Outfest protects our past, showcases our present and nurtures our future by fostering artistic expression of gender, sexuality and LGBTQ culture and its transformative social impact on the world.
Outfest is the leading organization showcasing, nurturing and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film images and artistry. For 27 years Outfest has led the charge, spotlighting emerging talent, creating community between filmmakers and audiences and offering a world-class forum for stories that reflect and often transform LGBT lives.
Since its founding in 1982, Outfest has showcased over 4,200 films for audiences well over half a million people. Our festivals, year-round screening series and special events bring together film lovers, innovative artists, celebrities, entertainment industry professionals … and some of the hottest parties around!
Outfest is also the only nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that the extensive but threatened LGBT film heritage is preserved. Since the beginning of the struggle for LGBT equality, visionary filmmakers have recorded their lives, challenges and triumphs on film. Outfest is committed to saving, preserving and providing access to that precious, affirming heritage for generations to come.
Laying the groundwork for our next quarter-century as an LGBT institution, Outfest proudly presents a range of annual programs spanning art, film and culture:
Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
The oldest continuous film festival in Los Angeles.
Fusion: The Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival
The only multi-cultural, gender-inclusive People of Color film festival.
Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation
The first film preservation program in the world dedicated to saving and protecting LGBT films.
Outfest Wednesdays Screening Series
The oldest LGBT screening series in the country.
Nurturing emerging filmmakers by forging connections with established industry professionals including the Outfest Screenwriting Lab.
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