A.’s Outfest LGBT Film Festival programs 10 days of queer screenings, panels and special events, and this year — on its 35th anniversary — the festival is doubling down on its films for, by and about women.
Half of the features being shown at this year's event are directed by women, something Lucy Mukerjee-Brown, the festival's director of programming, said was not only intentional, but necessary.
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“We are thrilled to have achieved gender parity in the festival lineup, especially this year when so many of us are more politically engaged than ever,” she told NBC News.
Outfest's 2017 program features women-focused films for both its U. Centerpiece and International Centerpiece screenings ("Strangers" and "Close Knit," respectively), and the festival will reprise its annual All-Girl Friday on July 14, a full day and night of programming and parties for women.