The Chicago Lesbian & Gay International Film Festival is the second oldest gay and lesbian film festival in the world and prides itself on showcasing the best LGBTQI films and videos from around the globe. From international feature films to social issue documentaries to experimental shorts, Reeling has always presented a range of genres that demonstrates the rich diversity of work being produced.

Reeling 2009 will screen over 100 independent films and videos over 10 days, from November 5-14, 2009. Entries are eligible for audience awards, as well as juried awards with cash prizes in the categories of Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Feature, Best Narrative Short, Best Documentary Short and Best Experimental/Animated Film. Music Videos are eligible for audience awards only. Reeling is also a nominating festival for the Iris Prize.