Outfest records Edit


Finding Aid Author
Kyle Morgan
Finding Aid Date
(c) 2013
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Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.


  • 1986-2011 (Creation)


  • 14 Linear Feet (Whole)
    8 archive boxes + 4 clamshell boxes

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  • 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.

  • 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)

  • Arrangement

    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.

  • Acquisition

    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.


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    Mixed Materials
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