Reeling Film Fest 2023 now open for submissions

Chicago Filmmakers announces the open call for entries for Reeling 2023: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival, now in its 41st edition.

Reeling, which has been an annual showcase of the best in LGBTQ+ produced film for over four decades, coincides with an important milestone as Chicago Filmmakers, the not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that produces the film festival, celebrates its 50th Year Anniversary.

This year’s festival will run from September 21 – October 8, 2023.

Earlybird Deadline: March 23, 2023
Regular Deadline: April 27, 2023
Late Deadline: June 1, 2023

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival is the second longest- running film festival of its kind and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBTQ+ films each year. Our festival has been a cultural touchstone in Chicago for over four decades, showcasing work by both emerging and critically acclaimed filmmakers, including Dee Rees, Gus Van Sant, Angela Robinson, Greg Araki, Kenneth Anger, Angelo Madsen Minax, and many others.

From award-winning international feature films to social documentaries to experimental shorts, Reeling has always presented a range of genres that demonstrate the rich diversity of work being produced by the LGBTQ+ community. Reeling attracts audiences throughout Chicago, the Midwest, and the world with a hybrid of in-person and online screenings.

The festival provides a celebratory space for a beloved community often misrepresented and ignored by mainstream film and television. We look forward to inviting filmmakers and film lovers to this historic showcase of vital work.

For more information about Reeling: The Chicago LGTBQ+ International Film Festival, visit

To submit work, go to

Chicago Filmmakers is a not-for-profit media arts organization that fosters the creation, appreciation, and understanding of film and video as media for artistic and personal expression, as well as media of important social and community impact. Chicago Filmmakers’ twofold mission is to serve independent film and digital video artists by supporting the creation and dissemination of new media arts works and to serve Chicago audiences by screening artistically innovative, socially relevant, and diverse films and videos.

Chicago Filmmakers nurtures the development of aspiring filmmakers of all ages by offering classes, workshops, and summer camps; empowers artists to create new work through production grants, equipment access, fiscal sponsorship, and other services and resources; and encourages the professional advancement of media artists through seminars, panel discussions, lectures, rough-cut and open screenings, as well as networking events and other opportunities for artistic exchange. Chicago Filmmakers develops diverse audiences through its year-round weekly film and video exhibition programs and its two annual film festivals, Reeling the Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival and The Onion City Experimental Film Festival.


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