OutReels is a volunteer-run organization that seeks to enlighten, educate, and entertain the community through the exhibition and discussion of LGBT-themed films.

The 2018 Film Festival is set for November in Cincinnati. In its first six years, the festival has had sold out its sessions with actors, producers, directors and guests attending from California, New York, Tennessee, Georgia and Illinois. This year we will have three days, showcasing more than 20 short and feature films from around the world.

1. OutReels Cincinnati is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items, including films in any medium, while en-route or in our possession, on or off of festival grounds.

2. All fees are non-transferable and non-refundable.

3. OutReels Cincinnati retains the right to accept or decline any film, and will notify filmmakers by the stated date.

4. Cash prizes are TBD, and are not set or exact figures and may vary, contact OutReels Cincinnati for current prize listings.

5. The applicant is responsible for clearing all rights to the content of the film prior to exhibition. 5a) Applicant claims all liability and damages in relation to any screening of Applicant's submission to which Applicant does not hold complete rights to its content. 5b) Festival does accept "works in progress" for consideration of acceptance to the Festival which may have "temp audio" or other elements which the Applicant has yet to clear, however, all rights to all elements MUST be cleared prior to screening. 5c) Applicant MUST notify Festival in writing, at the time of submission, if a project being submitted is a "work in progress", and note each specific element to which the Applicant does not yet own the rights.

6. Applicant grants OutReels Cincinnati the right to use excerpts from accepted films including audio, video, names and images to promote the festival.

7. Applicant agrees that he/she is authorized to submit the film, being the sole rights-holder or authorized representative thereof, and understands that by submitting to the festival, the rights-holder allows the OutReels Cincinnati to screen the submitted work, in full, at the 2016 film festival without further communication or approval.

8. Applicant permits the Festival to retain one or more copies of Applicant's film for use in the Festival Library which may be accessed by the public following each years festival. Note: You may choose to opt-out of this paragraph by sending a written request with your submission. The festival will still retain a copy of your film, but it will not be made available to the general public.

9. Applicant permits the festival to make up to two (2) additional DVD copies of Applicants film for use by Festival Staff & Associates to facilitate the pre-screening process.

10. Applicant agrees to allow the Festival to release Applicants included contact information and screener copy to Distribution Partners of the festival for consideration, and that such partners may contact the applicant directly via the provided contact information in order to discuss or close a distribution deal, with the understanding that Applicant is under no obligation to accept any offered deal. Note: You may choose to opt-out of this paragraph by sending a written request with your submission.

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  • Aly Hardt

    I had a fantastic time at OutReels Cincinnati! Chuck and David were very gracious and communicative, took some filmmakers out to lunch, and put on a great festival. They truly care about OutReels' message and the city of Cincinnati!

    March 2019
  • Kevin McCarthy

    I was unfortunately unable to attend OutReels due to a prior commitment, however the coordinators were great. Communication and promotion were outstanding.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Kevin. We were thrilled to include Trans Geeks in this year's festival. Our audiences were very interested in this rarely seen topic inour community. Continued success with the film.

  • Mark Elias

    What a great festival - family atmosphere! Tight knit community! 100% worth it, some of the most open-armed festival people so far and the audience was really engaged with their Q&A.

    November 2018
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you Mark. We enjoyed having you in Cincinnat. Our audience enjoyed the Q&A and it was so nice of you to stick around and talk to those in the lobby afterwards.

  • B. Danielle Watkins

    It was such an honor to not only be screened, but to be able to speak in front of the audience again in Cincinnati! OutReels is a festival that is so needed, and so loving, the atmosphere there is undeniable. It is one of my favorite festivals, and I look forward to being apart again in the future.

    November 2017
  • Rick Hamilton

    I was disappointed not to be able to attend the festival, but happy to follow social media postings and see the local publicity. Look forward to submitting again in the future.

    March 2017