TeaDance will showcase feature, documentary and short films from all over the world that are made by, about or of interest to the lesbian, gay, bi, trans and questioning community.

Taking place in beautiful Greenville, North Carolina, TeaDance will feature the best in LGBT cinema from all around the globe.

Film is a dynamic medium with the power to educate, inspire, intrigue and bring people together. Our festival will feature films of all genres in a jam-packed two day festival featuring not only films but also Q&A sessions with the filmmakers as well.
TeaDance hopes to not only showcase amazing independent film, but also educate and entertain the public with films that feature LGBT characters and storylines.

Our mission is to have LGBT cinema a part of everyday culture and we want to expose it to as many people as we can. For this reason our festival is free to the public.

We are currently accepting submissions for our festival and are looking for films and scripts that:

- are made by LGBT filmmakers and/or
- feature LGBT characters and/or
- have subjects that may be of interest to the LGBT community.
- scripts/screenplays with a LGBT connection.

These films and scripts can be documentaries, comedy, horror, drama, experimental, music video, or any other genre as long as it has a LGBT connection.

Awards will be given out to the best film and filmmakers. Greenville’s own Crave Uptown will serve as host and sponsor to this festival.

Awards & Prizes

Awards will be given for:

Best Feature Film
Best Short Film
Best North Carolina film and filmmaker
Best Foreign Film
Best Screenplay (Short and Feature)
Jury Award
Honorable Mention awards

Official Sponsor "Final Draft" will award the best screenplay categories with Final Draft Scriptwriting software! InkTip will award the winning unproduced screenplays with a free listing on InkTip!

Rules & Terms

Filmmakers who have film chosen as an official selection must provide exhibition copies in NTSC Blu Ray or DVD format by August 10th. If not received by then, then your film will be removed from the screening schedule.

The 2017 festival is for films produced January 2014 or after.

If the film is not in English, then it must have English subtitles

​All submissions are screened and evaluated by the TeaDance Preview and Selection Committee, appointed by the festival steering committee. Judges decisions are Final.

The submission of a film to the TeaDance Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will be considered to be an acknowledgement of the festival rules.

Participation in TeaDance Gay & Lesbian Film Festival implies the authorization to use the entered film for Internet and TV promotion of this and future festivals

​TeaDance Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will determine the date and time when submissions will be shown and while every effort will be made to follow screening times as printed in the festival program, TeaDance cannot be held accountable for changes to the schedule after the festival line-up is announced.

The Festival will not be responsible for the cost of receiving any additional materials i.e. DVDs, posters, photos, etc.

​Once a film has been accepted, it cannot be withdrawn from the competition unless the filmmaker has already submitted another film. In this event, TeaDance Gay & Lesbian Film Festival will not be liable to refund the fee or return the materials entered.

TeaDance reserves the right to refuse to screen any submission deemed by the festival to be overly offensive, violent or racist.

8 Reviews

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    Michael Bojtos

    Screening at TeaDance was a wonderful experience! The guys in charge were easy to work with, my film looked/sounded great, and it was a standing room only crowd for my film. I was able to meet several other film makers and even some of the actors from the other films. All in all, it was a great time. Greenville is a cute town with great food and a large LGBT population with a rich LGBT history. I highly recommend submitting to this festival. The programmers are filmmakers themselves, so they really know how to do it right!

    October 2016
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    Steve Parker

    Communication was prompt and clear. It was a good projection system and sound, and it was nice getting table-side food and beverage service. Only Austin's aGLIFF, hosted at Alamo Drafthouse theaters, has this among the festivals I've been to. The programming was strong too! Great choices.

    September 2016
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    William Stancil

    In a word, AWESOME! Happy to have had my film selected for this wonderful Festival!

    September 2016
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    Graham David

    A very supportive and cool festival. Glad to be given the opportunity to have my film screened.

    September 2016
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    Nevada McPherson

    Nice folks, great prizes and prompt notification of status. So glad they have a screenplay category!

    September 2016