The Reelout Queer Film Festival is an annual LGBTQ film festival in Kingston, Ontario.[1][2]

The festival was established in 1999 by Marney McDiarmid, a Queen's University graduate, with resource assistance from both the university and Ontario Public Interest Research Group.[3] In the first year, films were screened at the city's gay bar, Club 477.[3] In its second year, the festival moved to the Screening Room theatre, which has remained its primary venue ever since;[3] the volunteers at the 2000 festival included Matt Salton, now the festival's director.[4]

In 2010, the festival was briefly the subject of controversy when its application to present a program of short films directed by women at the Kingston Women's Art Festival was denied.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "We're parading our colours to attract gay American tourists". Ottawa Citizen, April 23, 2005.
  2. ^ "'Reelness' focus of annual film festival". Kingston Whig-Standard, January 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Festival plugs gap in film programming". Kingston Whig-Standard, April 4, 2000.
  4. ^ "Reelout 2013 focuses on youth interaction and involvement". Kingston Heritage, January 31, 2013.
  5. ^ "Queer community up in arms following application denial from Women's Art Festival". Kingston Heritage, July 22, 2010.