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New Visions

New Visions

New Visions

The Project provides a unique opportunity to learn short filmmaking from professional producers, artists and editors, using state-of-the-art high-definition cameras and the latest editing technology—all in a queer-positive group environment. Inside Out and Charles Street Video guide participants through a series of workshops in all aspects of film production—financing, script development, casting, camera operation, editing, final post-production and marketing. 

NEW FOR 2018

We are adding a Producers' Unit to New Visions. Participants will learn the skills needed to produce a high-quality short film from industry professionals.

Each project will consist of one producer and one director/writer.

Participants for the producers unit and director/writer unit will submit individual applications. Once selected, a producer will be matched up with a director/writer.

All projects must follow a narrative fiction format and be no more than five minutes in length (documentaries are ineligible).

$1500 will be given to teams for production costs, in addition to access to equipment and in-kind resources. There will be an opportunity for producers to raise an additional $1500 maximum for each team.

Films produced will be screened at the Toronto LGBT Film Festival.



The film's director controls a film's artistic and dramatic aspects and visualizes the screenplay (or script) while guiding the technical crew and actors in the fulfillment of that vision. They also have a key role in selecting cast and design. 

Producers plan and coordinate various aspects of film production, such as:

  • Shaping an idea into a viable film
  • Casting 
  • Coordinating writing, directing, shoot schedule and editing 
  • Arranging financing 
  • Coordinating marketing 

For more information please contact Andria Wilson, Executive Director, at andria@insideout.ca

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Video Project History:

In 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video, Inside Out initiated the Queer Youth Digital Video Project to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production in a supportive atmosphere. The Youth Project provided young artists with the hands-on access to the latest video technology - which historically has been financially out of reach for most youth. As well, the Project provided one-on-one mentorship and training with professional artists. Often post-secondary programs do not offer safe, supportive, queer and anti-oppressive environments for queer youth to express themselves and be creative. The QYDVP provided this important outlet. Queer youth under the age of 25 were mentored through the process of making their first videos - from storyboarding and shooting to post-production and editing. In 2009, Inside Out switched to working with high definition camera equipment and produced HD videos, providing young artists access to the latest technologies in video production.

In 2010, Inside Out presented a special edition of the Project called the Legacy Video Project as part of the 20th Anniversary Festival. Much like queer youth, elders also often lack access to professional educational mentorships, new technologies and opportunities to engage with their peers in a supportive, LGBT-positive environment. There is often a gap between the young and older generations. With the Legacy Video Project, our goal was to have youth and elders share their experiences and stories while working together.

After completion the works are screened at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and many have gone on to play at festivals around the globe. Each year, the videos are compiled on DVD and distributed free to schools and community organizations. To date, over 100 new filmmakers have created work through the Project.

What happens to the videos and how can I see them?

Each year the completed works are made available to various community organizations that work with queer groups to do anti-homophobia education. Such organizations have included: SOY, Triangle Program, ACT, ACAS, LGBT Youth Line, TEACH, Griffin Centre, PFLAG, various LGBT film festivals around the world, various high school GSA's, etc. If your organization is interested in receiving the films, please fill out the request form and email jenna@insideout.ca or fax to 416.977.8025

Select films from previous Queer Video Mentorship Projects are available in the QVMP Library.