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Apply for the OutSet Program

OutSet is the Young Filmmakers Project from LifeWorks and Outfest, a filmmaking workshop for LGBTQ young people between the ages of 16-24. Created in 2011 to create a safe space for LBGTQ young people to tell their stories and learn the skills to bring them to life in the form of a short film, 15 fellows are selected each Fall to participate and make five short films. Each fellow participates as a writer, producer or director in teams of three, paired with mentors who are professional filmmakers. The classes take place once a week and are taught by industry professionals.

Many of our alumni fellows have gone on to work in the entertainment industry or apply for film school based on their experience in OutSet.

The deadline to apply is October 19, 2014.

Deanna Leonard – Outfest Mom

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there! Meet Deanna Leonard – a proud parent and one of our beloved Outfest community members.

Best thing about being a mom:
Having people who are gung ho about your ideas (for now at least) LOL. Their imaginations are open and it’s great to watch them xperience something for the first time and see their eyes light up because they have accomplished something.

Biggest challenge as a parent:
Knowing when to let go. I always hope my kids do the right thing, that the lessons I’m teaching them are hitting home, and they become the best version of themselves. However, I can’t follow them and nag them throughout life. I have to hold my breath, know that I did my best, and watch them grow.

What is the best advice you’ve received about motherhood?
The days are long but the years are short; AND there is no such thing as supermom!

Deanna Leonard is an alumna of the OutSet program. She produced The First Date, a short film about the perils of dating, which debuted at Outfest Fusion Film Festival 2012, and continues to screen at many of this year’s festivals including The Iris Prize Film Festival, New Fest Film Festival, Long Beach Q Fest, and Immaginaria Int’l Women’s Festival in Italy. The First Date has won the OutFest Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Short. In addition to creating films that make you laugh, Deanna’s main goal is to create content that works towards the betterment of society.