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The Queer East Midlands (QEM) Film Festival is a grassroots film festival based at Loughborough University in the East Midlands, U.K., and presents films centred around themes of queer experience and identity. We believe in the strength of community and the healing and transformative power of storytelling. We pride ourselves on presenting films from filmmakers and creators of diverse experiences and backgrounds to create a space where we can explore and discuss LGBTQ+ positionalities and intersectionalities especially in our local context.

LGBTQ+ History Theme

The theme this year is LGBTQ+ history. We encourage filmmakers to interpret this theme broadly and welcome applications across all genres and forms and artists of all skill and experience levels, especially those new to the medium of film or those who have never had a silver screen premiere. 


23 February 2023



Loughborough University – MHL003 – Leonard Dixon Studio – Martin Hall

Epinal Way, Loughborough, England, LE11 3TS

Key Dates

Submission Deadline: 13 January 2023 before 23:59hr (GMT) 

Notification of Acceptance: 7 February 2023 

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  • Event Programme 2023

    Event Programme 2023

    We are pleased to announce that our full event programme is available for our 2023 festival. Below you can view the timetable and the films planned for each themed session. Feel free to stay the whole day or pop in and out. If you do plan to attend, even just for a session or two,…

    Read more: Event Programme 2023
  • Important Update: Submission Deadline

    Important Update: Submission Deadline

    Good afternoon, Queer pals. Our team at QEM Film Festival have began the review process and we are really impressed with the quality and diversity in theme of the films that have been submitted to us so far. We are also extremely thrilled by just how many submissions we have received – currently over 700!…

    Read more: Important Update: Submission Deadline
  • Call for Submissions 2023

    Call for Submissions 2023

    Background The Queer East Midlands (QEM) Film Festival is an innovative LGBTQ+ festival hosted in the heart of the East Midlands at Loughborough University. We are interested broadly in stories related to LGBTQ+ lives, experiences, and ways of viewing the world.  The theme this year is LGBTQ+ history. We encourage filmmakers to interpret this theme…

    Read more: Call for Submissions 2023

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