A Signature Event For Durham

About the Festival

The OutSouth Queer Film Festival is the second largest LGBTQ+ film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons to downtown Durham every year since 1995.

Festival History

Since beginning in 1995 as QFest and running from 1996-2019 as the North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film Festival, this event has always featured a diverse array of shorts, documentaries and feature films. Discover Durham named this festival a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the organization.

Festival Mission

OutSouth Queer Film Festival celebrates a worldwide glimpse of today’s LGBTQ+ life, helps bring the community together and features entertaining and sophisticated films and filmmaking.

Film Submissions

The OutSouth Queer Film Festival is no longer accepting submissions.


The Best in LGBTQ+ Filmmaking

The 26th OutSouth Queer Film Festival contains 25 programs

View 26th OutSouth Queer Film Festival film guide.


Your Passport To The Festival

Individual Tickets

Individual film tickets cost $12. Individual tickets will be available online ONLY.

All-Access Passes

All-Access Passes enable the pass-holder to see all 25 film programs for $100. All Access Passes will be available online ONLY.

Tickets and All Access Passes purchased online include additional fees and taxes.

Once films unlock on August 13, you’ll have until 11:59 pm (EST) on August 19 to start watching. Once you begin a film, you’ll have 10 days to finish watching.

No tickets or passes will be sold through the Carolina Theatre Box Office. This is a virtual festival.