film festival award ceremony 2021

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Opening March 18th - Festival April 30th

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OUR MISSION IS TO DISCOVER TALENTED DIVERSE FILMMAKERS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD AND BRING LIGHT TO THEIR GROUNDBREAKING FILMS



WE CELEBRATE THE BEST LGBTQ+ CINEMA AND CREATE A SPACE FOR NETWORKING WITH COLLEAGUES FROM WOMEN, LGBTQ+, BAME & DISABLED FILMMAKERS



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The Sappho Film Festival is the most prestigious and upcoming LGBTQ+ film festival in the UK, with its key focus on diversity within the community and exploring films made by, for and about the LGBT community. We look for films and filmmakers that are focussed on women, LGBT+ and BAME subjects. Our goal is to give a platform to the best LGBT films that highlight new and established filmmakers, providing a network and community for everybody.

Since we are in our first running of the festival, our aim is on community and networking. At the start of the festival will for each category, then slowly by our LGBT+ & diverse panel of judges will select the films, then select the nominations, and release this publicly on our website & Instagram.

Our event is hosted at Paynes Plots, in the UK. It is a small outside location, suited for a large outdoor, in which we would screen all of our selections and announce the award winners. However, due to covid-19 and the lockdown in the UK, mixed with the dates this event is hosted, we are having to host the first event online. The event will be held live on our website through Youtube.

On our way to find new voices and perspectives to celebrate the power of a good story, we are committed to bring the best of worldwide cinema to the screen and to promote our events. Each of them is an opportunity for networking with other artists and people from the industry.

All award-winning films will be screened at our online event. All tickets for this live screening, with the hopes to expand to public event post-covid.

We realize how important it is to be recognized for your talent. Therefore, our professional screeners will privately review your film and the highest scored ones will become part of the official selection.

Then, our jury will award the best projects. All of them will receive official laurels. Winner announcements will be released through our social media to help promote your film.

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We proudly announce all our Categories. Your project might become a multi-award-winning film!

Your film will be considered in all the submitted categories. If you submit to an additional category please add the name of the artist to be considered in that category.

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Best Short Film

A Season In Hell

Best International Film

My Family

Best Documentary

RAinbow flag flying high

BEST Student Film
Quiet moments

BEst non-lgbt+ Film
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General

1 - In order to submit a film, you must own the rights or have permission from the owner.

2 - The Festival relationship will exclusively be related to the film submitter.

3 - Any Foreign film that is not in English, must have English subtitles.

4 - All fees are non-refundable.

5 - Students must present a valid Student ID in order to apply for the Student Award.

6 - We will disqualify any films if the festival considers the content inappropriate.

7 - Filmmakers can submit in multiple categories. (Our Team may suggest the categories that are more suitable for the film to apply.)

8 - The applicants (submitters) must accept the Sapphic Film Festival Rules and Terms.

9 - All submissions in personal categories required the name of the person and the category. You can easily send us this information in the cover letter on the Filmfreeway website.

10 - Submitting your movie, you authorize Sapphic Film Festival to use, distribute and share the film poster, trailer, synopsis and movie stills on our social media.

SAPPHIC FILM FESTIVAL

1 - Film MUST feature an LGBT+ Plot, Theme or Story.

2 - We prefer videos uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo to be unlisted/private, not public.

Due to a last-minute change of our venue (covid-19 related). We are now having to host our festival online using our website and YouTube. All submitters consent to this upon submitting to the festival.

3 - If you are applying for any of the Specific Filmmaker Categories, you MUST include a cover letter & director testimony.

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