Outfest Los Angeles begins this week (July 12th) and is one of the most important and largest LGBTQ film fests in the world. Outfest was founded in 1982 and has been supporting LGBTQ films and filmmakers for nearly forty years. The fest lasts for ten days and features content from all over the world from shorts to documentaries to full-length films. You can attend individual films or buy ticket packs to see multiple projects, all the while supporting the community, LGBTQ stories and artists. Here are some recommendations for films at this year’s Outfest that feature lesbian, bi, and queer women.
(I’ve included all trailers that were SFW, otherwise you’ll just see a picture.)
Anchor and Hope : Eva (Oona Chaplin) and Kat (Natalie Tena) live a carefree life on their London houseboat, but Eva wants more: she wants a child. When Kat’s best friend arrives from Barcelona, he offers to donate his sperm so they can start a family. Eva is instantly on board but Kat’s not sure how a child will fit into their bohemian lifestyle.
Eva & Candela (¿Cómo Te Llamas?): A director and actress start a passionate relationship while on set, but as time goes on, they find their connection has become more conventional.
Montana: This film out of Israel stars Noa Biron as Efi, a woman who returns home to attend her grandfather’s funeral and finds not much has changed in the town where she grew up. She does however find love with a local teacher, even as her duplicitous family plots against her.
Porcupine Lake: In this sweet coming of age tale by Ingrid Veninger, a teenage girl in Northern Canada makes a new friend and a first love at the same time.
Wild Nights with Emily: This Molly Shannon-led comedy wonders what may have happened between poet Emily Dickinson, and her brother’s wife, Susan (Susan Ziegler). Foxy Merkins director Madeleine Olnek is at the helm of this highly anticipated and well-reviewed film.
The Miseducation of Cameron Post: This film directed by Desiree Akhavan and based on the bestselling novel by Emily Danforth is the closing night gala picture, so tickets are more expensive but you are getting a ticket to the awards ceremony and more. Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) is a young lesbian in the 90s who is sent away to gay conversion camp by her ultra-religious aunt. There she bonds with Jane (Sasha Lane) and Adam (Forrest Goodluck) and even discovers who she truly is in spite of the camp’s efforts.
Bad Reputation: If you love rock goddess Joan Jett, you won’t want to miss this documentary filled with interviews with Miley Cyrus, Kristen Stewart, Laura Jane Grace and more. Expect a rocking good time.
Shakedown: Step inside the world of LA’s African-American lesbian club scene with director Leilah Weinraub, and meet the movers and shakers within it.
Dykes, Camera, Action!: Legends in the lesbian, bi and queer film world come together for this documentary about making movies. There are interviews with directors and creators Rose Troche, Desiree Akhavan, and Cheryl Dunye just to name a few. Learn what goes on behind the scenes of lesbian cinema.
Game Girls: In this intimate documentary directed by Alina Skrzezewska, we meet and follow couple Teri and Tiahana as they try to find a way off the streets and into a new life together.
TransMilitary: This acclaimed doc by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson tackles a world post-DOMA, where military service members are still fighting for their lives and their careers in the wake of the transgender military ban.
Queeroes: This short film collection is curated by Jill Soloway (Transparent), Lena Waithe (The Chi, Master of None), and Tanya Saracho (VIDA) so yo know it’s going to be fabulous. Celebrate queer, trans, and POC storytelling with three special shorts.
Born this Way Again: This shorts program looks into the world of LGBTQ persons and religion, from Orthodox Jewish teen girls coming of age in summer camp, to a young Christian woman hiding her relationship from her family.
Silver Shorts: Celebrate our older LGBTQ community with these shorts about love, forgiveness, and living life authentically.