We invite you to send us your short and full-length features, short and long documentaries, animation and experimental films. This year we celebrate our 10th Anniversary (for realz!) and it’s been ten years of mayhem, madness and beauty. We intend to beat all our former versions and avatars, looking glorious and showing crazy films in this coming festival! Please send us your entries and pass this call on to friends, lovers, family and colleagues who might want to send in theirs.
The deadline for submission is January 15th, 2019. The final schedule of films will be released in the first week of February 2019.
JOIN US FOR OUR TENTH ANNIVERSARY IN 2019 AND SPREAD THE WORD IN THE COMING MONTHS.
The festival loves independent films that transform ideas of queerness, so send the call out! We specially encourage independent films and amateur work that want to try new things with cinema and queerness.
Here are our guidelines on submission:
FilmsWe accept films made by directors on themes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and other queer populations. Films that challenge traditional gender and sex / sexuality notions are welcome.
GenresPlease submit films of any form: Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Animation or Experimental.
Preview copiesSubmit preview copies of full films online (via the form you can submit vimeo or youtube links, share or send via Dropbox or similar file transfers) or by sending us the DVD copies to our address. Preview copies submitted for selection will not be returned. Copies of all films will be kept with the BQFF Archives.
Format of Final SubmissionFinal submissions are expected on high-quality DVDs only. Contact the organisers if you require more information or want to use other formats.
SubtitlesSince accents vary even among English language films, all films should preferably have subtitles in English.
Submission/mailing costsMailing costs for the submissions have to be borne by the director/producer/distributor. The BQFF cannot, at this juncture, support the costs of receiving copies for preview. Please contact the organisers if you are unable to bear these costs so as to arrange for alternative ways to send your films to us.
Screening CostsAs always the BQFF is a FREE event and no charges are levied on submissions. Additionally, only films that do not charge screening fees will be accepted.
You can submit your film via the form below, but first a RECAP of last year’s festival:
At the 9th edition of BQFF (9-11th March, 2018) we presented a staggering 89 films from over 30 countries, hosted along with our beloved partners the Goethe-Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan (GI / MMB). The festival included three brilliant specially curated packages. One set of films brought to us by GI /MMB from the prestigious Berlinale festival in Germany. Another package of LGBT shorts from the UK is brought to us by a British Council international touring programme in association with BFI Flare. The third was a package called “I Confess”, autobiographical shorts from the Canadian Queer Film Archive, curated by film curator and archivist Thomas Waugh.
This festival went from the supinely beautiful (like the many people lying down on mattresses to watch films in Goethe-Institut) to the insanely chaotic and bizarre. Yes, we do admit we like to experiment with and for our audiences!
BQFF 2018 included the delicate film about love, longing and flowers from Thailand - Malila: The Farewell Flower, the angst of long term gay relationship melodrama in Ein Weg (Germany), and the chaotic beauty of the lesbian “Don Juan” in The Ladies Almanack. From India we screened the experimental documentary film Aabar Jadi Ichchha Karo… (If You Dare Desire…) - about two women who died for love, but still their many possibilities live among us; Irattajeevitham (fiction) about the journey of two people towards and away from each other and Turup (Checkmate) - a radical film made and passed through many hands and about the million stories that make up the everyday in an Indian neighbourhood. We also laughed and cried hysterically with the archival film Portrait of Jason - an intense monologue by a flamboyant queen and their journey from a former houseboy to an almost- cabaret performer, and about being black and gay in 1960s America.
We also showed our first ever gay short film from Iraq - Life in darkness; Neelu Bhuman’s More Love: Less Prepackaged Bullshit (USA/India) about a trio of black trans woman, brown genderqueer person and white queer cis man resisting dystopia; and a short film about gluttony and joy in The Icecream Killer(Ukraine). In 2018 we also went overboard with performances, music and a party. In collaboration with Shoonya we staged the performance Shiva to a packed house. Shiva is the story of a young poet and his journey of opening up to his mother about his sexuality, told through a confluence of Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music and realistic storytelling. The previous year BQFF was proud to host a play based on Kannada writer Vasudhendra’s collection of short stories, Mohanaswamy.
NOW that you're truly inspired go ahead and fill out this form and submit your film for previewing for selection to BQFF 2019 - THE TENTH YEAR!