July 12 – 22, 2018

Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties. Each summer Outfest Los Angeles screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience more than 40,000 people. Outfest Los Angeles is the oldest film festival in Los Angeles and is considered the preeminent LGBTQ film festival in the world.

2018 Outfest Los Angeles Galas Announced!

The annual festival will open with Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary, Studio 54, featuring interviews with many of the legendary nightclub’s famous patrons, as well as those who worked behind the scenes during its heyday. The Achievement Award Ceremony will take place at the Opening Night Gala at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on July 12, followed by the screening of Studio 54.

Additional gala screenings include: Sundance NEXT Innovator Award winner We the Animals (U.S. Centerpiece), written and directed by Jeremiah Zagar; the sweeping French drama Reinventing Marvin (International Centerpiece), from filmmaker Anne Fontaine; famed choreographer and filmmaker Jamal Sims’ feature debut When the Beat Drops (Documentary Centerpiece) on the Deep South underground dance phenomenon known as “bucking”; and Our Future Ends (Platinum Centerpiece), a multimedia and multidisciplinary satire about near-extinct lemurs living on long-lost Lemuria.

The 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will close on July 22 at The Theatre at the Ace Hotel with Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner, The Miseducation of Cameron Post, an unapologetically bold take on the topic of conversion therapy, starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Jennifer Ehle, Sasha Lane, John Gallagher Jr., and Forrest Goodluck.

The complete lineup for the 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will be announced the first week of June.


Outfest Los Angeles screens at state-of-the-art venues around the city of Los Angeles taking advantage of historic venues and industry exclusive theaters along with the newly remodeled, outdoor Ford Theater and REDCAT: Roy and Edna Disney/CalArts Theater.


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, Huffington Post, and the Independent Film Channel – as well as key local outlets such as the Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, Lesbian News, Edge, XY Magazine, Nightlife, local network news, and as well as online news outlets.

Filmmaker Services

Given its location in the heart of the entertainment industry, more executives attend Outfest Los Angeles than any other LGBTQ film festival. Our Outfest Forward program offers exclusive filmmaker events such as Industry Link and Filmmaker Breakfast Series during the festival. Industry Link gives every director in the festival the opportunity to have a one-on-one industry meeting with an agent, manager, production company executive, entertainment lawyer, or distribution company executive. The Filmmaker Breakfast Series are 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.


Outfest Los Angeles has the most extensive awards program of any LGBTQ film festival. Awards include:
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


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