The Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is 11 days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and events celebrating the queer experience.

Since our founding in 1982, Outfest has screened thousands of US and international films for audiences of well over half a million people. Great opportunities await filmmakers at Outfest Los Angeles, the largest film festival of any kind in LA.

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 networking mixers, panels hosted by industry insiders, and one of 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 Prize for Best Documentary Short Film
Grand Jury Prize for Best International Narrative Short Film
Grand Jury Prize for Best US Narrative Short Film
Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, International Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance, International Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Best International Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, US Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance, US Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize 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

Films should be of interest to the queer community. We are seeking narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films (both features and shorts) and episodic content. (Upon acceptance, Outfest will provide exhibition options. IF THE FILMMAKER CANNOT PROVIDE REQUIRED FORMATS, 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 June 1, 2022. Please label the screener “Rough Cut” and specify what is missing (i.e. temp sound, needs color correction, etc).

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

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 to Outfest Los Angeles. I understand that, in the event this work is selected for the festival, Outfest 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.

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Cervantes

    Outfest is one of my favorite festivals and it was an amazing experience to be a part of.

    August 2022
  • Carrie Stett

    Outstanding. Couldn't have asked for a better festival experience. Clear communication, great venue, lots of networking and a wonderful community.

    August 2022
  • While we weren't able to attend the in person festival this year, having out short "Code Switch" in the online programming was more than we could have asked for. A ton of virtual events were available throughout the duration of the festival and friends who went on our behalf had nothing but positive reviews for the entire experience. We will definitely work to play here again in the future. Could not thank the Outfest programming team enough for their support throughout the process.

    August 2022
  • My experience in OutFest was absolutely amazing!
    The festival is full of activities, industry events, parties and more.
    The screening at the Directors Guild of America was perfect in quality and audience reactions.
    It was a truly l Hollywood experience.
    Thank you so much for selecting "Bi The Way" and making my visit unforgettable!

    July 2022
  • Jose Manuel Velez

    I didn't get to go in person to OutFest, but the experience from home was so incredibly satisfying. The team made sure to have many filmmaker and industry events that brought all the "remote" attendees together, so we had a chance to chat and mingle... and I got to watch many amazing films. Very happy to have shared our work with OutFest, and hopeful to join them in person in the future.

    November 2021