The New Visions Program is altering its timeline for 2019/2020 to better suit the needs of our participants.

Applications for the new 2019/2020 program format will open in Spring 2019. Please check this page for updates.

History of New Visions & the Queer Youth Digital Video Project

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 contact:

Jenna Dufton
Programming Manager
jenna@insideout.ca

Films from New Visions 2018
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Hi, Mrs. Friedman!

Director: Rachel Epstein
Producer: Lucia Linares Leon
Canada | 2018 | 5:00

This funny, poignant gem explores what happens when a mother and daughter show up at a queer bath – house on the same night.

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Tofu Scramble

Director: Santana Doran
Producer: Sam Sorrenti
Canada | 2018 | 5:00

Tofu Scramble explores the inner workings of queer sex and the misconceptions that arise as a result of limited access to education, poor representation and lack of communication in the life of an 18-year old girl.

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Hyacinth

Director: Anthony Dunn
Producer: Izzy Bautista
Canada | 2018 | 5:00

After the death of her wife, painful fragments of the past wash over a woman who is about to start her life over, transporting her into a state between memories and dreams.

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Heroes

Director: Archie Zhang
Producer: Megan Pham-Quan
Canada | 201 | 5:00

For the princess with Daddy issues and the daddy with Princess issues, Heroes offers a thought-provoking twist in the little fairy tale that is our lives.

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