Outfest, the Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, kicks off this Thursday with their opening night Gala at the Orpheum Theatre and continues for 2 weekends up until the closing night Gala on Sunday, July 17th at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Outfest, originally known as The Gay and Lesbian Media Coalition of Los Angeles, was started in 1981 by a group of UCLA film students who wanted to screen LGBT films on campus. UCLA's administration was not thrilled about the idea of using campus funds for such an event, but with the help of out UCLA Film & Archives Director Robert Rosen, the festival was born.
Today Outfest is so much more than the film festival, which will showcase 162 films from 19 countries. Watch the video below to see a taste of what's in store for the festival and then read on to see why Outfest is so much more.