Friday, April 3, 2020

The Inaugural OUTstream Film Fest Announces CALL FOR ENTRIES (June 1-7)

Online Film event will celebrate queer cinema and seek to bring all audiences together remotely to enjoy and appreciate those films and provide a connection with filmmakers

Los Angeles, CA (April 2, 2020) — OUTstream Film Fest, which will make its debut June 1-7, 2020, announced its Call for Entries for film submissions. The LGBTQIA+ focused film festival will kick off Pride month amid the COVID-19 crisis offering a selection of films celebrating queer cinema and seeking to bring all audiences together online to enjoy the films, as well as be virtually introduced to the filmmakers. The early deadline for submissions is April 6.

Produced by McArts Consulting, the seven-day virtual film festival featuring queer film, episodic, and short films from all over the world will provide audiences an opportunity to view the programs from any device as well as participate in interactive online Q&As and discussions about the state of queer art, film, and media.

OUTstream Film Fest Co-Founder and Co-Director Ben McCarthy, said, “We have created OUTstream Film Fest to bring people together all across the country, of any sexual identity, to view these films, which we feel will entertain, touch, enlighten, and affect all audiences. Thanks to COVID-19, everyone in the world has received a stark reminder that we are all together and similar in many more ways than we are not. We believe this has the potential to bring people together virtually via this shared event – because art offers a rich opportunity to connect us all.”

McCarthy added, “OUTstream Film Fest could reach people that want to have an understanding about LGBTQIA+ people or appreciation for queer cinema. It’s all about inclusivity. Films are made to tell someone’s unique story and if it’s only being seen by people that have “lived” that story, then it’s not reaching everyone that could legitimately connect with and be touched by that story.”

Audience awards will be announced for Narrative, Documentary, and short films at the conclusion of the film festival. For more information, please go to:


Early Bird: April 6, 2020
Regular: April 26, 2020
Late: May 16, 2020

Film submissions are now open at:

About OUTstream Film Fest
The OUTstream Film Fest is a seven day online on-demand and livestream film festival featuring queer film, episodic, and short films from all over the world. OUTstream Film Fest was created to give audiences everywhere an opportunity to see queer cinema and participate in interactive online Q&As and discussions about the state of queer, art, film, and media.

About McArts Consulting
McArts Consulting represents film festivals and other creative clients across the United States. Led by Ben McCarthy, MFA, McArts Consulting specializes in fundraising and marketing strategies, arts and film programming, box office management, and leadership development. In addition to consulting services, McArts produces cultural events and programs with a focus on building inclusivity among communities.

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