Call for Submissions for the 2nd Bangalore Queer Film Festival

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THE BANGALORE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL (BQFF 2010) is calling for submissions. The deadline is 30 January 2010. Details here.

The festival will be held at the Alliance Francaise de Bangalore on 26, 27 and 28 February 2010.

The BQFF 2010 is a non-ticketed free event aimed at providing a venue to screen films based on themes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBT or Queer) communities across the world.  This is the second edition of the Bangalore Queer Film Festival.

The event is presented by Good As You (a support group for LGBT people, est. 1994), SWABHAVA (a non-profit organisation working with LGBT issues in Bangalore, est. 1999) and WHaQ! (a support group for queer women, est. 2009).

While sincerely apologising for this short notice, the organisers request you to send in films for consideration/preview as early as possible.  For more information please contact the organisers at

Please spread the word to any film-makers/ studios that you know.  The Bangalore Queer Film Fest 2010 (on Feb 27-28) is looking for submissions.

This is a non-ticketed event intended to promotote awareness and provoke discussion. We would really, really like film makers to come forth and participate. DVD/ Digital submissions.

Full Details:

Last day for entries: 30 January 2010


Bangalore has hosted film festivals on themes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT or Queer) communities since 2003.  Although they were small events, since their transformation into The Bangalore Queer Film Festival (BQFF) in April 2009, held at the Alliance Francaise, the festivals made Bangalore a destination for international Queer films.


BQFF 2010 is organised by Good As You (GAY), SWABHAVA Trust and We're Here and Queer (WHAQ!). GAY ( is a support group (est. 1994) for LGBT people in Bangalore and is one of the oldest support groups in India. SWABHAVA Trust (est. 1999) is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation working with LGBT issues, including providing access to support services in Bangalore. Both GAY and Swabhava have co-hosted previous queer film festivals in Bangalore. This year, another group called We're Here and Queer (WHAQ!), a queer women's support group (estd. 2009) is also a co-organiser. GAY and WHAQ! regularly organise film screenings at their weekly meetings. All the groups are non-funded and operate entirely on donations.

BQFF 2009

The 1st edition of the Bangalore Queer Film Festival was held in Bangalore on 10 and 11 April, 2009. The event had a tightly packed schedule screening more than 20 feature, short and documentary films alongside panel discussions on being out at the workplace and short performance pieces using drama, dance, Sufi music and poetry.

BQFF 2010

The 2nd edition of the Bangalore Queer Film Festival will be held in Bangalore in February 2010. Screening feature, documentary and experimental films, BQFF 2010 caters to a large Bangalore public interested in international films. Panel discussions on key issues concerning the LGBT community in Bangalore/India will also be organised as part of the schedule.

Venue: The Alliance Francaise, Vasanthnagar, Bangalore - 560 001

Dates: 26, 27 and 28 February 2010


The BQFF 2010 will be presented by GAY, Swabhava and WHAQ! and is intended to be a co-sponsored event. Local and outside sponsorships will be solicited for different aspects of the event. The film festival itself is a non-ticketed event, but donations for the three groups will be welcomed.

Submission criteria for selection

Please submit your films for preview. The final schedule of films will be selected in the second week of February 2010. Please note the following suggestions for submitting films to be screened at BQFF 2010.


We accept films made by directors on themes related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex and other queer populations. Films that challenge traditional gender and sex / sexuality notions are welcomed.


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


Currently, submissions for preview are expected on either high-quality DVD or VCD in PAL format. Please contact the organisers if you have any request for information related to format of submission. For final screening, submitters will be contacted if higher quality formats are required.

Still Images

Please also submit 4-5 high-quality still images on an additional CD or DVD (JPEG or TIFF format).


The films submitted for BQFF 2010 should have subtitles in English.  Please contact organisers for more details and/or exceptions.


Saturday, 30th January 2010

Submission/mailing costs

Preferably, all mailing costs for the submissions have to be borne by the director/producer or distributor. The BQFF 2010 cannot, at this juncture, support the cost 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.

Preview copies

Preview copies submitted for selection cannot be returned. Copies of all films will be kept with the BQFF Archives. Please contact organisers if you wish to provide alternative net-based previews of your films.

Application Format

(Please fill in BLOCK CAPITALS)

Film Details






Date completed

Preview Format

Original language of film

Director(s) Name

Address - (Please include City, Country, Postcode, Telephone/Mobile number(s),
Email and website if available)

Producer(s) Name

(if applicable and /or different from above)

Address - (Please include City, Country, Postcode, Telephone/Mobile number(s),
Email and website if available)

Production Company

(if applicable and /or different from above)

Address - (Please include City, Country, Postcode, Telephone/Mobile number(s),
Email and website if available)

Distribution Company

(if applicable and /or different from above)

Address - (Please include City, Country, Postcode, Telephone/Mobile number(s),
Email and website if available)

Brief Synopsis of the film:

Screening history of the submission (if applicable):

Film maker's biographical note: (Please attach CV)

Terms and Conditions

Please read carefully before signing and submitting your application

1. The BQFF 2010 will not charge any fee for attendance at the festival. The intention is to make the films accessible to as many people as possible. However, the organisers are non-funded support groups or non-profit organisations and may make donation requests during the festival. Financial support is being requested from different organisations/individuals to cover venue costs, quality audio and projectors and publicity and promotion. At this point, no financial support is available to support submitters to send their films for preview or for final screening. If submitters wish to attend BQFF 2010, no funding is currently available to facilitate this. If financial support can be found, submitters will be informed.

2. Films that have been made recently will be prioritised in the BQFF 2010. However, in special circumstances, older films may be selected.

3. While allowing for as many entries to be submitted, BQFF 2010 will plan not to screen more than 2 films of the same director during the festival. However, film society/groups can negotiate to curate/screen multiple films from their collections based on discussions with the organisers. Please submit separate applications for each film being submitted.

4. Organisers will inform submitters if films can be screened using the preview copies directly. Else, submitters will be contacted to send higher quality formats.

5. All CDs and DVDs must be clearly marked with name of film, director's name, running time and format.

6. BQFF 2010 does not accept responsibility for damages incurred to submissions during transit.

7. If a film is accepted, the submitter may be contacted for additional information or publicity material where necessary. Please make sure you send in 4-5 high-quality still images of the film or of posters with the initial application.

8. Checklist:

* Preview copy of film with English subtitles on DVD or
VCD in PAL format
* Completed application form
* Synopsis
* CV
* Biographical note
* CD or DVD containing 4-5 high-quality still images.

9. All queries related to film selections, decision-making, previews, application process, mailing details or alternatives, and/or suggestions should be addressed to the BQFF Organisers at the email address given below.

I have read and understood the terms and conditions of the application.





Submission Address

All preview copies should be sent to the following address.

Please write "BQFF 2010" on the cover of your submission.


4th Floor, M. S. Plaza

No. 1, 13th 'A' Cross

4th Main, Sampangiramnagar

Bangalore - 560 027

Karnataka, India

Phone: +91-80-22230959

Decision making process

The festival organising committee will watch preview copies as and when they arrive at our offices. Directors or producers or the distributors will be contacted immediately on selection of their films and any additional requests for material or publicity may be made at the time.

More information about selection of films will be made available soon.

Contact BQFF 2010

BQFF 2010 Organising Committee

Mr Nanju R.; Mr Siddharth N., Mr Vinay Chandran, Mr Karthik V., Ms Mari M., Ms Namita Avriti, Ms Nitya Vasudevan, Ms Poorva Rajaram, Ms Nicole, Mr Joshua Muyiwa,

For any queries regarding the festival, submission, or any other matter please contact us on:

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