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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. The 2019 Film Financing Forum will take place May 30 - 31, 2019.

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.



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.