OCT 2020 - JAN 2021

A season-long celebration across the UK showcasing rarely seen LGBTQ+ cinema from East and Southeast Asia.



Spider Lilies
Zero Chou

Spider Lilies explores the ambiguous relationship between two women: Jade, an 18-year-old webcam model, and Takeko, a tattoo artist. When Jade visits Takeko's studio, she is entranced by the image of the spider lily on Takeko’s arm. She soon disco...

Funeral Parade of Roses
Toshio Matsumoto

Toshio Matsumoto’s shattering, kaleidoscopic masterpiece is one of the most subversive and intoxicating films of the late 1960s. Loosely adapted from Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex and set in Tokyo’s dazzling underground gay scene, the film follows Ed...

Memories of My Body (UK Premiere)
Garin Nugroho

An Indonesian dancer explores his identity when he joins a traditional Lengger dance company in Garin Nugroho’s stunning drama. Juno, a sensitive boy living in a Javanese village, is abandoned by his father, but finds solidarity in a traditiona...


Submissions for Queer East Film Festival 2021 are now open

Queer East, launched in 2020, is an LGBTQ+ film festival aiming to showcase rarely-seen queer cinema both from, and about, East and Southeast Asia, and to amplify the voices of underrepresented Asian communities in the UK. The festival invites every...

COVID-19 Update: Queer East Film Festival Screenings Rescheduled

Following government advice on 31 October, it is with a heavy heart that we once again announce the postponement of our planned screenings in London, Manchester, and Nottingham in November until further notice. Please be assured that we are looking ...

Queer East Film Festival returns with a hybrid format of online and cinema screenings across the UK

Discover 36 films (16 features, 4 documentaries and 16 shorts), including 7 UK Premieres from 13 countries brought to you by Queer East – the festival fostering and promoting a cultural understanding about the queer Asian community. The previou...