Inside Out 2019 Award Winners

Best Canadian Short
Sponsored by Accenture

Soft Spot
Directed by Justine Stevens

Emerging Canadian Artist
Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank
Sponsored by William F. White International

Skies Are Not Just Blue
Directed by Lysandre Cosse-Tremblay

Best Canadian Feature
Sponsored by Entertainment Partners Canada

Drag Kids
Directed by Megan Wennberg

Best First Feature
Sponsored by Netflix

A Dog Barking at the Moon
Directed by Zi Xiang

Special Award for Innovation
Sponsored by Inside Out

Memories of My Body
Directed by Garin Nugroho

Audience Award
Best Narrative Feature
Sponsored by Suzy Zucker

Billie and Emma
Directed by Samantha Lee

Audience Award
Best Documentary Film
Sponsored by Jo-Ann Chiam

We Are the Radical Monarchs
Directed by Linda Goldstein Knowlton

Audience Award
Best Short Film
Sponsored by Michael Leshner and Michael Stark

Directed by Jamie Dispirito

Special Award for Innovation

Inside Out is proud to announce the return of the Innovation Award, a $10,000 cash prize that is given to a filmmaker who demonstrates innovation and a commitment to authentic representation of LGBTQ+ folks. The winner will be chosen by the International Jury and announced at the Awards Brunch on June 2nd.

The 2019 Special Award for Innovation goes to Garin Nugroho’s Memories of My Body.

2019 Shortlist:

A Dog Barking at the Moon
Knives and Skin
Memories of My Body

The inaugural award was given in 2018 to the Brazilian documentary, Bixa Travesty.

Pitch, Please! Short Film Pitch Competition

2019 Pitch, Please! Winner:
Re-Live, Rain Valdez

The winner receives:

$5,000 production grant sponsored by Netflix

$10,000 in-kind package sponsored by:
Sim International
EP Canada
Final Draft
Lewis Brinberg Hanet

2019 Participants:

Re-Live, Rain Valdez
Table for Two, Nava Mau
Both Sides Now, Lise Angelica Johnson
After the Hours, Miguel Angel Caballero
LIAR, Wayne Burns and Justine Stevens



Canadian Jury:

Luis De Filippis

Luis De Filippis is a Canadian-Italian trans femme filmmaker whose work celebrates otherness and employs a fierce female gaze. Their work has played internationally at festivals such as TIFF, Rotterdam, and BFI. Their most recent work, For Nonna Anna, won the Best Short Narrative Award at the Atlanta International Film Festival, and the Special Jury Prize at Sundance. With generous assistance provided by the TIFF Canadian Women in Film Fellowship they attended
the Tiff Filmmaker Lab in September 2018.

Lisa Donato

Lisa Donato is an award-winning writer, director, producer and activist from Billings, Montana. She recently directed the feature film, Gossamer Folds, a story about a precocious 10-year-old boy who strikes up a friendship with his new next-door neighbour, a 25-year old transgender woman played by Transparent’s Alexandra Grey. Donato cowrote the feature film, Signature Move, which premiered at SXSW (2017), screened at over 150 festivals worldwide, and can be found on Amazon Prime. She has directed six award-winning short films since 2014, and her work is dedicated to people and communities that are relegated to the margins.

International Jury:

Tricia Hagoriles

Tricia Hagoriles is a Toronto-based filmmaker. In 2015, Tricia received the RBC Emerging Canadian Artist Award at the Inside Out Toronto LGBTQ Film Festival for her first short film, Beat. She is an alumna of Reel World Film Festival’s 2017 Emerging 20 Mentorship Program, and her most recent short, The Morning After, has screened in festivals around the world. She is currently developing a web series based on a play she co-created, Boiband the Boyband.

Curtis M. Wong

Curtis M. Wong is a senior reporter at HuffPost, where he covers breaking news, politics and entertainment that impact LGBTQ communities. He is HuffPost’s resident pop diva savant and Broadway theatre enthusiast, and is passionate about the outdoors, international affairs and Instagram. Prior to his stint at HuffPost, he was a staff writer at The Prague Post in the Czech Republic, and has also written for Billboard and Hartford Courant, among other publications. Curtis is based in New York City, but can often be found California dreaming, given his fondness for fish tacos and desert sunsets. He is a member of the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and attended Columbia University.

Allison Tate

Allison Tate is a filmmaker and journalist. As the Director of Editorial Video at Pride Media, she creates multimedia content for the world’s leading LGBTQIA+ brands including The Advocate,, and Out Magazine. She has directed short films and documentaries about queer lives and conducted interviews with such luminaries as Christine Vachon, Jill Soloway, Cheryl Dunye, and the Oscar-nominated Canadian director Marianne Farley. As a proud queer woman in media, she is passionate about creating inclusive narratives and amplifying marginalized voices.