The Reelout Queer Film Festival is an annual 10-day event held in Kingston, ON Canada. We are one of the first queer film festivals in the calendar year and our festival exhibits independent, international films by and/or about LGBTQ+ lives with a strong focus on the intersections within our communities. Films focusing on race, health, ability, class, and age are equally as important as films about sexual orientation and gender. Our festival usually runs from late January to early February. There are no travel funds for guests outside the U.S but we have been able to provide accommodations for international guests if they can afford their own airfare. International and Canadian feature-length films will receive artist/screening fees as well as Canadian short films.

There are Audience Awards (title awards nothing monetary awarded) as well as the Betty Berghout award for BEST LOVE STORY and the Kim Renders BEST PERFORMANCES awards.

Please do not submit films that you've already submitted in the previous calendar year. All feature-length films chosen for exhibition will be offered a screening/artist fee and all Canadian short films.
Please NOTE: If your film is selected for exhibition, you MUST provide an English Close Captioned (CC) version of your film for festival play. If you're interested, here's a link to a short and succinct article by one of our programmers who is both deaf and blind on why closed captioning matters:
Further information can be found here:

Overall Rating
  • Mélaine Ricard-Boulieu

    A great festival, with a very friendly and responsive director! I 100% recommend and will definitely be submitting my next films there again! Thank you!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    Aww.. merci!!! xoxo

  • Reelout is a wonderful festival. I was thrilled to be a part of it. I saw some amazing shorts, the program was very thorough and the selection was diverse and super high quality. I emailed back and forth with Matt and he was always very responsive. I recommend and hope to have more films screen there in the future!

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    XOXO Elina!!

  • Alex Sangha

    Thank you for selecting my debut feature documentary, Emergence: Out of the Shadows, to be a part of your wonderful and prestigious festival.

    February 2022
    Response from festival:

    XOXO Alex! An important and entertaining film to be sure! Thank you for your engagement!!

  • Giovanna Giovanini

    Very nice communication and program! 🥰

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Giovanna! xoxo

  • Mark Pariselli

    Efficient communication. Very good social media support and interaction. Managed the pivot to virtual screenings smoothly. Was proud to have my short film included in an eclectic program.

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    How lovely of you! Thank you Mark! Always a pleasure!