Firstness Firstness

OutFest Los Angeles returned in 2021 with a blended programme of in-person events and online screenings, bringing you some of the best of LGBTQ+ cinema from all over the world.

View Films by Strand:

View previous years coverage of the Outfest Los Angeles festival:

OutfestLA Latest Reviews

Everybody's Talking About Jamie
Everybody's Talking About Jamie
A teenager overcomes prejudice to fulfil his ambition of becoming a drag queen.
Knocking
Knocking
When Molly moves into her new apartment after a tragic accident, a strange noise from upstairs begins to unnerve her. As its intensity grows, she confronts her neighbours – but no one seems to hear what she is hearing.
We Need To Do Something
We Need To Do Something
Trapped inside their bathroom for days after a tornado ravages their home, a family of four struggles to keep their composure. That’s nothing, however, compared to what’s coming for them beyond the bathroom’s walls.
Potato Dreams Of America
Potato Dreams Of America
A true story about a gay boy growing up in the collapsing USSR, his courageous mail-order bride mother, and their adventurous escape to Seattle in the Nineties.
Firstness
Firstness
A maladjusted dad is trying to heal in an experimental therapy group called Infinite Beginnings. Meanwhile, his non-binary kid is getting close with an older man. Their relationship feels both dreamy and concerning-depending on who is watching.
Leading Ladies
Leading Ladies
A reflection on how different perspectives and memories affect one group of queer women.
A Distant Place
A Distant Place
A man who has retreated to the countryside find his delicate balance upset by the visit of an old friend.
Ma Belle, My Beauty
Ma Belle, My Beauty
A surprise reunion in southern France reignites passions and jealousies between two women who were formerly polyamorous lovers.
See You Then
See You Then
A decade after abruptly breaking up with Naomi, Kris invites her to dinner to catch-up on their complicated lives, relationships, and Kris’ transition.
Sweetheart
Sweetheart
A socially awkward, environmentally conscious teenager is dragged to a coastal holiday park by her painfully family, where she becomes unexpectedly captivated by a chlorine smelling, sun-loving lifeguard.
A-Z of Outfest Los Angeles 2021 reviews >>>

Outfest Los Angeles Features

At close quarters
Sierra McCormick on pandemic filmmaking and We Need To Do Something
First contact
Brielle Brilliant on forming connections, becoming more free, and Firstness
Five must-see films at OutFest LA
LGBTQ+ films breaking the mould
Three's company
Marion Hill on queer identity, polyamory and Ma Belle, My Beauty
A natural thing
Park Kun-young on A Distant Place and the ongoing struggle for acceptance in South Korea
Between two women
Mari Walker, Pooya Mohseni and Lynn Chen discuss getting real in See You Then
News

Streaming Spotlight - Toronto winners This week we're looking at films that took home People's Choice accolades

Cage - the perfect saviour Debut director on how he landed the Con Air star to partner a pig

Depp stays the eternal outsider Pirates star on Tim Burton, French connections and Hollywood

More news and features

Playing Now

Eye For Film continues to support festivals both locally and across the world. At the moment, we're covering:

San Sebastian Film Festival
Spain's premier film festival

Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Deauville Festival of American Cinema
France's premier celebration of US film

Venice Film Festival
Premier Italian showcase of new films

FrightFest
The UK's premier horror film festival

In the Archive


Archive of festival coverage.

Daily diary and reviews from 2005-2018.

Coverage of the lynchpin German festival.