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, 1985-2016. 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. "Film Files" refer to specific publicity material, shipping documentation and correspondence between festival programmers and filmmakers and distributors for specific entries to Outfest. Photo series includes publicity stills and film stills for multiple films, arranged alphabetically.
- Outfest (Film festival) (Creator, Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open to researchers. There are no access restrictions.
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.
"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)
58 Linear Feet (50 archive boxes + 8 clamshell boxes)
Language of Materials
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, 1985-2016. 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.
This collection is arranged chronologically by year. Folders containing a multiple year range have been arranged by the latest year.
Some film files are arranged by name alphabetically, for donations where the year when the file was shown at Outfest was not available.
Records gifted from Outfest on March 28, 2011. Additional records donated on May 20, 2016 and on May 9, 2017.
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.
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
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)
Book Fumia, Molly.
Honor Thy Children. Berekley: Conari Press, 1997.
"Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City," 1 white sweatshirt (signed by Maupin).
Collection processed by Kyle Morgan, 2013 and Allison R G Ross, 2017-2018.
Folder titles mostly reflect the original folder labeling.
- Programs, periodicals, catalogs, mass mailings and promotional material from non-LGBT film festivals, studio/distribution companies, merchandise companies, entertainment publications, and other similar organizations. Alphabetical runs of receipt, invoice, and purchase order files.
- Finding aid to the Outfest records, 1985-2016
- Kyle Morgan, revised/updated by Allison R G Ross
- (c) 2013, revised 2018
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Description is in English.
- Processing this collection has been funded by a generous grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.