Out Film CT is a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to presenting outstanding LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) cinema throughout the year, culminating in the nine-day Connecticut LGBTQ 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 LGBTQ community unique.

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

Award certificates & cash prizes available for all categories

You must hold all necessary rights for the submission of your film to the festival. ENTRIES MUST CONTAIN LGBTQ CONTENT. Entries are accepted starting June 15 for the following June festival. Entries must be received by July 1 of the festival year. Due to the high volume of entries, we strongly encourage early submissions. Screeners received after July 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
  • Thanks for selecting our short film: “Cocoon Love”. I had such a wonderful experience at this festival. It was so well run and organised and the people were so friendly. I couldn't recommend it highly enough and hope to return again someday.

    September 2022
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Xiaowen! We were so pleased to host the Connecticut premiere of your film. Looking forward to seeing your future projects!

  • We had a great time being a part of Out Film CT! Participating virtually with their staff and other filmmakers was fun, and a highlight of our festival run during 2020. We really enjoyed being a part of Out Film CT, and hope to travel there for a future festival!

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Heather! We were thrilled to premiere your film "Feminist Theory and How It Relates to the Patriarchal Dividend" and hear from you directly through the virtual Q&A. We look forward to seeing your future films and hope to have the pleasure of meeting in person one day.

  • Jess O'Brien

    Big thanks to Connecticut LGBT Film Festival for selecting our film, we're delighted that they chose to share our message of understanding and acceptance. Great festival with an important voice and message.

    July 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks Jess! It was a pleasure working with you. We were honored to present the New England premiere of HIDDEN.

  • 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. :)