You don’t have to be in L.A. to attend Outfest this year—the annual LGBTQ film festival is going virtual.
The programming for this year’s festival includes more than 160 films including 35 world premieres. The titles will be screened virtually along with two weekends of drive-in showings over the course of its 11-day lineup running August 20-30.
The drive-in screenings, “Outfest LA Under the Stars,” will be held for six nights at Malibu’s Calamigos Ranch in two different lots. It will also be the site of the opening and closing night films.
“In this brand new, uncharted territory of digital festivals, we are honored that so many wonderful films have entrusted Outfest LA to be their festival home,” said Mike Dougherty, Outfest director of programming. “I’m incredibly excited that this stunning array of diverse talent—which represents Outfest’s continued mission to showcase the best work from LGBTQIA+ artists—will be more accessible than ever before.”
Some of the notable selections at this year’s fest include The Nowhere Inn, starring musicians Annie Clark and Carrie Brownstein “in a reality-bending twist of Clark’s alt-pop star persona St. Vincent;” along with Travis Fine’s Two Eyes about queer life in the west. Other standout titles include P.S. Burn This Letter Please, Freedia Got A Gun, and Three Chords and a Lie, which follows gay country music artist Brandon Stansell’s return to his conservative hometown. It will also be presented as a drive-in concert.
This year’s lineup features Outfest’s most inclusive and diverse festival in history—with over 70% of films directed by women, trans, and people-of-color filmmakers.
“This year’s film festival is not only a reflection of Outfest’s historic trajectory—mixing innovation with media to cast an ever-widening net of diverse and global stories—it is also a testament to Outfest’s commitment to thrive in a moment in which the future of live events, independent film, and our own rights are threatened,” said Damien S. Navarro, Outfest’s executive director. “We must continue to create opportunities for our LGBTQIA+ storytellers to navigate the tumultuous environment of entertainment, media and communications, year-round.”
A digital all-access pass costs $59.99 and includes a year subscription to Outfest Now, the festival’s new streaming service. A complete film guide can be found on the Outfest 2020 website.