CLOSET CINEMA is an Albuquerque based nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing queer cinema in an attempt to highlight the richness of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience. We serve our diverse communities by producing the Way OUT West Film Fest and other events.

One of the State's largest film festivals. Closet Cinema is recognized as New Mexico's leading GLBT non-profit organization dedicated to presenting a diverse array of GLBTQ images through film media arts. Way OUT West Film Fest will be celebrating its eighteenth annual event this Fall.

In 2019, WOWFF with an attendance of 5,000 is one of the top LGBTQ film festivals in the Southwest.

WOWFF will run for 10 days, October 9 - 18, screen over 70 features, shorts and documentaries in over 30 programs, and represent over 20 countries, while hosting an array of guests and filmmakers - creating a truly regional experience.

Each year, our film loving audience picks their favorite films for our Audience Awards. Awards go to Favorite Feature Film, Favorite Documentary Film, and Favorite Short Film

Way OUT West Film Fest
Film Submission Guidelines
October 9-18, 2020


Each year, our film loving audience picks their favorite films for our Audience Awards. Awards go to Favorite Feature Film, Favorite Documentary Film, and Favorite Short Film


Preferred - Blu-ray (NTSC), DVD (NTSC OR PAL), DCP in some cases.


Early — Entry postmarked by March 31, 2020 ($20.00 fee per title)
Regular — Entry postmarked by June 30, 2020 ($30.00 fee per title)
Late — Entry postmarked by July 31, 2020 ($40.00 fee per title)
Extended — Entry postmarked by Aug 20, 2020 ($50.00 fee per title)


1. Submit your online screener using one of our submission portal (FilmFreeway).

2. All entry forms must be postmarked by July 31, 2020.

3. Films in the festival need to be a New Mexico premiere. So note whether the film is a world, US, Southwest or New Mexico premiere on the entry form.

4. Entry fees are as follows: $20.00 per title for early bird deadline which is March 31, 2020, and $30.00 per title for the regular deadline which is June 30, 2020. Late deadline is July 31 ($40.00)

5. In addition to the preview screener, you may send photos (EPK) and other publicity materials.

6. If your work is accepted we will notify you by no later than September 2, 2019. We will require your exhibition tape or print by September 16, 2019.

7. We will return your exhibition copy (unless it is not being forwarded to another festival or destination) by November 10, 2020. Please note, we do not return DVD exhibition copies.

8. The shipment of exhibition materials to the festival must be paid by the applicant. Return shipment of exhibition materials will be paid by the festival. Closet Cinema accepts no responsibility for loss or damage of entries during shipment to or from the festival.

9. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay film rental fees for submitted works.

10. Once a film is submitted it may not be withdrawn.


1. Entrant has read, understood and fully agrees with all submission guidelines, terms and conditions, and eligibility requirements.

2. The film is not the subject of any litigation or threatened litigation.

3. The entrant is duly authorized to submit this film to the competition.

4. The entrant holds the Way OUT West Film Fest and sponsor organizations harmless and indemnifies it from any damage to media en route or otherwise during the course of the festival's possession of the film. In addition, the entrant agrees to hold the Way OUT West Film Fest harmless and indemnify it from cost and/or damages incurred as a result of any litigation and or threatened litigation as a result of the screenings of the film.

5. All films not in English must have English subtitles.

6. The number(s), date(s), time(s), and location(s) of the screenings of films are at the discretion of the Festival.

7. The Festival reserves the right to complete any information not supplied by the filmmaker from whatever source available and will not be responsible for any incorrect information.

8. The entrant acknowledges and agrees that all matters not covered by these regulations, and questions arising from them, will be decided by Festival organizers or programmers at their discretion.

9. The Board of the Way OUT West Film Fest reserves the right to disqualify entries for any reason. All judges' decisions are final.

10. By submitting this film, the entrant hereby grants theWay OUT West Film Fest all necessary rights to screen this film and use short clips of the film for the purposes of advertising and promotion.

Overall Rating
  • Deborah Craig

    Thanks so much for including my film in your festival! What a wonderful and supportive group of people.

    October 2019
  • Ferran Navarro-Beltrán

    It was so great to be part of this year's Southwest Gay and Lesbian Film Festiva! Thanks!!!

    October 2016
    Response from festival:

    Igualmente Ferran!