The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival returns on October 24 - 27, 2019 at the National Gallery of Canada.

Ticket Packages and All-Access Passes now on sale!

We are thrilled to announce the first four films featured in our program:


Top Ten of the Year, NOW Magazine
Director and Writer: Swarnavel Eswaran

In this gripping drama, a stoic but loving fisherman is caught between the traditional values of his South Indian village and his wilful niece’s refusal to accept her circumstances.

After a devastating tsunami shakes up Singaram’s family, he adopts his orphaned niece Anandhi and nephew Mani. To secure Anandhi’s future, Singaram sets a plan into motion to arrange her marriage, but she refuses, causing a rift in the family. Pushed to her breaking point, she is forced to confess the true reason for her refusal: her love for Kavita, a woman who teaches at a nearby school.

Filmed in the tsunami-ravaged fishing community of Akkampetai, this clandestine lesbian romance reveals the hypocrisy in a society that is constantly breaking its own rules.

Changing the Game

Audience Award, 2019 Outfest
Director: Michael Barnett

Changing the Game takes us beyond sensationalistic headlines to really get to know three Trans athletes who are fighting to compete in school athletics.

Mack, Sarah, and Andraya have lots in common, they are all hardworking Transgender teen athletes who excel in their sports. But because state laws are so wildly inconsistent they experience some major differences. Mack in Texas, despite being a boy, is forced to wrestle against girls. Sarah in New Hampshire faces a law saying she must have gender confirmation surgery in order to ski against other girls. Andraya in Connecticut is able to race against girls but faces hateful discrimination.

Changing the Game is an inspiring look at three incredible teen athletes who must combat transphobia, online hate, and unfair legislations just to play.

End of the Century

Best First Feature, Frameline43
Director and Writer: Lucio Castro

In an age of dating apps, End of the Century begs the question if our hookups are just random encounters time and again, or is something else at work that connects us?

An Argentinian man from New York and a Spanish man from Berlin hook up by chance while in Barcelona. What seems like a one-night encounter between two strangers becomes an epic, decades-spanning relationship, which writer-director Lucio Castro depicts in a nonlinear fashion throwing time and space into question as we invest in the physical and emotional connections on screen.

Castro’s inventive and enigmatic debut feature is consistently surprising, turning a love story into a cosmic voyage with no clear beginning or end.

We are the Radical Monarchs

Audience Award, 2019 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
Director: Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Meet the first troop of Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of colour who are standing at the front lines of social justice.

Set in Oakland, We Are the Radical Monarchs documents an alternative movement to the Girl Scouts. Its members earn badges for completing social justice units that incorporate being an LGBTQ ally, environmental activism, and disability justice. The group, started by two queer women of colour, is anchored in the belief that girls of colour need dedicated spaces and a foundation that is rooted in fierce, interdependent sisterhood, self-love and hope.

This dynamic film follows the first troop of Radical Monarchs and chronicles the co-founders’ struggle to develop, expand and advance the organization and their mission to inspire a new generation of social justice activists.

Volunteer for Inside Out Ottawa 2019!

We are now looking for volunteers to participate in the 13th Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, taking place on October 24 – 27, 2019 at the National Gallery of Canada.

Potential volunteer duties range from:

Box Office

Process on-site ticket sales. Must be bilingual in French and English.


Be a part of the street team! Handing out programs to patrons at designated events and/ or distributing programs and posters at various venues.


Be in the action! Help out our Front-of-House team manage the crowds in and out of the theatres. Tasks include ticket scanning, ushering, handing out ballots and line management.

Parties/Special Events

Social butterfly? Help out at our Festival parties with guest list, set-up and security.
You will receive a regular screening ticket for the Festival for every 4-hour shift completed.

Call for Local Vendors and Artists!

We are looking for a variety of vendors for our first-ever Inside Out Ottawa Queer Craft Market taking place on Oct 26th and 27th.

We are seeking 2SLGBTQ artists, makers and craftspeople who would be interested in setting up shop for this two-day event.

Space is limited so we encourage early applications.
Deadline to apply: September 30th, 2019.

For any questions or concerns, please contact Kelsey at kelsey[at]

Keep Our Stories Alive…
Make a Donation or Adopt a Film In Ottawa!

When you take part in the Adopt-a-Film program, you help ensure important LGBTQ stories are accessible to and shared with your local LGBTQ communities. With your contribution of $300 or more to our Adopt-a-Film Program, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • With your permission, your name will be listed in our Ottawa program guide and associated with one of this year’s film programs at the discretion of the Director of Programming. This offer expires at our print deadline September 10.
  • You’ll receive al All-Access Pass and a tax receipt for $225 (if you choose not to receive the Pass, you can receive a full tax receipt)
  • And you’ll have our eternal gratitude – not to mention the great karma that comes with supporting your local community!

Since 2007, Inside Out has produced a film festival in the Ottawa region. With the support of Lead Sponsor RBC Royal Bank, the Ottawa Festival showcases the best queer cinema from Canada and around the world. The event has received a warm welcome from the queer community in the region, building partnerships with local businesses and LGBT organizations and experiencing healthy growth in attendance each year. The Festival brings in approximately 4,000 attendees to 13 film programs.


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