Outfest Online offers festival selections for free

This week, DIRECTV and Outfest announced the launch of Outfest Online, a free streaming platform that gives users nationwide access to more than 60 official shorts, documentaries and features from the Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, past and present.

The app was released on July 9 to coincide with the start of the 2015 festival, and it does not require a satellite or cable subscription. It will run through the end of the year and new entries will be added regularly.

"The films showcased at Outfest Los Angeles increase LGBT visibility; sharing them strengthens understanding, and in turn, creates meaningful change," said Christopher Racster, Outfest's Interim Executive Director. "Outfest is an irreplaceable launch pad making sure that our storytellers are supported and with the help of partners such as DIRECTV, assuring that their work reaches around the world."

You can download the app on Google Play now or on iTunes coming soon, or visit www.outfestonline.com. A full lineup of available films is available on the website.

The 2015 Outfest Film Festival runs through July 19 in various locations around Los Angeles. For more information and for a complete listing of films, log on to www.outfest.org/fest2015