The Queer Short Film Fund was set up to facilitate annual development and production of Queer Film Projects that originate from Germany. Submissions are accepted for documentary, narrative, animated or experimental projects that are queer in content and or form. Projects should ideally challenge and question normative perspectives and simultaneously broaden their vision to topics beyond traditional LGBTQIA+ representation of the mainstream niche market.

The fund is awarded a cash prize of 1,500 €, a voucher for filming equipment worth 2,000 €, provided by 25p* cine support, two days of Grading – including Conforming – with additional creation of a DCP & Web Screener worth 3,000€, provided by Planemo, plus a voucher valued to 3000€ for the audio post-production at the BUFA dubbing studios, including the use of the Atelier Gardens co-working space. In addition, the fund is accompanied by a mentoring programme: An industry expert advises the winner in five sessions from script development to the production phase and post-production.


  • The Applicant must be the copyright holder of the project.
  • The Applicant must have made at least 1 short film to be eligible.
  • The Applicant must live in Germany.
  • Student projects are eligible, as long as they retain the rights of the film.
  • Projects must be no longer than 10 minutes in duration.
  • Projects can be in any film/video/other format.


  • Submissions –  Extended Deadline May 8th, 2022
  • Semi-finalist pre-selection notification – May 16th, 2022
  • Semi-finalist public pitch – May 28th, 2022
  • Winner Announcement at Lolly Awards – May 29th, 2022


To submit your project, please email through your submission with the following required materials to

(please include a link to download all materials underneath your Project Synopsis)

  • a one pager – that should include, title, synopsis, project length, contact details and short biography of the director and key creatives.
  • a script – created in final draft format, delivered in pdf format.
  • a visual document – delivered as a pdf document.
  • a budget – delivered in either excel or pdf.
  • a page of links – to directors and or key creatives past work.
  • all materials must be provided or translated into German or English.


XPOSED assembles a selection committee that will review every application, preview the previous works of the filmmakers, and select the semi-finalists. The semi finalists are then invited to a public pitching session where they will present their projects to the Lolly Awards Jury, which is made up of producers, directors and other experts in the queer film industry. The jury will deliberate and announce the winner at the annual Lolly Awards Ceremony, held during the evening of the last festival day.

Previous Recipients:

  • The 1st Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to: PROTOTYPES by Doireann O’Malley
  • The 2nd Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to: THE SEAS RUNS THROUGH MY VEINS by Zara Zandieh
  • The 3rd Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to: PIRATEBOYS by Pol Merchan
  • The 4th Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to: BEER! BEER! by Popo Fan
  • The 5th Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to: AMIGAS… MUY AMAIGAS by Tonina Matamalas
  • The 6th Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to: SONIC REVERBS by Sarnt Utamachote
  • The 7th Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to: WAIT YOUR TURN by João Carvalho
  • The 8th Queer Short Film Fund was awarded to UNCANNY HOME by Eric Bitencourt