International Submissions Open for the 2023 23rd Korea Queer Film Festival(Deadline: Feb 28, 2023 PST)


Korea Queer Film Festival(KQFF) is an LGBT film festival held in South Korea. With our slogan, “Open the Queer Window”, our festival is an opportunity to examine every aspect of living as a member of the LGBTQ+ community. We aim to foster LGBTQ+ culture and promote LGBTQ+ rights while enhancing the diversity of the Korean cinema.

Aside from the opening and the closing ceremony, our programs include Current Issue and Experimental Shorts. We also have other supplementary programs such as Guest Visits(GV) and Queer Movie Talk(Q-Talk), a series of discussion sessions on different subjects.

KQFF is hosted by Seoul Queer Culture Festival(SQCF) Organizing Committee consisting of volunteers, and is organized by Korea Queer Film Festival Executive Committee, our internal organization.

We are now receiving entries for international submissions for the 2023 23rd Korea Queer Film Festival. With your submissions, we hope KQFF2023 will be another event full of insight and perspectives on the LGBTQ+ community.

1. Overview of the 2023 23rd Korea Queer Film Festival*

1) Event Dates: Around June~July in 2023

2) Venue: Cinema(s) located in Seoul as well as online(held both face-to-face and online)

3) Organization: Hosted by Seoul Queer Culture Festival Organizing Committee / Organized by Korea Queer Film Festival Executive Committee

* We will provide you with more details for KQFF2023 in future announcements.

2. Film Entry Requirements

1) The subject matter and materials of your film entries must be suitable for a LGBT film festival, and your film entries must contain certain insight or perspective on the lives of the LGBTIAQ+ community.

2) Your film entries must be produced outside South Korea and within the past two years. All film entries must be in a completed state and be available for screening, and no subsequent editing or change is allowed once submission is completed.

3) For the submission, your film entries must be in either “.mov” or “.mp4” file format with English subtitle files attached.

4) Your film entries must be available for online screening on our online cinema platform during the period of KQFF.

5) There is no restriction on the film genre, style, form, etc. We do not have a premiere restriction policy, and all films are eligible for submission regardless of their availability on TV/DVD/OTT platforms.

3. Schedule for Evaluation

1) Submission Period: January 2 (Mon), 2023~24:00 PST, February 28 (Tue), 2023

2) Announcement of the Evaluation Results: We will let you know the results on an individual basis during March, 2023.

3) You are required to submit the following documents within ten days once we inform you that your entry has been selected.

- Digital file of the film, film stills, film trailer, posters, film credit information, etc.

4. How to Submit Your Film Entry

1) Once you have finished reading this announcement(until Section 7. ‘Important Notice’) carefully, please complete and submit the Entry Form from the Film Freeway website via the following link:

- https://filmfreeway.com/KoreaQueerFilmFestival

2) You must pay an entry fee when you submit your Entry Form. The amount is $2 for shorts** and $5 for features**.


** Shorts: running time is shorter than or equal to 40 minutes / Features: running time is longer than 40 minutes

5. Awards & Prizes

1) KQFF Choice: Our ‘LGBTQ+ Film of the Year’ as selected by KQFF Executive Committee. The winner will also receive a prize, and the film will be prioritized when we suggest recommendations to other Korean or international film festivals.

2) Honorary Mention from the Executive Committee: Given to the ‘Noteworthy LGBTQ+ Film’ as selected by KQFF Executive Committee. The winner will also receive a prize.

6. Contact Details

Please contact Korea Queer Film Festival Executive Committee at kqff@kqff.co.kr.

7. Important Notice

1) Once any false information on your Entry Form or any form of plagiarism in your film is discovered, the submission, selection, and screening of your film will immediately lose its validity; the entrant will subsequently be restricted from any future submission for KQFF.

2) The entrant bears all liabilities, including the copyright of the film entry, for any dispute or conflict.

3) Please provide your online screener’s password correctly on your Entry Form; the entrant bears all responsibilities for any negative consequence due to password errors.

4) Please note that entry fee waiver codes are only given to entrants from the countries listed in ‘DAC List of ODA Recipients’ of OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC). You can find the DAC list on the link provided below. If your country is on the list, please contact KQFF Executive Committee via email at kqff@kqff.co.kr.

- https://www.oecd.org/dac/financing-sustainable-development/development-finance-standards/DAC-List-of-ODA-Recipients-for-reporting-2022-23-flows.pdf

5) Please note that we cannot refund any entry fee once it is paid.

6) Please note that we are unable to provide feedbacks for every entry for the festival. All film entries are results of your hard, precious work, and we truly believe that each film entry has its own unique value. So please do not to be discouraged even if your entry does not end up getting selected; the results of our evaluation are by no means an absolute, infallible measurement of the value of your film.

7) The selection of your entry will be canceled if a) you cannot be reached within 10 days from the announcement of the selection; b) you fail to submit the following materials which KQFF Executive Committee requested - these materials may be edited and used for the purpose of the promotion of the selected entry and the film festival.

- Digital file of the film, film stills, film trailer, posters, film credit information, etc.

8) Once you submit the materials we listed in 7), the selection and screening of your entry will be confirmed. If the entrant cancels the screening of the film after its screening is confirmed without a good reason and due notice, the entrant may be restricted from future submissions for KQFF.

9) We do not pay any screening fee for the selected entries. This is because KQFF is a non-profit event; please note that the festival is made possible thanks to our volunteer staff. Instead, we promise that we will promote your selected entry as best as possible using all the resources we can gather.

10) Please contact KQFF Executive Committee at kqff@kqff.co.kr if the premiere status of your selected entry changes.