Out Film CT is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to presenting outstanding LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) cinema throughout the year, culminating in the nine-day Connecticut LGBT Film Festival. Connecticut's longest-running film festival holds a special place in our state’s cultural landscape, bringing the community together to introduce, celebrate and rediscover the ideas and values that make the LGBT community unique.

Audience Award - Best Feature Film
Audience Award - Best Documentary
Jury Award - Best Feature Film
Jury Award - Best Documentary
Jury Award - Best Short Film
Director's Award

Award certificate for each prize
$500 in cash available for Audience Awards & Best Short Film Jury Award

You must hold all necessary rights for the submission of your film to the festival. ENTRIES MUST CONTAIN LGBT CONTENT. Entries are accepted starting August 1 for the following May/June festival. Entries must be received by March 1 of the festival year. Due to the high volume of entries, we strongly encourage early submissions. Screeners received after March 1 will be considered for the next festival year. We accept rough cuts and working versions, but they must be submitted by the entry deadline.

Overall Rating
  • It was absolutely fabulous to see our 3 clients HOME GIRL, SEQUINS and DOWN screen at Connecticut LGBT Film Festival. We sadly couldn't attend this year but our clients were thrilled.

    July 2019
  • Tyler Pierreson

    Such a great festival. I wasn't able to attend but the festival organisers were always contactable and very helpful and friendly.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Hi Tyler! It was such an honor to host the premiere of MY GRANDSON, CHARLOTTE. What an amazing film with such incredible actors. I know the film will go far! Looking forward to your future film submissions. :)

  • Rochely C. Droves

    What an absolutely amazing and nice festival. The selected movies were great and the staff and communication is very attentive. Thanks for the great experience !

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for sharing TAMAGOTCHI with our audience! We loved having you take part in our festival!

  • Jay Russell

    I am so glad I was able to get to Hartford and attend this festival! The film was screened in the beautiful Cinestudio on the campus of Trinity College on a gorgeous HUGE screen with incredible sound. It was a full, responsive house and the staff couldn't have been nicer, warmer or more communicative throughout. They welcomed me, gave me a free T-shirt and had me do a short intro to my film. It was a wonderful & appreciative night & experience. Thank you.

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jay! It was so great having you at the screening to experience firsthand how much the audience loved your film. Such a timely and fun little film! We look forward to seeing your future projects!

  • If you are a queer filmmaker, this festival is a must. New York filmmaker here who easily got there with the bus, stayed at a nice Air B&B, and was treated like royalty by Shane and his team of dedicated committee members. I had the honor of speaking before my short's premiere, which was highly attended at the 9:30 pm time slot on a Saturday night. The programming is top-notch, the audience members are kind and giving, and the coordinators are communicative and geniuses at what they do. I realize this review sounds pretty effusive, but that's the feeling I got when I became a participant in this festival. It's a beautiful festival in a gorgeous theater on a massive screen - you may never see your film shown properly like this again, so don't hesitate, submit today!

    June 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for the great review, Russell. We really enjoyed having you at the festival, and we are honored to have hosted the premiere of WINDOW SHOPPING. The audience really enjoyed and connected with your film. We all wish you the best with the film as it makes its way around the world!