WHY IT MATTERS
Outfest is the leading organization showcasing, nurturing and preserving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film images and artistry. For 30 years Outfest has led the charge, spotlighting emerging talent, creating community between filmmakers and audiences and offering a world-class forum for stories that reflect and often transform LGBT lives. Our work is part of an ongoing effort to build a vibrant, affirming, and sustainable LGBT community in Southern California and beyond. The power of the images and stories from around the world that we share with local audiences cannot be understated. Our year-round programs contribute to the creation and longevity of an inclusive and culturally nourished LGBT population and a well-educated population of straight allies. Through our programs we are engaged in the lifecycle of film by nurturing emerging artists, showcasing their work and then protecting their films for the future.