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Outfest LGBT film festival collection, 1939-2007, (bulk 1986-2007).
Collection 6
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Outfest LGBT film festival collection, 1939-2007, (bulk 1986-2007)
Outfest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender film festival collection


Outfest (Film Festival)., creator


This collection is comprised of Outfest's library of preview videocassettes and DVDs with titles ranging in dates from 1939 to 2007. The collection includes submitted films, accepted films, exhibition copies of films, excerpts of films, television programs, public service announcements, commercials, music videos and electronic press kits. Due to the fact that the collection contains submitted films, some of the items are in their work-in-progress state. The content of the collection includes, but is not limited to, issues concerning gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and gender variant identities and experiences. The collection consists of 1/2 in. VHS (PAL and NTSC) videocassettes, 1/2 in. Betacam SP videocassettes, 3/4 in. videocassettes, and DVDs.


1986 (issued)


Outfest (Film Festival) -- Archives
Gay and lesbian film festivals -- California -- Los Angeles -- Archival resources


APPOINTMENT REQUIRED FOR VIEWING MATERIALS ONSITE. Inquire at the Archive Research and Study Center for further information (email: arsc@ucla.edu).
Materials predominately in English or contain English subtitles. Some materials are exclusively in the language of country of origin.
Outfest is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build bridges among audiences, filmmakers and the entertainment industry through the exhibition of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender themed films and videos. Having begun as a festival for gay and lesbian film, Outfest has transformed to an organization with multiple programs aimed at serving Los Angeles' diverse communities. In 1982, Outfest was founded on the campus of UCLA as the Gay and Lesbian Media Festival and Conference. Among its founders is Robert Rosen, formally the Director of the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the current Dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. In 1985, the organization changed its name to the Los Angeles International Gay and Lesbian Film/Video Festival, established nonprofit status, and left the UCLA campus. By 1990, the festival grew to include 115 films from 15 countries. In 1994, the event became known as Outfest: The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Following continued success, in 1997, Outfest launched two programs in conjunction with its festival, the Outfest Achievement Awards, created to honor notable figures in queer film, and the Outfest Screenwriting Competition (now known as the Screenwriting Lab), established to provide support to independent queer writers. By 1998, Outfest had grown to become the largest film festival in the Southern California area. In 1999, Outfest Wednesdays was inaugurated in collaboration with the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center as the first and only weekly queer film series. Outfest also produces the Screen Idol Awards, established in 2000 to honor performances in LGBT roles, and Fusion: The Los Angeles LGBT People of Color Film Festival, inaugurated in 2004. Its annual festival, which takes place during the summer and is the largest lesbian and gay arts event in the region, has grown to an attendance of more than 40,000 people, with screenings of over 200 films. While the annual festival takes place at multiple venues within the Los Angeles area, its festival headquarters is located at the Directors Guild of America. In 2005, Outfest launched the Outfest Legacy Project in partnership with the UCLA Film & Television Archive, aimed at preserving and restoring films with LGBT content.
Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Inventory list available. Inquire at the Archive Research and Study Center or refer to the online .pdf version cited in this record.
Gift; Outfest; 2005.
Further accruals are expected.
Some of the titles in this collection are inventoried in the online catalog at the item level and can be brought together using the Collection (SPAC) search: OUT.
35 mm. polyester prsv print. Parting glances. 1986; Outfest print for platter loans; holding described in the online catalog at the item level.
Jim Tushinski collection of Tom Graeff films (Collection 30).
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives collection of film and video (Collection 19).
Paris is burning--production elements (Collection 27).
Pat Rocco collection of gay erotic shorts, home movies, and other material (Collection 24).
Susan Kleckner and Kate Millet collection (Collection 28).
Su Friedrich collection (Collection 29).
Women of vision : eighteen histories in feminist film and video; Documentary film project with interviews conducted by Alexandra Juhasz.
GLAAD trans and intersex media collection (Collection 25).
Outfest LGBT Film Festival Collection at the UCLA Film & Television Archive.
Forms part of: Outfest Legacy Project.


motion picture
Personal/independent films and video.

Physical Description:

approximately 4135 videocassettes, 615 DVDs.




Collection 6



Copyright Note:

APPOINTMENT REQUIRED FOR VIEWING MATERIALS ONSITE. Inquire at the Archive Research and Study Center for further information (email: arsc@ucla.edu).
Copyright has not been assigned to the UCLA Film & Television Archive.

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Outfest Legacy Project