Even in 2018, it can be hard to find significant queer storylines portrayed in mainstream movies. That’s why film festivals like Los Angeles’ LGBTQ-oriented Outfest have garnered a significant following, thanks to their efforts to portray nuanced stories about modern-day queerness.
It’s a lot easier to find those queer storylines now: Partnering with Outfest, Amazon Prime Video announced that it has acquired 58 feature-length films from the world-renowned festival and has made them available for streaming.
Among the new titles added to Amazon are fan favorites G.B.F. and Howl, along with a number of smaller, critically acclaimed films like The Gymnast, Loving Annabelle and Open. Six more titles from Outfest will be added to the streaming service in the coming weeks.
Outfest’s is simply the latest film festival roster to be added to Prime Video Direct, joining the likes of the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, SXSW, the Toronto International Film Festival and more. Prime Video Direct is an Amazon program that allows indie filmmakers to self-publish their films on Amazon Prime Video in order to earn royalties based on hours streamed by Prime customers.
“These are challenging times for many and reports of violence against LGBTQ citizens are on the rise,” Christopher Racster, Outfest’s executive director, told Variety. “I still believe, though, in the power of our stories to change that narrative. … It is a relationship like this with Prime Video Direct that will carry our stories across the widest network and reach the most individuals.”
Check out the full list of films added to Amazon Prime Video here.