QFest 2019 Film Submissions

QFest 2019 Film Submissions

QFest is dedicated to promoting the arts as a powerful tool for communication and cooperation among diverse communities by presenting programs by, about, and of interest to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer community.

QFest is a sponsored project of Aurora Picture Show, a 501c3 presenting artist-made, non-commercial film and video, and dedicated to expanding the cinematic experience and promoting the understanding and appreciation of the moving image.

ABOUT QFEST 

The story of QFest begins in 1996, when a group of maverick arts organizations collaborated and created The First Annual Houston Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, better known as The HGLFF. Inaugurated by Loris Bradley of DiverseWorks, Liz Empleton of Rice Cinema, Sarah Gish of Landmark Theatres, and Marian Luntz of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The HGLFF would soon grow to include Steve Buck of The Angelika Film Center and Andrea Grover of The Aurora Picture Show. In its early years as a multi-venue annual event, The Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) served as the festival’s non-profit fiscal sponsor. The first co-presidents of the HGLFF were Gudrun Klein and Andrew Edmonson, followed by Margaret Zigman and Ernie Manouse. In 2005, Margaret Zigman became the festival’s President.

In 2006, the festival’s tenth anniversary, under then-Board President Sixto Wagan, Rob Arcos, formerly of Landmark Theatres, was named Festival Director and Kristian Salinas was named Program Director. Now charged with creating its own program, the festival condensed its previous two week run into a five-day weekend. In 2007, led by new Executive Director Kristian Salinas, The HGLFF’s 11th year launched with a new name – QFest.

Celebrating its 23rd year, QFest hosts a citywide celebration of queer film, and is proud to host its second juried competition, now with an expanded selection of prizes for our shorts competition.


To Qualify for Feature Competition:

1.) Film must be a Texas Premiere 

2.) Film must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2018 

3.) Film must have a minimum running time of 50 minutes 

4.) Film must not have secured US Distribution (including Theatrical, VOD, Home Video, Streaming Service, or Broadcast). 

5.) Film must have LGBTQ specific content of interest and/or about the LGBT community. 

6.) There is no requirement for any submitting filmmaker to be LGBTQ. QFest accepts all genres for consideration in Feature Competition.

 

To Qualify for Shorts Competition: 

1.) Film must have been completed no earlier than 2017 

2.) Film must not exceed a total running time of 49:59 minutes 

3.) Film must have LGBTQ specific content of interest or about the LGBT community. 

4.) There is no requirement for any submitting filmmaker to be LGBTQ. QFest accepts all genres for consideration in Shorts Competition.

 

To Qualify for the Student Feature Competition: 

1.) Film must have been completed no earlier than January 1, 2018 

2.) Film must have a minimum running time of 50 minutes 

3.) Film must not have secured US Distribution (including Theatrical, VOD, Home Video, Streaming Service, or Broadcast). 

4.) Film must have LGBTQ specific content of interest or about the LGBT community. 

5.) Filmmaker must have been an enrolled student at time of production (proof of enrollment may be required).

6.) There is no requirement for any submitting filmmaker to be LGBTQ. QFest accepts all genres for consideration in the Student Feature Competition.

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