Supporting LGBTQ women and non-binary filmmakers
Inside Out is proud to announce the Inside Out RE:Focus Fund, a new resource dedicated to providing direct financial support to LGBTQ women and non-binary filmmakers.
The fund was made possible by a generous $25,000 lead gift from Martha McCain, and the first phase of support supported filmmakers participating in the 2018 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival in the form of travel bursaries.
In line with Inside Out’s strategic goal of developing industry supports for LGBTQ filmmakers, the fund will be allocated to the following areas:
1. Bursaries for LGBTQ women and non-binary filmmakers to attend Inside Out’s Toronto festival and participate in networking and programming opportunities;
2. Funding for professional development programs specifically designed to support LGBTQ women and non-binary filmmakers, to take place at the Toronto festival and year-round;
3. Grants for LGBTQ women and non-binary filmmakers to start, finish, or close the gap on their film projects.
“Inside Out is committed to developing LGBTQ voices in cinema and providing resources that support LGBTQ people telling their own stories on film” says Andria Wilson, Inside Out’s Executive Director. “As we move towards our 30th anniversary in 2020, Inside Out will be launching programs and initiatives that address inequities in our industry and provide necessary points of intervention. Supporting the voices of queer and trans women and non-binary people with direct financial assistance is a critical next step in this mission.”
“I applaud the initiative of Inside Out to create a future of greater inclusion and representation for The LGBTQ community in film” adds Martha McCain, lead donor. “The idea for the Re:Focus Fund makes sense and is timely – actually it’s well overdue and is a positive, strategic step in the right direction. I am therefore delighted to lend my support to their Re:Focus Fund so that it may, in turn, provide opportunities for professional development, growth and achievement to LGBTQ women and non-binary filmmakers. With the Re:Focus Fund, Inside Out is helping more LGBTQ voices to be heard. I’m very proud to support their efforts. I hope you’ll join me.”
For more information on the RE:Focus Fund, and how you can support LGBTQ women and non-binary filmmakers through Inside Out, contact Deanna Bickford, Director of Development: firstname.lastname@example.org.