Each October, Reel Q hosts a 10-day film festival in Pittsburgh, PA celebrating LGBTQ films from acorss the world. Now in our 36th 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, 2022

•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, 2022.

•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, 2022, and notifications will be emailed.

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

•Shipment of exhibition materials to Reel Q must be paid by the applicant. Reel Q 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 Reel Q is limited to the costs for repair or replacement of the print.

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

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

Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Eye Rise Films

    It was a privilege to be selected with "Flamenco Queer" for the 2021 festival - keep up the great work!

    November 2021
  • Raymond Rea

    I was honored to be a participant in Reel Q! This is a great festival, wonderful slate of films, and communication was streamlined.

    October 2021
  • A very fine festival indeed! So glad and honored my film So long, Paris was selected. Too bad I could not attend physically. Thousand special thanks again to the team :)

    October 2020
  • Krissy Mahan

    Although online, I felt included because of the communication, quick responses to email, and the generally upbeat nature of the event. I hope to be included again in the coming years. Thanks, Reel Q!

    October 2020