIQ F.F.” is an initiative of the non profit society "SYMPRAXI - Partnership for Gender Issues”. It’s supported by the "Thessaloniki International Film Festival" and takes place every year in Thessaloniki.

The “T.I. LGBTIQ F.F.” and its parallel events (cultural and artistic expression and social dialogue) deal with gender and sexual orientation issues, as well as to discuss the needs and the difficulties people facing because of homophobia, transphobia, and ideological/social hostility.

We collaborate with the Municipality of Thessaloniki, The Ministry of Culture, Embassies, Consulates, Institutes, and LGBTIQ and HIV organisations in Greece.

The festival is a non-profit event. No member or friend of the non-profit organization SYMPRAXI is receiving any financial support for his/ her work for the “T.I. LGBTIQ F.F.”.

An Audience Award is foreseen for the best long and the best short film (narrative or documentary). The amount of the prize is symbolic and depends on the incomes of the festival.

Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival is seeking films and videos that are of interest to lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer people and/or relate to gender or sexuality issues. The entries may be narrative, documentary, musical, experimental and animated films and videos.

The deadline for submissions is June 15th, 2020, but apply as soon as possible.

Complete the online submission through FilmFreeway.

If your film is selected, you have to send:
1) A film version in HD but not bigger than 10GB (.mov, .mp4) without any subtitles,
2) The time-coded dialogues of the movie version you send (ONLY .srt-format), in English (if possible additionally in German and/or French in case the language of the film is German or French).
3) The signed application (Entry) form that we will send you
4) A 50 words synopsis,
5) The website /Facebook address of the film,
6) 2 stills (HD, 300 dpi),
7) A poster of the film (HD, about 2MB) appropriate to be printed in A3.
8) Press kit.
SUBMISSIONS that cannot provide the above material will be disqualified.

The provided information will be reproduced in the Festival's program.

Specify only ONE CATEGORY for your film to be in.

Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn.

Please note that the Festival does not pay any screening fee for films selected by submission. A fee has to be paid by the film-director or the company submitting a movie.
Only to film directors of very poor counties can be provided a fee waiver.

All films will be screened with Greek subtitles. The festival will translate the dialogues in Greek. Greek films should have English subtitles.

All rights for the film should be cleared prior to submission. Films or videos using non-licensed, copyrighted musical or literary properties without legal permission are not eligible.

If the film is selected through an internet private preview streaming, a screening copy must be sent to the festival (via the internet).

The shipment of exhibition materials to the festival must be paid by the applicant. The festival accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to the festival.

Screening formats accepted: .mp4, .mov, .mpg high quality Video Files.

The Festival holds the right to use stills and up to 3 minutes of footage for promotional purposes (TV and/ or internet).

TERMS AND CONDITIONS (to be signed by the applying person):

- The TI-LGBTQ-FF will not pay any screening fees for the submitted film to the producer or to another person/company of the film.
- I am legally authorized to enter this film in the TI-LGBTQ-FF.
- I give TTI-LGBTQ-FF permission to use up to 3 minutes of footage or photographic stills from the work for broadcast, web publication or other promotional purposes.
- TI-LGBTQ-FF must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions.
- TI-LGBTQ-FF must be notified in writing of any press restrictions.
- If the film has been submitted digitally, I agree to send the viewing copy as soon as the work has been accepted to TI-LGBTQ-FF.
- I hold the TI-LGBTQ-FF harmless from damage to or loss of the print or tape during shipping to and from the Festival.
- The film hat to be sent in mp4 of mov-format, the timecoded dialogues in English in .srt-format that can be automatically read by VLC-program.
- The administration of the Festival may postpone the holding of the event for a period of time that it deems appropriate if there are serious reasons that cause restriction or prohibition: a gathering of many people, movement of people, malfunction of the screening area and other similar events, which are caused by factors not set out by the Festival. Indicatively, but not exclusively, they refer to an epidemic, pandemic, earthquake, fire, which have the effect that the state or the administration of the screening hall imposes restrictions or cancellation of events. Postponing of the Festival is possible if there is a difficulty in its proper operation for reasons that preceded its holding and affect its success.
In these cases, those who submitted their films to the festival for judgment and their possible selection for screening is not entitled to request a refund of the fees paid or to withdraw their films, because already with the submission of a film the judgment expenses and movie editing begin for the Festival. The films that will be selected will be screened in time and under the conditions chosen by the Festival administration.

I certify that I have read, understood and complied with all the festival regulations and terms of submission. For any differences the Greek Courts in Thessaloniki are responsible.
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Overall Rating
  • Jyoti Singh

    Really enjoyed being selected and being part of the film festival. Even during the pandemic it was encouraging to be selected and awarded. Thank you so much. Hope to meet in the near future. Thank you again.

    October 2020
    Response from festival:

    We thank you for the submission of your beautiful film. Continue to make so good films.

  • Markus Kowalski

    It's a very small festival, which is running for so many years already. Unfortunately, there were not many guests in the cinema, mostly people from the team, but they were very welcoming and warm-hearted.

    May 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Markus,
    We are happy that you liked the vibe of our festival. We also have been satisfied because we could find sponsors and invite film directors, you too. About 1/3 of the audience visited our festival also in the past and developed a friendly contact with the organizers, moreover, the organizers are activist. We know that not all people of the audience like to vote for the movies. Regarding your documentary, they were not many (27 persons), but they liked it.
    We wish you all the best for your next documentaries.
    Dr.c.e. Nikos Hatzitrifon, head of the FF

  • Marc Petzke

    Excellent festival very well organising and accommodating. My film played to a sold out audience and made some great contacts that help with producing my latest project.

    January 2020
    Response from festival:

    Dear Marc, you say so many good words about our festival. It gives us the courage to continue. You too, continue with your work, it is so good. All the best, Nikos Hatzitrifon

  • Richard E Haywood

    Love to have my films shown internationally. this is a great festival to do so.

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Dear Richard, thank you fo writing. Keep producing so good films. Best, Nikos Hatzitrifon

  • Antonis Glaros

    Loved the festival and the city!!

    October 2019
    Response from festival:

    :) all the best to you.