The Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is ten 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 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 July 15th, 2021. 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
  • Jose Alfredo & Coker Jones Garcia

    Best film festival I have ever attended and loved how our little short film was received. Great venues and great communication!!! Bar None!!!!

    September 2021
  • Gatopardo Filmes

    OUTFEST LA is one of the best LGBTQ film festivals in the world. We had an amazing opportunity to be part of it in 2021 with our short Unliveable. Thank you to everyone who made this festival possible in such a difficult year. Hope to attend in person next time.

    August 2021
  • David Quantic

    I've been in Outfest more than any other festival and, even with a pandemic, they still go out of their way to help filmmakers make the most of their festival experience with mixer functions and industry panels and, of course, stellar programming. Thanks again, Outfest!

    August 2021
  • Sally Rubin

    INCREDIBLE festival, so well run and featuring top notch films. Could not recommend more highly!!

    August 2021
  • This festival is fantastic film festival. It's a filmmaker-oriented festival that is organized, professional, and artful. Although it is special moment to have the screening, they still tried the best to give us amazing show and projection was done with great care.
    Thanks for having us with our short "Cocoon Love"! I am so sad that I could not be there to join the opening show and gorgeous ADG theater screening, I still could join the extremely helpful zoom meeting, the kind that make the trip worth it. The staff was amazing. Welcoming, great communication, super accommodating. There's always something going on and the connection with the local culture makes it feel like it has its own identity, while I hope to be back soon! And no one wants to miss it. Highly recommended!

    August 2021