Olivier Ducastel and Jacques Martineau's comedy Cote D'Azur (aka Crustaces Et Coquillages) and Craig Lucas' psychological thrillerThe Dying Gaul bookendthe 23rd Los Angeles Gay & Lesbian Film Festival Outfest, which runs fromJul 7-18.

Overall 232 narrative and documentary features and shorts from arecord 28 countries will screen at the event, which boasts two centerpieces inthe form of Craig Chester's farce Adam & Steve and Angelina Maccarone's Iranian refugeedrama Unveiled.

Gregg Araki will receive the Outfest Achievement Award during apre-opening night screening ceremony in which the annual Screen idol winnerswill collect their awards.

Panel discussions, a new directors' spotlight and an expandedPlatinum Section dedicated to cutting edge film, video and live performancesare among the anticipated festival highlights.

For more detailsvisit the official website at www.Outfest.org.