OUTwatch - Who We Are
OUTwatch – Wine Country’s LGBTQI Film Festival, brings to Sonoma County outstanding films that explore the vast diversity of our community and celebrates our unique history. Every year we celebrate Pride with Don’t Blink!, short films for and about all of us; Our annual 3-day OUTwatch Film Festival in October features the best new US-made and Internationally- acclaimed LGBTQI releases. Look for us around Sonoma County as we present OUTwatch pop-up screenings out at the River, in the city of Sonoma and when we present films by, for and about LGBTQI youth in the short film series we call youthQUAKE!.
OUTwatch is powered by volunteers, and we get along with a lot of help from our friends: our Community Partners. Outbeat Radio on KRCB, Santa Rosa Gaydar, LGBTQ Connection and Sonoma County Pride are essential in helping announce OUTwatch events. Greeters, ushers and our famous raffle-wranglers all volunteer their time to make each OUTwatch event run smoothly and make our audience feel welcome.
Sponsors provide the revenue that insures ticket prices remain affordable. Look for Sponsors in the program and check out the services they offer. These businesses offer hard-earned money and support to many LGBTQI efforts and their contributions help make Sonoma County a great place to live. Join us in thanking them.
The OUTwatch Annual LGBTQI Film Festival is proud to call the Rialto Cinemas home. Their welcoming hospitality and great food and drink make it the perfect place to gather before or after a film and to catch up with friends. Look for OUTwatch Special Events at the Rialto throughout the year as we partner to bring more LGBTQI films to Sebastopol.
The OUTwatch family believes the very act of bringing an audience together to watch a film builds community and inhibits the isolation too many experience. It is important for all of us who are part of the LGBTQI Community, as well as the community at large, to see both positive images of ourselves and explore the myriad of challenges we still face.
Thank you for attending!