Serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and gender and sexual minority communities of Bloomington and South Central Indiana

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2020 PRIDE Film Festival

The Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival explores the lives and experiences of the LGBTQ+ community through feature-length and short films, talkbacks, and programming that promote community-wide attitudes of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of diversity. 

The 18th annual festival takes place February 28-29, 2020 at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington, Indiana. 

film submissions

Filmmakers and distributors: Please complete the following form for each film you'd like us to consider. There is no submission fee, and we do offer screening fees for all films selected for the festival.

Submissions for the 2019 festival must be submitted no later than December 1, 2019. We will contact you by January 2, 2020 about the committee's decision.

passes & Tickets

Weekend, and daily passes, as well as tickets for individual screening blocks, will go on sale at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater Box Office in early 2020. Ticket discounts for students (with ID) and seniors (65+) will be available.


The 2019 lineup featured six screening blocks with with 20 short- and feature films, including Rafiki, Mapplethorpe, Hoosier, and Hard Paint.


friday, 7pm: RAFIKI

Bursting with the colorful street style & music of Nairobi’s vibrant youth culture, RAFIKI is a tender love story between two young women in a country that still criminalizes homosexuality.

RAFIKI was Initially banned in Kenya for its positive portrayal of queer romance, and won a landmark supreme court case chipping away at Kenyan anti-LGBT legislation.


festival week schedule

The 2019 Film Festival schedule included additional screenings at the IU Cinema, VIP events, and an official after part at The Back Door. If you have a fringe event taking place during Film Festival Week in 2020, be sure to let us know!


Filmmaker Awards

Bloomington PRIDE will award the following prizes at the 2018 PRIDE Film Festival: 

Alfred C. Kinsey Prize: given to a film that furthers our understanding of gender and sexuality. The winning filmmaker is invited to submit a copy of the film to the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction.  

Danielle McClelland Emerging Filmmaker Award: honors a new filmmaker (who has submitted no more than two films on the festival circuit) who contributes to the advancement of LGBTQ film.

Jury Selection: honors the overall favorite of members of the Film Selection Committee. 

See 2018 winners »


2019 Film Festival Sponsors

Please contact us if your business or organization is interested in supporting the Bloomington PRIDE Film Festival. For the complete list of Film Festival sponsors and donors, please visit the festival's sponsorship page