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Industry Initiatives

Industry Initiatives

Inside Out is committed to supporting LGBTQ filmmakers and film professionals through our Industry Initiatives. Each year, the festival presents an Industry Series featuring professional development sessions, panel conversations, and focused networking opportunities.


Inside Out Film Financing Forum 2018

The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, one of the largest LGBT-focused film festivals in North America, has selected the 8 feature film projects for the second annual Finance Forum at this year’s festival along with the international industry executives. For the first time, the forum will welcome international projects from the USA, the UK and India. The announcement was made today by Inside Out’s executive director Andria Wilson.

After a highly successful inaugural forum at last year’s festival, the event has been expanded to a two-day event designed to address the specific needs of producers of LGBTQ content. The industry initiative, supported by the OMDC and CMPA, will provide LGBTQ-identified producers and/or producers creating LGBTQ content an opportunity to pitch their projects directly to top decision makers. All participating executives will be taking one-on-one meetings with each of the creative teams about their projects. Being the first LGBTQ finance forum of its kind in the world, the festival is quickly becoming a top incubator for international LGBTQ filmmakers.

This year’s forum is being produced by Jan Nathanson. Nathanson has produced the OMDC's International Financing Forum (iff), which takes place during the Toronto International Film Festival in September, for the past twelve years.

The executive mentors participating in the 2018 Finance Forum include:

- Adrian Love - SVP of Marketing and Acquisitions for Elevation Pictures (CAN)
- Anne-Claire Villeneuve - Acquisitions Director for Les Films Seville (CAN)
- Charlotte Lopez - Sales Manager for Protagonist Pictures (UK)
- Charlotte Mickie - Vice President
- Chantal Chateauneuf - Manager, North American, Operations & Acquisitions, Celluloid Dreams (CAN/FRANCE)
- Effie Brown - Producer (“Star”, Spirit Award winner DEAR WHITE PEOPLE) (US)
- Gosia Kamela - Production Executive, Drama & Feature Film, Original Programming, Bell Media (CAN)
- Howard Rosenman - Producer (Academy Award® winner CALL ME BY YOUR NAME) (US)
- Jeffrey Fabian Winter - Co-Executive Director of The Film Collaborative (US)
- Stephen Kelliher - Director, Head of Sales & Marketing for Bankside Films (UK)

Highlights from the selection of projects include the international films QUILTRO (USA) from Director Vuk Lungulov-Klotz, who was also chosen as a 2017 Sundance Screenwriter Intensive Fellow, and EX-SANGUIS (UK) from director Leonara Lonsdale and producer Manon Ardisson (Bafta Award nominated and BIFA winner GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, Opening Night Gala Inside Out 2017) .

Additional highlights include Canadian projects DOCKING, written and directed by filmmaker Trevor Anderson (THE LITTLE DEPUTY, which world premiered at Sundance in 2015), HOW BLACK MOTHERS SAY I LOVE YOU, produced by Damon D’Oliveira and directed by Clement Virgo (Canadian Screen Award winner "The Book Of Negroes") and co-written by Trey Anthony ("Da Kink in My Hair”), ME, MY MOM, AND SHARMILA, co-written and produced by Fawzia Mirza (SIGNATURE MOVE, Outfest Grand Jury Prize 2017) and HONOR THY MOTHER written and directed by Kathleen Hepburn (NEVER STEADY, NEVER STILL, Vancouver Critics Circle Best Canadian Feature 2017).

The Finance Forum took place over the first two days of the festival, Thursday, May 24th and Friday, May 25th.

Click HERE for the Offical Press Release.