The Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival is an annual community event organized by a dedicated team of volunteers to benefit Indiana Youth Group (IYG). IYG creates safer spaces to foster community and provides programming that empowers LGBTQ+ youth and magnifies their voices. (Learn more at

The Festival is presented with the help of Indy Pride, Inc., Indy's LGBTQ non-profit community organization, that hosts the annual Indy Pride Festival and Parade, as well as numerous events year round. Dedicated to celebrating diversity through cinema, ILGBTFF has played a key role in the Indianapolis cultural and artistic identity for the past 20+ years. Showcasing LGBTQ+ feature films, documentaries, and shorts from around the world and around our state, the festival takes place during the second weekend of November.

Partnering with community organizations and events such as the Heartland Film Festival, Indy Bag Ladies, and Eskenazi Health increases exposure throughout the year in support of our November event. Kan-Kan Cinema and Brasserie (Indianapolis Film Project) is the new home of The Festival.

The Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, now in its 24th year, takes place November 8-17, 2024.

Our Best of Festival winner receives $1,000. Second place winner receives $500.

If your feature length film is released physically or online before our dates (November 8-17, 2024), it's not eligible for our festival.

(This applies only to feature films—not shorts.)

Overall Rating
  • Summer Sveinson

    So proud to be part of this festival! Thank you!

    November 2023
  • sean frost

    Matthew was incredibly helpful and kind. I am so happy we were able to premiere our documentary short at this festival. I highly recommend this festival to first-time LGBTQIA+ filmmakers!

    November 2023
  • Robert Vaughn

    Matthew and Ted are awesome. Ted moderated a panel with us, and really had insightful questions that I think the audience appreciated. This fest has a personal touch. Well worth it.

    November 2023
  • Anita Abbasi

    Wasn't able to attend, but couldn't have been happier to have our film screened at the festival. Thank you!

    August 2023
  • A wonderful festival and INSIDE THE BEAUTY BUBBLE was very honored to have been part of their 2022 Virtual festival experience.

    November 2022