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LocationLos Angeles, United States

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