Outfest 2014Getting your film seen on a big screen seems harder and harder to do, but it's clear that film festivals still play a major role in the preservation of the theatrical experience. The Los Angeles-based Outfest is one of the most prestigious LGBT film festivals in the world, and to celebrate their 32nd year they are trying something new: a series of interviews with the filmmakers talking about their stories and some of the challenges of making them come to life.

When Outfest asked me to conduct some interviews with some of the filmmakers I happily obliged, and what followed was a full day of interesting conversations with a wide variety of filmmakers. The list of films playing the festival is extensive, but check out what some of these filmmakers had to say as they wrestled with questions about why and how they approached their films:

52 Tuesdays with Sophie Hyde:

Crazy Bitches with Jane Clark:

BFFs with Andrew Putschoegl:

Outfest’s Director of Programming Kristin Pepe had this to say about the festival this year:

In the year following spectacular LGBT civil rights advances across the country, the dynamic and fresh slate of 2014 NewFest films decisively demonstrates that artists and storytellers lead the charge in creating social change.

Alec Mapa: Baby Daddy with Andrea James:

Lady Valor: The Kirstin Beck Story with Sandrine Orabona and Mark Herzog:

Club King with Jon Bush:

Are any of you looking forward to these films? Post your thoughts and comments below.

Outfest begins this Thursday, July 10th in Los Angeles.

Link: Outfest