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

More than 150 feature and short films, six venues, and attendance of more than 40,000 people make Outfest the largest film festival of any kind in Los Angeles. Since our founding in 1982, Outfest has screened more than 6500 international films for audiences of well over half a million people. Great opportunities await filmmakers at Outfest.

Outfest is the leading queer media arts organization, and its location in the heart of the entertainment industry means more industry executives attend Outfest than any other LGBTQ film festival.

Our Outfest Forward program offers comprehensive services for emerging filmmakers to forge connections in Hollywood. These include:

- Industry Link, a one-on-one industry meeting with an agent, manager, production company executive, entertainment lawyer, or distribution company executive for every director in the festival.

- The Filmmaker Breakfast Series, morning panels hosted by industry insiders, with topics potentially about How to Find Distribution, How to Get Work in Television, How to Get Representation, Casting Your Film, etc.

- Panels, parties, and receptions where filmmakers meet other filmmakers as well as representatives from the industry, other festivals and international LGBTQ media outlets.

- Outfest has the most extensive awards program of any LGBTQ film festival.

Our state-of-the-art venues include the festival headquarters at the Directors Guild of America (DGA) and screenings at the historic Orpheum movie palace and REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater.

Outfest 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.

Awards & Prizes

Short Film Jury Special Mention
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Short Film
Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short Film
Documentary Feature Jury Special Mention
Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature
International Narrative Feature Jury Special Mention
Grand Jury Award for Best International Feature
US Narrative Jury Special Mention
Grand Jury Prize for Screenwriting, US Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Prize for US Narrative Feature

Special Programming Award for Artistic Achievement
Special Programming Award for Emerging Talent
Special Programming Award for Freedom

Audience Award for Best Experimental Short
Audience Award for Best Documentary Short
Audience Award for Best Narrative Short
Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature
Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best First Feature

Rules & Terms

Films and videos should be of interest to the queer community. We are seeking narrative, documentary, experimental, and animated films (both features and shorts) and serial content in 35mm, 16mm, or DCP. (Upon acceptance, Outfest will provide projection options for the venue in which the film will screen. IF THE FILMMAKER CANNOT PROVIDE THE CORRECT PROJECTION FORMAT, 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 12th, 2017. 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, 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.

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 Los Angeles. 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.