GTFO (film)

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GTFO (film) Promo.png
Directed byShannon Sun-Higginson
Produced byShannon Sun-Higginson
Release date
  • March 14, 2015 (2015-03-14) (SXSW)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited States

GTFO (also known as GTFO: Get the F&#% Out) is a 2015 American documentary film,[1] directed by Shannon Sun-Higginson, about sexism and women in the world of video games.[2][3] It premiered at South by Southwest on March 14, 2015.[2]

Sun-Higginson, a documentary filmmaker from New York City,[4] began work on GTFO in early 2012 and ultimately funded it as a Kickstarter project.[5] She was initially inspired to create the film after watching a clip from live-stream gaming competition Cross Assault in which a player repeatedly sexually harassed his teammate.[2] Sun-Higginson then "decided to take a step back and explore what it means to be a woman in gaming in general, both the positive and the negative."[2]

The movie compiles interviews from gamers, developers, journalists to show how pervasive sexist behavior is in the gaming world.[6]

The film's premiere at South by Southwest was met with primarily favorable reviews, with critic Dennis Harvey commenting: "Several other documentaries are currently in the works on the same subject, and many will no doubt be a lot slicker than 'GTFO.' But the rough edges of Sun-Higginson’s Kickstarter-funded feature lend it an ingratiating, unpretentious modesty, and its lack of rancor on a topic that might’ve easily supported a more sensationalist approach can only be a plus in reaching male gamers most in need of its wake-up call."[7]


  1. ^ "15 Must-See Movies at SXSW Film Festival 2015". Rolling Stone. March 9, 2015. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Ito, Robert (March 6, 2015). "In the Documentary 'GTFO,' Female Video Gamers Fight Back". The New York Times. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Martens, Todd (March 13, 2015). "SXSW: Female gamers tell their stories in 'GTFO,' which tackles industry sexism". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  4. ^ "ABOUT". Shannon Sun-Higginson. Archived from the original on May 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "GTFO: A Film About Women in Gaming". Kickstarter.
  6. ^ Angelico, John (June 18, 2015). "DocFest film reviews: Playing games with 'Top Spin' and 'GTFO'". San Francisco Chronicle.
  7. ^ Dennis Harvey. "'GTFO' Review: An Entertaining, Accessible Look at Misogyny in the Videogaming World - Variety". Variety.

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