queerfilm festival Bremen

Sprache / Language

das schwul-lesbisch-trans* Filmfestival in Bremen

Festival

Starting from the idea of showing a few films to accompany the lesbian-gay "Herbsterwachen" (autumn awakening), the queerfilm festival Bremen was founded in 1994. Since then, the festival has taken place annually in October and presents queer films to the local LGBT*IQ community and the interested public. Since its inception, the festival has become a permanent feature in the regional culture scene and is also networked nationally: as a member of QueerScope, an independent association of gay and lesbian festivals in Germany.
 
For six days, the festival presents a diverse mix of movies, documentaries and short films at Bremen's communal cinema City46, selected from the current annual productions by a volunteer team. All films are shown as Bremen premieres and in the original version. The festival's programme also includes talks with directors and activists.
 
A special feature is the festival's Audience Award, which is given to the favourite movie of the year.
 
We see it as an important cultural-political mission to give a forum to cinematic representations of alternative lifestyles - especially lifestyles in a gay-lesbian-transgender context. Since its beginning, the programme of the queerfilm festival Bremen therefore differs conceptually and in terms of content from that of other commercial cinemas. The festival especially gives films a chance that have not yet found a distributor in Germany - for example, because they are brand new; or because they are not suitable for commercial exploitation. This also explains the quantity of premieres that characterise the festival. In the film programme as well as in the accompanying events - discussion rounds, exhibitions, talks - the festival tries to take up latest social debates and international developments: We not only want to inform, but also to contribute to actual discussions. 
 
The festival programme is created by a volunteer programme committee. It is particularly important to us to achieve a balance between gay, lesbian and transgender contributions; between movies and documentaries; between German and international productions. The programme is completed by (at least) one evening of short films, thematic key programmes, and, if required, classics of queer film history.

About us

We are about a dozen film enthusiasts with and without personal LGBT*IQ background who work on 359 days of the year to prepare a queer film program. This includes (but is not restricted to): doing film research, viewing and discussing films (within the Bremen group, on festivals such as the "Berlinale" or with other festival teams), procuring movies, and making subtitles. The result of these efforts can be seen on the remaining six days of of the year, at the festival in October.

Want to join us?

We meet regularly on Thursdays. Anyone who wants to join us is most welcome!

Just send us an e-mail:

info (at) queerfilm.de

Accessibility

It's important to us to make the festival as accessible as possible for everyone. The cinema is partially accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. There is a fully accessible wheelchair entrance and lift. To use it, please inform the staff. There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom that is fully equipped but there is a 4.5 cm threshold to enter the room. The auditoriums have ground level access and their smallest passage widths are 88 cm. Wheelchair access for auditorium 2 is through a side entrance via another room with the help of the staff. This way is not marked.

Admission for assistance/support people is free.

The closest disabled parking lot is located one street over, in front of Bahnhofstraße 4.

For users of cochlear implants and hearing aids, there is an audio induction loop available in auditorium 1. Please contact the box office, if you want to use it.

Our movies will be shown in the original language version with German or English subtitles. For one panel discussions there will probably be sign language interpretation into German Sign Language. Please keep updated for further announcement.

More details on the physical accessibility of the venue are available only in German and can be found under here.

If you have any questions, a concrete need for help, or further ideas on how we could make the festival more accessible, please e-mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We try our best to organize a solution for different situations.

Funding and Donations

The queerfilm festival Bremen is not only made possible by the voluntary work of many film enthusisasts and the support of the CITY 46 team - we also depend on financial support to be able to present the high-quality film program our audience has enjoyed for more than 25 years. 

If you wish to fund our festival, you can do this in many different ways: You may, for example, place an ad in our festival program brochure or in our trailer that is shown before every performance.
Please contact info (at) queerfilm.de for more information or special arrangements. 

Donations are also much appreciated. Please write to spenden (at) queerfilm.de for more information. 

Submissions

We no longer accept submissions for the 2021 festival.

If you'd like to submit a film for 2022 (deadline: May 31st, 2022), please send a preview (online link or DVD) of your film to the address below. Include the following information and use the suggested e-mail subject.

Subject: Submission 2022: [title]

  • title
  • length
  • film info: documentary/drama/etc., queer/lesbian/gay/trans/etc.
  • country
  • year of production
  • director
  • language
  • subtitles
  • contact details

Please include press material and stills if available.

 

Address:

queerfilm festival Bremen
c/o CITY 46
Birkenstr. 1
28195 Bremen
Germany

or via e-mail:

info(at)queerfilm.de

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