The Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is 11 days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties celebrating the queer experience.
More than 200 feature and short films, state-of-the-art venues, and attendance of over 40,000 people make Outfest Los Angeles the largest film festival of any kind in LA. Since our founding in 1982, Outfest has screened more than 6500 international films for audiences of well over half a million people. Great opportunities await filmmakers at Outfest.
Outfest is the leading queer media arts organization, and its location in the heart of the entertainment industry means more industry executives attend Outfest Los Angeles than any other LGBTQ film festival.
Our Outfest Forward program offers comprehensive services for emerging filmmakers to forge connections in Hollywood. These include:
- Industry Link, a one-on-one industry meeting with an agent, manager, production company executive, entertainment lawyer, or distribution company executive for every director in the festival.
- The Filmmaker Breakfast Series, morning panels hosted by industry insiders, with topics such as How to Find Distribution, How to Get Work in Television, How to Get Representation, Casting Your Film, etc.
- Panels, parties, and receptions where filmmakers meet other filmmakers as well as representatives from the industry, other festivals, and international LGBTQ media outlets.
- Outfest Los Angeles has the most extensive awards program of any LGBTQ film festival.
Outfest Los Angeles receives media coverage from national outlets such as Vanity Fair, CNN, USA Today, E! Entertainment Television, Access Hollywood, Variety, Entertainment Tonight, US Weekly, The Advocate, OUT, MTV, Hollywood Reporter, Genre and the Independent Film Channel — as well as key local outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Lesbian News, Frontiers, Edge, XY Magazine, Nightlife, local network news, and many others.
GRAND JURY AWARDS
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short Film
Grand Jury Award for Best International Narrative Short Film
Grand Jury Award for Best US Narrative Short Film
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Award for Best International Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Award for Screenwriting, US Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Award for Best Performance, US Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Award for Best US Narrative Feature
Special Programming Award for Freedom
Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent
Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement
Audience Award for Best Platinum (Experimental) Short
Audience Award for Best Documentary Short
Audience Award for Best Narrative Short
Audience Award for Best Episodic Series
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Narrative First Feature