Outfest Takes A Step Toward a Merger with New York City's NewFest

Los Angeles' LGBT film organization will take programming of the Manhattan-based festival this year.

Outfest, the Los Angeles-based non-profit that programs lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender films, has formed a new partnership with NewFest, New York City’s LGBT film festival. Ultimately, the plan calls for NewFest to merge into Outfest, which would then become a national arts organization.

Outfest, which marks its 30th anniversary this year, will program this year’s edition of NewFest which will take place July 27–30 at a venue to be announced.

Outfest already produces Los Angeles’ LGBT film festival, which this year will run from July 12-23. It also presents year-round programming and has established the Outfest Legacy Project for LGBT Film Preservation with the UCLA Film & Television Archive. 

"Extending the reach of Outfest as a national organization and ensuring that Outfest continues to be a leader in bringing stories of the LGBT community to audiences is a great way to celebrate our 30th anniversary milestone,"  Outfest board co-presidents Jon Larson and Laura Ivey said. “We look forward to working with the team at NewFest on their festival this year and on future initiatives,” Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Outfest, commented.

NewFest Board co-[resident Steve Mendelsohn said, “Outfest brings a wealth of knowledge and wide-ranging capabilities to NewFest and will enable us to enhance our annual festival and expand our year-round programming. The potential benefit for NewFest and New York's LGBT film community as a whole is something we’re very excited about."