Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series is a special program that celebrates the LGBTQIA community throughout the year. This program launches into its first year with community partners ArtsWave and Esquire Theatre. We are an all-inclusive program that highlights the culture of celebration and unity in Cincinnati. This is a Cincinnati Film Society program making it a 501c3. The film series will have celebration mixers and special guests discussing topics that are important to the LGBTQIA community.

Rainbow Film Series dates are April 16th, May 14th, June 18th, July 23rd, August 20th, September 24th, October 22nd.

Best Feature Narrative
Best Feature Documentary
Best Short Narrative
Best Short Documentary

Shorts are 40 min or less. Features are over 40 min.

Films are selected one month in advance of each event. Materials should be turned in with one week of acceptance period.

More than one entry may be submitted. Each entry must include a separate entry form and submission fee. Films submitted without proper payment will not be considered. Entry fees are non-refundable.

The deadline for receiving all submissions is September 1st, 2019

All Films produced, written, or directed by LGBTQIA will be selected for Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series. The submitting filmmaker must be either writer, producer, or director of the film and is LGBTQIA.

The deadline for receiving all required materials for films is one week within the acceptance period. Starting March 11th, 2019.
All entries must submit the following information to be considered for the Festival:
1.) We do not accept pre-screening materials through email and are unable to download files from sharing services. Submissions are only accepted through our FilmFreeway.
2.) All films must be submitted as an online screener with a YouTube or Vimeo link for consideration by the Selection Committee and must be HD (720p or 1080p). Links MUST BE password-protected, passwords must be valid through Oct 22nd, 2019 or your submission will be considered INVALID and will be DELETED.
3.) Completed and digitally signed submission on FilmFreeway.
4.) Entry fee.
5.) All works selected to be in the festival must be available one week within acceptance period.
6.) Do not submit industrial or instructional works.
7.) Films that are available online for screening, have had a theatrical release, a television broadcast within the United States or a release through an on-demand outlet such as Netflix, Amazon On-Demand or any other outlets that are available in Ohio prior to the Festival dates are not eligible to be named Finalists, but will be considered “Special Presentation” screenings. Films with a theatrical release, television broadcast or available on-demand outside of the USA are eligible to screen as “Official Selections” and are eligible to be named Finalists.
8.) The film cannot require dual projection (interlock) or separate soundtracks.
9.) Non-English films must be subtitled or dubbed.
10.) Works in progress are accepted. While you may submit the final cut up until the late deadline, your original submission should be a fair representation of your final piece. Please include information as to what still needs to be completed (color correction, score, etc.) in your film file or on your cover letter.

Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series reserves the right to use images from films selected for festival marketing purposes (web, print media, and television).
All selected films must be available for exhibition in an HQ .mov file with ProRes422 or ProRes422HQ compression. Two Blu-ray backups and two DVD backups must be provided for each film, in case of issues with the primary exhibition format. Filmmakers must provide self-addressed stamped packaging for Blu-ray discs to be returned. CFS will not pay for shipping.

By entering your film for consideration for the 2019 Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series you authorize that your work is cleared for festival exhibition and accept full legal responsibility for the intellectual property therein. Entry into the festival constitutes permission to exhibit your work at the 2019 Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series. The Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series is also hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes. The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless the Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. The Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series may opt to withdraw your work from the festival at any time for any reason. By submitting your film via FilmFreeway you acknowledge that the festival will not pay to present your work. Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series reserves the right to disqualify any submission without refund of submission fees.Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series does not issue refunds. The number(s), date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the screenings of films are at the discretion of the Cincinnati Rainbow Film Series.