Perhaps the most enduringly iconic image of Los Angeles is the 45-foot tall, blizzard-white banner that stretches across a small swatch of the Santa Monica Mountains:  the Hollywood sign (formerly, of course, Hollywoodland).

Indeed, Los Angeles and The Movies are inextricably linked; it’s hard to imagine one existing without the other. And right now, throughout the City of Angels (or, if you prefer, “of Stars”), you can experience a rich film legacy that often exists just outside the spotlight.

Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival is a film and video festival founded in 1982 as an initiative to create, promote, share, and protect LGBTQ+ stories on screen, in Southern California and beyond. Since its inception, over the past three decades, thousands of films from thousands of artists from around the world have been showcased in Los Angeles movie houses, engulfing and educating diverse audiences in vibrant, life-affirming world-class cinema.

Now in it’s 35th year, the festival is anything but jaded. In fact, its eleven day schedule of short and feature films, discussion panels, and gala parties is considered to be the preeminent LGBTQ+ arts and entertainment event in the world  this is Hollywood, after all. In addition to the summer film festival, the Outfest organization is dedicated to curating arts and culture programming year-round. Its annual initiatives include:  Outfest Fusion LGBT People of Color Film Festival in the spring; Outfest UCLA Legacy project, the largest publicly-accessible archive of LGBT films in the world; and Outfest Forward, a series of labs and workshops established to forge connections between emerging artists and established entertainment industry professionals.

For a complete schedule of this year’s Outfest screenings and events — held throughout West Hollywood and Downtown (#DTLA #MoveToDTLA)  click here.