2021 brings The 28th Reel Affirmation Film Festival: Washington DC’s International LGBTQ Film Festival!.

Founded 1991, Reel Affirmations Film Festival was ranked one of the top 3 LGBTQ film festival in the country. Over the years Reel Affirmations has been a vigorous champion of ground breaking LGBTQ cinema introducing exemplary filmmakers and presenting Academy Award Winning/Nominated films such as Gods and Monsters and Boys Dont Cry and locally co-presenting timely films such as The Happy Prince, Moonlight, Tangerine, The Danish Girl, A Fantastic Woman and Love is Strange.

In 2020, even this the pandemic, 100’s of films were submitted to consideration and all of them took us on a mind expanding, soul searching, WTF are we doing & WTF is happening journey. We were determined to pivot and our amazing programming team chose 45+ diverse, compelling, vital, dramatic & hilarious films created by filmmakers who hail from 5 continents and 22 different countries with topics ranging from our challenging social/political landscape to societal/personal acceptance to affairs of the heart to multicultural interests.

Reaching our 28th year is an extraordinary milestone and direct testament to our commitment to supporting our LGBTQ Creatives through providing a ever-evolving venue to present the best in modern day cinematic creativity which in turn offers insight as to how to cultivate the future we want to see-one that is full of hope, equality, imagination, uplifted voices, determination, humor and vulnerability.

While, Reel Affirmations Film Festival presents several days of NEW AND EXCITING international, documentary, short and feature films from all over the world to Washington as well as panel discussions, filmmaker Q&A and filmmaker receptions and celebrations we also have our Monthly Film Series: Reel Affirmations XTRA which keeps LGBTQ images and lifestories on the foreground of the Arts and Culture scene in Washington DC.

We believe that powerful, poignant, humorous and life altering films can change lives and we invite you to submit your film!

Our incredible programming team looks forward to reviewing your film for our film festival and/or our monthly film series.

Overall Rating
  • Jill Shinefield

    With so many film festivals cancelling and postponing, we tip our hat to the Reel Affirmations Film Fest for staying the course and making the bold switch to an online festival this year. There was a slate of wonderful films that needed to be seen –and were available to be seen in virtual mode. Thanks again to Kimberley for pulling off an amazing event.

    October 2020
  • Tathagata Ghosh

    Excellent festival with a fantastic curation of films. We also got good coverage. Kimberley was great to talk to and the way she pulled off this festival is so inspiring. I am honoured that "Miss Man" was screened and I can't wait to be back again with a new film.

    October 2020