North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival

About the Festival

The North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is the second largest gay, lesbian and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons yearly. Since its beginning in 1995, the Festival has featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau named the NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization.

The NCGLFF celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today's gay, lesbian and transgender life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking. 

The 2017 North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is scheduled for August 10-13.



The Jury Awards are selected by the members of the Programming Committees. Each committee (Men, Women, Transgender) selects the winners in their respective category. Committees have the option to create and name their own categories (feature, short, long-form, etc.) but are not necessarily bound to present an award in every category. A category may be deemed ineligible if not enough competitive entries are received.    

BEST MEN’S FEATURE: Retake (directed by Nick Corporon)

BEST MEN’S NORTH AMERICAN SHORT: 1985 (directed by Yen Tan)

BEST MEN’S INTERNATIONAL SHORT: Buddy (directed by Niels Bourgonje)  

BEST MEN’S LONG-FORM NARRATIVE SHORT: Pick-Up (directed by Joshua Rogers)

BEST WOMEN’S FEATURE: AWOL (directed by Deb Shoval)

BEST WOMEN’S NORTH AMERICAN SHORT: Mothers of God (directed by Laura McGehee)

BEST WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL SHORT: (tie) Mingmong (directed by Richard Turley) & 

More than God (directed by Kev Cahill)

BEST WOMEN’S LONG-FORM NARRATIVE SHORT: The Masterful Hermit (directed by Reg Noyes)

BEST TRANSGENDER FEATURE: Girls Lost (directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining) 

BEST TRANSGENDER NORTH AMERICAN SHORT: House not Home (directed by Joshua Butler)

BEST TRANSGENDER INTERNATIONAL SHORT: Handsome & Majestic (directed by Nathan Drillot and Jeff Petry)

BEST TRANSGENDER LONG-FORM NARRATIVE SHORT: Her Story (directed by Sydney Freeland) 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT SUBJECT: In the Hollow (directed by Austin Bunn)



The 21st North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival has announced the winners of the 2016 Audience Awards.


The Audience Awards are a balloted award selected by the ticket-buyers who attended eligible screenings.  Upon entry to feature films, ticket-buyers are handed a paper ballot upon which they are requested to “score” the film on a 1-10 sliding scale, where 1 is the lowest and 10 is the highest rating. Ballots are collected from boxes within the venue and counted by NCGLFF balloting committee members. Films in respective categories which receive the highest score are announced as the winners. 

BEST MEN’S FEATURE FILM: LAZY EYE (directed by Tim Kirkman) 

BEST WOMEN’S FEATURE FILM: HEARTLAND (directed by Maura Anderson)  

BEST TRANSGENDER FEATURE FILM: MAJOR! (directed by Annalise Ophelian) 


For your artistic excellence, and on behalf of all the members of the NCGLFF Committee and audiences, we wish you continued success in all of your endeavors.






NCGLFF Schedule of Events







The 2017 North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is scheduled for August 10-13.

2016 NCGLFF Film Schedule

2016 NCGLFF Cheat Sheet - Alphabetical

2016 NCGLFF Film Descripitions 

2016 NCGLFF Program Guide




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Be a Part of the Festival's Success


Each year our corporate sponsors, individual donors, local businesses and volunteers come together to make the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival a celebrated home for gay and lesbian film and filmmakers. Because of their time, energy and financial support, the NCGLFF has grown into a yearly commemoration of today’s gay and lesbian community through entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking.

Corporate Sponsors

The Carolina Theatre would like to extend a special thanks to all of our sponsors, without whom we would not be able to present the NCGLFF year after year.  Exposure to thousands of audience members brings a host of benefits.  See this form for details and to find out how your company can join, please email treat [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org  or return this form and payment by Thursday, June 30, 2016.

2016 Festival Sponsors (list in formation)



Business Partners 

Local businesses that want to show off their Durham pride can participate at more accessible levels of support with benefits of visibility to the thousands of Festival-goers by returning this form and payment  by Tuesday, June 30, 2016.

Individual Donors 

Over the years, many friends of the Festival have supported our efforts while also receiving fun benefits!  If you would like to join us this year, please return this form and payment. 


To donate by phone, call Melanie Margarum  at 919-560-2801, or email melanie [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org.

Volunteers Make The Difference

The Carolina Theatre could not present the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival without the steadfast support of our volunteer committees and the volunteers that staff the festival each August.

To volunteer, please register to become a Durham Wayfinder, then sign up for the team "NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival."


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