Celebrating its 36th Anniversary, Outfest – the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organisation promoting equality by creating, sharing, and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen – has announced the complete programming lineup for the 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival presented by HBO.
Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival is eleven days of not to be missed world-class films, panels, and parties, and each Summer, screens more than 150 feature and short films to an audience of more than 40,000 people.
The festival will be held July 12-22, 2018, and opens at the Orpheum Theatre with Kino Lorber’s “Studio 54,” Matt Tyrnauer’s vibrantly nostalgic documentary; and closes with FilmRise’s “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” Desiree Akhavan’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner starring Chloë Grace Moretz.
With two thirds of this year’s content directed by women, people of colour, and trans filmmakers, Outfest Los Angeles once again brings together some of the highest quality LGBTQ films in the world.
“I am incredibly proud of all the ways Outfest Los Angeles continues to step onto a larger stage. This year, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences named Outfest as an Academy-Award qualifying film festival for their Short Film Awards. This recognition acknowledges our long history of discovering extraordinary short films, and the talented filmmakers who have used Outfest as a platform to launch their careers”
said Christopher Racster, Outfest Executive Director.
“Providing access to content remains at the heart of what we do as an organization. This year we have worked to ensure that all of our community — and our allies — can access our programming. With that in mind, this year’s festival will be in more of Los Angeles neighborhoods than ever before. We are thrilled to be at new venues for [the] festival including Plaza de la Raza, the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater, the California African American Museum, Regal Cinemas at LA Live, and to be returning to [the] newly renovated Ford Theatres for screenings under the stars.”
The festival features five world premieres, including the deeply felt film from Taiwan, “Bao Bao”; “Bright Colors and Bold Patterns” directed by Michael Urie with a hilarious performance from Drew Droege; Laura Madalinski’s “Two in the Bush: A Love Story” a polyamorous love story; Jamie Patterson’s new feature film “Tucked” about two drag performers connecting across generations; and “Room to Grow” a documentary looking at the lives of queer teenagers today, as well as North American and US Premieres, “Eva & Candela,” “Sodom,” “Canary,” “Cola De Mono,” and “Daddy Issues.”
Outfest Los Angeles’ documentary section shines a light on unsung communities, including Alina Skrzesewska’s “Game Girls” which follows a couple as they struggle to navigate life in Los Angeles’ Skid Row, to the much anticipated SXSW Audience Award-winner “Transmilitary”, about those fighting for an equal chance to service their country.
The proactive experimental film section, Platinum, continues to highlight boundary pushing work with Myyki Blanco and SSION teaming up to create a new short film “No Leash” and a feature documentary by performance artist, Narcissister, in “Narcissister Organ Player.”
The infamous Alchemy Party returns, this year at Navel, with 13 performers, including Dorian Electra, Saturn Rising, and Slather Factory’s Bebe Huxley, and The Uhuruverse, who will stretch your musical imagination.
The 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival will also return to The Ford Theatres. These screenings will kick off on July 18, with a screening of “Bad Reputation,” a documentary about Joan Jett, then Documentary Centerpiece, “When the Beat Drops,” followed by “Postcards from London” and concluding with “Wild Nights with Emily” featuring Molly Shannon.
The Closing Night Gala “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” will screen at The Theatre at Ace Hotel.
“This year, Outfest Los Angeles is marking the shift in the way that society tells and consumes stories, by launching our first dedicated episodic section. With 221 films and 13 TV series, this festival’s lineup is bursting at the seams with the most anticipated queer and trans stories of the year. Notable reoccurring themes in 2018 include escapism and sexual liberation, and we continue to raise the bar in non-fiction storytelling, as we shine a spotlight on unsung LGBTQ communities in our documentary competition”
commented Lucy Mukerjee, Outfest Director of Programming.
Special events include the 2nd Annual Trans Summit, with Oscar-nominated and Emmy Award-winning director and producer, Yance Ford, as the keynote speaker; the Focus On Taiwan event showcasing a collection of Taiwanese films including “Bao Bao” and “Alifu, The Prince/ss”, free screenings of films “Believer,” a documentary from Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds, “They,” a family drama from director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and Showtime’s “Beyond The Opposite Sex”, the long-awaited sequel to groundbreaking film, “The Opposite Sex.”
Lastly, OutSet: The Young Filmmakers Project from Los Angeles LGBT Center and Outfest, will be premiering five new shorts on Sunday, July 22nd. Now in its sixth year, the OutSet program empowers youth ages 16-24 to share their stories though film.
You can see the official trailer for Outfest on Youtube at:
You can see the complete Festival Schedule at:
on the ‘Home‘ page under ‘Film Guide‘.
Tickets and Information:
For tickets (on sale now) and more information visit:
For more information and a complete listing of films in 2018 Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival, log on to outfest.org
Outfest members receive benefits such as free tickets, priority entrance to screenings, or all-access passes. Special ticket packages are also available.
ABOUT OUTFEST: Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the world’s leading organisation promoting equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBT stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBT lives. Over the past three decades, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging film-makers, and protected more than 35,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is eleven days of world-class films, panels, and parties. A complete season schedule, onsite dining options, directions, and parking information can be found at FordTheatres.org.