BQFF 2020: Final call for Entries
The Bangalore Queer Film Festival 2020 is still open for submissions!

We invite you to send us your short and full-length features, short and long documentaries, animation and experimental films. BQFF 2019 (31st July – 4th August) was the 10th anniversary of the festival and it was five days of mad love with film screenings, performances, art exhibitions and panel discussions held at the Alliance Française de Bengaluru and Goethe Institut/Max Mueller Bhavan.

The festival featured 73 films representing 27 countries in the world, including Iran, Lebanon, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Colombia, Austria, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam. The performances kicked off with a powerful curtain raiser by Manjamma Jogathi and Troupe, at The Bangalore International Centre, a new venue partner for the festival. Our centre stage performer was none other than the awe inspiring Revathi A, with her monologue Nanna Dhwani (I Have a Voice). Our closing spotlight was on the force, play and feeling of poetry, with four poets – Hoshang Merchant, Vikramaditya Sahai, Namita Aavriti and Joshua Muyiwa – reading from their work. Our art exhibition this year was inaugurated on the 3rd of August and included the work of three ground-shifting artists – Aryakrishnan, Renuka Rajiv and Sandip Kuriakose. To mark ten years of the festival we also had two panels featuring filmmakers, those in attendance and those who have been closely associated with BQFF over the years. Unnikrishnan Avala and team, Rohan Kanawade, Manoj Thorat, Christy Raj, Priya Sen, Debalina, Satya Nagpaul, Shilpi Gulati and Jainendra Dost all spoke about the language of films and how to make a queer image, with these conversations being moderated by Gee Imaan Semmalar and Shai Heredia.

BQFF 2019 was a raucous and loving marker of the 10 years in which we have all created a special place for queer cinema and queer lives in our context. So lets make some more noise!

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 10th February, 2020. The final schedule of films will be released in the last week of February 2020.

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:

We 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.

Please submit films of any form: Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Animation or Experimental.

Preview copies
Submit 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 Submission
Final submissions are expected on high-quality DVDs only. Contact the organisers if you require more information or want to use other formats.

Since accents vary even among English language films, all films should preferably have subtitles in English.

Submission/mailing costs
Mailing 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 Costs
As 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.

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