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2022 Outfest Fusion QTBIPOC Film Festival Opening Night Gala

By Jason Thompson

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Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 4/12/22 – This weekend, Outfest Fusion kicked off their 10-day QTBIPOC with their Opening Night Gala, celebrating individuals of color making an impact in the LGBTQIA+ space, including gala honorees Stephanie Beatriz and Sandra Oh. 

Stephanie Beatriz

Stephanie Beatriz received the Fusion Achievement Award, in recognition of her contributions to LGBTQIA+ storytelling, arts, and media visibility. The award was presented to her by Encanto co-star Wilmer Valderrama and Gloria Calderón Kellett.

Sandra Oh virtually accepted the James Schamus Ally Award, presented by actor Alec Mapa, who received his own Fusion Achievement Award from Oh in 2014. “In these times, I feel we need to examine and question our place in the order of life and take responsibility at every turn,” Oh noted during her speech. “We need to examine the way we can bring our voices, our work, our art, to bring change to the world by opening hearts and minds.”

Gia Gunn

The night was full of red carpet glitz and glamor were guest then moved  into the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center to see the Award presentation and get a taste of some of the films being shown at the festival.

After the presentation guests all moved outdoors to the fun after party to get a much needed drink being it was a rather hot night. Guest mingled and also enjoyed some food while listening to some cool tunes too.

OUTFEST FUSION QTB-IP-OC FILM FESTIVAL. Which stands for (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous and People of Color). The LA based nonprofit organization is dedicated to creating visibility for diverse LGBTQIA+
stories and empowering tomorrow’s artists and storytellers.

The Festival is presented by IMDb Pro and Hyundai.

This year’s festival will feature 7 feature films, 52 short films, 3 episodics, a One-Minute Movie Contest as well as workshops and panels.

The 10-day festival will be held in-person from April 8th to April 13th and online from April 13th to April 17th, and will be open to filmmakers and the general public.

Visit OutfestFusion.com to purchase your tickets.

Photos: Getty Images

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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.