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We’ve announced the 10 feature film projects and the lineup of industry decision-makers that will participate in the fourth edition of the world’s only LGBTQ Film Finance Forum.

To continue to offer this necessary support to filmmakers during isolation, Inside Out will be launching the forum as a fully digital event to take place May 26-29, 2020.

Along with Inside Out Finance Forum regulars like Britain’s Bankside Films, the U.S.’s Killer Films, and France’s MK2, new companies taking one-on-one meetings with the 2020 creative teams include: Netflix (Presenting Partner of the Forum), Bleecker Street (U.S.), Bohemia Media (U.K.), Films Boutique (Germany), Gamechanger Films (U.S.), IFC/Sundance Selects/IFC Midnight (U.S.), MAD Solutions (Egypt), Mainstay Entertainment (U.S.), The Population (U.S.), Powderkeg Studios (U.S.), XYZ (U.S.) and Verve (U.S.). GLAAD will also be taking meetings with the creative teams.

“We’ve seen incredible steps forward in intersectional, LGBTQ representation in TV series and episodic content, but that success hasn’t had a visible impact on feature financing – despite the fact that both episodic and feature content are being shown on the same platforms.”

– Andria Wilson, Executive Director

Read the exclusive announcement and an interview with our executive director Andria Wilson and director of programming Andrew Murphy at Variety.

The Finance Forum provides LGBTQ-identified producers and/or producers creating LGBTQ content an opportunity to pitch their projects directly to top decision makers. All participating executives will be taking one-on-one meetings with the creative teams.

Being home to the first LGBTQ finance forum of its kind in the world, Inside Out’s goal is to put LGBTQ creators in front of decision makers, as well as to create a dedicated space for LGBTQ filmmakers to receive the connection and support they need.


“All That She Wants” (U.S.)
Director: Nigel DeFriez
Producer: Maria Krovatin
Logline: Due to a mysterious family emergency, Angela and Fred find themselves far from the queer bubble of the big city, haunted by high school trauma, small-town drama, and nobody to have sex with…

“Followers” (Australia/U.S.)
Director: Tim Marshall
Producers: Christina Radburn, Frances Wang-Ward
Logline: When a devout widow sees a bizarre vision of Jesus on her bisexual swimming teacher’s shorts, she’s determined it’s God’s way of healing her, and sets out to convince him the vision is a miracle for them both.

“Glitter & Doom” (U.S.)
Director: Tom Gustafson
Producers: Tom Gustafson, Cory Krueckeberg
Logline: A carefree kid about to run away with the circus and a struggling musician who wears charisma as camouflage go camping on a first date – but will whirlwind love at first sight survive them revealing their darkness along with their light? “Glitter & Doom” is an enchanting summer romance musical movie told using the iconic tunes of the Indigo Girls.

“Gypsy Boy” (U.K.)
Director: Dee Koppang O’Leary
Producers: Kevin Loader, Dee Koppang O’Leary
Logline: “Gypsy Boy” is a coming-of-age story adapted from Mikey Walsh’s critically acclaimed and Sunday Times bestselling memoir books “Gypsy Boy” and “Gypsy Boy on the Run.”

“Hawa Hawaii” (Kenya)
Director: Amirah Tajdin
Producer: Wafa Tajdin, Sahar Yousefi
Logline: A Muslim drag queen uses the dying art of Swahili orchestral music and lyrics – Taarab – to mend a deeply fractured relationship with his mother.

“Last Summer With Ira” (U.S.)
Directors: Katie Ennis, Gary Jaffe
Producers: Emily McCann Lesser, Katie Ennis
Logline: Westchester, Summer 1991. Closeted teenager Daniel Rosen begins to come out to himself when his estranged gay uncle Ira returns home, dying of complications from HIV/AIDS.

“Polarized” (U.K.)
Director: Shamim Sharif
Producer: Hanan Kattan
Logline: On the verge of her wedding, a successful Muslim woman falls into a passionate affair with a blue-collar Christian woman who works for her. In a modern-day small-town America that is politically and economically polarized, they will find that being true to themselves means turning their backs on everything they’ve ever believed.

“The Viridian” (Canada)
Director: Blake Mawson
Producer: Natalie Urquhart
Logline: A young woman protects her little brother from incarceration by hiding the genetic marker that places him outside society’s acceptance, but discovery is inevitable.

“You Cannot Erase Me” (U.S.)
Director: Tyler Rabinowitz
Producer: Jeremy Truong
Logline: Fleeing persecution, a gay Jewish man from Chechnya leaves his mother behind to resettle in Toronto, where his new roommate introduces him to the world of drag –– and to the parts of himself that he had been taught to bury.

“The Young King” (U.S.)
Director: Larin Sullivan
Producers: Kim Bailey, Isabel Marden
Logline: “The Young King” is the story of Jules, a cocky young drag king on a quest to become her own man. Over a weekend in Vegas, she falls for Ronnie, a stripper, and reconnects with her estranged father Mick, a clown, who delivers a lesson of tough love at the poker table.

Inside Out 2020 Stream 2 Canadian Micro-Budget Participants

“Adolescent” (Ontario, Canada)
Director: Kyle Reaume
Producer: Sam Rosati
Logline: Immature and often reckless, Bryce Belleperche drinks, smokes, and brings home men he meets at the gay bar he tends. His unstructured life is suddenly challenged when he is tasked with acting as full-time guardian to his 14-year-old niece, the stoic and precocious Katy, who is secretly coming to terms with her own sexuality.

“Pink Carnations” (Nova Scotia, Canada)
Director: Adam Myatt
Producer: Lisa Buchanan
Logline: During the summer between junior and senior year of high school, 17-year-old Anthony has just had his wisdom teeth pulled. On the car ride home, loose-lipped from the anesthetic, Anthony unwittingly tells his mother, Rose, that he loves his friend Nick. Rose doesn’t know what to do with this information and begins restricting Anthony’s social life, preventing him from seeing not only Nick, but also his best friend Kelly. Out of a combination of denial and protectiveness, Rose doesn’t let on to her husband, Glenn, that she suspects their son is gay.

“Dear Straight Men” (Ontario, Canada)
Director: Santana Doran
Producer: Sam Sorrenti
Logline: A group of queer friends make a pact to unapologetically stand up to their oppressor.

“Moka” (Ontario, Canada)
Directors: Emily Gioskos, Laura Bornacelli
Producer: Moka Dawkins
Logline: The true story of a former Toronto sex worker who was caught in a traumatic night of terror which landed her, a transgender women of color, in the most dangerous all-male prison in Canada.

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