SHALL I STREAM IT: Outfest 2023 Preview: What to Expect at this Year’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival
July 12, 2023
The 41st Outfest Los Angeles LGBTQ+ Festival will take place from July 13th-23rd, highlighting films and episodic titles from a diverse lineup of queer storytellers. Shall I Stream It? will be virtually covering the 11-day event, reviewing some of the movies, documentaries, and shorts.
Here is some of what you can expect from this year’s festival.
What is Outfest?
The annual queer film festival was first held in Los Angeles in 1982. Their parent organization now hosts two film festivals (the other being the Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival), mentoring programs for LGBTQ+ filmmakers, and the Outfest Legacy Awards.
This year’s fest offers activities and screenings both in-person at various venues in LA (with the headquarters being the Director's Guild of America in West Hollywood) as well as virtually through their website. Individual General Admission tickets are $16 and centerpiece screenings are $20, while virtual screenings cost $10. The organization also offers free and subsidized passes for those facing financial barriers.
Otherwise you can get a pass to all virtual screenings for $150 or the “Real Queer Cinema Package” for in-person showings for $350.
The opening night gala on Thursday, July 13th will feature a screening of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, a queer coming-of-age story that’s based on a young-adult novel of the same name and produced by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Andrew Ahn, the filmmaker behind movies such as Fire Island and Driveways will be presented with the Outfest Achievement Award.