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  • Language of Material: English
    Contributing Institution: ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California
    Title: Outfest records
    creator: Outfest (Film Festival)
    Identifier/Call Number: Coll2012-174
    Physical Description: 14 Linear Feet 8 archive boxes + 4 clamshell boxes
    Date (inclusive): 1986-2011
    Abstract: The collection documents the board, staff, and committee activities; event planning and operations; outreach, marketing, and merchandising; fundraising; volunteer operations; financial management; collaborations; and general administration for Outfest, the Los Angeles lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender film festival, 1986-2011. Over the three decades from its founding in 1982, Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers, and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos.
    Container: 1

    Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder #, or item name] Outfest Records, Coll2012-174, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, USC Libraries, University of Southern California.

    Scope and Contents

    The collection documents the board, staff, and committee activities; event planning and operations; outreach, marketing, and merchandising; fundraising; volunteer operations; financial management; collaborations; and general administration for Outfest, the Los Angeles gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender film festival, 1986-2011. The records document the opening night galas, launch parties, closing awards ceremonies, special film screenings, VIP parties, volunteer parties, Legacy Awards, Director's Guild of America events, Vito Russo Winter Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, fall mini-fests, silent auctions, rummage sales, and offsite parties managed by Outfest. The collection also includes records regarding Outfest California, Outfest Village, and Outfest's participation in local pride festivals and parades, film festivals in various cities, and local events such as the Dinah Shore Weekend and Sunset Junction Street Fair. Venue records include the Orpheum Theatre, Ford Amphitheatre, Los Angeles Theatre, Egyptian Theatre, Pacific Design Center, Director's Guild of America, and 18th Street Arts Center among others.
    Meeting records include those of the staff, senior staff, managers, board, board retreat, development committee, fundraising committee, hospitality committee, marketing (and outreach) committee, nominating committee, and silent auction committee. The collection includes correspondence, photographs, fliers, brochures, pamphlets, advertisements, programs, budgets, balance sheets, audience surveys, manuals, grant applications, daily transaction and sales records and reports, venue and vendor contracts, merchandising and rental agreements, vendor and contractor bids, insurance agreements, job descriptions, travel and hotel records, shipping invoices, maps and schematics, clippings, event tickets, ticketing agreements, catering and alcoholic beverage agreements and licenses, website records, calendars, and event badges. The "Administration, general" listings refer to records found loose or unlabeled and may contain any of the records cited above, including the event programs.

    Related Materials

    Scott Giantvalley Papers, Coll2012-117, ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives, Los Angeles, California

    Separated Materials

    Film Festival Programs
    AFI Los Angeles International Film Festival, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003
    Biennial Festival of Film, Video and New Media, 2004
    Chicago International Children's Film Festival, 1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
    The Chicago Lesbian and Gay International Film Festival, 2006
    Febio Fest, 2006
    Festival Internacional de Cine de Mar del Plata, 2002
    Festival Internacional de Cine Expresion en Corto, 2007
    Festival Internacional de Cine gay/lesbo/trans de bilbao (Zinegoak), 2007
    Festival Internacional de Cinema, Setubal, Portugal (Festroia), 2004
    Festival Internazionale di Cinema Gaylesbico e Queer Culture, 2006, 2007
    Film Independent's LA Film Festival, 2007
    Goteborg Film Festival, 2004
    Hamburg International Short Film Festival, 2006
    Hollywood Film Festival, 1997
    IFP/West Los Angeles Film Festival, 2001, 2002, 2003
    Image + Nation, le Festival International de Cinema Gai + Lesbien (LGBT) de Montreal, 2000, 2003, 2006
    Inside Out, Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, 2002
    Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin, 2007, 2008
    L.A. Shorts Fest, 1998
    Lesbisch-schwule Filmtage Karlsruhe, 2006
    Lisbon Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2007
    London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 1997, 1999, 2001
    Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film & Video Festival, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002
    Los Angeles Conservancy Presents 14th Last Remaining Seats, 2000
    Los Angeles Film Festival, 2005
    Los Angeles Independent Film Festival, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
    Made in Germany, Festival of German Cinema, Los Angeles, 2000
    Mqff [Melbourne Queer Film Festival], 2007
    Mezipatra Czech Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, 2005
    Mix Brasil Festival of Sexual Diversity, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006
    New York Lesbian & Gay Experimental Film/Video Festival, 2000
    New York Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 1997
    Out Takes Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002
    Pan African Film & Arts Festival, Los Angeles, 2002, 2005
    Pink Apple, Schwullesbisches Filmfestival, 2006
    Philadelphia Fringe Festival, 2000
    Queer Film Festival (Das Schwul-Lebische Filmfest Bremen), 2006, 2007
    San Diego Film Festival, 2002
    Seattle International Film Festival, 2006, 2007
    Seattle Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2002, 2003
    Silver Lake Film Festival, 2000
    Swedish Films in Berlin, 2003
    Sydney Film Festival, 2006
    Verzaubert Internatinoales Queer Film Festival, 2006
    Arab Film Distribution, Institutional Catalog 2005
    Big Screen Movie, 2002 Rental Catalog
    British Films Catalogue, 1997, 2006
    Cine Argentina, 2003-2004
    Criterion Pictures, Winter 2001
    Filmakers Library, 2007-2008
    First Run Features, New Gay & Lesbian Cinema, circa 1998
    German Documentaries, German Documentary Association, 2004
    Hollywood Classics, Domestic Catalog, 1998
    Ishtar Films, undated
    New Films, 2003-2004
    New Yorker Films, 2007
    Strand Releasing, 1998-1999
    Swiss Films, 2001, 2007 (European Film Market)
    Water Bearer Films, 1998-1999
    Advocate, no.732, April 29, 1997.
    At the Skirball, November/December 2002.
    At the Village, L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, March, April 2000.
    Entertainment Weekly, no.460, November 27, 1998.
    MAIN, Media Arts Information Network, July/August 1994.
    Swerv, Spring 2009.
    Event Programs
    1997 Sydney Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras
    Christopher Street West Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Pride Celebration, 1995, 1996, 1997
    Power Up, 2003 Power Premiere
    Summer Nights at the Ford, 1998, 1999
    Grant Publications
    Arts Organization Stabilization Initiative (AOSI), 1992.
    California Arts Council, 1991, 1993.
    California Community Foundation, 1994 Yearbook.
    City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, 1994-95 Cultural Grants, Organization Program.
    The Estate Project for Artists with AIDS Report, Alliance for the Arts, 2002.
    Publications and Ephemera
    Cohen, Kalil. Falling into History. Reel Boi Productions, 2007
    "Outfest: I like to watch" (magnet)


    This collection is arranged chronologically by year. Folders containing a multiple year range have been arranged by the latest year.

    Processing Information

    Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013.
    Folder titles mostly reflect the original folder labeling.


    Records gifted from Outfest on March 28, 2011.

    Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.

    Administrative History

    "Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes LGBT 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 filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBT films and videos. Outfest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, [who's mission is to] protect our past, showcase our present and nurture our future by fostering artistic expression of gender, sexuality and LGBT cultures and its transformative social impact on the world."
    Source: "About Outfest" http://www.outfest.org/about/ (accessed February 11, 2013)

    Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the ONE Archivist. Permission for publication is given on behalf of ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives at USC Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Homosexuality in motion pictures
    Bisexuality in motion pictures
    Transgender people in motion pictures
    Lesbians in motion pictures
    Gays in motion pictures
    Gay and lesbian film festivals
    Outfest (Film Festival)