Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival … seeking Shorts, Features, Docs and Experimental Films

Toronto, Ontario – Canada
May 25 to June 4, 2017

27th Annual Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, a leader on the festival circuit and essential showcase for LGBT cinema since its inception in 1991. Offering artists’ talks, panel discussions, networking events, and parties, the Toronto LGBT Film Festival is the largest festival of its kind in Canada, attracting more than 35,000 guests each and every year.

Inside Out believes in the power of LGBT cinema and in the continued success of its filmmakers, offering cash prizes of up to $50,000 CAD. The Toronto LGBT Film Festival is a platform for innovative filmmaking and compelling stories, shining a spotlight on films as they continue through the festival circuit and to their theatrical release. After winning the Audience Award for Best Documentary at Inside Out in 2014, Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine was picked up by Logo TV (who found the film on the Inside Out awards list) and went on to win a 2016 Daytime Emmy Award.

Each year the festival presents an impressive lineup – in 2016 Inside Out presented 17 world and international premieres. Recent premieres include Other People, The Intervention, Grandma, Addicted to Fresno. Inside Out has welcomed many special guests to premiere screenings over the years, including Matt Bomer (The Normal Heart), Tab Hunter and Jeffrey Schwarz (Tab Hunter Confidential), Jinkx Monsoon (Drag Becomes Him), Olympia Dukakis (Cloudburst), Andrew Haigh (Weekend), Chely Wright (Wish Me Away), and Bianca Del Rio (Hurricane Bianca).

February 3, 2017 – Regular Deadline

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Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film and video made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.

All accepted filmmakers receive a festival pass with access to screenings, galas, parties, special events and networking opportunities. A select number of filmmakers will be offered complimentary airfare and lodging. Opportunities to meet with industry professionals such as distributors, programmers and other artists. Inside Out alum Kristin Archibald attests, “Inside Out was a great way to get I Love You Both out in front of large audiences. And, as a first-time filmmaker, it provided extremely valuable networking opportunities with artists, distributors and programmers alike.”

Features, Docs, Shorts and Experimental films are now being considered – submit your work today!

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