The STARZ Festival Lounge will serve as the official home of our Industry Programs, our Guest and Industry Registration, our Community Partners Hub, a pop-up Delta Airlines Sky Club Lounge, a daily Inside Out Happy Hour, and many special, not-to-miss events!
This is a space for us to call our own.


Join us Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 10:00pm, and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 to 9:00pm.

You’ll find us at the Artscape Sandbox, directly behind the TIFF Bell Lightbox at the corner of Adelaide and Widmer Streets (entrance on 31 Widmer Street).

*Please note:
Some Lounge events require a ticket
or badge for access.

Rainbow Art

Industry Programs and Special Events

Pink Market

Pink Market

Saturday, May 25 | 12:00 – 8:00pm
Sunday, May 26 | 12:00 – 6:00pm

The Pink Market is a queer craft/fashion/art/literature fair – and it’s back at the Festival Lounge by popular demand! Featuring more than 30 LGBTQ+ local vendors, this is your chance to support Toronto’s vibrant queer art scene while mingling with fellow film fans.

Click here to learn more!

Reel Access: Discovery Forum

Reel Access: Discovery Forum
Reel Access is a year-long initiative by a working group of festival representatives and disability consultants, artists and activists, whose aim is to bring film festivals together to find solutions for improving accessibility at festival events.

Monday, May 27 | 8:30am – 4:30pm
Access with Forum Registration
Members and Industry Passholders can access afternoon panels with their pass (limited capacity)

Discovery Forum is a one-day meeting that addresses accessibility at film festivals in areas that include:
Customer Service
Event Production
Marketing and Promotion
Film Talent

Afternoon panels will address:
Audience and artist access to film festivals


For more information, contact reelaccess[at]

Queering Virtual Reality: VR at Inside Out

Queer stories come in all shapes, sizes, and formats.
Visit the Festival Lounge to take in these compelling virtual reality experiences.
Admission is free.

Presented by:

Authentically US

Authentically US
Director: Jesse Ayala
USA / 2018 / 20:00

Step into the lives of three transgender people in the American Northwest who are living authentically and taking action to make communities safer.

Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity

Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity
Directors: Irem Harnak, Elli Raynai
Canada / 2018 / 18:00

Composed of photographs and virtual reality volumetric testimonials, Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity is an interactive mixed-media documentary that explores how transgender subjects are challenging gender norms and redefining traditional masculinity.

Film Finance Forum

Film Finance Forum
Film Finance Forum 2
Film Finance Forum 3

Thursday, May 30 & Friday, May 31
Day One Panels: Access with Industry Pass
Day Two: Pre-Registered Forum Participants only

Presented by:

The world’s only LGBTQ Film Financing Forum brings together Canadian and international film projects-in-development with a slate of international industry executives for professional development and one-on-one pitch meetings. This year’s roster of projects represent the broad spectrum of LGBTQ+ experience from some of our sector’s most exciting creators.

Day One will include workshops and panels for the Producer participants, with several events open to Industry passholders.


2019 Official Projects:

Before I Change My Mind (Canada)
Producer: Alyson Richards
Writers: Trevor Anderson, Fish Griwkowsky
Director: Trevor Anderson

Blue Jean (UK)
Producer: Helene Sifre
Writer/Director: Georgia Oakley

Boyfriend (Canada/India)
Producers: Kelly Balon, Anand Ramayya
Writers: Brad Fraser, Ashim Ahluwalia
Director: Ashim Ahluwalia

Disclosure (USA)
Producer: Amy Scholder, Sam Feder, Laverne Cox (EP)
Writer/Director: Sam Feder

Erin’s Guide to Kissing Girls (Canada)
Producer: Claire Allore
Writer/Director: Julianna Notten

Golden Delicious (Canada)
Producer: Kristyn Stilling
Writer: Gorrman Lee
Director: Jason Karman

Lavender (UK)
Producer: Andee Ryder, Xenia Glen
Writer/Director: Jake Graf

Tribe (Canada)
Producer: Alexandra Roberts, Daniel Sedore
Writer/Director: Joseph Amenta

Untitled Documentary Project (USA)
Producer/Writer/Director: Rita Baghdadi

What I Call Her (Canada)
Producer: Kawennahere Devery Jacobs
Writer/Director: D.W. Waterson


Travel support provided by Delta Airlines and the RE:Focus Fund

Pitch, Please!
Short Film Pitch Competition

Pitch, Please!

Saturday, June 1 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Access with Industry Pass or Member Badge
Limited free public tickets available day of

Join us as we take crowdfunding live in this interactive pitch competition where filmmakers will have five minutes each to compete for victory and for your dollars!

With support from our Industry partners, we’ll be bringing filmmakers to the stage to share their short film pitches with our jury and with you, the audience. The jury’s pick will walk away with a guaranteed prize, but you can pledge your support for any of the projects in competition and provide direct funding to these artists-on-the-rise.

The winner will be announced at the Inside Out Awards Brunch on Sunday, June 2.

Awards Brunch
presented by UrbanSource Catering

Awards Brunch
Awards Brunch 2
Awards Brunch 3

Sunday, June 2 | 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Tickets: $30 – General Public / $25 – Members

At this year’s Awards Brunch, we are serving end-of-festival realness and, for the first time ever, the presentation of our Audience Awards will be on the menu!
Join us for coffee, mimosas and delicious eats from our friends at UrbanSource as we celebrate the work of our exceptional 2019 filmmakers.

Canadian Juried Awards

Best Canadian Feature (Narrative or Documentary)
Sponsored by Entertainment Partners Canada

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

Best Canadian Short
Sponsored by Accenture

International Juried Awards

Inside Out Innovation Award
New in 2018, this $10,000 cash award is presented to a filmmaker who, in their feature film, demonstrates innovation and a commitment to authentic and positive representation of LGBTQ2S+ people.

This award was established through Inside Out’s Strategic Innovation Fund, from a generous bequest made by the late James Stewart.

Best First Feature
This $2,500 cash award is presented to the International Jury’s selection for best film by a first-time feature director.

Audience Awards

Best Narrative Feature
Sponsored by Suzy Zucker

Best Documentary Film
Sponsored by Jo-Ann Chiam

Best Short Film
Sponsored by Michael Leshner and Michael Stark
(in honour of Mikey/Schmikey)

Pitch, Please! Winner

$5,000 production grant sponsored by Netflix

$10,000 in-kind package sponsored by:
Sim International, EP Canada, Bedtracks, Final Draft, Lewis Brinberg Hanet, and Behind the Scenes Services