The North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeastern United States, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. The Carolina Theatre of Durham, NC produces the festival.
NCGLFF seeks submissions in many categories. Please extensively review the categories BEFORE submitting your film. We are especially seeking submissions that include African-American or Latino characters and themes. We include animated short films.
Awards & Prizes
Best Gay Themed North American Feature Film
Best Gay Themed International Feature Film
Best Gay Themed North American Short Film
Best Gay Themed International Short Film
Best Gay Themed Long-Form Narrative Short Film
Best Lesbian Themed North American Feature Film
Best Lesbian Themed International Feature Film
Best Lesbian Themed North American Short Film
Best Lesbian Themed International Short Film
Best Lesbian Themed Long-Form Narrative Short Film
Best Transgender Themed North American Feature Film
Best Transgender Themed International Feature Film
Best Transgender Themed North American Short Film
Best Transgender Themed International Short Film
Best Transgender Themed Long-Form Narrative Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best African-American Themed Feature Film
Best African-American Themed Short Film
Best Latino Themed Feature Film
Best Latino Themed Short Film
Note: If NCGLFF deems there are not enough worthy entries in any given category, the festival reserves the right to not present an award in any given category.
Rules & Terms
The Deadline to submit SHORTS in ALL categories is May 17th.
NCGLFF does NOT pay for artist transportation such as travel per diems, airfare, train, hotel, etc. We also do not coordinate travel arrangements with International Cultural Agencies. Please do not ask. If your film is accepted, all transportation and lodging is 100% the responsibility of the artist, including all travel arrangements.
RENTAL OR SCREENING FEES:
NCGLFF does NOT pay rental or screening fees for films.
NCGLFF is seeking new narrative feature films that have NOT yet been released (or planned to be released) on Netflix, DVD/BluRay, or other pay services prior to Monday, August 114th, the first day after the end of fest. VOD is acceptable. (If your feature film is ONLY available for purchase on your website but NOT on any other service such as Amazon, etc., it is indeed eligible.)
Short films that are available on Youtube, Vimeo or other media services are indeed eligible.
Unsolicited feature-length documentaries are not accepted. We do not program unsolicited feature-length documentaries. Documentaries must have a waiver code for submission through FilmFreeway. NCGLFF does NOT accept music videos or similar.
If your FEATURE FILM (55+ min) is ACCEPTED, you MUST provide NCGLFF with a Bluray or DVD exhibition copy. We do NOT accept video/digital files for features.
If you cannot provide a Bluray or DVD, please do NOT submit. (This is expecially important for International films!)
If your SHORT FILM (1-54 min) is ACCEPTED, you can provide NCGLFF with either a Bluray, DVD or video/digital files. Files must be in .mp4, Apple ProRes, .mov, .avi, or .wmv formats.
Feel Free to contact Committee members about your submission questions.
We encourage films with or without distribution to submit.