Essential Film Festivals: Outfest, Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Established in 1982 by UCLA students Outfest is a leading organisation for the promotion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender equality. Outfest: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is an annual event held each July. This year the 2014 festival will run from 10 July to 20 July at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles.

The Outfest: Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival’s in 2014 is presented by HBO and film festivals highlights will include: Life Partners, the debut from Susanna Fogel; Appropriate Behavior, the Sundance award-winner by Hong Khaou; The Way He Looks by Daniel Ribeiro; the Vancouver Film Critics Circle winner My Prairie Home; and Space Station 76, an irreverent comedy written and directed by Jack Plotnick.


Film Festival Location

Los Angeles is a top gay travel destination, perhaps even, a gay paradise. Santa Monica Boulevard is home to a vast amount of gay-interest shops and Los Angeles has a great many gay and lesbian bars and clubs.

West Hollywood or WeHo is the region’s gay Mecca and the site for Gay Pride, OutFest, and the Halloween Carnaval. For gay visitors to LA, West Hollywood is not to be missed and is an excellent base for exploring the local area.

Three of the most popular gay bars include Abbey, a large bar with indoor and outdoor areas and multiple bars and named number one gay bar in the world  by Logo; Rage Restaurant and Bar; and Micky’s, recently re-opened and an iconic WeHo club.

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Film Festival Accommodation

O Hotel is an independent boutique hotel housed in a historic 1920s building offering a touch of sophistication. This luxury modern hotel, completely refurbished in 2007 hotel provides stylishly appointed rooms with contemporary design and modern conveniences and a wonderful restaurant: Bar | Kitchen serves fresh American cuisine along with wines, craft beers and cocktails.

Another popular choice is the glamorous Mondrian Los Angeles. This stylish hotel provides individually designed rooms blending style and comfort. Asia de Cuba is one of Los Angeles’ most popular restaurants and serves a unique fusion menu. A more informal experience is offered at ADCB with a choice of innovative sushi.

The Redbury at Hollywood and Vine offers the alternative of guest flats with unsurpassed services and a choice of dining. Cleo serves award winning dining from Executive Chef Daniel Emmaleh. Katsya offers the option of an in-flat dining menu.

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