The Pride Arts Center (PAC) provides the best LGBT films their Chicago premieres. The Pride Film Festival is a monthly screening series dedicated to LGBT filmmakers, presenting audiences with internationally produced LGBT independent cinema every second Tuesday of the month at the Pride Arts Center (PAC) Broadway Theatre, 4139 N. Broadway in Chicago. This year-round film festival celebrates the international LGBT independent film scene while also bringing together and strengthening the Chicago LGBT filmmaking community with networking opportunities.

PAC seeks quality submissions for its Pride Film Festival which showcases feature length and short films. Submissions must include content related to the LGBT experience. Entries may be submitted in one of the following categories: Drama, Comedy, Romance, Documentary, Animated, Sci Fi, Music Video, Student or Short film.

PAC is the home of Pride Films & Plays (PFP.) From 2013-17, PFP produced the Queer Bits Film Festival twice a year. This typically was a sold-out 90-minute program of short narrative, animated, foreign language, student, and documentary films. In April 2016, Queer Bits AltReels was presented which included slightly longer films which were more experimental in form and storytelling. Given these successes, in the Summer of 2017 PFP expanded the Queer Bits festivals under the new name Pride Film Festival, featuring monthly screenings of not only shorts but also feature length films.

The mission of PFP is to change lives through the generation of diverse new work (or work that is new to Chicago) with LGBTQ+ characters or themes that is essential viewing for all audiences. We accomplish this mission through fully-staged productions, writing contests and staged readings, film screenings, and special events. We foster long term relationships with artists to create programming that is as diverse, unique, and complex as the community we represent. In 2015, Huffington Post called PFP “A powerful and empowering entity.”

Awards & Prizes

Entries are eligible to receive their official Chicago-premieres at PFP’s Pride Arts Center, 4139 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL. Based on the quality of submissions, one film and/or a series of shorts will be chosen for their premieres each month from February until May 2018. Q & A's will follow each screening.

The Jury Prize will be selected by the screening committee which is comprised of professional filmmakers and members of the artistic ensemble of Pride Films and Plays.

The Audience Award will be selected by members of the audience by an anonymous poll taken after the screening of the films.

Rules & Terms

All films entered are subject to an entry fee. Early Bird Entry Fee is $10 until October 10. Regular Entry Fee from October 11th through December 16th is $20. Students can receive a $3 discount on the Early Bird Entry Fee and a $5 discount on the Regular Entry Fee.

All submitted films without previous screenings in Chicago are eligible for consideration for the Pride Film Festival.

Applicants submitting Films that contain significant non-English spoken dialogue must provide on-screen English subtitles.

Submitters bear the sole responsibility to clear all content of work submitted from any and all potential legal claims including, without limitation, claims based on libel, defamation, copyright, or trademark infringement. PFP disavows liability for any such actual or potential legal claims and submitters indemnify the PFP from any and all fees and expenses, including but not limited to attorneys’ fees, that each of any of them may incur in connection such claims.

By submitting a film, you grant the PFP permission to use film stills, descriptions, biographies and other submitted materials for the purpose of festival promotion and publicity.

The screening committee (comprised of professional filmmakers, Pride Films and Plays’ Company Members and Filmmakers Committee) will select LGBT films of all genres for screening.

Pride Films and Plays only accepts submissions via FilmFreeway.com.

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    Scott Simonsen

    I wasn't able to attend but Dan the programmer kept us in the loop with marketing and announcements. Great mission. :)

    June 2017