DEKKOO, a subscription-based streaming service dedicated to gay men and gay-centric entertainment, is launching a one-week short film challenge. This pandemic has put a spotlight on our relationships with others and ourselves: what do relationships in the time of quarantine look like?

Therefore the theme of the competition is Love and Distance. Dating from a distance? Home alone and loving it? Dealing with romance and heartbreak while social distancing? You can make a movie about it and win a cut of $10k in prizes. Shoot and submit a 5-minute maximum length short film telling a queer story that deals with love and distance. It can be funny, sad, romantic, sexy, or anything.


The DEKKOO JURY AWARD: One film will be selected by the Dekkoo staff based on artistic merit.  The winner will receive a cash award of $2,500.00 and the opportunity to direct a Dekkoo-original short film with a production budget of $5,000.00.

AUDIENCE FAVORITES: Four films will be selected. The four films that receive the most comments on that films page on will win $1,000.00 each. Filmmakers are encouraged to ask fans to comment often!

Voting will be tallied through May 18th.
Winners will be announced May 20th.

How to Submit your Film:

-Complete this entry form.
-Send the film via Dropbox or by sending a password protected link to
  • All films should be 1920×1080 or higher, H.264, preferably no vertical video.  All submissions uploaded to Dropbox should be clearly labeled with the film title and director (ex: Avengers_Whedon.mp4)
  • All languages are welcome, but non-English submissions must have English subtitles.
  • Submissions must be no more than 5-minutes in length and submitted via Dekkoo’s Dropbox Folder or a password-protected URL between Monday, May 4 and Sunday, May 10, 2020.  All submissions are due no later than Sunday, May 10 at 11:59pm Eastern.
  • It is FREE to submit your film.
  • As an added bonus, all filmmakers who submit a film to the challenge (as long as it is accepted by Dekkoo) will receive a free 6-month Dekkoo-subscription.
For complete rules and details, please visit:

About the Author: Remy Cashman

From humble beginnings as a bisexual art kid who drank more coffee than a 40-year-old author, Remy now holds a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University and is a proud member of the HorrorBuzz team (and still a bisexual art kid who drinks too much coffee). They were first introduced to the world of horror and camp when their grandma showed them The Rocky Horror Picture Show at age 5, and never looked back. When they're not writing cartoons or working on movies, one can spot them in various clubs around Los Angeles performing very, very self-deprecating standup comedy. Howdy ho!
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