The 31st annual Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ + Film Festival, which champions innovative 2SLGBTQ + filmmakers from around the world, has revealed its full lineup of films debuting on the Inside Out streaming platform that will feature 143 films, including 33 feature films and 5 episodic series. The announcement was made today by new Inside Out Executive Director Lauren Howes and Program Director Andrew Murphy.
Inside Out, which launched the very first annual 2SLGBTQ + Film Fundraising Forum (now in its fifth year) and has established itself as an international home and incubator for emerging and established 2SLGBTQ + filmmakers, will take place entirely online from May 27 to June 6, 2021., following City of Toronto guidelines that remain locked out to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
During Inside Out’s virtual launch week, which will take place this week of May 3-7, Canadian Drag Race winner Priyanka will host daily thematic programming on sections of the film program; these videos can be found on insideout.ca. Inside Out will also host daily giveaways for local followers on the festival’s official social media, including a grand prize at the Hyatt in Toronto. Inside Out’s digital cinema will be available to anyone in Ontario as well as registered members of the industry and the press, accessible through the website and through Inside Out’s AppleTV and Roku apps. The first category films will be released daily during the festival, and the festival will host a digital library available to pass holders that will be available throughout the festival, with limited attendance.
The festival’s opening night film, sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, will be the Canadian premiere of Natalie MoralesThe socially distant platonic love story LANGUAGE LESSONS, which won the coveted Audience Award at this year’s SXSW Film Festival, after its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. Closing the festival will be the documentary Charli XCX ALONE TOGETHER, which follows the famous pop musician into 2020 as she writes, records and releases a full album in 40 days, while confronting mental health issues and connecting with Vulnerable LGBTQ + fans in need. Both films will be shown live in the evening for ticket and pass holders. Inside Out’s closing party will be hosted by Club Quarantine, the queer underground nightclub that sprang up during the pandemic and takes place on Zoom, where dance parties feature a dynamic mix of disco, funk, soul and hip-hop that has attracted hundreds of thousands of virtual revelers.
Festival lineup highlights include the scheduled premieres of Sundance Audience Award-winning film MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY, which explores the intricacies of a queer polyamorous relationship, the international premiere of Wes Hurley’s autobiographical black comedy POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA, which follows a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union whose escape of choice is pirated American movies, and Mari Walker’s critically acclaimed drama SEE YOU THEN, which takes place over a night out as two exes get together. meet ten years after their breakup. The festival will also host the world premiere of Shelley Thompson’s upcoming transgender family drama DAWN, HER DAD & THE TRACTOR, which will premiere on the Spotlight On Canada program.
Highlights of the program’s documentary include premieres from Zachary Quinto– narrated film YES I AM – THE RIC WEILAND STORY, introducing the audience to queer icon Ric Weiland, one of Microsoft’s early computer programmers whose efforts to establish representation and resources for the LGBT community still have a profound impact today, FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK, which shines the well-deserved spotlight on a pioneering 100% female Filipino-American queer rock band who changed music forever (and still hits home today), and the film Peruvian activist DRAG INVASION, who examines an LGBTQ community in Peru facing extreme conservative religious culture, who finds empowerment and mobilization by watching episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
For all preview films, the films will be available on a specific date and time indicated, and available to ticket and pass holders on request thereafter. The entire Spotlight on Canada section of the festival will also be available free to the Ontario public on the festival platform, sponsored by CBC.
United, We Come Together for Covid Edition 2.0 from Inside Out After winning the 30th anniversary of Covid Edition in October 2020, our team has worked tirelessly to bring us stellar festival lineup and get back to our sweet spot on the calendar of May, ”says Lauren Howes, Executive Director of Inside Out.
“We have been working optimistically that we will be able to safely host limited in-person events this year, and instead we are kissing the bubble! We want to be there for you, as activators. of bubbles. We hope that with our programming, you will find the breath of fresh air that swells you, and the effervescence that sustains you. “
“This past year has not been easy. We miss you, and our family of filmmakers around the world. That’s why we decided to organize a festival to help us all feel something, and can -to feel a little less alone, ”says Programming Director Andrew Murphy.
“Our 31st edition is accompanied by two very special films, both shot during the pandemic, which reflect our desire to connect during this time of turbulence. We strive to accurately represent a changing community, a bustling community and a community resilient, featuring documentaries and finger-on-the-pulse tales, curated alongside fantastic love stories that remind us of the times before and, hopefully, after. “
Inside Out, in addition to being a resource for 2SLGBTQ + filmmakers and showcasing their work as part of the annual festival, is one of the world’s leading 2SLGBTQ + film organizations, founded the only global funding forum 2SLGBTQ + feature films and has launched two film funds in recent years. – RE: Focus, which supports queer and trans women and non-binary filmmakers, and the OUTtv Outspoken Documentary Fund.
Following the success of the 2020 festival, the very popular “Pitch, Please!” The pitch competition at Inside Out will take place again virtually on June 5 at 2:00 p.m. during the festival. The annual short film pitch competition sees competitors from around the world present a short two-minute pitch to a virtual jury and an audience, with one winner taking home a cash prize. In addition, the winners of the main film categories will be revealed during the opening weekend, giving the public the chance to see the winning films throughout the festival. Pitch winners, please! The competition, along with the audience award winners, will be announced on June 6.
The programming team, led by Director of Programming Andrew Murphy, is made up of Jenna Dufton (Head of Programming), Jacob Crepeault (Coordinator of Programming) and programmers Ferdosa Abdi, Rasheed Bailey, Katherine Connell, Ferrin Evans , Claire Jarvis, Zeinah Kalati, Allia McLeod, Nik Redman and Scott Smart.
Individual tickets for digital screenings, ticket packages and all access passes are on sale starting today at midnight (ET) at insideout.ca.
Participants and mentors selected for the fifth edition of the Inside Out International Fundraising Forum, which will take place virtually during the festival, will be announced next week.