Each October, Reel Q hosts a 10-day film festival in Pittsburgh, PA celebrating LGBTQ films from across the world. Now in our 37th 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 LGBTQ-themed full-length films and 50 to 60 short films ranging from comedies, dramas, and documentaries.

• Audience Favorite: Narrative Feature
• Audience Favorite: Documentary
• Audience Favorite: Short Film

No Prizes

•The Reel Q submission DEADLINE is June 30, 2024

•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, 2024.

•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 Sept 1, 2024, and notifications will be emailed.

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

Overall Rating
  • Mark Jones

    Really excited to be part of the film festival this year. Thank you so much for including my short film "Squirrel Meets Boris."

    November 2023
  • Pilar Adara

    I unfortunately wasn’t able to make it in person. But the festival was so helpful and provided excellent communication. It was really exciting to watch some beautiful DIVERSE queer films virtually! It made me really proud and inspired to be part of the community. I hope I can make it next year.

    October 2023
  • It was a great pleasure to attend this festival. Our team is so happy to be part of the lineup. Thank you so much!

    May 2023
  • Even though I attended virtually, the process was very clear and the people were very helpful when I had a small correction to make. I even got to make a new acquaintance. Thank you!

    October 2022
  • Gisela Chicolino

    A festival on this topic is really a necessary one. Please keep working on generating this exquisite and outstanding programming for the audiences.

    July 2022