Outfest is a Los Angeles-based nonprofit arts organization dedicated to creating, sharing, and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and genderqueer media.

The Outfest Fusion Film Festival was born in 2004 out of a grassroots movement by Outfest alumni filmmakers to promote social change through the power of film. Since then, Fusion has continued to bring the city's multicultural communities together to celebrate LGBTQ people of color and provide a platform to amplify our voices. Every year at Fusion the under-represented QTPOC community is able to see themselves represented on the big screen.

In 2021, Fusion will include a full and robust digital program as well as possible live and in-person events (as regulations allow), featuring thought-provoking films, filmmaking workshops and masterclasses, a one minute movie contest, and industry networking opportunities.

Films should be of interest to the queer and POC communities. We are seeking narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films (features and shorts, as well as series). Upon acceptance, Outfest will provide information on the exhibition format needed. IF THE FILMMAKER CANNOT PROVIDE THE CORRECT FORMAT WITHIN OUR NEEDED TIMEFRAME, THE FILM WILL NOT BE SCREENED.

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission if the completed film will be ready for QC by February 1st, 2021. The screener copy should have a title card that labels it as a “Rough Cut” and specifies what is missing (i.e. temp sound, needs color correction, etc).

By submitting your work to Outfest, you grant to Outfest a non-exclusive license to use an excerpt of your submission, if accepted, of up to two minutes in length, for promotional purposes only in perpetuity.

Still photos from your work are requested with your submission and are required for all films selected for the festival. Good stills make a difference in film placement and press coverage, particularly for short films. Even the shortest short can get press coverage or festival prominence with a captivating still. Stills must be in TIFF or JPEG format and 300dpi (dots per inch).

You are also encouraged to enclose a synopsis, production credits, press information, and other collateral regarding your film.

I have read and agree to the festival submission and participation requirements and certify that I am authorized to submit this film or video to Outfest Fusion. I understand that, in the event this work is selected for the festival, we will retain a physical submission or back-up copy at the UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of Outfest UCLA Legacy Project. I hold Outfest harmless from damage to or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the festival’s possession of the film or video.

Overall Rating
  • Ley Comas

    Really grateful and happy to be part of this film festival. I love everything about it

    June 2021
  • Lanca Li

    One of the BEST LGBTQ & POC film communities in the world! So happy and honored to be part of the OUTFEST family. Met so many amazing artists and the feedback & support received from the audience was unbelievably heartwarming. Thank you thank you thank you!

    May 2021
  • Heather Muriel Nguyen

    I adored every film and online space created by and for QTBIPOC to uplift and encourage each other! The festival coordinators definitely lived out the mission of empowering QTBIPOC creatives.

    April 2021
  • Robin Wang

    Outfest Fusion is awesome! They host a hybrid event of online screening and Drive-in Gala --- both have seen stunning turn out rates. We are honored to be a part of this positive, warm, and welcoming community of staff and filmmakers.

    April 2021
  • Lorena Gordon

    Such an incredible festival. Sheryl and the rest of the staff go above and beyond.

    April 2021