Why should I come to see a movie at the festival vs. seeing it on DVD?

There are several advantages of seeing a film at the film festival instead of seeing it at home. The first obvious answer is that you great to see a great LGBT film on the big screen! People who love films say there is no comparison between watching a movie in a theater and watching it at home. The second obvious answer is that you get to view the movie with the LGBT community. It is a great opportunity to share in the laughter and tears with your friends and your community.

Are there any special awards being given this year?

Yes, we will have the audience participate in a survey for the Best Short Films and the Best Full Length Films as well as Best Documentary and Best Foreign Film of the Festival. Results will be announced during the Closing Night Awards Party.

Where do I get a copy of the program?

You can pick up mini-schedules at local bars and programs at local coffee houses. You can also get a copy of the program during any screening at the film festival. A PDF version of the program and mini-schedule will be made available for downloading once the program is available.

Where do I purchase tickets?

You can purchase tickets in advance at Banner Coin Exchange in Downtown Pittsburgh or at any screening during the film festival. You can also purchase tickets on-line at our Tickets page. Diva Passes, Opening Night, Closing Night, and books of either 6 or 10 tickets can be purchased in advance at the above locations. Individual tickets can only be purchased the day of the film at the venue.

How much are tickets?

Individual tickets are $9. Individual Student tickets are $6. Opening and Closing Night events cost $15, $10 for Students. To get the Student Youth ticket you must show ID. We also have passes and ticket booklets available for sale.

Can I split the booklet of 10 tickets with a friend?

Yes, tickets from the either the 6 or 10 packet of individual tickets can be separated after purchase and used at the discretion of the person who purchased the tickets.

What is a Diva pass?

A Diva Pass is your ticket into all events during the Annual Film Festival. This includes The Opening Night movie and Gala as well as the Closing Night movie and Awards party. With your Diva pass you are entitled to have Preferred Seat at all screening 30 minutes prior to the start of the movie. You must be at the theater 30 minutes prior to the movie. If you are late your preferred seating is not guaranteed.

What foundation provided funds to the festival?

This year we have been privilege to receive a grant for The Heinz Foundation, Pittsburgh Foundation and the Greater Pittsburgh Council on the Arts. There are also many companies and organizations who sponsor films and support us throughout the year. You can find out more information by visiting our Funders page.

How does Reel Q get the other LGBT community organizations involved?

Every year we encourage LGBT organizations to co-produce a movie for the film festival. Reel Q values our fellow community groups and we are always looking for new ideas on cooperative efforts. This year we are partnering with many community organizations. If you are a community organization and would like to partner with Reel Q, please contact outreach@reelq.org.

How do I get involved for next year?

If you are interested in volunteering for Reel Q, please contact our Volunteer Director at volunteers@reelq.org. or sign up during the film festival. If you are interested in joining the board, please contact info@reelq.org.

How do I donate to Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society (PLGFS)?

You may make an individual contribution to PLGFS by send a check or money order to
Pittsburgh Lesbian and Gay Film Society (PLGFS)
PO Box 81247
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
or Click Here to donate online.

Will Reel Q do any other activities between now and next year’s festival?

Reel Q is now a continual resource for LGBT films in Pittsburgh. We have started a Movies Year Round program and host special events throughout the year. In addition, we show free short films during Pittsburgh Pride.

Does Reel Q have an Artistic vision?

Yes, the primary artistic goal is to organize and manage a high-quality year round film program that serves the on-going educational and cultural needs of its audiences and is an organization of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and their supporters.

Films are selected based on their uniqueness, artistic contribution, public appeal, and relevance to current and on-going issues in the LGBT community. The result is an eclectic mix of films that offers something for everyone and is an indispensable cultural and artistic outlet to the Pittsburgh community.

How does Reel Q select films for the festival?

Reel Q receives hundreds of films and shorts for consideration for presenting at our film festival. We have a Programming Committee made up of volunteers who preview the films. This process takes several months as they preview hundreds of films and shorts that are submitted to us for consideration.

Can I recommend a film to be considered for the festival?

Yes, you can always email our Programming Director at films@reelq.org with suggestions of films that may be of interest.