Each October, Pittsburgh's Lesbian and Gay Film Society hosts a 10-day film festival, "Reel Q". Now in our 35th year, we are Pittsburgh's longest running film festival, the 5th oldest LGBTQ+ film festival in the United States, and 6th oldest in the world. We program approximately 20 locally first-run LGBT-themed full-length films and 25-30 short films ranging from comedies, dramas, and documentaries.

• Festival Favorite: Women’s Feature Film
• Festival Favorite: Men’s Feature Film
• Festival Favorite: Trans Feature Film
• Festival Favorite: Documentary
• Festival Favorite: Women’s Short Film
• Festival Favorite: Men’s Short Film
• Festival Favorite: Trans Short Film

No Prizes

•The Reel Q submission DEADLINE is June 30, 2020.

•DVD, Blu-Ray or online link are the only media accepted for preview. All submissions must be labeled on the disk and case with the title, running time, filmmaker’s name, contact phone number and email address.

•Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission only if an exhibition print is available by June 30, 2020.

•Accepted categories are Narrative shorts and feature length, Documentaries, Experimental and Animation.

•Film and video works in languages other than English must be subtitled.

•In addition to your submission, please send photos, stills and press kits, reviews or other publicity materials you may have. Photos may be used for promotion or used for the REEL Q Web site and program guide. REEL Q must be notified in writing of any press or photo restrictions. Photos can also be emailed as attachments in JPEG format to films@reelq.org.

•Final program decisions will be made by August 24, 2020, and notifications will be emailed.

•PLGFS does not pay rental fees for submitted works programmed into the festival.

•Shipment of exhibition materials to PLGFS must be paid by the applicant. PLGFS accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of programmed exhibition materials during shipment to or from the festival. In case of loss or damage during the festival, the responsibility of PLGFS is limited to the costs for repair or replacement of the print.

•Return shipment of exhibition materials will be paid for by PLGFS.

•Entering a film or video indicates the acceptance of PLGFS submission guidelines and requirements.

Send submissions to: PLGFS, #400, 322 MALL BOULEVARD, MONROEVILLE, PA 15146-2229

Overall Rating
  • I was selected as a Semi-finalist, but apparently that didn't mean I was in the festival. I'm sure it's a wonderful event and has good films, I was just left a little befuddled receiving a "Congratulations, you're accepted!" email from FilmFreeway but... not being in the festival. Still an honor to make the final rounds. Hope the festival went well! :)

    November 2019
  • Birds of Paradise

    A great festival featuring unique queer perspectives. We were so happy to be selected to play in the shorts section. Communication was great and the festival seemed to run smoothly.

    November 2019
  • Manuel Marmier

    From the very begining the communication with the festival was good.
    Unfortunatly I couldn't attend to the festival, and I didn't present my work to the audience as I would have loved it.
    I hope the film received a good welcome.
    I wish all my best to the festival team, and once again thank you for selecting my film, I'm very happy it has been screened in the Reel Q Pittsburg LGBTQ+ Film Festival

    November 2019
  • Tim Wolff

    Thank you for the early exposure. We really appreciate it.

    October 2019