North Carolina Gay & Lesbian Film Festival

About the Festival

The North Carolina Gay and 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. 

We are no longer accepting submissions for short films. Submissions are now being accepted for the 2016 NC Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. The 2016 NCGLFF will take place Friday, August 12 through Saturday, August 20. Submit your film at Film Freeway here.

2015 Awards & Link to Print Source Guide. 



 Download Print Source Guide here.



NCGLFF Schedule of Events







NCGLFF 10-passes enable the pass-holder to see 10 films.

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 Martika [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org  or return this form and payment by Thursday, June 30, 2016.

2015 Festival Sponsors (2016 sponsor list in formation)

Duke University Hospital

Accent Hardwood Flooring 
BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina
Chapel Hill & Durham Magazines
Replacements, Ltd.
Saladelia Cafe/Mad Hatter Bakeshop & Café 
SundanceNow Doc Club


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 Martika Clark at 919-560-3040, ext. 233, or email Martika [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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