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Outfest And NewFest Form Strategic Partnership

Written by: FFT Webmaster | March 27th, 2012

Outfest, the Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing, showcasing and protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media has announced that it is forming a strategic partnership with NewFest, the New York LGBT film festival, with the intent of merging NewFest into Outfest and creating one national arts organization. Outfest, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, will be responsible for programming this year’s edition of NewFest, which will take place July 27 – 30, 2012 at a venue to be announced. Programming decisions will apparently be made in Los Angeles, with a logistical management team to be put in place in New York. NewFest Board Co-President Steve Mendelsohn commented that “Outfest brings a wealth of knowledge and wide-ranging capabilities to NewFest and will enable us to enhance our annual festival and expand our year-round programming. The potential benefit for NewFest and New York’s LGBT film community as a whole is something we’re very excited about.”

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