OUTsider is an Austin-based non-profit that celebrates the bold originality and creative nonconformity of the LGBTQI and Ally communities through the presentation of provocative, overlooked and out-of-the-box film, performances, music, writing and visual art. Through its annual festival and conference, OUTsider will bring together queer artists, audiences and scholars from around the globe to exchange ideas, ignite conversations, transcend boundaries and experience new pleasures through artistic discovery.
Core values of OUTsider include:
• Creativity: Showcasing the diversity of talents and boundless imagination of the queer film and arts communities.
• Collaboration: Inspiring conversations and connections between audiences, academics and artists across and in-between mediums.
• Community: Building and developing new forms of queer togetherness through unprecedented and unique festival experiences.
• Cultural Enrichment: Enhancing understandings of queer film and art through dynamic panel discussions, participatory workshops, informal mixers and scholarly presentations.
OUTSIDE THE RULES
OUTsider breaks the traditional one-medium festival model through a multi-arts experience that bridges disciplines and activates the full power and brilliance of LGBTQIA creation and community.
OUTsider rejects the common separation of artistic practice and appreciation through an intertwined festival and conference that encourages generative interactions between artists, scholars and the general public.
WHAT'S IN A NAME?
The name “OUTsider” is a reference to queerness, and specifically the act of refusing shame and living one’s life “out,” including living “out” as an ally of the LGBTQI communities. It also indicates the festival’s commitment to independent film and art: film and art produced outside of mainstream channels. In addition, “OUTsider” expresses our affinity with outsider sensibilities and outsider people: queers who take risks and dare to be different, as well as all marginalized folks who live and think outside the status quo. These various notions of the “OUTsider” inform the festival’s structure and content.
Artists and academics, submit your work now!: bit.ly/OUTsider