- Dates: July 11 - July 21, 2013
- Website: www.outfest.org/outfest/
As Southern California's largest film festival, and one of the largest LGBT fests in the U.S., Outfest has certainly made a name for itself, and has managed to forge impressive ties with Hollywood's Pink Mafia, as is evident by its long standing tradition of splashy openings, traditionally attended by gay and non-gay actors, directors, and other prominent Hollywood industry. The festival typically showcases the latest in a wide spectrum of LGBT film, and has a strong reputation with the LGBT community in Los Angeles, who typically come out in droves during the July fest. In addition to its downtown LA opener, the festival hosts screenings at LA's Directors Guild of America building, which is about as centrally located as you can get between the sprawling city's East and West Sides. The theaters are nice, and the building provides the festival with a hub for audience members to socialize between screenings. Outfest also hosts special screenings in Hollywood's outdoor John Anson Ford Amphitheater. In the past, Outfest used to host some pretty decadent parties, though that aspect has, unfortunately, been a bit tamed down in recent years. Outfest also supplements its annual festival with additional year-round programming, which in the past has included a weekly LGBT screening series, Outfest Wednesdays (temporarily on hiatus due to budgetary constraints); Fusion: The Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival, which takes place in March; and other special events for its festival members. Working with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, Outfest also champions the preservation and restoration of LGBT film through the Outfest Legacy Project. Among the landmark films that the Legacy Project has restored are "Parting Glances" and "Word is Out."