Submissions to the 35th Annual Vancouver Queer Film Festival (August 10-20, 2023) are NOW OPEN!


The Vancouver Queer Film Festival is one of the largest queer arts events in Western Canada. We illuminate, celebrate, and advance queer lives through film, education, and dialogue. Each August, we showcase 11 days of outstanding cinema, live performances, community-building events, and great parties, all in the environment of beautiful mountain and ocean views.

We pay screening fees for all selected work. We seek content in all genres, specifically stories that center on 2SLGBTQIA+ protagonists, overturn stereotypes, push boundaries, strive for change, arouse and tantalize, and above all, highlight the tremendous diversity of queer, trans, and Two Spirit people, artists, and communities. We uplift 2SLGBTQIA+ voices and stories from throughout BC, across Canada, and around the world.


  • Narrative Features
  • Documentary Feature
  • Narrative Short
  • Documentary Short
  • (NEW!) Episodic Content


In order to ensure that all submissions are evaluated and that all programmers are paid a living wage, we have started charging an entry fee. However, we offer waivers to BIPOC artists and other underrepresented identities and regions.  If cost is a barrier, please email us at The VQFF Programming team can’t wait to watch your work!

(NEW!) GOLD members of FilmFreeway get a 25% discount on all fees.

Early-bird Deadline | January 6, 2023
Narrative Features $15
Narrative Shorts $10
Documentary Features $15
Documentary Shorts $10
Episodic $15

Regular Deadline | February 10, 2023
Narrative Features $25
Narrative Shorts $15
Documentary Features $25
Documentary Shorts $15
Episodic $25

Late Deadline | March 3, 2023
Narrative Features $35
Narrative Shorts $20
Documentary Features $35
Documentary Shorts $20
Episodic $35


  1. Only secure online screeners will be accepted for preview. All submissions to VQFF must be made via FilmFreeway and remain active until August 20, 2023.
  2. Films completed no more than 18 months before the festival dates are eligible.
  3. Works-in-progress can be considered only if a completed version can be available for final approval by April 7, 2023.
  4. Films that are available to purchase or for public viewing online are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.
  5. All decisions will be notified via FilmFreeway by June 16, 2023. Applicants are responsible for providing a correct and functional contact email address. VQFF is not responsible for any failed attempts to contact Applicants using the contact information provided.
  6. Shipment of exhibition materials to the Festival must be paid by the applicant. Return shipment of exhibition materials will be paid by the Festival. Any additional fees associated with shipping must be paid by the recipient. VQFF accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the Festival.


  1. All films selected to the festival will receive either a screening fee or support with travel/accommodation, at the Festival’s discretion and according to the sponsorship available. 
  2. VQFF will remit electronic payment via the Plooto payment platform (to select countries) or via cheque in the agreed amount preceding the Festival.
  3. All films selected to screen at VQFF must include either captions/subtitles in English, or request VQFF’s support for captioning/subtitling. We strive to create an accessible festival and have limited funds available to support adding subtitles to new works with a priority for underrepresented artists and stories.
  4. All selected films must supply VQFF with an exhibition copy of the Film by July 7, 2023, in a theatrical screening format and/or online screening format, as specified by VQFF upon invitation. Delivery requirements are different based on format and venue.
  5. VQFF reserves the right to use stills and up to 2 minutes of footage of official selections for promotional and marketing purposes.


All films will be presented at a physical venue and will be invited to play on VQFF’s online screening platform, with geo-blocking and screening caps adjusted according to the filmmaker’s preference. In-person screenings will take place in accordance with BC’s health and safety guidelines, adhering to recommendations made by government health officials at the time of planning.


The Festival recognizes filmmakers through a variety of juried and audience awards.

(NEW!) Narrative Change Award (Cash Prize)
This cash prize will be determined by a jury, and will honor a storyteller who uses the power of cultural strategy to overturn outdated narratives, inspire change, and expand the audience’s perception of 2SLGBTQIA+ identities in their work. 

Gerry Brunet Memorial Award: Best British Columbia Short (Cash Prize)
This award is determined by a jury. All selected shorts films made in British Columbia are eligible. This award was established in 1997 in recognition of Gerry Brunet, a lifelong contributor to the arts and an early board member of Out On Screen.

Audience Choice Awards 
All content screening at the Festival is eligible for the Audience Choice Award, which is determined by audience ballots across all Festival screenings, in the following categories:
– Narrative Short 
– Narrative Feature
– (New!) Documentary Short 
– (New!) Documentary Feature
– (New!) Episodic 
– (New!) Animation 


We’ve welcomed some amazing filmmakers and artists to the Festival through the years. See some of our most recent guests.


The Festival recognizes accomplished filmmakers through a variety of juried and audience awards. Learn more about our awards and recent winners.


We have more than 30 years of queer film history to help us to chart the way forward. Visit our Archive to learn more about past Festivals and the enduring legacy of queer film.