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Industry Initiatives

Industry Initiatives

Inside Out is proud to support our diverse LGBTQ communities through providing direct support to filmmakers at all levels of development. Below, find information on Inside Out’s current Industry Initiatives.


Inside Out proudly presents the world’s only LGBTQ Film Financing Forum, designed to improve the pipeline to production for feature films from LGBTQ filmmakers and those that centre LGBTQ stories and voices.

Now entering its third edition, the Forum provides 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.

Participating companies have included Protagonist Pictures, Bankside Films, Celluloid Dreams, Elevation Pictures, The Film Collaborative, Bell Media, Les Films Seville, and Producers Effie Brown (Dear White People, Star) and Howard Rosenman (Call me by Your Name).

Click HERE for the 2018 Press Release.


Inside Out is pleased to open a call for submissions for feature film projects from Canadian and International producers for the 2019 Inside Out Film Financing Forum, to be held during the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, May 23 – June 2. 

We are looking for feature-length projects at a strong second draft stage, with a producer attached, that are interested in financing opportunities. The projects need to be from LGBTQ-identified creators and / or focused on LGBTQ content or themes. Co-productions with Canada are also eligible, providing a Canadian co-producer is attached. 

Projects that were featured in a previous edition are not eligible for participation in 2019. For any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Andria Wilson, Executive Director, at andria@insideout.ca.

Eligible participants must be available to participate in the Forum in Toronto in person, May 30-31, 2019.

Click here to submit! Applications close on Friday, February 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST.



Submit your work to Telefilm Talent to Watch!

Inside Out LGBT Film Festival is a Designated Partner of Telefilm’s Talent to Watch (formerly the Micro-Budget Program), and will be able to recommend projects for funding of up to $125,000 through Telefilm’s Selective Stream.

The recommended projects must be fictional or documentary audiovisual projects produced in English, French or an Indigenous language that are either:

▪ feature length films of 75 minutes or more; or
▪ any other type of narrative-based audiovisual content made in a format specifically designed for online audiences. These types of projects can be comprised of one or more segments which, in total, must be more than 10 minutes in length.

The key members of all recommended projects must be emerging talent, i.e. they must have previously produced, directed and/or written at least one short film but cannot have previously held the same key position on a feature length film. Note that producers who have previously produced one feature film that has received funding under this Program will also be considered as emerging talent. Furthermore, the key members must be Canadian citizens, within the definition of the Citizenship Act, or permanent residents within the definition of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Click here for the PDF Version of the 2019 Guidelines.
Click here for a detailed explanation of guidelines and eligibility.


All applications must be received by 11:59 PM ET on Friday, February 1, 2019.

Late applications will not be considered.


At the Toronto festival, Inside Out presents Pitch, Please -- a crowdfunding style pitch competition designed to support filmmakers with short films in development. Up to 6 filmmakers can present a five-minute pitch to Inside Out audiences, who will have the opportunity to donate directly to the film in the room. The winner, chosen by Inside Out’s jury, will select a winner to receive a guaranteed prize, but all competitors have the opportunity to walk away with cash support. Watch for updates in spring 2019 on guidelines and eligibility.