October 13–15 at the Neon

Welcome To

Out Here Dayton Film Fest

Our name is new, but our driving force is the same – we're here to celebrate the best in queer filmmaking. We're in our 18th year of bringing the best of LGBTQIA+ films to the Miami Valley, and our rebranding is a sign of our renewed embrace and commitment to the entire community.

We have a great, inclusive line-up of films, and visiting filmmakers will be in attendance to talk about their work during thought-provoking, post-screening discussions. Check out this year's selections below and be sure to follow us on Instagram & Facebook as we announce more details about this year's special weekend!


Friday, October 13

7:30 PM

Our Son

Dir. Bill Oliver /104 Min /USA

With an all-star cast that includes Luke Evans, Billy Porter, Phylicia Rashad, Andrew Rannells, Robin Weigert and more, OUR SON is the story of family and parenthood as seen through the eyes of two men in the midst of a divorce - both of whom very much love their son.

Preceded By


Dir. Twiggy Pucci Garcon /15 Min /USA

An exuberant portrait of chosen sisters - two emerging runway divas in the drag ballroom community.

Sponsored by

Square One Salon & Spa
Montgomery County Job and Family Services

9:00 PM

Opening Night Party

/Yellow Cab Tavern – 700 E. 4th Street

Heartsiq is Dayton’s Queer Art & Dance Party, and it happens the 2nd Friday of every month. Your festival pass or “Opening Night” ticket will gain you access to this party as well as a drink ticket and something delicious. It’s Friday the 13th, so this month’s theme is “Scream Queens” – enjoy the art, live music and great company at this inclusive party.

Sponsored by

Sue Spiegel & Lisa Hanauer

Saturday, October 14

1:00 PM

Top Drawer Shorts


Dir. Karina Dandashi /13 Min /USA

Two cousins born in separate countries reunite in Brooklyn over dinner when a run-in with an ex turns the night into a mission of revenge.

AC Unit

Dir. Grace Godvin /13 Min /USA

Two best friends living in Brooklyn during the height of a heatwave encounter disaster when installing an AC unit.

Dilating for Maximum Results

Dir. Nyala Moon /14 Min /USA

A black trans woman decides to hook up IRL with her online boyfriend.

The Script

Dir. Brit Fyer & Noah Schamus /15 Min /USA

Explores the complicated relationship between trans and nonbinary communities and medical providers regarding gender affirming care.

As You Are

Dir. Daisy Friedman /15 Min /USA

When an interabled queer couple spends the night together for the first time, they navigate the power of loving someone else through healing their relationships with their own bodies.


Dir. Emily Morus-Jones /5 Min /United Kingdom

With interviews from the UK polyamory community (told with puppets), Diomysus asks if we’re more open to taboo ideas.


Dir. Alexandra Greenspan /12 Min /USA

An unexpected love story develops over a box of tampons between a mini-mart cashier and a guy in transition.

Sponsored by

PFLAG Dayton
Human Race Theatre Company

4:00 PM

Lie With Me

Dir. Olivier Peyon /98 Min /France / Trailer

A celebrated novelist travels to his hometown after more than 30 years away. There, he meets the son of his secret teenage love who is inquisitive for information on his now deceased father. Questions set off turbulent emotions in the writer as his mind is flooded with memories of that summer of love from long ago. Based on the beloved novel, LIE WITH ME is erotic, tender, romantic and heart breaking.

Preceded By

L'Apprenante (The Learner)

Dir. Angelique Kalani Axelrode /7 Min /France/USA

An American college student takes French immersion classes in the process of “finding herself abroad” in Paris.

Sponsored by

Boonshoft Pride
Ken Byers

7:00 PM

It's Only Life After All

Dir. Alexandria Bombach /123 Min /USA / Trailer

Blending 40 years of home movies, raw film archive, and intimate present-day verité, a poignant reflection from Amy Ray & Emily Saliers of Indigo Girls – the iconic folk-rock duo. A timely look into the obstacles, activism, and life lessons of two queer friends who never expected to make it big.

Sponsored by

Westminster Financial
The RubiGirls

9:45 PM

Glitter & Doom

Dir. Tom Gustafson /115 Min /USA / Trailer

In a fantastical summer romance musical told with the iconic hits of the INDIGO GIRLS: A struggling musician who wears charisma as camouflage and a carefree kid about to run away with the circus fall in love at first sight. But will 29 days be enough time to fall in love forever?

Sponsored by

Have A Gay Day

Sunday, October 15

12:30 PM

Golden Delicious

Dir. Jason Karman /120 Min /Canada / Trailer

Everyone wants something from high school senior Jake: his father is pushing him to try out for the basketball team and his girlfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level. But it’s not until Aleks, an openly gay teen with a love for basketball, moves in across the street that Jake begins to struggle with his own desires.

Sponsored by

Miami Valley Fair Housing
SharpGroup - Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Professional Realty

3:30 PM

Jess Plus None

Dir. Mandy Fabian /101 Min /USA / Trailer

A reluctant maid-of-honor must attend her best friend’s off-the-grid wedding in the woods, where she's forced to confront her ex-girlfriend, all her more successful college friends, and every bad choice she’s made in her life so far.

Sponsored by

Kevin Moore & Scott Stoney
David Moyer Real Estate

6:00 PM

Fancy Dance

Dir. Erica Tremblay /90 Min /USA

Following her sister’s disappearance, a Native American hustler kidnaps her niece from the child’s white grandparents and sets out for the state powwow in hopes of keeping what is left of their family intact.

Sponsored by

Equitas Health
Greater Dayton LGBT Center
Larry Mullins
Paul Woodie

Attend the Fest

Festival Pass

The best way to attend the fest! A festival pass gets you access to every screening plus the Opening Night Party!

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Tickets can be purchased online or at THE NEON. No refunds or exchanges.

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The fest takes place at THE NEON movie theater in downtown Dayton. There are several restaurants located within walking distance of the theater.


Free parking is available directly across the street from THE NEON.

Screening Info

Please arrive before the screening is scheduled to begin. The festival reserves the right to resell any unclaimed tickets or empty seats at the scheduled start time for each screening. Seating will be open this year, and Sponsors and "All Access" passholders will be given the first opportunity to select their seats.


Individual Sponsors

Johnny, Ken Byers, Kevin Moore & Scott Stoney, Larry Mullins, Sue Spiegel & Lisa Hanauer, Chase Whiteside, Paul Woodie