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Inspires Storytellers

Outfest develops the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers.


Builds Community

Outfest connects diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives.


Promotes Equality

Outfest uses the power of movies to promote acceptance and equality for all LGBT people.


Changes Lives

Outfest ensures that stories of LGBT people are created, shared and protected.



Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival
Showcasing the best LGBT stories from around the world.

Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival
Spotlighting the diversity of the LGBT community.

Outfest UCLA Legacy Project
The only program in the world dedicated to protecting LGBT films for future generations.

Outfest Forward
Developing the next generation of artists and filmmakers through education and mentoring.

  • Outfest Screenwriting Lab
    Dynamic three-day, mentor led workshop for emerging writers.
  • OutSet
    The Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest. A unique educational opportunity that empowers LGBT youth to tell their stories through film.
  • InFusion
    A symposium led by industry professionals for emerging writers, directors and producers focused on LGBT people of color.
  • Fusion Lab
    A month long pop-up style micro-cinema and media lab.
  • Industry Link
    Opportunities for festival filmmakers to have one-on-one networking meetings with industry professionals.
  • HBO Breakfast Series
    Series of panel discussions for festival filmmakers to expand artistic and professional knowledge.


Outfest supports youth through education, mentoring and access to meaningful LGBT stories.

  • Free memberships to people 21 and under
  • OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest
  • Emerging Leaders Council

The Outfest Alumni Program helps filmmakers create a path to professional stability and broader audience awareness of their work.