newfestoutfest2013This national arts organization will positively impact the culture of the LGBT community and extend the reach of their programs.

“Extending the reach of Outfest as a national organization and ensuring that Outfest continues to be a leader in bringing stories of the LGBT community to audiences is a great way to celebrate our 30th anniversary milestone,”  Outfest board co-presidents Jon Larson and Laura Ivey said. “We look forward to working with the team at NewFest on their festival this year and on future initiatives,” Kirsten Schaffer, executive director of Outfest, commented.

NewFest Board co-Presidents Steve Mendelsohn and Larry Burnett add, “Outfest brings a wealth of knowledge and wide-ranging capabilities to NewFest and will enable us to enhance our annual festival and expand our year-round programming. The potential benefit for NewFest and New York’s LGBT film community as a whole is something we’re very excited about.”