Now in its NINTH year, the Hollywood Queer Short Film Festival produces four programs of LGBTQ short films representing the very best of our vast and diverse community’s filmic offerings. Besides attending the larger festivals and personal referrals, we winnow through hundreds of films submitted through the FilmFreeway submission platform, to come up with the less than 40 films that comprise our programs.

To promote community, we do give an edge in the selection process to local (Los Angeles Area) filmmakers and talent. Being local doesn’t guarantee acceptance, of course, but we very much like the idea of creating a “family” of local artists who know and support each other. For some, ours will be the only LGBTQ film festival their film will appear in locally, and we recognize and welcome the unique responsibility this imposes on us.

We are proud to offer “grass roots” submission pricing, to encourage submissions from less well-financed filmmakers. Thanks to FilmFreeway, we can afford to do this. We have in past years donated any funds left over after paying our considerable costs to AIDS Walk Los Angeles, and we plan to continue making charitable contributions this year as well.

Ready to submit your film? See Link to FilmFreeway at the bottom of the HOME page.

Yes! Queer Short Films in Los Angeles

We have several audience favorite awards, determined by balloting, and a number of jury awards including best comedy or musical, best drama, and best acting (regardless of gender) in each of those two categories. The jury is also empowered to create additional awards for anything they deem worthy of that kind of recognition. None of the awards has a cash value.

Filmmakers Please Note: You must have the right to authorize us to screen your film for an audience. We will have rights to screen your film at the festival, use short excerpt for a festival trailer, use publicity stills for our press releases and other collateral materials including our web page and printed program. We reserve the right to use the film at a "best of" program taking place in the year subsequent to the Festival date. We also keep a copy of the film for Festival Archive.

PLEASE be sure to include a short description of your film (logine) in your submission materials. We may use this logline or create our own for our program and website.

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED, we will also want to have any TRAILER you may have developed for it. We will use this in our own Integrated Marketing campaign for the festival. If you have STILLS you like (from the film only, please, not from the production process) we will want to see those, as well, However, we reserve the right to create our own stills from your film for use in our promotions.