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.




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NCGLFF Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 13 — 20th Anniversary Kick-Off Party

NCGLFF festival donors and VIPs are invited to help celebrate the kick-off of the 20th NCGLFF at Durham Hotel (315 E. Chapel Hill St.) from 7 – 9 p.m. (Invitation Only) 

Saturday, August 15 — Family Day with Free Screening of The Wizard of Oz

Families are welcome to stop by the plaza in front of the theatre for free popcorn and soda, clown, balloon art, face-painting, activities and a free screening of The Wizard of Oz, which begins at 10:45 a.m. in Cinema 1. (Courtesy of Producer Level-sponsor BASF)

Sunday, August 16  — Free Screenings of Out To Win at Full Frame Theatre - Please RSVP by clicking here

The Carolina Theatre and LGBTQ Center of Durham co-host two free screenings of Out To Win — a superbly crafted overview and examination of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world — at Full Frame Theater at American Tobacco Campus, Durham from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information on this special event 

Wednesday, August 19 - 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche 

Farcical, audience-interactive celebration of sisterhood and survival. A special live stage performance presented by local Triangle theater company Tiny Engine. Produced by special arrangement with Samuel French.Written by Evan Linder and Andrew Hobgood. Directed by Paul Sapp. Starring Noelle Barnard Azarelo, Erica Heilmann, Laurel Ullman, Pimpila Violette, and Elizabeth Webb.This live event is included in the 10-Passes available for sale now or you can purchase an individual tickets for $15 beginning on August 3. From 7:30PM to 9:00PM in Fletcher Hall. Space is limited.  For more information on this special event. 

 Sunday, August 23 — LGBTQ Center of Durham Block Party

Expect food trucks & fun as the LGBTQ Center of Durham co-hosts a Block Party with Carolina Theatre/NCGLFF at 114 Hunt St. from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Food Trucks will include Captain Pancho’s Taco Truck, Urban Entrées, The Parlour and Fahsyrah's Lemonade. For more information on this speical event











NCGLFF 10-passes, which enable the pass-holder to see 10 films, are sale now.  Passes are $85 each and are available here.

Tickets to see individual films cost $10 each and are on sale now; they may be purchased at the Box Office in person or by phone (919-560-3030).

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 by Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

2015 Festival Sponsors

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, 2015.

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 Treat Harvey at 919-226-8878 or email treat [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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