January Events...

  • &Proud Yangon LGBT Film Festival
  • Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival
  • Désir Désirs
  • Festival des Images aux Mots
  • Göteborg International Film Festival
  • Midsumma
  • Mumbai International Film Festival
  • Pinx Festival
  • Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival in Kingston
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Slamdance Film Festival
  • Sundance
  • Tels Quels Festival
Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival in Kingston

Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival in Kingston

Thursday, 30 January 2020 until Saturday, 08 February 2020

Reelout exists to celebrate queer media arts and to contribute to community vitality by programming materials that focus on issues of sexuality, race, culture, religion, class, gender, ability, health and age, thereby purposefully drawing together and initiating challenging dialogue among disparate members of the queer communities in Kingston and the surrounding area as well as between the larger Kingston community and the queer community.

Reelout is:

    • Access to artistic work that would otherwise not be screened in Kingston;
    • A forum to engage in discussion and debate on issues relating to the
      practice of film and video making as well as issues relating to the queer community;
    • A celebration of Kingston’s diversity and an increased awareness and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, questioning and intersex communities;
    • Exposure to a broader range of Canadian and international media arts that include short film and video, experimental work, documentaries, and independent feature films;
    • Diverse and financially accessible programming of independent film and video;
  • A unique community event that draws disparate members of the community together through a common appreciation of quality cinema


2020 films...


Directed by Michael Barnett. 90min. USA. 2019. Documentary Feature


Directed by Gabrielle Zilkha. 93min. Canada. 2019. Documentary Feature


Directed by Roman Chimienti & Tyler Jensen. 100min. USA. 2019. Documentary Feature

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Directed by Jack Sholder. 87min. USA. 1985. Feature Narrative

SEX, SIN & 69

Directed by Sarah Fodey. 75min. Canada. 2019. Documentary Feature


This eclectic mix of narrative, documentary and animated shorts explores the lives and loves of 2SGLGBTQ+ characters both real and imagined.

The Most Unprotected Girl d. Jerilyn Webster 3:41min Canada 2018

With her music, JB The First Lady wants to bring awareness to missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW) of Canada and to two-spirit people.

Badassery d. Sarafina McIntosh, Demi Valentine and Sunita Miya-Muganza 22min Canada 2018
This compelling expose takes a look 3 female DJs who are unapologetically disrupting the Toronto hip-hop scene. The film chronicles the journey of women who are pursuing their passions and crafting their careers in a male-dominated industry.

War Movie d.Matt Landry 12min Canada 2019

An argument over a film they just watched spirals into real life drama between a couple.

Walk With My Spirits d. Tyler Jacobs 4:43min Canada 2018

Dancer and fashion designer Tyler Jacobs asks us to tag along on his journey to reclaiming his two-spirit heritage and knowledge.

Hole d. Gil Goletski 6:03 Canada 2018
Mo is an adult with Autism Spectrum Disorder. They spend a lot of time in their brain. Today, a hole started following them.

I am Me d. Jazmine Smith 4:26min Canada 2018

Jazmine grew up in Flying Dust, Saskatchewan as a boy who felt out of place… until discovering makeup, which helped her transition and begin her journey into womanhood. This is a story of acceptance, self-love and jewelry.

Wildfire d. Bretten Hannam 12min Canada 2018

Stalked by his abusive father, a two-spirit teen runaway and meets a rebellious Mi’kmaw drawn to his journey. A deep bond begins to grow as he learns Mi’kmaw language and culture from his new companion.


Directed by Wendy Jo Carlton. 80min. USA. 2019. Narrative Feature


Directed by Mike Doyle. 94min. USA. 2019. Narrative Feature


Join us for a trip down memory lanes told in documentary and narrative formats as queer storytellers delve into histories that are serious, sexy, sentimental and sometimes silly.

Henry’s Heart d. Luna Ferguson & Florian Halbedl 15min Canada 2019

Henry (Lorne Cardinal) awakens in an overgrown field and travels through nostalgic reflection of his life by reliving moments of his past loves.

Take Me to Prom d.Andrew Moir 20:56 Canada 2019
Featuring intimate, charming interviews with queer people ranging in age from 88 to 17, Take Me To Prom invites audiences to revisit an iconic adolescent milestone while telling a story of social change that spans more than 70 years.

Button Out! d. Kathleen Mullen 4min Canada 2018
Button OUT! is a lively animated personal homage to the filmmaker’s own history of protest and the wider story of LGBTQ2S+ experiences contained in the collection of over 1200 buttons housed at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in Toronto.

Porn Yesterday d. David Quantic 5min USA 2018
Queer people remember their first experiences with porn.

A Sublime Failure d. David Quantic 8min USA 2018
Writer and essayist David Schmader reflects on his twenty-year obsession with the notorious Hollywood flop SHOWGIRLS.

Framing Agnes d. Chase Joynt and Kristen Schilt 19:12 Canada/US 2018
In the late 1950s, a woman named Agnes approached the UCLA Medical Center seeking sex reassignment surgery. Her story was long considered to be exceptional and singular until never-before-seen case files of other patients were found in 2017. Watch as preeminent trans culture-makers of our time breathe new life into those who redefined gender in the mid-century. Starring Zackary Drucker (Transparent), Angelica Ross (Pose), Silas Howard (By Hook or By Crook), and Max Wolf Valerio (The Testosterone Files).


Directed by Leon Le. 101min. 2018. Vietnam. Vietnamese with English subtitles. Feature Narrative


Directed by Rodney Evans. 78min. Canada/USA/Germany. 2019. Documentary Feature


No need to bring your passport on this international escape to Iran, Northern Ireland, the UK, Turkey, The Netherlands, Brazil and Spain for some terrific short films.

I Don’t Like Her d. Javad daraei 20min Iran 2016 Persian with English Subtitles

Eli has a dilemma and regardless of the constant disagreements with his father he still seeks his true nature.

Mankind  d. Layke Anderson 12:59 United Kingdom 2019

A restless young man wants to leave love and the Earth behind.

Wildgrass d. Dogus Minsin 10:43 Turkey 2019 Turkish with English Subtitles

Aytuğ, a young man from İstanbul, has to make a life altering decision. He is either going to settle for what is expected of him or stand up against society’s ideal gender roles.

South of Heaven d. Marco van Bergen 18min The Netherlands2019

When his boyfriend shows up unannounced, Elias’ religious family learns their son’s darkest secret.

Where the Sky Sets The Clock (“Onde o céu acerta seus ponteiros” d. Marco Aurelio Gal 15min Brazil 2018 Portuguese with English subtitles After his mother’s passing, Tomas’ life turned black and white.  Days change when he meets Gabriel, a photographer who helps him see other colours.

Shift Change (Cambio de Turno)  d. Federico Untermann 10:04min Spain  2018Spanish with English subtitles

Alicia and Vero are room watchmen in an art gallery and only see each other during shift change. A work of art will test their feelings.

Something About Alex d.Reinout Hellenthal 18:32min The Netherlands 2017 Dutch with English subtitles

A 14-year-old boy, Alex, develops a close friendship with his older sister’s boyfriend, and must confront the depth of his feelings when the couple announces that they will be moving away.

Becoming d. Cherrie Nicky Larkin 11:14 Northern Ireland2019 Becoming Cherrie, is set in Northern Ireland, and tells the story of Belfast’s most-loved drag queen, Cherrie Ontop, and the challenges faced being Northern Ireland’s only openly HIV positive public figure.

UNSETTLED: Seeking Refuge in America

Directed by Tom Shepard. 84min. USA. 2019. Documentary Feature


Directed by Flavio Alves. 88min. USA/Brazil. 2019. Narrative Feature


QUEER INTIMACIES includes a collection of short films depicting relationships, sex, and connections not just between queer people, but in queer ways.

 The Tragic Fall of Valerie Mallory Finkerstein d. Martina Monro 12:41 Canada 2019
What’s more urgent than love? On the day of her best friend’s surprise birthday party, Valerie must publicly confess her love for Ava or lose her forever.

Lost Cat d. Laura Bergeron 15m Canada 2018
At a turning point in her life, Nathalie tries to overcome her failure and come to peace with her inability to connect with herself and others.

Loretta’s Flowers d. Brendan Prost 15m Canada 2018
On a languid summer’s day in Toronto, a young woman cycles between increasingly intimate encounters with three discrete relations, trapped in a pattern of insatiable longing.

Things That Happen in the Bathroom d. Ed Hancox 13m USA 2019
In the intimate sanctuary of the bathroom, a lonely young man yearns for love, and learns how to survive heartbreak.

Everything’s Great d. Linnea Ritland 14:44 Canada 2018
“Everything’s Great!” is a comedy-drama about an awkward, hapless lesbian bounces between a messy not-relationship relationship and her alcoholic-dad-soaked home life, trying to find stability in others—and eventually finding it in herself.

Amateur Dramatics d. Linnea Ritland 2018 6:59 Canada
Two competing actors find truth in pretending.

Maybe Today d. Sarah Rotella 2:59 Canada 2018
The lines between reality and fantasy become blurred, when a woman who has feelings for her best friend imagines what their relationship could be if she acted on them.

Only Trumpets d.Tristan Scott-Behrends 10:11 USA 2018

Longing for a touch that casual encounters cannot satisfy, Tristan, an outsider among outsiders, navigates sex and love in the digital age.


Directed by Tor Iben. 72min. Germany. 2019. Narrative Feature


Directed by Carmel Whittle & Howard Adler. Canada. Documentary Feature


Directed by Margherita Ferri. 87 min. Italy. 2018. Narrative Feature