MAKE A FILM that is one minute or less!

The One Minute Movie Contest is the most democratic way to discover new voices and bring them into the Outfest family. When the theme is announced, aspiring and established filmmakers alike use their cell phones or cameras to shoot a one-minute short film on the topic. All the submissions are screened at the Fusion Finale Party, followed by audience voting and an announcement of the winners.

Don’t know how to make a film or need some guidance? Take a filmmaking workshop! For more information about workshops click the link below. 



Filmmakers are able to pick one of the categories OR incorporate both into their one-minute film. We encourage you to be creative with the theme!

*As a reminder, this is an LGBTQ film festival and the content or creator should reflect that.


Registration is open online from February 19th – March 9th

To register, please fill out the form by clicking the link below. 

Total submissions for this competition are capped at 50, so register early! After you have registered you will receive detailed instructions on how to submit your film.


  • HYUNDAI EMERGING DIRECTOR AWARD*: This award includes the opportunity to create a :60 spec commercial for Hyundai that features a story from a queer perspective. The Emerging Filmmaker will be mentored by an established Director and Producer who will support & guide them through the creative process. Hyundai will provide the budget, a professional production team, production guidelines and a stipend for the filmmaker. Supplementary application materials are required to apply, as detailed in the registration form.
  • JURY AWARDS $100 CASH PRIZE: for the best BUILDING EMPATHY… film and for the best BREAKING APATHY… film, and the best BUILDING EMPATHY/BREAKING APATHY film 
  • AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD: A 2020 Outfest Producer Level Annual Membership ($800 value)
  • ALL FIVE FILMS will be included in the 2020 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival line-up in July, which grants the director full filmmaker benefits.


Once you register you will receive instructions on how to submit and upload your film for the competition. Submit the high-res .mov file of your film to us by Monday, March 9th, at 12 PM (Noon) Pacific Time. There will be no deadline extensions granted. Submissions must be in the correct format or they will be disqualified.


Come join us on the evening of Tuesday, March 10th as we close out Outfest Fusion 2020 with the Fusion Closing Night Party + One Minute Movie Premieres and Awards, where we will celebrate the closing night of the festival with libations, music, food, and community, screen the one-minute movie contest final projects and select the winners.

Buy your tickets to the Fusion Closing Night Party below and join us as we wrap Outfest Fusion with style and talent like no other!

*NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO PARTICIPATE. Open to participants who are legal residents of the 50 U.S. & D.C., 18+. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Submissions being received between 12:00 a.m. PT on February 27, 2020 and 12:00 p.m. PT on March 9, 2020. Subject to complete Participation Terms available at Promoter: Hyundai Motor America, 10550 Talbert Avenue, Fountain Valley, CA 92708.