Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
Staged jointly in Toronto and Ottawa (the latter since 2007), the 11-day annual LGBTQ-themed Inside Out film festival features screenings, panels, Q&As and art installations, totaling around 200 films and video productions from Canada and the world. One panelist points to the fest’s recently inked four-year deal with Netflix in support of queer Canadian moviemakers as a promising move, adding, “It’s another queer fest that’s really important on the circuit. I actually prefer going to Inside Out over TIFF. They’re highly curatorial with their selections and have a great Canadian sidebar, so nurturing local talent is important to them.” Inside Out funds programs aimed at creating LGBTQ- themed programming and emerging art- ist-focused Initiatives like Youth Day, a day devoted to students and educational groups. This fest also brings the fun—in the form of raucous after-parties, tea dances, and drag shows.