ANNOUNCEMENT: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, OUTSOUTH has postponed its inaugural event from August 13-16 to September 11-12, 2020. Deadlines for submissions have not been impacted, but please refer to this page for updates and changes that might affect this year's festival. Thank you.
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 Queer 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 OUTSOUTH as 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.
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 Queer Film Festival 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.
In 2020 North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is taking a new name but the organizers are the same. OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival is now scheduled for September 11-12, 2020.
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Foreign Language Narrative Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Foreign Language Narrative Short Film
Best Long-Form Narrative Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Note: If OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival deems there are not enough worthy entries in any given category, the festival reserves the right to not present an award for that category.
The Deadline to submit SHORTS in ALL categories is May 8th.
OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival does NOT pay for artist travel such as 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:
OUTSOUTH does NOT pay rental or screening fees for films.
OUTSOUTH is seeking new narrative and documentary feature films that have NOT yet been released (or planned to be released) on Netflix, DVD/Blu-ray, or other pay services prior to Monday, August 20th, the first day after the end of festival. 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.
OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival does NOT accept music videos or similar.
If your FEATURE FILM (55+ min) is ACCEPTED, you MUST provide OUTSOUTH with a Blu-ray or DVD exhibition copy. We do NOT accept video/digital files for features.
If you cannot provide a Blu-ray or DVD, please do NOT submit. (This is especially important for International films!)
If your SHORT FILM (1-54 min) is ACCEPTED, you may provide OUTSOUTH with either a Blu-ray, 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 submissions of films with or without distribution.