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LocationLos Angeles, United States

Outfest is an LGBT-oriented film showcase and festival in Los Angeles. Outfest is a leading LGBTQ+ organization with a stated mission of promoting equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQ+ stories on the screen.


In 1979, John Ramirez and Stuart Timmons, two students at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) founded a gay film festival on campus.[1] By 1982, it had become known as the "Gay and Lesbian Media Festival and Conference". The name was changed to Outfest in 1994.[2][3]

In September 2016, Outfest held its first traveling film festival in Northampton, Massachusetts at the Academy of Music Theatre.


  • Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival – Eleven days of world-class films, discussions and parties.
  • Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival – Spotlighting the diversity of the LGBT community.
  • Outfest UCLA LegacyProject – The only program in the world dedicated to protecting LGBT films for future generations.
  • Outfest Forward – Developing the next generation of artists and filmmakers through education and mentoring.



Outfest supports youth through education, mentoring and access to meaningful LGBT stories

  • Free memberships to youth age 21 years and younger
  • OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project a Collaboration between Outfest and LifeWorks
  • Emerging Leaders Council


The Outfest Alumni program is committed to the continued support and growth of our filmmakers.

Outie awards[edit]

Outfest gives annual "Outie" awards in 16 categories. Awards are given by grand juries, festival audiences and the Program Committees. Jury awards are given for:

  • US Narrative Feature
  • Screenwriting
  • Actor in a Feature Film
  • Actress in a Feature Film
  • International Feature
  • Documentary Feature

Audience awards are given for:

  • First Narrative Feature
  • Narrative Feature
  • Lesbian Narrative Feature
  • Documentary Feature
  • Narrative Short Film
  • Documentary Short Film
  • Soundtrack

Programs awards are given for:

  • Freedom Award
  • Outstanding Emerging Talent
  • Outstanding Artistic Achievement

Outfest also presents the Outfest Achievement Award, the Outfest Honors, the Outfest Screenwriting Lab Award and the Screen Idol Award.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Our History". UCLA Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Campus Resource Center. UCLA. Retrieved January 30, 2017.
  2. ^ Susan King (July 7, 2011). "Outfest 2011 film festival to open Thursday in Los Angeles". Retrieved March 22, 2012.
  3. ^ Mark Olsen (July 5, 2009). "At Outfest, redefining gay film". Retrieved March 22, 2012.

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