Celebrate gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender films with the 12th Annual SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival, in partnership with the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, Alabama, showcasing the best features, documentaries, and short films exploring LGBTQ issues or created by members of the LGBTQ community.

A project of the Alabama Moving Image Association, Inc., (AMIA) best known for the nationally recognized Sidewalk Film Festival, Birmingham Shout will celebrate the LGBTQ experience in the Magic City by providing a sense of community through film. The festival aims to enrich and entertain the public with programming that offers diverse perspectives on the LGBTQ experience, as well as meet the increasing demand for alternative/independent films in the Birmingham area. The three-day film festival will showcase features, documentaries and short films by new and established artists, and offer attendees the opportunity to view topics of interest to the LGBTQ communities, as well as to interact with filmmakers and documentary subjects in attendance.

Awards & Prizes

Jury Award for Best SHOUT Film (feature or short) $500
Audience Choice Award for Best SHOUT Film (feature or short) $250

Rules & Terms

Eligible works must have content of interest to LGBTQ communities or have been created by a member of the LGBTQ community.

Submission to the SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival ("SHOUT") constitutes an agreement with all festival terms and conditions, and permission to exhibit the work during the festival if selected. SHOUT DOES NOT provide screening fees to submitted films. Entrants warrant that they have the legal right to submit the work to SHOUT, that all statements made in this application are true and accurate, and that all necessary rights and clearances have been secured to screen the work at the festival. Due to potential copyright issues, SHOUT will be unable to consider fan fiction/fan films without express written permission from the primary copyright holder. SHOUT reserves the right to determine the final eligibility of any work submitted. Eligible works must have been completed after January 1, 2015.

Exhibiting films publicly in the Greater Birmingham Metropolitan Area prior to or within one week after the 2017 festival dates will prevent your film from competing in the 2017 SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival and may prevent the film from being accepted to the Festival. This includes projects available on the web. Work accepted to screen at the Festival will be categorized in competitive and non-competitive categories at the sole discretion of SHOUT. If your submission will be available through a video on demand (VOD) or pay-per-view (PPV) service of any kind, on or before August 25, 2017, please indicate such when entering. The availability of your film prior to August 25, 2017 through such a service will make the film ineligible for competition and may, or may not, prevent the film from being programmed. Availability through such a service will be considered during the programming process and may impact programming decisions. However, decisions regarding programming films that have been screened elsewhere and/or are available through a video on demand service, pay-per-view service and/or any other service, venue, channel, theater or otherwise are solely up to the SHOUT LGBTQ Film Festival staff.

If a film is accepted, entrant agrees to ship exhibition materials to the festival at their own expense, to arrive at the SHOUT office by Monday, August 7, 2017. SHOUT can only provide return shipping via ground delivery within the continental United States. Although every possible care will be taken with exhibition material in our possession, neither SHOUT nor the Alabama Moving Image Association, Inc. accepts responsibility for loss or damage. Entry fees are non-refundable.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless SHOUT from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered. Entry fees are non-refundable.


Below are available discount codes. Only one discount may be used. Use only an applicable discount. If you misuse these codes, you will be automatically disqualified without refund.

Alumni discount ($5 off): SHOUTALUMN17; Shout Alumni includes an Above The Line filmmaker (Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Actor in a starring role) who has screened their film at the Shout Film Festival in a previous year (2006-2016).

Student discount ($5 off): SHOUTSTUDENT17; A Student Film includes films produced or directed by individuals who are enrolled in school (college or graduate level) and carry a valid student ID at the time of the film’s production.

Alabama Production discount: ($5 off): SHOUTBAMA17; Alabama Productions include films that have been fully or partially filmed in Alabama and/or fully or partially produced in the state of Alabama. Partial Alabama productions must include at least 1 scene filmed in Alabama and/or at least 20% of the total budget spent in the state of Alabama. Alternatively a film that has the participation of at least 1 above the line filmmaker (Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Actor in a starring role) that currently lives in the State of Alabama and/or is an Alabama native can be considered an Alabama film.