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25-May-2015 6:34pm PDT  


Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival

33 Annual: July 09, 2015 to July 19, 2015

  Experimental Shorts


Deadlines & Entry Fees

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 15.00.

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar
...but you can display them in these other currencies:

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
February 9, 2015
Earlybird Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Outfest Member (current Best Boy / Best Girl member or above) 0.00 *

March 9, 2015
Regular Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 35.00 30.00
Outfest Member (current Best Boy / Best Girl member or above) 0.00 *

March 16, 2015
Late Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 45.00 40.00
Outfest Member (current) 0.00 *

March 24, 2015
WAB Extended Deadline
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 55.00 50.00

Approximately 31-May-2015

Shorts: maximum 50 minutes

No requirement for completed by date

Projects may originate from anywhere in the world

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution


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Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Media Files
  .MOV (Quicktime)
Film Gauge

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements
A press kit is requested but not required, including:
> Production Still Photos - Color Print
> Production Still Photos - Black&White Print
> Production Still Photos - Digital

Prizes & Awards
This category is a competition.

Outfest Awards Program
Outfest has the most extensive awards program of any gay and lesbian film festival, bestowing 17 awards for film and video excellence, including the $5,000 HBO Outstanding First Narrative Feature Award.
This prize is shared with other categories.

Category Rules
Submissions for Outfest are automatically considered for NewFest, our partner New York City festival.

Features should be over 50 minutes long. Shorts are under 50 minutes.

• Films and videos should be of interest to people of color and lesbians, gay men, bisexual, queer, intersex and/or transgendered
communities. We are seeking narrative, documentary, experimental and animated films and videos (both features and shorts) in
35mm, 16mm, Digibeta, DCP or HD-Cam. (Upon acceptance, Outfest will provide projection options for the venue in which the film will screen. IF THE FILMMAKER CANNOT PROVIDE THE CORRECT PROJECTION FORMAT, THE FILM WILL NOT BE SCREENED.)

*Outfest now accepts online screeners to be uploaded to Withoutabox for preview screening if you choose to do so.

• DVD (Region 1/North America) will be accepted for preview screening. If your final exhibition format is video, do not submit
your master to us. We are not responsible for any master tapes. Please test consumer-burned DVD on several makes and models of
players before sending it to our offices.

• Preview DVDs must be labeled with the title, running time and contact information (including name, address and phone number).
DVDs must be submitted in 5 1/4” by 7 1/2” plastic safe cases. Please do not use paper labels on DVDs as they can get stuck inside of computers.

• If you originally submit an online screener and your film is selected for the festival, you will be required to submit a DVD copy of your film for press, distributor, and programmer use during the festival in addition to your exhibition copy.

• A completed entry form must be included with every submission. If you are submitting more than one entry, please photocopy and
complete a separate form for each submission.

• Rough cuts and works-in-progress are eligible for submission if an exhibition print or tape will be available by February 3, 2014.
Please label the tape or DVD “Rough Cut” and specify what is missing (i.e. temp sound, needs color correction, etc).

• By submitting your work to Outfest, you grant to Outfest a non-exclusive license to use an excerpt of your submission DVD of up to two minutes in length, for promotional purposes only, including but not limited to Internet and television broadcast.

• Should your work be accepted to the festival, Outfest reserves the right to make dubs of your DVD for internal use only.

• Still photos from your work are requested with your submission and are required for all films and videos selected for the festival.
Good stills make a difference in film placement and press coverage, particularly for shorts. Even the shortest short can get press
coverage or festival prominence with a captivating still. If you email stills to Outfest they must be in TIFF or JPEG format and 300
dpi (dots per inch).

• You are also encouraged to enclose a synopsis, production credits and press information regarding your film or video.

• To receive acknowledgment of receipt of your entry, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope or postcard with your submission.

• Please do not send submissions in fiber-filled envelopes, as the dust damages DVD players.

* Please note that any DVD copies you submit of your film or video will not be returned. They will be retained at the UCLA Film & Television Archive as part of the Outfest UCLA Legacy Project.