Inside Out Film and Video Festival

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Inside Out Film and Video Festival
LocationToronto and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Founded1991 (Toronto)
2007 (Ottawa)
Festival datelate May to early June each year
May 23 – June 2, 2019
LanguageEnglish
Websitewww.insideout.ca

The Inside Out Film and Video Festival is an annual Canadian film festival, which presents a program of LGBT-related film.[1] The festival is staged in both Toronto and Ottawa.[2]

The organization also presents a series of film screenings throughout the year outside of the dedicated festival, as well as a touring program of short film screenings in smaller towns and cities within Southern Ontario.

The organization's current executive director is Andria Wilson.[3] She joined the festival in 2016, succeeding Scott Ferguson, and was previously associated with the OUTeast Film Festival in Halifax, Nova Scotia.[4]

Toronto LGBT Film Festival[edit]

First held at Toronto's Euclid Theatre in 1991,[5] Inside Out celebrated its festival with a small community of people who yearned to see film and video created by and about lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. The festival was briefly the subject of controversy in 1993, when Metro Toronto council refused an arts grant to support the 1994 festival on the grounds of "community standards", even though the council had given grants to the festival in both 1991 and 1992 without issue.[6] The festival was able to make up the lost funding that year when numerous arts organizations in the city, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto International Film Festival, the National Ballet School, Tarragon Theatre, Theatre Passe Muraille and the Danny Grossman Dance Company, made donations to the festival.[7]

The festival has since expanded to incorporate a variety of programs related to the promotion and development of LGBT film arts in Canada.[8] Currently the largest event of its kind in Canada, the festival showcases the best and most diverse work of interest to LGBT communities. Taking place over 11 days, the festival stages screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that highlight more than 200 films and videos from Canada and around the world.

Previously staged at a variety of venues in Toronto,[9] the festival is now staged at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.[10]

Since 2009, RBC Royal Bank has served as the presenting sponsor of the Toronto Festival.

In 2016, a number of local activists launched the Toronto Queer Film Festival, an alternative intended for filmmakers and audiences who perceive Inside Out's current programming as too commercialized and mainstream.[11]

Ottawa LGBT Film Festival[edit]

In 2007 the Inside Out festival expanded to Ottawa,[12] soon after the demise of the city's earlier Making Scenes LGBT film festival.[13] Originally presented at the ByTowne Cinema, since 2016 the event has been staged at the National Gallery of Canada.[14]

In 2009 the festival faced controversy when the Canada Border Services Agency impounded prints of the films Patrik, Age 1.5, I Can't Think Straight and Clapham Junction that were en route to the festival, even though all three films had previously been screened elsewhere in Canada without incident.[15]

Other programs[edit]

In addition to the annual film festival events, the Inside Out organization also offers a number of dedicated training and funding programs to foster the creation of LGBTQ-themed film in Canada.

In 1998, with the support of Charles Street Video, Inside Out initiated the Queer Video Mentorship Project to provide opportunities for youth to learn video production in a supportive atmosphere.[16] Queer youth under the age of 25 are mentored through the process of making their first videos, from storyboarding and shooting to post-production and editing. In celebration of the festival's 20th anniversary in 2010, Inside Out expanded it into a multi-generational program bringing together LGBT youth and seniors over the age of 55. To date, close to 100 new artists have created work through the project. The works are screened at the festival and many go on to play at festivals around the globe. Each year, the works are compiled and distributed free to schools and community organizations.

In 2001, Inside Out launched the inaugural John Bailey Film and Video Completion Fund. Named in recognition of the contribution of a longtime Inside Out supporter and advisory board member, the fund awards grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 to Canadian filmmakers with work in the final stages of production.

Inaugurated in 2002, the Mark S. Bonham Scholarship for Queer Studies in Film and Video awards a $5,000 cash scholarship to a Canadian student who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, to pursue post-secondary studies in the field of film or video.[17] The first scholarship was awarded in September 2002 to Adam Garnet Jones from Vancouver. Subsequent recipients were Mary Fogarty, Christopher Sanchez, Jung Kim, Cam Matamoros, Jo Simalaya Alcampo, Rachel Smyth and Jordan Tannahill.

In 2018, the festival launched the Focus Fund to support work by LGBTQ female and non-binary filmmakers.[18]

In 2019, the festival partnered with streaming service Crave as a branding partner on the service's new portal for LGBTQ film and television content,[19] as well as launching a partnership with Netflix to support the development and funding of new LGBTQ-oriented film and television content in Canada.[20]

Inside Out Arts Endowment Fund[edit]

The Inside Out Arts Endowment Fund was established in December 2001 through the Ontario Arts Foundation to provide a stable base of funding for Inside Out in the future. The fund was created thanks to a generous founding gift from Mark Bonham of $200,000, and it is currently valued at close to $300,000. Supporters of Inside Out can make tax-deductible donations specifically to the Endowment Fund.

Awards[edit]

Audience Award for Best Feature Film[edit]

Audience Award for Best Short Film[edit]

Best Canadian Film[edit]

Best First Feature Film[edit]

Best Documentary[edit]

Best Canadian Short Film[edit]

Emerging Canadian Artist[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Warner, Tom (2002). "Inside Out Film and Video Festival". Never Going Back: A History of Queer Activism in Canada. Toronto, Ont.: University of Toronto Press. pp. 334–335. ISBN 9781442677623. OCLC 288096774.
  2. ^ Joceline Andersen, "From the Ground Up: Transforming the Inside Out LGBT Film and Video Festival of Toronto". Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Volume 21 Issue 1, March 2012, pp. 38-57.
  3. ^ Porter, Ryan (October 27, 2016). "Meet the new head of Toronto's Inside Out film festival". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  4. ^ "Andria Wilson named new executive director of Inside Out". Daily Xtra, October 31, 2016.
  5. ^ "Film news". The Globe and Mail, March 22, 1991.
  6. ^ "Committee refuses appeal on aid cut to gay film festival". The Globe and Mail, December 1, 1993.
  7. ^ "Gay filmfest kicks off". The Globe and Mail, May 28, 1994.
  8. ^ Anderson, Jason (May 21, 2015). "Inside Out film festival celebrates 25th anniversary". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  9. ^ DeMara, Bruce (May 19, 2010). "Film fest explores gay, lesbian history". Toronto Star. Retrieved April 5, 2019.
  10. ^ Wilner, Norman (May 4, 2018). "Inside Out announces 2018 lineup". Now.
  11. ^ "How one local festival wants to bring queer back to Toronto". Daily Xtra, June 21, 2016.
  12. ^ "Gay ghosts premiere at film fest; Poltergay will appeal to all audiences, says festival director". Ottawa Citizen, October 24, 2007.
  13. ^ "Festival comes out with more movies". Kingston Whig-Standard, January 12, 2005.
  14. ^ "Five films not to miss at Inside Out 2017, Ottawa’s LGBT film festival". Daily Xtra, November 6, 2017.
  15. ^ "Ottawa film festival upset after gay-themed films seized at border". Canadian Press, November 22, 2009.
  16. ^ "Coming out at Inside Out festival". National Post, May 14, 2005.
  17. ^ Winsa, Patty (December 23, 2018). "Mark Bonham calls himself a financial 'punk.' Here's why he's now raising money for LGBTQ causes". Toronto Star.
  18. ^ Olsen, Deidre (June 4, 2018). "New fund supports LGBTQ women and non-binary filmmakers". Now.
  19. ^ "Crave puts spotlight on LGBTQ content". Playback, May 1, 2019.
  20. ^ "With a little help from Netflix, Inside Out is opening major doors for the future of LGTBQ stories". CBC Arts, May 23, 2019.
  21. ^ a b c d e "Inside Out Film Festival winners". National Post, June 1, 2010.
  22. ^ a b c d "Margarita grabs audience award at Inside Out Festival". Playback, June 1, 2012.
  23. ^ a b c d e f "What We Have takes best Canadian feature at Inside Out". Playback, June 1, 2015.
  24. ^ a b c d e f g "Closet Monster Wins at Inside Out". Northern Stars, June 7, 2016.
  25. ^ a b c d e f g "Rebels on Pointe takes best Canadian feature at Inside Out". Playback, June 6, 2017.
  26. ^ a b c d e "'White Rabbit' wins 2018 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival audience award". Screen Daily, June 4, 2018.
  27. ^ a b c d e f g h "Billie And Emma wins audience award at Inside Out 2019". Now, June 3, 2019.
  28. ^ a b c d "Weekly roundup: distribution, awards and funding news". Playback, June 7, 2013.
  29. ^ "Stacey Donen: Hoping for discovery". Playback, July 6, 2009.

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