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For the Philadelphia LGBT street festival, see OutFest Philadelphia.
Location Los Angeles, United States
Founded 1982
Language English
Website outfest.org

Outfest is an LGBT-oriented film showcase and festival in Los Angeles. Founded in 1982 as the "Gay and Lesbian Media Festival and Conference", the name was changed to Outfest in 1994.[1][2] Outfest is the leading organization with a stated mission of promoting equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen.

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




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. ^ Susan King (July 7, 2011). "Outfest 2011 film festival to open Thursday in Los Angeles". Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
  2. ^ Mark Olsen (July 5, 2009). "At Outfest, redefining gay film". Retrieved 2012-03-22. 

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