Inaugural OutSouth Queer Film Festival now considering film submissions

DURHAM, NC — March 2, 2020 — The Carolina Theatre of Durham is proud to host the inaugural OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival — previously known as the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival — Aug. 13-16. In preparation, the festival’s programming committee is now accepting film submissions for consideration through FilmFreeway.

OUTSOUTH, the second-largest queer film festival in the Southeastern United States, will consider both features and short films. These submissions may be animated, narrative or documentary films, but their primary content must feature LGBTQ+ themes. Until April 18, submissions only cost $1 per film.

The regular deadline for all films is April 18, but for an increased submission fee, shorts may be submitted until May 8, and features may be submitted until May 29. To read the full guidelines and submit a film, interested filmmakers can turn to the festival’s FilmFreeway page:

Eligible submissions must be previously unreleased — and have no current planned release — on Netflix, DVD/Blu-ray, or another paid services prior to Monday, Aug. 20. If a feature film is only available for purchase on the filmmaker’s website, but not on other services, it is still eligible, and if a short film is available on YouTube, Vimeo or other media services, it may be submitted.

Accepted films will be automatically in the running for the 2020 OUTSOUTH Film Festival Jury Awards, which honor films in each of the submission categories.

People who live in and near Durham can also register to volunteer at the film festival through Durham Wayfinders. More information is available at the OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival website:

OUTSOUTH Queer Film Festival, which originated as the QFest Film Festival in 1995, was formerly known as the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (1996-2019). It attracts thousands of patrons yearly for a worldwide glimpse of today’s queer, gay, lesbian and transgender life, bringing the community together through entertaining, sophisticated filmmaking.

Don’t miss your chance to get involved with one of North Carolina’s premier film festivals.



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