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SERIES: Story of My Life

There’s nothing like a movie camera that has the power to transform your own small, personal story into an epic of the heart, mind, and soul. This innovative selection of intimate documentary shorts told on remarkably expansive canvasses takes the lives of three idiosyncratic subjects learning to grow into their own identities – a Soviet teen obsessed with the West, a closeted Instagram influencer, and an Indigenous mumblepunk guitarist – and reminds us that while our similarities as a community bind us together, celebrating our different experiences in recognition make us even stronger.

Little Potato

Wes Hurley, Nathan Miller

Winner of the Audience Award for Outstanding Documentary Short at Outfest Los Angeles 2017 – in addition to 26 other festival accolades from around the world – this queerer-than-fiction documentary tells Wes Hurley’s autobiographical account of growing up gay in the Soviet Union only to escape to America with the help of his mother, a mail-order bride.


Barna Szász, Ellie Wen

In this Outfest Los Angeles 2018 selection, Barna Szász and Ellie Wen turn the camera on an eighteen year old Instagram influencer attempting to reconcile his online persona with his identity IRL.

Jesse Jams

Trevor Anderson

Fresh out of Outfest Fusion 2020, Trevor Anderson takes an unfiltered look at the dizzying highs and lows of an Indigenous young rock musician as they bring their cheeky brand of mumblepunk to the Interstellar Rodeo.

The One Minute Movie Contest

The One Minute Movie Contest is how Outfest discovers new voices and brings them into the Outfest family. Aspiring and established filmmakers alike use their cell phones or cameras to shoot a one-minute short film during Outfest Fusion. Then, an audience of festival attendees votes on the best One Minute Movies of the year. These are some of the breakout films. 

Find out more about the One Minute Movie Contest HERE

The Outbreak

Trent Nakamura

Gen Z

Mo Mcfadden


Andrew Cervantes

The Pop Bible Verses: Fighter

Frank Sanchez

Healing Me

Lauren Neal

How To Water A Sunflower

Joaquín Cariño

The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project

The Outfest UCLA Legacy Project is a collaborative effort bringing together the UCLA Film & Television Archive and Outfest to collect and restore queer film and video.

Harvey Milk speech in Los Angeles (1978)

Pat Rocco

Lesbians (1986)

NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt and activism in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles (1988)

Scenes from: Different from the Others / Anders als die Andern (1919)

Behind Every Good Man (c. 1967)

In the Life: Parting Glances (1986) spotlight

Outfest Conversations

Discover past and present conversations with Outfest filmmakers.

Panel: Crazy Queer Asians

Check out the Outfest Los Angeles Crazy Queer Asian Panel with panelists Nik Dodani (Atypical), Nicky Endres (One Day at a Time), Lauren Moon (Good Trouble), Vincent Rodriguez III (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Insatiable), and Leo Sheng (Adam, The L Word: Generation Q). Panel moderated by Jiavani Linayao (Between Two Ferns).

Circus of Books Watch Party and Live Q&A

Rachel Mason, Barry & Karen Mason, and Alaska Thunderfuck discuss the newly released Netflix documentary Circus of Books. Moderated by Outfest Director of Festival Programming Mike Dougherty.

And Then We Danced Q&A

Outfest Director of Programming Mike Dougherty and lead actors Levan Gelbhakiani and Bachi Valishvili discuss And Then We Danced.

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