2023 Fall Film Festivals

As the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes continue, no one knows if there’s an end in sight. The strikes have wreaked havoc on entertainment with postponed movie premieres and awards shows and have halted television and movie production. The effects have both seen and unforeseen consequences for the billion-dollar entertainment industry. Luckily, the fall film festival circuit continues to move forward and has been more critical than ever. Check out this list of film festivals you might consider patronizing. Thank the heavens for the virtual options that will erase borders and eliminate the need to attend in.

Updated October 25th

Chicago Underground Film Festival September 13 – 17 cuff.org

Sojourner Truth Festival of the Arts Thursday, September 14 – 17 at Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. Click here for program information.

Celebrate Chicago’s history as told by Black queer communities with DayLong Film Festival!

Saturday, September 16 · 10am – 5pm CDT click here for more information.

DC Shorts International Film Festival September 20 – September 24 dcshorts.com

Out on Film Atlanta LGBTQ Film Festival September 21 – October 1 outonfilm.org

Reeling: The Chicago LGBTQ+ International Film Festival September 21 – October 8 Reelingfilmfest.org

Black Alphabet is excited to partner with Reeling Film Festival for the screening of “Kenyatta: Do Not Wait Your Turn.” https://reelingfilmfest.org

The Midwest Film Festival is the nation’s only film festival solely dedicated to the Midwest filmmaker, presenting audiences with regionally produced independent cinema throughout the year. Monday, September 25th, at The Gene Siskel Film Center for Advertising Community Night. Our lineup features a variety of short films, including incredible passion projects from advertising professionals and story-driven branded content. midwestfilm.com

Prince George’s Film Fest September 28 – October 1 pgfilmfestival.com

61st New York Film Festival September 29 – October 15 filminc.org

Black Alphabet Partners with Afro Pride for Black Alphabet Film Festival South Florida

Join Black Alphabet on Thurs Oct 5th as we partner with Afro Pride & Black Pride South Florida Click here for tickets

Tampa International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival October 5 – 8 tiglff.org

Chicago International Film Festival October 11 – 22 chicagofilmfestival.com

Seattle Queer Film Festival October 12 – 22 threedollarbillcinema.org/sqff

NewFest: 35th New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival October 12 – 22 newfest.org

Colman Domingo and Aml Ameen in RUSTIN (2023) Photo by Parrish Lewis/Netflix – © Netflix © 2022

Gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin organized the 1963 March on Washington.

Black Alphabet Film Festival October 13-15 www.Blackalphabet.org

San Diego International Film Festival October 18 – 22 sdfilmfest.com

Wash DC’s Reel Affirmations October 20 – 22 ReelAffirmations.org

In Justice for All Film Festival International October 20 – 26 injusticeforallff.eventive.org

New Orleans Film Festival November 2 – 7 neworleansfilmsociety.org

Golden Gate International Film Festival November 3 – 12 goldengateinternationalfilmfestival.com

Fort Lauderdale International Film Fest November 3 – 16 fliff.org

Black Harvest Film Fest November 3 – 16 at Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago.

29th Black Harvest Film Festival: MAXINE’S BABY: A TYLER PERRY STORY, AMERICAN FICTION, and more!

Click here for program information.

San Francisco Transgender Film Festival November 8 – 19

The San Francisco Transgender Film Festival (SFTFF) – the world’s first and longest-running transgender film festival – presents the 26th annual edition dedicated to films by transgender and gender-nonconforming filmmakers, highlighting innovative, experimental, and visual storytelling that decries transphobic representation in cinema.

Spanning 12 days from November 8-19 and comprising five short film programs showcasing 33 films, SFTFF 2023 will be presented in person at the Roxie Theater (3117 16th St., SF) Nov. 8-10 and stream on-demand beginning Nov. 11. 

Project Chicago Presents the 20th Annual Chicago International REEL Shorts Film Fest

This Year’s fest features the best short films from throughout the world.  Comedies, action, drama, Horror, Demented, arts, we are showing a little of everything!  So get tickets while you can!  projectchicago.org