OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival, formerly The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is looking forward to the festival in 2020 . OUTSouth is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeastern United States, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau named the OUTSouth is a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization. The Carolina Theatre of Durham, NC produces the festival.

The OUTSouth celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today's queer, gay, lesbian and transgender life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking.

OUTSouth seeks submissions in many categories. Please extensively review the categories BEFORE submitting your film. We are especially seeking submissions that include African-American, Asian or Latino characters and themes. We include animated short films.

The 2020 North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is scheduled for August
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JURY AWARDS
Best Gay Themed U.S. Feature Film
Best Gay Themed International Feature Film
Best Gay Themed U.S. Short Film
Best Gay Themed International Short Film
Best Gay Themed Long-Form Narrative Short Film

Best Lesbian Themed U.S. Feature Film
Best Lesbian Themed International Feature Film
Best Lesbian Themed U.S. Short Film
Best Lesbian Themed International Short Film
Best Lesbian Themed Long-Form Narrative Short Film

Best Transgender/Intersex/Gender Non-conforming Themed U.S. Feature Film
Best Transgender/Intersex/Gender Non-conforming Themed International Feature Film
Best Transgender/Intersex/Gender Non-conforming Themed U.S. Short Film
Best Transgender/Intersex/Gender Non-conforming Themed International Short Film
Best Transgender/Intersex/Gender Non-conforming Themed Long-Form Narrative Short Film

Best Animated Short Film

Note: If NCGLFF deems there are not enough worthy entries in any given category, the festival reserves the right to not present an award in any given category.

The Deadline to submit SHORTS in ALL categories is May 15th.

ARTIST TRANSPORTATION:
NCGLFF does NOT pay for artist transportation such as travel per diems, airfare, train, hotel, etc. We also do not coordinate travel arrangements with International Cultural Agencies. Please do not ask. If your film is accepted, all transportation and lodging is 100% the responsibility of the artist, including all travel arrangements.

RENTAL OR SCREENING FEES:
NCGLFF does NOT pay rental or screening fees for films.

NCGLFF is seeking new narrative feature films that have NOT yet been released (or planned to be released) on Netflix, DVD/BluRay, or other pay services prior to Monday, August 20th, the first day after the end of fest. VOD is acceptable. (If your feature film is ONLY available for purchase on your website but NOT on any other service such as Amazon, etc., it is indeed eligible.)

Short films that are available on Youtube, Vimeo or other media services are indeed eligible.

Unsolicited feature-length documentaries are not accepted. We do not program unsolicited feature-length documentaries. Documentaries must have a waiver code for submission through FilmFreeway. NCGLFF does NOT accept music videos or similar.

EXHIBITION FORMATS:
If your FEATURE FILM (55+ min) is ACCEPTED, you MUST provide NCGLFF with a Bluray or DVD exhibition copy. We do NOT accept video/digital files for features.

If you cannot provide a Bluray or DVD, please do NOT submit. (This is expecially important for International films!)

If your SHORT FILM (1-54 min) is ACCEPTED, you can provide NCGLFF with either a Bluray, DVD or video/digital files. Files must be in .mp4, Apple ProRes, .mov, .avi, or .wmv formats.

Feel Free to contact Committee members about your submission questions.
We encourage films with or without distribution to submit.

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  • Katy Erin

    This festival was such a blast! I met so, so many amazing people and left feeling so wildly inspired. Can't wait to come back with my next project!!

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Glad your experience was positive. We are always grateful when filmmakers share their work and can represent the film! Make more films and tell your friends about us.

  • Mat Hayes

    Although I wasn't able to be there in person, I kept tabs through friends of how great it was going. Jim was VERY communicative throughout the entire process. GREAT venue as well! Thank you NCGLFF!

    August 2019
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    Response from festival:

    Glad you made the film and thought to submit it to us. We really do wish the film the best as it makes its way through the festival circuit.

  • Best fest I’ve been to so far - and I’ve been to about 10 in some capacity. This festival (now OUT SOUTH) and its team of volunteers made an incredible impression on me and really helped create an environment of openness between filmmakers, from day one. I met more filmmakers from New York in Durham than I have in a year in New York! Between the beautiful screening locations (with 3 concurrent programs running at most times - a huge feat) and the kind and encouraging hospitality team, you must submit to this festival. My short film screened mid-afternoon on a Saturday in the medium-sized (200 seater) auditorium. The engaged audience was at 65% capacity, which, as 1/3 of the programs to enjoy was amazing. Basically, if you’re a filmmaker and want to truly feel a part of a community that cares about your work, submit to this festival and attend! It’s worth it. I walked away with a ton of networking contacts and high esteem. Thanks, Jim, Ken, Chuck, Bill, and everyone else who so kindly introduced themselves to me over the weekend! Highly recommended.

    August 2019
  • Deborah Craig

    Thanks so much for screening my short documentary "A Great Ride." Unfortunately I couldn't attend (hopefully next time!), but I really appreciated all the support and easy communication. Keep up your great work!

    August 2019
  • Solaris Pictures

    Thank you so much for screening our film EVENING SHADOWS in your 2018 edition. It was a delight to have our LGBTQ feature screened as the CLOSING FILM at such an important film festival as yours. The cherry on the cake was winning the coveted Jury Award for Best Men's Feature! Woweee!
    Check out all our 17 awards & 67 film festival screenings at https://bit.ly/32myl1K

    July 2019