You might expect that the capital of the world's film industry and one of the leading gay destinations around would host a top-notch gay and lesbian film festival. Indeed, L.A.'s Outfest, now in its 31st year, is one of the best queer film fests on the planet. The two-week celebration of indie gay film takes place throughout West Hollywood in mid-July (July 11 to July 21, in 2013).
The History of Outfest
Outfest was begun in 1982 as a way to promote films by and about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and trangsgenders. It's one of a number of first-rate gay and lesbian film festivals that have become hugely popular around the world, and it's one of two especially prominent ones held in mid-July (the other being the QFest: the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival). Since Outfest started, audiences have been able to see more than 4,500 films. Interestingly, it's the oldest continuously operated film festival in Los Angeles.
Buying Tickets to Outfest
Tickets for most screenings cost $12 (it's $15 for a few major ones). For panels and other events, tickets cost anywhere from $5 to $12. The galas cost $75 to $150 for opening night, $75 for closing night, and from $15 to $50 for the other parties during Outfest. Tickets to all Outfest events are available online at the Outfest Festival Program page