BIPOC Film Fest

PrideArts celebrates the best in independent film! This quarter we look for short films – under 25 minutes – by BIPOC Filmmakers with queer characters or themes.

We plan to show our film fest at the Music Box Theater early in 2021.

PrideArts seeks quality submissions by BIPOC Film makers in one of the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Romance, Documentary, Animated, Sci Fi, Music Video, Student or Short film.


Entries are eligible to receive their official Chicago-premieres.

The Jury Prize will be selected by the screening committee which is comprised of professional filmmakers and members of the artistic ensemble of Pride Films and Plays.

The Audience Award will be selected by members of the audience by an anonymous poll taken after the screening of the films.


All films entered are subject to an entry fee. Early Bird Entry Fee is $10 until December 1. Regular Entry Fee is $20 to December 21. Last Chance Fee is $30 through January 10.

All submitted films without previous screenings in Chicago are eligible for consideration for the Pride Film Festival. Films should not exceed 25 minutes.

Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles.

Submitter bear the sole responsibility to clear all content of work submitted from any and all potential legal claims including, without limitation, claims based on libel, defamation, copyright, or trademark infringement. PFP disavows liability for any such actual or potential legal claims and submitter indemnify the PFP from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection such claims.

By submitting a film, you grant the PFP permission to use film stills, descriptions, biographies and other submitted materials for the purpose of festival promotion and publicity.

The screening committee (comprised of professional filmmakers, Pride Films and Plays’ Company Members and Filmmakers Committee) will select LGBT films of all genres for screening.

Pride Films and Plays only accepts submissions via