About the Festival

The OutSouth Queer Film Festival is the second largest queer, lesbian, gay and transgender film festival in the Southeast, attracting thousands of patrons to downtown Durham every August.each year.

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.

OutSouth Queer Film Festival 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 2020 OutSouth Queer Film Festival has been postponed to November 13 & 14. The full OutSouth film lineup will be announced when the Carolina Theatre of Durham is permitted to re-open post-pandemic.

Film Submissions

The submission window for the inaugural OutSouth Queer Film Festival is now closed.



10-Passes, enabling the pass-holder to see 10 film screenings for $85, will go on sale when the Carolina Theatre of Durham is permitted to re-open post-pandemic.
10-Passes are available online and in-person at the box office.


Individual Tickets

Individual tickets will go on sale when the Carolina Theatre of Durham is permitted to re-open post-pandemic.
Individual tickets are available in-person or by calling the box office at (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 OutSouth Queer Film Festival a celebrated home for gay and lesbian film and filmmakers.

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

Make a Donation

Individual Donors

Over the years, many friends of the Festival have supported our efforts while also receiving fun benefits. Any contribution is appreciated. See the perks of giving more, with the various donor levels below.

$815 of your donation is tax deductible

➢ A total of twenty Festival ticket vouchers
➢ Two OutSouth collectible T-shirts
➢ Admission for an additional two guests (total of four) to the VIP Reception, Filmmakers Brunch, and Filmmakers Party
➢ Four parking vouchers
➢ Ticketing assistance so you don’t have to come to Theatre to exchange vouchers

$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
➢ Admission for two to the VIP Reception.

$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 Filmmakers Party

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. If you are interested in being a 2020 sponsor or have questions, please email or call Carolina Theatre Development Manager Audrey Shore audrey@carolinatheatre.org or (919) 560-3033.

2019 Festival Sponsors

  • The Forest at Duke
  • BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina
    Duke Health
  • Accent Hardwood Flooring
  • BASF
  • Carol Woods Retirement Community\
  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Durham Magazine
  • Indulge Catering, LLC.
  • Jewelsmith
  • LifeTime Asset Management, LLC
  • Mad Hatter’s Cafe & Bakeshop / Saladelia Cafe
  • Red Hat
  • Replacements, Ltd.
  • Blue Note Grill
  • Credit Suisse
  • RBPN – Raleigh’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce
  • Tony Hall & Associates Real Estate

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.


Volunteers Make The Difference

The Carolina Theatre could not present the OutSouth Queer 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.”

Register to Volunteer