A black and white photo of Madeleine Lim holding a film camera while smiling and waving cheerfully. Top left in orange, Call For Films! Underneath in white, 20th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, Festival Dates: June 14-16, 2024.


DEADLINE: Sunday, January 14, 2024 at 11:59pm PT

Submission Fee: $0! It’s completely FREE!


1) Films must be created by LBTQIA+ BIPOC

The filmmaker, producer, or director must be:

African Descent/Black;
Native American & American Indian;
First Nations & Indigenous;
Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander;
Southwest Asian, North African, Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA);
Asian, including Southeast Asian & Central Asian;
Chicanx & Latinx, including indígena & afrodescendiente;
AND multi-ethnic
lesbian, bisexual, asexual, queer women of color (both cisgender & transgender);
Two Spirit, and intersex;
and nonbinary, agender, gender nonconforming, and transgender people of color (of any orientation).

2) Films of any length: shorts, features, or episodic.

3) Films of any genre: narrative, documentary, experimental, or mixed.

4) Films of any subject matter.

5) Year of completion 2021 to 2024.

You are welcome to submit a rough cut.

6) If films are accepted, the filmmaker AGREES that their final exhibition copy is due March 13, 2024.

Filmmakers will be notified of festival selection in late February 2024.

Questions? Please email festival@qwocmap.org or call our office at 415-752-0868.

Please note: our office closes for a mandatory month-long recess; we will not be available for questions December 15-January 14.


QWOCMAP is committed to disability justice and accessibility.

All films must be Open Captioned/Subtitled for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, which also benefits English language learners and many other people in our audiences.
(This is the responsibility of filmmakers.)

All films are Audio Described for people who are Blind and Low Vision.
(QWOCMAP covers this cost.)

All photos and graphics on QWOCMAP email blasts, social media posts, and website pages include image descriptions for people who use screen readers and/or are Blind and Low Vision.
(QWOCMAP covers this cost.)

Open Captions, also known as Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, are embedded into a film. Open Captions include spoken words, identify speakers, and describe other sounds. If a film has no dialogue, the Open Captions describe music and other ambient sounds or sound effects. Open Captions cannot be turned off and are always displayed on screen.

Audio Description is the verbal narration of key visual content in a film to describe the location, characters, and important visuals and actions. This can also include symbolism or cultural traditions.

Image descriptions describe the essential information in a still image, including any text on a graphic.

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