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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

Initiated for the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival, producers with LGBTQ projects in development are matched with business executives who can take the producers' films from pitch to production in this pilot program. As the world's first LGBTQ Film Financing Forum, this day of presentations and one-on-one meetings, sponsored by OMDC and CMPA in 2017, creates unprecedented opportunities for business development for our participating filmmakers.

Following the successful launch of the 2017 Inside Out Film Financing Forum, Inside Out is pleased to open a call for submissions for narrative feature film projects from Canadian producers for the 2018 edition to be held during the 2018 Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May 24 to June 3). 

We are looking for narrative feature film 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 producers and / or focused on LGBTQ content or themes.

If you are a Canadian producer with a project that you'd like to share with us, please submit via the form here. Please note that with your application you will need to include the following items:

  1. Corporate Profile of Company and/or Producer/s' Bio/s
  2. Director's Bio
  3. Writer's Bio
  4. 250 Word Synopsis and Log Line
  5. Proposed Budget
  6. Proposed Financing Plan
  7. Significant Attachments: Cast, Co-Producers, EPs, Sales Agents, etc.

Projects that were featured in the 2017 edition are not eligible for participation in 2018. For any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Executive Director Andria Wilson.

Click here to apply now. Applications close on Friday, December 29, 2017, at 11:59 PM EST.

2017 Participating Producers and Projects
Sarah Rotella and Adrianna DiLonardo (Ontario) – Light Years
Wayne Burns and Denis Theriault (Ontario) – Chasers
Karen Harnicsh and Phil Connell (Ontario) – Jump
Glen Wood (Ontario) – Down Low
Alex Lampsos (Ontario) – Breaking Fast
Lauren Collins and Ben Lewis (Ontario) – More than a Friend
Bretten Hannam (Nova Scotia) - Wildhood

Participating Executives:
Marcus Hu, Strand Releasing
Stephen Killiher, Bankside Films
Damon D’Oliveira, Conquering Lion Pictures
Rodrigo Brandao, Kino Lorber
Stephanie Meurer, Pharmacie Films
Charlotte Mickie, Mongrel International
Orly Ravid, The Film Collaborative

Co-Founder of Strand Releasing, Marcus Hu on the 2017 Inside Out Film Forum:
"I was honored to be part of the Initiative, it was great to hear and meet new and upcoming talent for future projects. I’m sure many of the projects will be featured in festivals in very soon. Doing this with colleagues from around the globe that I admire made it a learning experience as well as we were able to trade stories and ideas about the ever changing landscape of independent film.”

VP of Marketing and PR of Kino Lorber, Rodrigo Brandao:
“The Inside Out Film Finance Forum was a terrific opportunity for LGBTQ filmmakers and industry professionals to discuss the current status of queer cinema and unapologetically address issues that affect the LGBTQ community. Frankly, it’s critical to have a place where we can discuss both the industry and cinema at large, from a queer perspective - and from an artistic and commercial perspective. Inside Out’s Film Finance Forum was exactly that: a safe and unfiltered event for and by LGBTQ artists and film professionals. I hope this is just the beginning.” 

BravoFACT Pitch Competition

After an overwhelmingly positive response in 2016, Inside Out partnered with BravoFACT for the second Inside Out BravoFACT Pitch Competition. Five teams were selected to pitch their short narrative film projects in front of a jury of industry experts and a live audience at the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival. The winning team receives a cash prize of $50,000 from BravoFACT to complete the project and will screen it at the 2018 Toronto LGBT Film Festival.

We champion teams who are passionate about making Canadian films for and about the LGBTQ community.

The winners of the 2016 Inside Out BravoFACT Pitch Competition were Kyle Reaume (Director) and Carolyn Reznik (Producer) for their short film What About Shelley, and the 2017 winners were Lindsey Addawoo (Co-Director) and Alicia De Four (Producer) for their short film Queen of Hearts.

Short to Feature Award

A $10,000 prize, supported by the Harold Greenberg Fund, is awarded to an emerging Canadian LGBT filmmaker to produce a ten-minute short film that will serve as a calling card for the development and production of a feature-length version of the short.

We accept narrative projects by or about lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and transgender people and their communities.

The winner of the 2016 Inside Out Short to Feature Award was Alyssa Pankiw for her film, The Inherent Traits of Connor James, which premiered at the 2017 Inside Out Toronto Festival.