The underrepresentation of queers in film is reality. They are in need of a visible platform, to promote the acceptance of diversity. Because visibility creates reflexion and reflexion gives us awareness. Awareness leads to movement and movement is change.

We want to bring queer stories througout the world to the screen, to make space for reflexion and productive discussions. Our films are provoking, revolutionary, feminist, experimental, political, kinky, sex positive, contradictory, punk, trashy, gay, hetero, trans*, polyamorous, monogamic and much more.

Audience Award
Best Fictional Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Porn Short Film

Organiser of the Luststreifen Film Festival in Basel/Switzerland is the independent, non-profit association Luststreifen, registered in Basel/ Switzerland.

The Competitions are open to any audiovisual films with a queer or/and feminist topic, with a maximum running time of 40 minutes and completed after January 2022.

No entry fee is required. Films mhave to be submitted via the FilmFreeway platform ( by the 31st of May 2023. The registration forms should be complete upon submission, including film credits, image material, synopsis and director’s filmography. Please note, that films with non-English dialogue must be subtitled in English. Luststreifen may take into consideration unfinished works (Work in Progress) providing they are well enough advanced to be judged and the person submitting the film guarantees to finish it by 1st of August 2023. If this is the case, it must be clearly stated in the title and at the beginning of the film that it is a Work in Progress. Please contact if the Work in Progress copy is to be replaced by a more recent version.

The programming team will select the films for the Porn Short Competition, the Fictional Short Competition, and the Documentary Short Competition. The programming team can also consider individual works for other parts of the festival.

The Festival will inform the person submitting the film by email if their film has been selected on the 31st of July 2023, at the same time requesting material necessary for the publications and screenings. After being notified entrants have until 5th of August 2023 to withdraw from the programme. No film can be withdrawn after this date. If a film has not been selected, Luststreifen will inform the person submitting the film by email before 10th of August 2023. The Invitation will be sent with the notification of the film selection. Luststreifen is pleased to welcome filmmakers whose work have been selected for Luststreifen 2023 at the festival and provides if possible free accommodation for one member of the film team.

Selected films must be submitted in DCP for-mat (24 fps, 25 fps or 30 fps, unencrypted) or as ProRes 422 HQ. 5.1 surround sound is recommended, otherwise stereo will suffice. They can be submitted on USB Keys, external hard disks or digitally by FTP, WeTransfer, etc. Selected works must be received by the Luststreifen festival office in projection condition by 25th of August 2023 at the latest.

Luststreifen may subtitle some films presented in competition. It will bear all expenses of this operation subject to receiving the complete original time-coded text of the original dialogue and/or commentary, as well as the English translation (these documents will be requested if the film is selected for competition).

Films sent from outside of Switzerland must be clearly labelled with ‘For cultural purposes only. No commercial value’ and include a Pro-Forma-Invoice (value less than 20 Euro). When sending submissions, transport costs and insurance charges of prints, as well as any other related charges – notably customs forwarding agents’ fees for import and export – must be fully paid by producers, directors or authorised organisations. Return costs will be paid for by Luststreifen. Return will be no later than 31st of October 2023.

The festival has the right of multiple screenings of the selected works within the context of Luststreifen 2023. The festival will not pay any film rental fees.

A three-person jury will select films for awards in the categories: Best Documentary Short, Best Fictional Short and Best Porn Short. The winner of the Audience Award will be selected by the audience. Luststreifen puts a lot of effort in acquiring price money but can’t guarantee it. The jury’s and audiences’ decisions will be announced during a small awards ceremony at the festival.

By accepting the present regulations, the entrant authorises Luststreifen to reproduce and broadcast an extract of the films selected for the Festival free of charge. These extracts are limited to a maximum of ten percent of the total running time of the film. They will only be used for the promotion of the Festival in TV and web programmes, interviews and reports.

Luststreifen is entitled to screen awarded films at a one time Best of Screening in October 2023, and shall not pay any screening fees for it.

Each entrant declares to be the author or rights owner of the submitted film and to own all literary, dramatic and musical rights guaranteeing Luststreifen against any claims, conflicts and legal action concerning the presentation of the film. The information requested, including photos, is required for electronic and paper (programme and flyers) media linked to Luststreifen. This information will also be used on the Internet and Luststreifen’s database.

The submitter accepts these regulations by submitting a film. In case of dispute, Luststreifen is granted the right of decision. Place of jurisdiction is Basel/Switzerland.

Overall Rating
  • Great festival, thank you again.

    October 2022
  • Dani Huda

    Great hospitality, amazing vibes and well curated films!

    October 2022
  • Film Studies Center

    Excellent festival. We would like to be in Basel, but it was complicated. They always was in contact for whatever we asked them. I highly recommend it.

    October 2021
  • Hadi Moussally

    Amazing Festival with great team, selection & communication. Thank you so much for the invitation and the chance to meet all the team of the festival and the invited directors/producers/artists.

    October 2021
  • Shyam L. Jones

    I had a wonderful weekend! Thank you so much for inviting me to this amazing festival :)

    October 2021