The OUT at the Movies International Film Fest in Winston-Salem is the second largest LGBTQIA film festival in North Carolina. It was founded in 2014 to celebrate 10 years of OUT at the Movies, our monthly film series, which began in 2004. Each year, we showcase 25 - 30 films, including narratives and documentaries, features and shorts. We host nightly receptions for our filmmakers and audience members, as well as our closing night awards party. Although primarily a film festival, we have incorporated concerts, theatrical presentations and art exhibits at past festivals.

Here's some of our feedback from those who have screened here!

ANN WALKER, actress
OUT AT THE MOVIES FILM FESTIVAL IN WINSTON-SALEM N.C. is a perfect example of how a festival should be run. I have attended as an actress when my movie, A Very Sordid Wedding, played the festival. Then as a judge the next year and this year as a friend/moderator of the festival. Each time we were treated as VIP’s and given wonderful accommodations, invited to all of the fabulous parties and made to feel like we were family. Rex Welton has pulled together the most terrific volunteers, who all know what they’re doing and where we need to be. I’m happy to have the opportunity to praise all the hard work that Rex and company puts into this festival that makes it such a standout.

KEITH HARMAN, filmmaker
Out at the Movies is one of my favorite film festivals. They have an engaged audience that really appreciates indie gay cinema, and they go overboard to treat their filmmakers right. I had a lot of fun at the festival, made some good contacts, and had some fascinating discussions with audience members and other filmmakers.

MAT HAYES, filmmaker
My film, Cognitive, has screened at over two dozen festivals. Out At the Movies was by far the best experience I had. Rex’s leadership results in an extremely organized and communicative festival, with incredible support from the community. You really feel like an A-List celebrity here. I can’t wait to return! The accommodations, venues, transportation, volunteers, everything, was just perfect.

DEL SHORES, filmmaker
I have been fortunate enough to attend Out At The Movies Film Festivals multiple times, with my films as official selections and as a juror. Rex Welton runs one of the best, if not the best LGBTQ film festivals we have. Those who attend are treated like royalty, with parties and screenings, giving filmmakers and audiences weekends that will always be beautiful memories!

EMERSON COLLINS, actor/producer
Out At The Movies does filmmaker hosting as good as any festival anywhere! Their equal attention to the quality and variety of the films, the audience, and the experience the guest artists have during their time in Winston-Salem and at the festival make it an opportunity not to be missed.

ROSEMARY & NEWELL ALEXANDER, actors
Out at the Movies in Winston-Salem is overall the best film festival that Rosemary and I have attended in the 20 plus years we have been doing LGBT films. Rex Welton is a wonderful organizer, his staff is stellar, we never wanted for anything while we were there. Wish I had a film there every year.

Jury awards for Narrative and Documentary Features and short films.
Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature and Best Short.

Criteria for Submission:

• All entries must be uploaded or postmarked no later than July 31, 2020.
• All submissions must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
• All films must be in English or have English subtitles. Non-subtitled or dubbed foreign language films will not be considered.
• All clearances must be obtained for exhibition.
• Only the Producer, Director, Screenwriter or someone closely connected to the film may complete the application. Schools may submit films on behalf of student filmmakers in the student category.
• Only complete entries will be accepted. This includes the non-refundable entry fee, a completed entry form and a screener.
• Films submitted in previous years will not be accepted for submission.

Film Categories for Competition:

• Feature-length films (narrative or documentary) must be 40 minutes or longer.
• Film Shorts (narrative, documentary, experimental, animated) must be 40 minutes or less.
• Student films must have been completed after January 1, 2019 and proof of enrollment is required. Student films may not exceed 30 minutes.

Although OUT at the Movies is a competitive festival, some films may be included in the program in a non-competition section.

Unfortunately, OUT at the Movies is unable to provide comments about specific films not accepted due to time and resource constraints.

Selected filmmakers may expect the following:

• Filmmakers whose films are accepted for the Festival will be notified by email by approximately August 31, 2020. All the privileges due filmmakers will be specified in this correspondence.
• Each accepted film is entitled to two (2) VIP passes, giving free access to all events and screenings (subject to availability) at the Festival. These passes are non-transferable and must be worn at all times in clear view. Passes are not sent by mail, but must be picked up in person at the designated Festival site.
• For entries selected to the 2020 Festival, an exhibition print or video of the film in proper format (DCP, Bluray or File (MP4 or MOV (H.264)) must be received no later than September 15, 2020. We do not currently have DCP capability on all screens, so alternate formats are preferable in most cases. Failure to comply with technical specifications may result in the removal of the film from Festival competition.
• The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations. The individual or corporation submitting this film additionally grants OUT at the Movies Int’l Film Fest the right to one or more public screenings of the entry during the dates of September 30 – October 4. Entries that are not completed or available for screening must pull their entry prior to July 31, 2020 or the film will be screened as entered.

Questions: rex@outathemovies.org