The Level Ground Festival started as a student-run film festival in 2013. It was the first film festival in the world to explore faith, gender, and sexuality. Since then Level Ground has hosted 25 days of festival programming in six cities around the country and we have expanded as a full film and arts festival.
The Level Ground Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience that integrates the best, most interesting aspects of an educational conference, an art exhibit, and a film festival, all with an interactive storytelling foundation. Our hope is that art inspires empathy, creates a listening space, and cultivates a better way of speaking with one another across our differences and disagreements.
Each Level Ground Festival is specially curated to include a diversity of film screenings, live music, dance, and theater performances, visual art exhibits, catered meals, exclusive interviews, workshops, stand-up comedy, live podcasts, and workshops for the purpose of elevating the public discourse around the otherwise polarizing topics of gender identity and human sexuality.
The Level Ground Festival draws a unique audience that reflects the full spectrum of religious (and non-religious) beliefs, gender identities, and sexual orientations. All denominations, theologies, beliefs, races, and ages are welcome.