Inside Out is a not-for-profit registered charity that exists to challenge attitudes and change lives through the promotion, production and exhibition of film made by and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people of all ages, races and abilities.

For nearly three decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto's LGBT community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives.

A note on language:

Throughout this website and messaging on other platforms, we primarily use the acronym LGBTQ to refer to those of diverse sexualities, gender identities and expressions. Inside Out operates under the name ‘Inside Out LGBT Film Festival’ but recognizes and acknowledges all identities and expressions within the larger spectrum. It is never our intention to be less than inclusive with shortening of the acronym to LGBT or LGBTQ, and we are open to feedback from our constituents regarding best future use of the spectrum acronym both in our operating name and our public promotions.
If you’d like to share feedback on this or any other part of this document, please contact our offices at inside[at] or by phone at 416-977-6847.

Click below to read about our 2018 - 2020 Strategic Plan.

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Founded in 1991 as an LGBTQ film festival in Toronto, Inside Out is now the largest event of its kind in Canada, spanning multiple cities with year-round programming.
Inside Out seeks to be:

• an innovative leader in the production, exhibition and promotion of LGBTQ film

• an incubator and support for LGBTQ filmmakers both emerging and established

• a leading advocate for LGBTQ issues using the medium of film

• an inclusive cultural gathering place for Canadian LGBTQ communities


Inside Out strives to reflect the following values in our operations and programming:

• Innovation: We give our audience new opportunities to engage with LGBTQ stories through the medium of film. We are constantly improving our programming and efficiency of operations by adopting new technologies and systems.

• Excellence: We are committed to seeking out the best LGBTQ stories from around the world and providing audiences with unique film-based experiences.

• Community: We play a vital role in the social, educational and cultural health of our communities by connecting them with their stories. We are dedicated to reflecting and expanding the dialogue within the LGBTQ communities in collaboration with other organizations.

• Inclusion: Inside Out is accessible and inclusive: a safe and welcoming space for filmmakers and film fans from around the world. We at Inside Out respect, reflect and celebrate our communities’ diversity and strive for inclusion of all persons.

Each year, Inside Out is proud to present the Toronto LGBT Film Festival, the Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, the More Play Year-Round Screening Series and the LGBTQ Feature Film Financing Forum.

Toronto LGBT Film Festival

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. Since 2009, RBC Royal Bank has served as the Lead Sponsor of the Toronto Festival.

Ottawa LGBT Film Festival

Since 2007, Inside Out has produced a four-day festival in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. With the support of Lead Sponsor RBC Royal Bank, the Ottawa Festival showcases the best queer cinema from Canada and around the world. The event has received a warm welcome from the queer community in the region, building partnerships with local businesses and LGBT organizations and experiencing healthy growth in attendance each year with the 2012 Festival attracting more than 4 000 attendees to 12 film programs and parties.