Vancouver Queer Film Festival


Years running: 35 (since 1988)

Vancouver Queer Film Festival

International LGBTQ Film Festival.


For 27 years, Out On Screen has proudly showcased films that illuminate the transformative moments in the lives of queer people – telling stories of the journeys we have taken to find ourselves, each other and our place in the world. Every time we take a seat at the Festival, we are experiencing the difference we are making: creating social change through film, education and dialogue.

We invite filmmakers to submit short or feature length film or video for consideration. VQFF presents over 75 films each year, including short- and feature-length documentaries, narrative and experimental works. We host workshops, discussions, parties and performances.


We offer over several awards including:

  • OUTtv People’s Choice Awards for Best Feature ($750)
  • OUTtv Hot Pink Shorts Award ($500)
  • Gerry Brunet Memorial Award for best BC short ($2500 value)


  • Selected films will be Metro Vancouver premieres. A premiere must not have been previously been publicly screened in Metro Vancouver, broadcast in Canada or otherwise made publicly available (including online).
  • Films that are available to purchase or for public viewing online are not eligible. This includes DVD/Blu-ray/VHS formats.
  • Subtitles language: English

Premiere Requirements

City premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Anoushka Ratnarajah (ARTISTIC DIRECTOR)

Stephanie Goodwin (EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR)




Official Website



Suite 405 - 207 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 1H7

Phone: 604 844 1615


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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    November 01, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    January 14, 2022
  • Regular Deadline
    March 31, 2022
  • Late Deadline
    April 30, 2022
  • Notifications
    June 15, 2022
  • Event Dates
    11 — 21 August 2022
Categories & Fees

documentaries, narrative and experimental works

  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free
  • Late Deadline — $15
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