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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.


CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Telefilm Talent to Watch - Inside Out LGBT Film Festival 2018

Inside Out is now a Designated Partner of Telefilm’s Talent to Watch (formerly the Micro-Budget Program), and will be able to recommend projects through Telefilm’s Selective Stream for funding of up to $125,000. We are seeking feature film projects from emerging Canadian filmmakers that are interested in applying for funding support through Talent to Watch. For a detailed explanation of guidelines and eligibility, please click here to view Telefilm’s guidelines.

All applications must be received by 11:59 PM ET on April 3, 2018. Late applications will not be considered. All applicants must complete the online application form here.

Click here for more details.


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 announce the 2nd edition of the world's first LGBTQ film financing event, which will be held on May 24th and 25th, 2018 at the Artscape Sandbox. Project submissions are currently closed - we look forward to announcing the 2018 participating projects and executives in March!

2017 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.