SECS FEST 2021: Submission Guidelines
SECS FEST is a sex-positive international film festival celebrating the artistry of erotic cinema while inspiring diverse communities to engage in adult conversations about sex.
SECS Fest is held in September at Seattle’s historic Grand Illusion Cinema. Once involved with providing a small selection of short films as part of the Seattle Erotic Art Festival, SECS Fest became an independent, non-profit film festival in 2016, to better serve filmmakers and fans of erotic film.
The festival will include films that reflect the diversity of human sexuality and thus, a broad range of sexual practices and orientations will be on display. We will curate a selection of short films (to be presented in 90 minute programs) and feature length films (60 -120 minutes). The films may be narrative fiction, experimental, animation, and even documentary and will include a broad range of genre (drama, comedy, romance). And the programming will include works from all over the globe. Special attention will be given to films that defy audience expectations for sexually explicit films, that some believe are inherently sexist and hetero-centric, so festival programming will attempt to include films from female and non-binary creators and films that depict underrepresented populations, and thus will challenge heteronormativity, ableism, racism, sexism, etc.
Additionally, SECS Fest will include archival programs to explore the long history of sex in the cinema. SECS Fest programmers will curate archival programs included in the festival.
Festival Dates: September 10 – 12, 2021
Submissions Open – January 4, 2021
Submissions Close – May 21, 2021
Submission Fees and Deadlines:
|SHORTS (<40 min)||FEATURES (>40 min)||DEADLINES|
|EARLYBIRD||$15||$25||February 5, 2021|
|REGULAR||$20||$30||March 12, 2021|
|LATE||$25||$40||April 16, 2021|
|EXTENDED||$30||$50||May 21, 2021|
All submissions must be completed original works.
What types of films will be accepted?
- Films of any length may be submitted.
- There are no genre restrictions. Films may be documentary, experimental, narrative, animated, etc.
- There are no restrictions based on explicit sexual content, except that depicted sex-acts are between consenting adults (18 years-old or over).
- Beyond that, you should decide what qualifies as an erotic film and share it with us.
Any non-English language film must be subtitled in English.
All films must be submitted by May 21, 2021
Filmmakers will be notified of acceptance status by June 18.
Submit films online via filmfreeway.
All entry fees are non-refundable.
Once a film is submitted, it may not be withdrawn. And please inform us of any prior festival screenings of the submitted work as well as acceptance of films in future festivals that may impose any restrictions on exhibition.
SECS Fest is a non-profit, independent film festival and at this time cannot afford to pay screening fees for accepted films.
Upon acceptance, please submit a press kit including a director biography, a short synopsis of the film, and production stills. For accepted feature length films (>40 min) please submit a blu-ray or DVD of the film for festival presentation. Shipping of any materials to SECS Fest are to be paid in full by the applicant. The festival will pay return shipping of any exhibition materials.
Accepted films may also be included in a post-festival Best of SECS Fest screening. Filmmakers will be notified prior to insure that are not any conflicts or new screening restrictions.
By submitting, I authorize the SECS to use photographic stills and short film clips of any accepted work for broadcast, web publication and other forms of promotion of the festival. Please notify the SECS in writing of any press restrictions for the submitted works. I agree to not have the submitted film available on-line prior to screening at SECS Fest. I am legally authorized to submit this film for screening at SECS Fest and hold the festival harmless in any damage or loss during shipping to and from the festival. I have read, understood and complied with the rules for submissions to the best of my knowledge.