*Outfest2021* Film Festival Delivers the Best in Queer Cinema

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For over 39 years, Outfest LA has showcased the finest in LGBTQIA+ independent film. It’s become one of the world’s most leading festivals and this year at Outfest2021 it will boast 10 days of in-person and virtual entertainment.

Outfest was established in 1992 as an organization that empowers artists and filmmakers as well as supports the entire life-cycle of their career. In one year, Outfest will hold over 300 screenings and panels with over 50,000 employees. You may remember my coverage last year where in lieu of fully in-person events, Outfest mixed virtual screenings with unique drive-in films.

This year the virtual screenings will return as well as a handful of in-person screenings and events. I’ll be keeping you updated along the way so be sure to subscribe to our Twitter (@TheGeekiary) and follow along!

Starting Friday, August 13th and running until Sunday, August 22nd with an exciting line-up! Featuring 49 features, 123 shorts, 13 US premieres, 28 countries represented, 15 foreign language films with 3 international premieres, 43 films about the trans experience and 23 world premieres. The festival will kick off with a special screening of the West End musical smash Everybody’s Talking about Jamie. The film was recently acquired by Amazon who will stream the movie globally September 17th on Prime Video. Several of the stars will be on hand to celebrate.

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During the Outfest2021 festival there will be four centerpiece films including Being BeBe that will include a performance by the queen herself. Another standout will be Bo McGuire’s Southern docudrama Socks on Fire (stay tuned for an interview with the director). Outfest isn’t just for film; there will be episodic features such as Bridesman, Grindr Studio’s first ever series and a sneak peek at Boy Culture the series.

A screening of Fanny: The Right to Rock, a documentary about the first female rock band to release an album with a major label, will close out the Outfest2021 festival with a live performance from the iconic band. Taking place at the historic LA Orpheum theater, this ceremony will also provide honors to outspoken LGBTQIA+ advocates. Elliot Page will receive the Outfest Annual Achievement Award, and Octavia Spencer will receive the Outfest Annual James Schamus Ally Award.

As you can see, it will be an exciting and invigorating week filled with surprises and great independent film. Outfest has a history of promoting queer empathy amongst the public and exhibiting and preserving LGBTQIA+ voices and stories and this year will be no different.

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If you’re not in the LA area, don’t fret! All entries can be found streaming on Outfest OnDemand with a virtual screening pass. There’s even the ability to vote for the winners as you watch. I’ll be profiling a few entries throughout the week so be sure to subscribe and stay tuned to see what’s next in LGBTQIA+ film and TV.

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