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20 000 Species of Bees (20,000 especies de abejas)

An eight-year-old child struggles with the fact that people keep addressing her in confusing ways; her birth name feels very wrong, and her nickname Cocó doesn’t feel quite right either. During a s...

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A Place of Our Own (Ek Jagah Apni)

Trans women Laila and Roshni are looking for housing after they are evicted from their rental. It soon becomes evident that their search for a home is also their ongoing search for a place in a societ...

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A Queer’s Guide To Spiritual Living

A Queer's Guide to Spiritual Living celebrates the many surprising intersections of faith and queerness in the lives of four queer folks from various religious contexts. Through journal entries, poetr...

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All the Colours of the World are Between Black and White

Bambino is a delivery driver in Lagos, living a quiet life and holding his neighbours at arm’s length. When he meets Bawa, a friendly and easygoing photographer, something clicks. But in a country w...

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Almamula

After being gay bashed by neighbourhood boys, Nino’s family moves to their country home. Nino is forced to attend confirmation class and is warned not to enter a nearby forest or risk being captured...

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Before I Change My Mind

In the debut feature from award-wining director Trevor Anderson it’s 1987 and Robin’s arrival at a small-town Alberta middle-school causes a stir.

Being the new kid at school is never easy,...

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Big Boys

Jamie’s dream camping trip is ruined before it even begins when he finds out that his beloved cousin is bringing her new boyfriend. However, Jamie’s initial jealousy of the competent and confident...

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Bloom Room

When Leo turns their love of plants into an online community for Black folks to talk all things foliage, they discover that community is the key to staying rooted. As Leo’s group of Black millennial...

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Centrepiece Gala: Supporting Our Selves

Founded in 1980 as the Gay Community Appeal, Community One Foundation has from the start raised funds for an array of community projects and organizations, with the organization and its name evolving ...

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Closing Gala: Glitter & Doom

When carefree Glitter and aspiring musician Doom meet it is love at first sight. But as Glitter prepares to live out his dream of running away with the circus, the two have only 29 days to know if it ...

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Commitment to Life

In the early 1980s, a young doctor at UCLA reports a strange immune disorder among gay men — the world’s first warning sign of the epidemic to come. In the decades that followed, Hollywood played ...

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Golden Delicious

Everyone wants something from high school senior Jake: his father is pushing him to try out for the basketball team – an abandoned dream of his own – and his girlfriend wants to take their relatio...

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Golden Delicious (Relaxed Screening)

Everyone wants something from high school senior Jake: his father is pushing him to try out for the basketball team – an abandoned dream of his own – and his girlfriend wants to take their relatio...

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Hummingbirds

Filmmakers and activists Silvia Del Carmen Castaños and Estefanía "Beba" Contreras are coming of age in Laredo, Texas, a stone’s throw away from the Mexico border. Stuck in an immigration process ...

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Is There Anybody Out There?

Filmmaker Ella Glendining was born with a disability so rare that she’s not yet met anyone else in the world who shares the experience of living in a body like hers. Through Facebook groups and onli...

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Is There Anybody Out There? (Relaxed Screening)

Filmmaker Ella Glendining was born with a disability so rare that she’s not yet met anyone else in the world who shares the experience of living in a body like hers. Through Facebook groups and onli...

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It’s Only Life After All

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers began performing together in high school, well before entering the mainstream as the acclaimed folk-rock duo, Indigo Girls. Against all odds they broke through in the 1980s, ...

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Leilani’s Fortune (The Reincarnation of Ayo Leilani)

The Reincarnation of Ayo Leilani takes us on an intimate journey with queer, immigrant Ethiopian-Eritrean artist, Witch Prophet as she navigates newfound momentum in the music industry. After a decade...

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Mutt

Over the course of a single hectic day in New York City, three people from Feña's past are thrust back into his life. Having lost touch since transitioning, he navigates the new dynamics of his relat...

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Narrow Path to Happiness

Gergo and Lenard, a young Romani couple living in a remote village in Hungary, have a very big dream: to make a musical based on their lives. The first step toward realizing this dream is to leave the...

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Norwegian Dream

Robert travels from Poland to begin work in a salmon processing plant off the Trøndelag coast in Norway. Isolated and far from home he plans to keep his head down and work hard, seeking financial sec...

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Opening Night Gala: Passages

Passages begins with German filmmaker Tomas meticulously crafting a scene. He requires perfection to be satisfied and when the slightest error occurs, he loses his temper.

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Opponent (Motståndaren)

In the aftermath of a devastating rumor, Iman and his family were forced to flee Iran. As refugees, Iman, his wife Maryam, and their two daughters end up in a run-down hotel in northern Sweden. When M...

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Pitch, Please! + Awards Ceremony

Join us for Pitch, Please! as Inside Out invites five filmmakers with short films in this year’s festival to present a short, two-minute pitch to a jury and audience with one lucky winner taking home a $5,000 prize!

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Queendom

Gena, a queer artist from a small town in Russia, dresses in otherworldly costumes and protests the government on the streets of Moscow. Born and raised on the harsh streets of Magadan, a frigid outpo...

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RE:Focus Gala: Kokomo City

Through conversation and laughter, D.Smith presents the stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. These women offer unapologetic and unfiltered reflections on belonging an...

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Runs in the Family

In this witty father-son story, we are introduced to Varun, a former scammer, and River, a trans drag performer, as they venture on a road trip across South Africa to rescue River's long-lost mother f...

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School of Rock

Join us and our very special guest, School of Rock’s Rivkah Reyes (Katie), as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mike White and Richard Linklater’s classic comedy that holds a special place in m...

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Shorts: BOLD

Embark on a journey through themes of vulnerability and the power that lies within it with this year’s BOLD programming. This series of shorts made by Black filmmakers display the magic, vulnerabili...

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Shorts: Center Stage

Crushes, homecoming, and some surprising special interests: this short program highlights the complexities of young adulthood and the importance of being yourself.

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Shorts: Closer to Fine

Beards, bands, boundaries, and besties, this collection of shorts is just trying to tell you something about life.

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Shorts: Joking

These short films about loud neighbours, vampires, and inner saboteurs prove that anything can be comedic if it’s in the right hands.

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Shorts: Let It Be Me

Sex clubs, teddy bears, cruising, and erotic wrestling, this collection of shorts is all about owning your truth and not being afraid to express yourself.

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Shorts: Local Heroes

From raves to resistance, this collection of shorts highlights the work of local queer storytellers making films that explore the multitudes this city has to offer.

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Shorts: Something Real

Snakes, the sea, and unexpected visitors, this collection of shorts explores relationships with everyone from ourselves and our partners to strangers.

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Shorts: Sorrow and Joy

A country at war, a competitive athlete, and couples exploring intimacy, this collection of shorts is all about the ups and downs of our queer realities.

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Shorts: Stories We Tell

From parenthood to plant care, this collection of shorts highlights the work of Canadian filmmakers creating from coast to coast.

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Shorts: Thrive

Inside Out’s specially-curated program showcasing the work of trans and non binary filmmakers. Curated by and for the trans* community.

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Sisi & I (Sisi & Ich)

When Countess Irma is sent by her mother to a women-only commune in Greece to act as companion to Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary, she is captivated by the eccentric recluse. She is put to the te...

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Something You Said Last Night

Ren reluctantly accompanies her very Italian family on a beach resort holiday. As her younger sister makes friends and parties, Ren navigates a resort that does not cater to her and struggles to cope ...

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Special Presentation: Blue Jean

It’s 1988 in England and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government is about to pass Section 28, a law that prohibits the promotion of homosexuality. For Jean, a gym teacher, a law stigmatizing g...

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Special Presentation: I Used to Be Funny

Sam Cowell, an au pair and aspiring stand-up comedian, is struggling with PTSD and must decide whether to join the search for Brooke, a missing teenage girl she used to nanny. The story exists between...

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Special Sneak Preview: Chestnut

Chestnut, director Jac Cron’s feature debut, is a slow-burning exploration of the desire to belong and the pain of loneliness.

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The Venus Effect (Venuseffekten)

Responsible and level-headed Liv believes she has her whole life figured out. She works with her parents at their garden centre and goes home each night to her comfortable relationship with her loving...

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This Place

Kawenniióhstha leaves her community of Kahnawà:ke near Montreal to attend university in Toronto and to find her Iranian father, who she has never met.

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Wolf and Dog (Lobo e Cão)

Friends Ana and Luis were born in São Miguel, an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean ruled by religion and traditions. Growing up, both have been expected to fit into the lives that
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