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
  • Adam Vincent Wright

    So honored that my short film Timmy Slays the Talent Show played at the festival. I was not able to attend due to family illness, but I have to say that the people who run this festival are first class and I look forward to attending in the future.

    January 2019
  • John Palmer

    Fantastic festival. Great turnout, awesome program. Extremely helpful and gracious staff with excellent communication. Highly recommend.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks John! We loved hosting your film this year. Looking forward to seeing your future projects.

  • Giovanni Coda

    Thank you for choosing Xavier <3

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks for making such a powerful film, Giovanni! Looking forward to seeing your future work.

  • Janice Corran

    Wonderful festival. Great communication and getting an Audience Award nod was terrific.

    June 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Janice! Our audience really loved Snapshots! What a wonderful film. :)

  • Devi Snively

    I cannot say enough nice things about this wonderful festival. The programmers, staff and participants were all fabulous. Communication was phenomenal and the event itself was everything a filmmaker could ask for: excellent programming that didn't compete with itself (our screening was packed!), the projection and sound were the most beautiful and gratifying I've ever experienced, we played at the amazing Wadsworth Museum's theater, offering the added bonus of the chance to see their fabulous collection, and we got a great discount at the nearby Hilton, which was in walking distance to most events, a quick Uber to others. Plus, who knew Hartford was so cool, too? There's a gorgeous park downtown (with an old-fashioned merry go-round -- $1 a ride!) and fabulous restaurants. The closing night party was super fun too (and with an open bar, no less.) A class act all the way. I'm so honored to have been a part of this 30-year-old (and counting!) festival. Thanks, Shane, Laura and everybody for a magical experience. I so hope I can come back with our next film.

    June 2017
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Devi! We loved having you and your wonderful film (BRIDE OF FRANKIE) at the festival. Can't wait to see your next film! - Shane