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Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Toronto LGBT Film Festival


2019 Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open for the 2019 Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May 23 - June 2, 2019). We are looking for Narrative Features and Shorts, Documentary Features and Shorts and Experimental films.

For questions about submissions, please contact submissions@insideout.ca.

Early Bird Deadline: December 14, 2018
Regular Deadline: February 1, 2019
Late Deadline: February 15, 2019
WAB Extended Deadline: February 22, 2019



Call for Submissions: 2019 Inside Out Film Financing Forum!

Inside Out is pleased to open a call for submissions for feature film projects from Canadian and International producers for the 2019 Inside Out Film Financing Forum, to be held during the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, May 23 – June 2. 

We are looking for feature-length 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 creators and / or focused on LGBTQ content or themes. Co-productions with Canada are also eligible, providing a Canadian co-producer is attached. 

Projects that were featured in a previous edition are not eligible for participation in 2019. For any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Andria Wilson, Executive Director, andria@insideout.ca

Eligible participants must be available to participate in the Forum in Toronto in person, May 30-31, 2019.

Click here to submit! Applications close on Friday, February 1, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST.


Call for VR Projects: 2019 Toronto LGBT Film Festival

Inside Out is currently seeking LGBTQ-themed VR pieces for its 29th edition of the Toronto festival, taking place May 23 - June 2. We believe in the transformative power of seeing our stories represented on screen and based on the success of 2018’s Queerskins Virtual Reality Experience, we are excited to expand how we see our communities.


We invite you to submit your 360° Virtual, Augmented, or Mixed Reality experiences developed and viewable on one of the following platforms:

Oculus Rift
HTC Vive
Google Daydream
Samsung Gear VR
360 video

Please also provide a link to a 360° video file (.mp4), app download package (.apk) and an additional read-me document / installation information and playback requirements.

Provide any additional other relevant documentation of the project.

For any questions regarding eligibility, please contact Andrew Murphy, Director of Programming, andrew@insideout.ca

Click here to submit your work! Submissions close on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 11:59 PM EST.

2018 Festival Program

Click HERE for the 2018 Toronto Film Festival Website!


Festival History

In 1991, Inside Out celebrated its first film and video festival with a small community of people who yearned to see film and video created by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people. Over the next two decades, the Festival grew in scope as well as attendance, becoming the largest event of its kind in Canada and one of the top five LGBT film festivals in the world. Taking place over 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of close to 35,000 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that highlight more than 200 films and videos from Canada and around the world. In 2009 Inside Out welcomed RBC Royal Bank as the Presenting Sponsor for the Festival and in 2011, the Festival moved its screening to the state-of-the-art TIFF Bell Lightbox, increasing its attendance, media coverage and industry presence and solidifying Inside Out's reputation as an international leader in the presentation of queer film.