Out On Film, Atlanta's LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) Film Festival, is one of the leading LGBT film festivals in the United States. In 2020, we will hold our 33rd annual film festival. Each year, we showcase 75-100 films - narratives, documentaries, short films. We show everything from international fare to local programming to retrospectives. We also place a big premium on working with filmmakers. Our visiting filmmaker series is one of the most respected in the industry.
2019 was our biggest year ever. We screened 129 films and had a staged reading as well.

We offer Audience Awards for Best Overall Feature, Best Documentary, Best Men's Film, Best Women's Film, Best Trans-Themed Feature, Best Comedy, Best Men's Themed Short Film, Best Women's Themed Short Film and Best Foreign Film

We offer Jury Awards for Best Feature, Best Documentary, Best Foreign Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best First Film, Best Ensemble and Best Drama Short.

We are an Oscar ® qualifying film festival. Short films that win the festival’s Best Drama Short award will now be eligible to enter the Academy’s Live Action Short film competition for the concurrent season, provided their films otherwise comply with the Academy rules

1- Submit online via FilmFreeway.
2- DVD screeners must have Film Title, Running Time, and Contact Info on it.
3 - If your work is accepted, you will be notified by August 14, 2020. An exhibition tape or print is required by September 9, 2020.
4- Shipment of exhibition materials to the festival must be paid by the applicant. Return shipment of exhibition materials will be paid by the festival.
5- Due to the large number of entries, we cannot return preview screeners.
6- Films that we screen need to be Atlanta premieres. Under very few exceptions will we shown a film that has already screened locally.

Overall Rating
  • Lois Norman

    Thrilled that Out On Film Atlanta selected and screened Swivel! This is the second year I have been lucky enough to have a short film in this generous and inclusive festival and that support means a lot-thank you! Next time I've got to get there and experience it with Y'all! Much love from the UK! Lois

    November 2019
  • Manuel Marmier

    I’m very happy and very proud that my short film KIKO'S SAINTS won the category "best international short film".
    Unfortunately I couldn't attend to present the film.
    I was very curious how the audience reacted to the screening.
    I wish I could be in Atlanta with you guys to enjoy this festival.
    I wish you all my best and once again many thanks for this selection.

    October 2019
  • Winton Holmes

    Great for our short film to be part of this Festival ! Grouping "Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa/New Zealand" in the "Finding their Voices" shorts was a perfect choice. Thank you. Ka pai !

    October 2019
  • Jai Santiago

    Words alone can't express just how much the OOF event means to us. Very welcoming and accommodating. Every communication was timely and informative. Screening locations were perfect and audition reactions, Q & A were awesome! Thanks for including us in 2019 event! See you again soon!

    October 2019
  • Mat Hayes

    Thank you to Jim and the rest of the team for allowing us to be a part of this great festival! It's so important to have a vehicle to tell our stories in such a significant film market and Out On Film provides just that. GREAT audiences too! Loved it!!

    October 2019