Please note: Festival dates for 2023 are currently tentative.

The Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Film Festival celebrates the queer experience with not-to-be-missed world-class films, panels, and events.

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 LGBTQIA+ film festival.

Our industry 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 LGBTQIA+ film festival.

GRAND JURY AWARDS
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary Short Film
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding International Narrative Short Film
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding US Narrative Short Film
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, International Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance, International Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding International Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, US Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding Performance, US Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for Outstanding US Narrative Feature

PROGRAMMING AWARDS
Special Programming Award for Social Impact
Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent
Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement

AUDIENCE AWARDS
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 LGBTQIA+ community. We are seeking narrative, documentary, experimental, music video, animated films and episodic content.

Upon acceptance, Outfest will provide exhibition options. We will likely require a DCP for in-person screenings. IF THE FILMMAKER CANNOT PROVIDE REQUIRED FORMATS, THE FILM WILL NOT BE SCREENED. Outfest is committed to providing proactive assistance to accommodate individuals with disabilities. We request that all selected films have an accompanying caption file (or hard coded open captions). Availability of audio description is welcome.

Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission if the exhibition copy of the completed film will be ready for QC by June 15, 2023. Please include a “Rough Cut” card in the beginning of your screener, 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.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
FEATURE FILMS
- Feature-length films are 40 minutes or longer
- Narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films accepted
- Must be a Los Angeles premiere; cannot have shown publicly or at a festival in the LA-area prior to Outfest Los Angeles
- Feature films that have had commercial theatrical, television, or internet exhibition or distribution in the US are ineligible

SHORT FILMS
- Short films are under 40 minutes
- Narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental films accepted
- No premiere requirement; however, we greatly prefer Los Angeles premieres
- If accepted, we ask that short films available online in their entirety be taken down until after their screening(s) at Outfest Los Angeles

EPISODICS
- Episodic content created for broadcast television and/or streaming, including pilots
- Narrative, documentary, animated, and experimental content welcomed
- Submitted episodes cannot have aired publicly or be available to watch online in their entirety

MUSIC VIDEOS/PERFORMANCE
- No premiere requirement; however, we greatly prefer Los Angeles premieres
- If accepted, we ask that short films available online in their entirety be taken down until after their screening(s) at Outfest Los Angeles

CERTIFICATION
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.

DEMOGRAPHIC DATA COLLECTION
To help Outfest track our outreach and identify opportunities for us to improve our impact, we appreciate your participation in a short demographic survey. This information is confidential and your answer will not affect your advancement in our selection process. Survey data will help us identify gaps in support and secure funding for future projects.

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  • Jake McClellan

    Outfest and their team were incredible when our short was selected in 2021 & when we brought our full feature/live pre-show performance in 2022. Of course they are curating some of the most incredible queer media in the industry but the overall experience of the festival is to match. A supportive fun atmosphere.

    December 2022
  • 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