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 2018 North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is scheduled for August 16-19.
Apres-Fest takes place August 20-23.


CONGRATULATIONS!  The 23rd Annual North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) has selected the winners of the 2018 Jury Awards.


The Jury Awards are selected by the members of the Programming Committees. Each committee (Men, Women, Transgender) selects the winners in their respective categoroy. 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: Evening Shadows (directed by Sridhar Rangayan)

BEST WOMEN'S FEATURE: Freelancers Anonymous (directed by Sonia Sebastian)

BEST TRANS FEATURE: TransMilitary (directed by Gabriel Silverman & Fiona Dawson)

BEST MEN'S US SHORT: The Dare Project (directed by Adam Salky)

BEST WOMENS US SHORT: Foxy Trot (directed by Lisa Donato)

BEST TRANS US SHORT: (Tie) Turn It Around (directed by Michelle Sam) and Fighting Two Wars: The Story of Thalia Jane Ainsley (Directed by Aaron Curtis Jr.)

BEST MEN'S INTERNATIONAL SHORT: (Tie) Turn It Around (directed by Niels Bourgonje) and Freefall (Directed by Krit Komkrichwarakool)

BEST WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL SHORT: Marguerite (directed by Marianne Farley)

BEST TRANS INTERNATIONAL SHORT: Something About Alex (directed by Reinout Hellenthal)

BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY: Half a Life (directed by Tamara Shogaolu)

BEST FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: Love, Scott (directed by Laura Marie Wayne)

BEST YOUTH-ORIENTED SHORT: The Real Thing (directed by Brandon Kelley)

BEST WOMEN'S SHORT SCREENPLAY: Parker (written by Rhianon Jones)


NCGLFF Official After-Party Locations (all in downtown Durham):

Thursday, August 16: Arcana (331 West Main St.)

Friday, August 17: Bar Brunello (117 E. Main St)

Saturday, August 18: Alley Twenty-Six (320 E. Chapel Hill St)

Sunday, August 19: Fullsteam (726 Rigsbee St.)


NCGLFF Schedule of Events

Thursday, August 16, 2018 
VOLUNTEER CELEBRATION OF EDIE MCMILLAN 6:30p.m. to 8:30p.m. in Connie Moses Ballroom 
Private NCGLFF event limited to past and present volunteers and family members only. 
Friday, August 17, 2018
VIP WELCOME RECEPTION is from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM
Saturday, August 18, 2018
FREE FAMILY DAY is from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Presented by BASF
Kids activities start at 10:00 a.m. in the KIRBY LOBBY
Shrek starts at 11:00 a.m. in CINEMA ONE
Saturday, August 18, 2018
THE FILMMAKERS/VIP LUNCHEON is from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the CONVENTION CENTER
Sunday, August 19, 2018
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCH (Supported by Tom Cameron & Terence Tay) is from noon to 2:00 p.m. in the CONNIE MOSES BALLROOM
Sunday, August 19, 2018


The 2018 North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival (NCGLFF) is scheduled for August 16-19.
Apres-Fest takes place August 20-23.
10-Passes are on sale now. They enable the pass-holder to see 10+ film screenings for $85. 
10-Passes are available online. They may also be purchased in-person at the box office. 
Individual tickets will go on sale Friday, August 3. 
Indivdual tickets are available in-person, online or by calling the box office at (919) 560-3030.
Please note there is a convenience fee for ordering tickets online or over the phone. 
Fees vary based on ticket type and purchase method. 

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. Thanks to our supporters' time, energy and financial support, the NCGLFF has grown into a yearly commemoration of today’s gay and lesbian community.


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. 


Donors of $1,000 or more will receive benefits in other levels PLUS:
$815 of your donation is tax deductible
➢ A total of twenty Festival ticket vouchers
➢ Two GLFF collectible T-shirts
➢ Admission for four to the Filmmakers Closing Night Reception
➢ Admission for an additional two guests (total of four) to the VIP Welcome Reception 
Donors of $500 or more will receive benefits at the lower level PLUS:
$450 of your donation is tax deductible
➢ Early entry to films
➢ A total of four Festival ticket vouchers
➢ Admission for two to the Filmmakers Brunch
Donors of $250 or more will receive the following benefits:
$220 of your donation is tax deductible
➢ Two official 2018 NCGLFF Lanyards/Badges identifying you as a Festival donor
➢ Recognition in the 2018 NCGLFF Program Book
➢ Two Festival ticket vouchers
➢ NCGLFF gift bag of swag
➢ Admission for two to the VIP Welcome Reception 

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.  Please see this chart for details. If you are interested in being a 2018 sponsor or have questions, please email amy [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org.

2018 Festival Sponsors (list in formation)

Woodard Mortgage Group

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. To confirm your Business Partner sponsorship, please return this form by Friday, July 6, 2018.


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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