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Inside Out Toronto

Inside Out Toronto

LGBT Film Festival

Thursday, 23 May 2019 until Sunday, 02 June 2019

In 1991, Inside Out celebrated its first film and video festival with a small community of people who yearned to see film and video created by and about lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans (LGBT) people. Currently the largest event of its kind in Canada, the Festival entertains film buffs of all stripes, showcasing the best and most diverse work of interest to LGBT communities.

Taking place over 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of 35,000 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that highlight more than 180 films and videos from Canada and around the world.


 

2019 films...

A Dog Barking at the Moon

A Night at Switch n’ Play

Adam

ANNE+

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City

Before You Know It

Being Impossible

Billie and Emma

Bit

Brief Story from the Green Planet

Camp Chaos

Catamaran

Circus of Books

Coming Out

Cubby

Drag Kids

Dykes in the Streets

EastSiders: Season 4

Fabiana

From Zero to I Love You

Gay Chorus Deep South

Good Kisser

Halston

Jack & Yaya

José

Knives and Skin

Late Night

Memories of My Body

Papi Chulo

Queer Coolie-tudes

Razor Tongue

Rocketman

Saint Frances

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street

Second Star on the Right

Sell By

Silence = Death

Solace

The Blonde One

The Filth

The Garden Left Behind

The Ground Beneath My Feet

Ticket of No Return

Transfinite

Vida

Vision Portraits

Vita & Virginia

We Are the Radical Monarchs

Westler

You Don’t Nomi

Zen in the Ice Rift


Short films...

Shorts: BOLD

Fabulous / Audrey Jean-Baptiste

Ninja is famous around the world for her fierce ballroom performances,but she is not as well-known in her native country of French Guyana. But a trip home to teach a workshop might change that.

France / 2018 / 45 mins

Other Black Boys / Nyles Washington

A queer black college student is forced to confront the masks he wears when an old friend comes to visit.

United States / 2018 / 15 mins

Marielle and Monica / Fábio Erdos

Marielle Franco, a Brazilian LGBT and human rights activist, was killed in March 2018. Her widow, Monica Benicio, continues her fight for better treatment of the poor, the LGBT community and black Brazilians.

Brazil / 2018 / 24 mins

Batty Boy / Blain Ho-shing & Dior Clarke

Dolcie Woods, a young black boy raised in a deprived area of North London, faces the struggles of fitting into a community ingrained with strong cultural and homophobic beliefs.

Shorts: Cowboy Take Me Away

How I Got to the Moon By Subway / Tyler Rabinowitz

After being diagnosed with ALS, a curmudgeonly older man goes to the hospital with his partner to record his voice bank before he loses the ability to speak.

United States / 2018 / 12 mins

Land's End / Ben Strebel

Road trip and love story combine as Adam’s addiction to an older man leads him down a path that he might not be ready for.

United Kingdom / 2018 / 19 mins

Zero One / Nick Neon

When Jimmy Park visits home for the first time in years, he’s forced to make peace with the ghost of who he could have been.

United States / 2018 / 24 mins

Ponyboi / River Gallo

On Valentine’s Day, Ponyboi, an intersex sex worker, looks for love and a way out of his seedy life in New Jersey.

United States / 2018 /18 mins

Lavender / Matthew Puccini

A young gay man grows increasingly entangled in an older couple’s marriage.

Shorts: Daddy Lessons

Daddy / Christian Coppola

After the death of his wife, an 80-year-old man checks into the Plaza Hotel to celebrate their first anniversary apart, hiring a male escort to take her place.

United States / 2018 / 18 mins

Positions / Justin Ducharme

A day in the life of a two-spirit male sex worker as he visits his clients, Positions is an exploration of sexual desire, the quest for financial stability, and the pursuit of agency over one’s own body

Canada / 2018 / 12 mins

Infinite While It Lasts / Akira Kamiki

An asexual man and a gay man fall in love but must overcome their differences to make their relationship work.

Brazil / 2019 / 18 mins

My Loneliness Is Killing Me / Tim Courtney

When Elliott lures the animalistic Jack to his apartment for a late-night hookup, they unexpectedly unearth a dark emotional connection

United Kingdom / 2018 / 15 mins

Thrive / Jamie Dispirito

A hookup between two young men turns into an essential heart to heart.

United Kingdom / 2019 / 16 mins

Shorts: Give It Up or Let Me Go

Baby / Jessie Levandov

Baby is a coming-of-age queer love story of a young man roving the Bronx on a Saturday afternoon.

United States / 2019 / 7 mins

Together / David Benedek

Roommates Micah, Simon and Robo are following their personal pathways, but when the road becomes rocky their bond proves to be more than just simple friendship

Slovakia / 2018 / 20 mins

Break Me / Irasj Asanti

Mansour’s love for his best friend Andreas is put to the test when Mansour’s religious father decides to take him to their home country to get married

Norway / 2018 / 15 mins

Boundaries / Rhys Jones

Jared takes extreme measures in order to get attention from his ex-boyfriend.

United States / 2018 / 8 mins

Parking / Ahmad Seyfipour

A thief encounters two men having sex in the backseat of a car in a parking garage,and a tense standoff ensues.

Iran / 2018 / 9 mins

Three Months / Sasha Alcoloumbre

A romance is shaken when a young man belatedly reveals his HIV status to his lover.

Canada / 2019 / 17 mins

Batty Boy / Blain Ho-shing & Dior Clarke

Dolcie Woods, a young black boy raised in a deprived area of North London, faces the struggles of fitting into a community ingrained with strong cultural and homophobic beliefs.

United Kingdom / 2018 / 8 mins

Shorts: I Can Love You Better

The Gaybysitters Club / Savannah Dooley

When Kristy finds out her best friend Mary Anne might be dating a BOY, she calls a Babysitters Club emergency meeting.

United States / 2019 / 8 mins

If This Is Wrong / Chelsea Woods

When Maria is forced outside her digital comfort zone, she finds real-world connection in an unexpected place.

United States / 2018 / 13 mins

Lady Liberty / Taylor Nagel

After aspiring comic Shea is dumped by her first love, she begins to explore her queer identity and confides in a stranger, Quinn, a very cool and confident gay woman

United States / 2018 / 25 mins

Misdirection / Carly Usdin

Camila is your average college freshman with a big, gay crush on her roommate. A chance encounter with a street magician teaches Camila to channel her energy into a new hobby.

United States / 2018 / 13 mins

Everything's Great! / Linnea Ritland

Everything’s Great!follows an awkward, hapless lesbian as she bounces between a messy non-relationship relationship and her alcoholic-dad-soaked home life

Canada / 2018 / 15 mins

The Half Wall / Ida Eldøen

When the topic of home renovation comes up, a gay couple find themselves in a heated and deeply serious discussion over a bathroom wall.

Norway / 2018 / 6 mins

Shorts: Local Heroes

Haus / Joseph Amenta

A displaced black queer boy finds refuge in his city’s underground Kiki Ballroom scene.

Canada / 2018 / 14 mins

Loretta's Flowers / Brendan Prost

On a long summer’s day in Toronto, a young woman cycles between increasingly intimate encounters but remains trapped in a pattern of insatiable longing.

Canada / 2018 / 15 mins

Queen / Sabina Lambert

Working at a drag bar, Alex is immersed and inspired by the wondrous self-expression of the drag queens as they perform on the neon-lit stage.

Canada / 2018 / 7 mins

My Fuzzy Valentine / Ben Edelberg

A pulsating world of bug-eyed lesbian sasquatches and vaginal caves is created from reclaimed textiles.

Canada / 2018 / 5 mins

Soft Spot / Justine Stevens

Kris, struggling with the surprise death of an ex-lover, sidesteps her girlfriend’s post-gin and tonic advances and inadvertently reveals too much.

Canada / 2018 / 12 mins

War Movie / Matt Landry

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

Canada / 2019 / 12 mins

Terminally in Love / Emily Jenkins

Terminally in Love is a first-person journey through the mind of Quinn, a neurotic stoner struggling to get over her ex-girlfriend Allie as she slips from reality into a stream of heroic fantasies, wistful memories, and cringeworthy dreams.

Canada
/ 2018 / 17 mins

Do You Even Carrot All? / Daniel Sterlin-Altman

Everybody wants to reach Carrot, but he doesn’t seem carrot all.

Canada / 2018 / 2 mins

Shorts: Not Ready to Make Nice

99 / Nick Borenstein

A mother and son shop for a Bar Mitzvah gift at a 99 Cent store.

United States / 2018 / 5 mins

Bubble / Alyssa Lerner

During the 2008 financial crisis teenage Filipina, Frances, is determined to avoid two unstoppable forces: her family’s home foreclosure and a creeping realization that she’s gay.

United States / 2019 / 17 mins

The Confirmation / Marie Louise Damgaard

It's the big day of Mathias' confirmation, where he will confirm being a Christian and enter adulthood. Mathias is transgender and just wants to be a normal teenage boy. His mother does everything to protect him, but who is this day really about?

Denmark / 2019 / 18 mins

Miller & Son / Asher Jelinsky


A transwoman mechanic lives between running her family’s auto shop during the day and expressing her femininity at night, until an unforeseen event threatens the balance of her compartmentalized life.

United States / 2018 / 21 mins

Outdooring / Maxwell Addae

A young man arrives at his sister’s baby-naming ceremony with a plan to steal the proceeds so he can run away and keep a personal secret hidden.

United States / 2019 / 15 mins

A Family Affair / Florence Keith-Roach

A Family Affair is an tender, darkly funny take on the ‘brief encounter’ that explores the challenges we face in making personal connections in our digital/ risk-averse world.

United Kingdom / 2019 / 13 mins

Shorts: Ready to Run

Lisboa-Santarem / Frederico Nobre de Carvalho

Lisboa-Santarém tells the story of two young men whose journey across the south of Portugal will forever shape the way they approach new encounters.

Portugal / 2018 / 13 mins

Broken Sunflower Hearts / Miguel Angel Caballero

When his ex-boyfriend Sam shows up on his doorstep a year after separating, Anthony weighs the impact this will have on his life and on young daughter Luna

United States / 2018 / 13 mins

Dante vs. Mohammed Ali / Marc Wagenaar

When Wolf is forced to fight against his best friend Alexander during a weekly boxing match,Wolf refuses and tries to convince his friend to run away together

Netherlands / 2018 / 28 mins

Involuntary Activist / Mikael Bundsen

A teacher is forced to choose between betraying his family or his values when his older sister asks him to step back into the closet for a single night.

United Kingdom / 2019 / 20 mins

Dario / Manuel Kinzer & Jorge A. Trujillo Gil

Darío loves to dance but his disapproving mother makes it hard for him to be himself.

Germany / 2018 / 15 mins

Shorts: Real and Spectacular

Framing Agnes / Chase Joynt

In the late 1950s, a woman named Agnes approached the UCLA Medical Center seeking sex reassignment surgery. Her story was long considered to be singular until never-before-seen case files were found in 2017.

United States / 2018 / 19 mins

Battle Cry / Kyle Reaume

At the longest-running queer theatre in the world, Toronto’s most cerebral drag queen, Pearle Harbour, prepares to take the stage for her new show, Battle Cry

Canada / 2018 / 14 mins

A Normal Girl / Aubree Bernier-Clarke

A Normal Girl brings to light the widely unknown struggles of intersex people, through the story of intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis.

United States / 2019 / 13 mins

Rick / Jan-Peter Horstmann

Rick is gay and deaf and a porn star.

Germany / 2018 / 16 mins

How to Make a Rainbow / Ryan Maxey

How to Make a Rainbow observes a young girl and her mother over two years as they journey through the realities of a parent in transition.

United States / 2019 / 15 mins

Lee & Wanda / Rob Eagle

This touching portrait of two lesbian entertainers, together for almost 60 years, looks back at a lifetime of performing.

United Kingdom / 2019 / 15 mins

Shorts: Stories We Tell

Docking / Trevor Anderson

Trevor reflects on his fear of dating.

Canada / 2019 / 4 mins

The Tragic Fall of Valerie Mallory Finkerstein / Martina Monro

On the day of her best friend’s surprise birthday party, Valerie must publicly confess her love or lose her love forever.

Canada / 2018 / 12 mins

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) / Amanda Strong

Accompanied by a 10,000-year-old shapeshifter and friend known as Sabe, Biidaaban sets out on a mission to reclaim the ceremonial harvesting of sap from maple trees.

Canada / 2018 / 19 mins

Skies Are Not Just Blue / Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay

Identifying as queer and Muslim is a reality for Yara, A. and brothers Monib and Tariq.

Canada / 2018 / 25 mins

Iftiin / Ladan Mohamed Siad & Minas Adonai

A genderqueer Somali-Canadian teenager spends the day taking their grandmother to her appointments, forcing the two to confront their assumptions of one another.

Canada / 2018 / 9 mins

Stage Name: Victoria / Taran Morriseau

Stage Name: Victoria takes an intimate look at a drag queen who is starting his career in the community of Fort William First Nation.

Canada / 2018 / 3 mins

Lost Cat / Laura Bergeron

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.

Canada / 2018 / 15 mins

Shorts: There’s Your Trouble

Bathroom Troll / Aaron Immediato

After Cassie is tormented in the women’s washroom at school, a demonic vengeance troll awakens to avenge her.

United States / 2018 / 16 mins

Flotando / Frankie De Leonardis

A Russian astronaut comes toon an ISS space module after an accident and…wait a minute…is that someone knocking on the door?

Spain / 2018 / 8 mins

Jeremiah / Kenya Gillespie

A high school football player is forced to confront his deepest fears after a strange encounter with a mysterious figure.

United States / 2018 / 9 mins

SWITCH / Marion Renard

During her first sexual experience, a teenage girl discovers she possesses a disturbing skill.

Belgium / 2018 / 17 mins

Stigma / David Velduque

It’s Friday night, the doorbell rings, and Alex welcomes in his worst nightmare.

Spain / 2018 / 15 mins

I Wait for the Night / Arthur Chaumay

A discussion between two boys on the shores of an abandoned lake will force one of them to face his inner demons.

France / 2018 / 6 mins

Conversion Therapist / Bears Rebecca Fonte

A pansexual, polyamorous trio kidnaps a ‘pray-the-gay-away’ evangelical conversion therapist, hoping to help him see the light.

United States / 2019 / 19 mins

Shorts: Thrive

Rani / Hammad Rizvi

A poor, socially outcast Pakistani transgender woman sets out to take care of an abandoned baby.

Pakistan / 2018 / 14 mins

Autumn / Rollyn Stafford

A transgender woman tries to make it to the Miss Oregon audition but first has one quick stop to beat up some thugs.

United States / 2018 / 5 mins

Waking Hour / Nava Mau

A trans woman is pursued by a potential lover at a party and must balance concerns about her safety and her desire for intimacy.

United States / 2019 /12 mins

I / Halla Tryggvadottir & Vala Ómarsdóttir

A young trans person living in a small town travels to the city searching for freedom.

Iceland / 2018 / 15 mins

Will I Say So / Jamie DiNicola

Two men are on a first date and each has a secret. Can they find the courage to speak the truth and accept one another?

United States / 2019 / 6 mins

The Bony Lady / Thiago Zanato

A Mexican transgender woman and leader of the Santa Muerte Cult in Queens prepares for her yearly celebration of the Bony Lady.

Brazil / 2018 / 20 mins

Tell By Date / Sarah Ball

Ryan has something important to tell his seven-year-old son but comes up with every excuse to avoid it. He needs a “tell-by date.”

United States / 2019 / 13 mins

Shorts: Top of the World

The One You Never Forget / Morgan Fox

A 14-year-old boy excitedly prepares for his first dance, but when his date arrives he’s faced with a split-second decision.

United States / 2018 / 8 mins

Listen / Jake Graf

Featuring young trans actors in trans roles, Listen frankly depicts some of the myriad struggles experienced daily by trans children and teenagers.

United Kingdom / 2018 / 4 mins

Anemone / Amrou Al-Kadhi

A second-generation teen searches for a way to express their non-binary identity.

United Kingdom / 2018 / 18 mins

Maybe / Kathryn Cole

After an unexpected encounter in Waikiki, a young girl explores her sexuality in secret, causing new rifts between her and her religious Philippine family.

United States / 2018 / 10 mins

Mack Wrestles / Erin Sanger

Mack Beggs broke records and changed history when he won the Texas State title as a transgender wrestler.

United States / 2018 / 25 mins

RE:Focus, Sports, Trans, Youth

Ladies Day / Abena Taylor-Smith

Amma spends the day in an Afro Caribbean salon having her hair braided. The shop is full of fun, gossip and laughter, but how will she deal with the casual homophobia?

United Kingdom / 2018 / 8 mins

Sequins / Michael Beddoes

Paul Bigsby’s life is turned upside down when he enlists the help of a jaded Blackpool drag queen in order to realize his dream

United Kingdom / 2019 / 17 mins

Shorts: Wide Open Spaces

This Perfect Day / Lydia Rui

Julia, a wayward youth, walks into a music store. This could be the day that changes their life.

Australia / 2018 / 8 mins

There You Are / Lisa Donato

A trans woman must dress like a man to say goodbye to her dying grandmother.

United States / 2018 / 15 mins

Long Distance / Anoop Lokkur

A young Indian woman living in Australia gets a call from her mum back home.

Australia / 2019 / 7 mins

The Conrads / Teryl Brouillette

Joss Conrad learns that her IVF treatments were successful when her wife is out of town. The only problem is, Joss is not sure this is what she really wants.

United Kingdom / 2018 / 14 mins

Tonight

Tonight, Tom will meet her younger girlfriend’s group of friends for the first time. At the end of the night, she’ll have to make a choice.

Israel / 2018 / 14 mins

Other Loving / Lise Angelica Johnson

A woman experiencing heartbreak rediscovers love in an unconventional way.

United States / 2019 / 6 mins

Mudpots / Cate Smierciak

In a stolen moment at Shelby’s surprise going away party, she and her best friend, Jess, will finally acknowledge something more between them

United States / 2018 / 12 mins

Shorts: You Can’t Hurry Love

The Date / Emmalie El Fadli

Lizzy and Olivia might be total opposites but they do have one thing in common: they both swiped ‘right’ on each other.

United Kingdom / 2018 / 10 mins

U for Usha / Rohan Kanawade

Usha, a single mother and farm labourer in rural India, finds herself drawn to a female teacher who works at a local primary school.

India / 2019 / 21 mins

Breastfriends / Eleanor Rogers

A driven young female relay runner begins to question her sexuality when a new member joins the team

Ireland / 2018 / 17 mins

Xiao Xian / Jiajie Yu Yan

Xiao Xian’s mother has put her in charge of finishing a dress and her daughter obeys, as usual. But when the girl’s best friend shows up looking to party, Xiao Xian can’t say no.

Spain / 2018 / 17 mins

Love on the Cards / Nathan Hannawin

Frustrated by her failing love life, Tess turns to a tarot card reading for clarity.

United Kingdom / 2018 / 8 mins

The Night Before  / Mragendra Singh

On the night before her wedding, Shae pays a visit to her ex, Nikki, a woman she ghosted years ago.

United States / 2018 / 10 mins

Mixed Episodic

Femme Queen Chronicles / Ahya Simone Taylor

Chanel and her friends Eryka, Amirah, and Shevon all are just trying to make it through the day without getting clocked as trans women — or clocking someone else over the head on the way.

United States / 2018 / 11 mins

Miguel / Daphna Levin

Miguel is a heart-wrenching true story of a gay man’s determination to fulfill his dream of adopting a child.

Israel / 2019 / 42 mins

These Thems / Jett Garrison

These Thems, a comedic digital series, follows four queer characters: a newly out lesbian and her gay best friend, a trans man who’s still in the closet at work, and a nonbinary educator.

United States / 2019 / 8 mins

I'm Fine / Andrew Ceperley

Jeff brings Zachary to meet his mom, now on her way to recovery after a health scare; while there, Zachary unearths some hidden insecurities even Jeff isn’t ready to face.

United States / 2019 / 21 mins