About Outfest

Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes LGBTQ equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBTQ lives. Over the past three decades Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBTQ films and videos. Outfest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

Inspires Storytellers

Outfest develops the next generation of filmmakers and storytellers.

Builds Community

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

Promotes Equality

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

Changes Lives

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



Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival

Showcasing the best LGBTQ stories from around the world.

Outfest Fusion LGBTQ People of Color Film Festival

Spotlighting the diversity of the LGBTQ community.

Outfest UCLA Legacy Project

The only program in the world dedicated to protecting LGBTQ films for future generations.

Outfest Forward

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



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

  • Free memberships to people 21 and under
  • OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest
  • Emerging Leaders Council
  • Contact our Membership Department or call 213-480-7066 to learn more