The Reelout Queer Film + Video 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. Non-Canadian feature-length films will receive artist/screening fees.

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.

There is never a cost to submit your film to Reelout. The deadline for submission is September 27th of each calendar year. Due to the high volume of submissions, and because we do not charge a fee to submit, Reelout does not respond with rejection emails. You are welcomed to check back with us by the first week of November if you have not heard from us.
If you are asked for a password when submitting it is "LGBTQ" (no quotes).
Further information can be found here: https://www.reelout.com/contact/contact-and-submission/

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  • 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
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    Response from festival:

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

  • Thank you for putting on a great event! Very thankful for the opportunity to have been part of the festival!

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Awww much love Carla and thank you for sharing your personal and inspirational story with our audience! xoxo

  • This is a lovely community festival in Kingston, Ontario. Executive Director Matt Salton works so hard, is a great communicator, and does great work bringing queer cinema to not only his city but in 2021 the whole country. They have been so very kind to me, I'm forever grateful.

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Big Hugz to a Big Snore! Thanks Matt for making a feel-good film for audiences to enjoy! xoxo

  • Gisela Chicolino

    A necessary event for the audience and for the directors. With exquisite programming that is strengthened year after year. Thank you for selecting our movies!

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Oh thank you so much Gisela!! Thank you for contributing excellent content to the festival! xoxo

  • Philippe Talavera

    Amazing festival. Sadly like many festival nowadays it was online but they went the extra mile to involve us through a Q&A session. They kept us well informed and have some amazing awards - we were actually incredibly humbled to be one of the recipients of the Kim renders Memorial Awards for Outstanding Performance. They gave visibility to our film from Namibia and we are most grateful

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Philippe! Kapana was so great and we loved your post Q&A! I know Kim Render's friends and family were proud to see her name heralded in Namibia. She was a tremendous stage performer who championed communities who don't often get to see the spotlight and she was lost too soon. We look forward to seeing more films from you and Adriano and from Namibia!!!