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2018 Ottawa LGBT Film Festival Opening Night

October 3, 2018
2018 Ottawa LGBT Film Festival Opening Night
2018 Ottawa LGBT Film Festival Opening Night

Save the date for Friday, November 9th to kick off #InsideOut18 Ottawa in style.

Single tickets go on sale October 10!


Directed by Thom Fitzgerald 

World Premiere, 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Festival favourite Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) returns to Ottawa with his latest, a film exploring sexual identity and small-town life.

Splinters follows Belle who returns home to rural Nova Scotia after the death of her father. Having come out as a lesbian to her conservative parents as a teenager she must now navigate a secret she has been keeping. A secret named Rob; her boyfriend of two years. Reluctant to rekindle her mother’s traditional expectations, she asserts her identity, only to have everything unravel when Rob shows up to support her.

Based on the stage play by Lee-Anne Poole, Splinters is anchored by the rich and layered performances of Sofia Banzhaf and Shelley Thompson as two strong-willed women with a complicated history.

Presented by RBC



Canary (Kanarie) 
Directed by Christiaan Olwagen 
South Africa


World Premiere, 2018 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival 

Set in South Africa in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion and war, Canary is a charming musical drama that chronicles one teen’s struggle to find his voice.

Seventeen-year-old Johan is a small-town boy whose love of British new wave music, and especially Boy George, makes him an easy target for bullying from the neighbourhood kids. When he gets called up for military service, Johan auditions for, and is accepted into, the Canaries – the South African Defence Choir. Initially believing that the choir means he will not be fighting in the war, Johan begins to see the role he plays in the oppression and injustice around him. If that isn’t enough to deal with, Johan is also falling in love with Wolfgang, a fellow Canary.

As Johan’s beliefs about religion, patriotism and sexuality are brought into question, he must rely on his emerging creativity and passion for music to get by. After all, who doesn’t need a dance break from time to time?

Presented by MAX Ottawa


Preceding the screenings, we will be hosting the Opening Night Reception (presented by RBC) at the National Gallery of Canada's 7 Tapas Bar. Join us on Friday, November 9, from 5:30 - 7:00pm.

A limited amount of reception + film tickets will go on sale October 10. 
All-Access Passholders are entitled to FREE ADMISSION.

Our full lineup will be announced at 10:00 AM ET on Wednesday, October 10, and single tickets will officially be on sale!


The Festival 4-Pack includes four vouchers that can be used for entry to any film screening. Our passes and packages are the best way to enjoy the Festival with award-winning LGBTQ+ films from around the world.