NewFest – The New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival 

Call for entries 

(Features and shorts, series and web) 


NewFest – The New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival is currently accepting entries for its 2021 edition. 

Please note that all films must be submitted directly to the festival. 

  • Competitive: Yes 
  • Submission fees: Yes* 


  • Must be a New York City premiere 
  • Series must be a premiere – content must not be available online or otherwise 
  • Films should be of interest to, and inclusive of, the LGBTQ community. 


Founded in 1988, The New York LGBTQ Film Festival is one of the world’s largest and most respected annual celebrations of the year’s best queer films from the U.S. and abroad–featuring over 160 films from more than 30 countries, as well as special events that bring together filmmakers, celebrities, movie lovers, industry professionals, and the LGBTQ community. 

As one of the world’s most venerable and respected LGBTQ festivals, NewFest’s impact in terms of propelling and fostering filmmakers while celebrating their stories is historic and global. NewFest is distinctive among LGBTQ film festivals for the high quality programming, outstanding press coverage, community engagement, savvy audiences, and sensational parties, as well as how the festival channels the creative energy of New York City to celebrate queer stories. NewFest is a festival that is not to be missed! 


* As part of NewFest’s Black Filmmakers Initiative, we are currently waiving festival submission fees for Black filmmakers with LGBTQ stories centering Black characters & voices. To request a waiver code, please email with information on your completed and eligible project 


Telefilm Canada recognizes the selection of a feature film in the Festival for applications to its International Festival participation Program.


International Promotion
Telefilm Canada, Montreal
1 800 567-0890

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