Closing Gala: We Forgot to Break Up

Karen Knox

Karen Knox

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 34 mins

Stream

Galas

Interests

Canadian, Local, Music, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Guests

Karen Knox, Lane Webber, Daniel Gravelle, June Laporte, Jordan Dawson, Hallea Jones, Nicole Hilliard-Forde

Within Toronto’s vibrant bar scene, a diverse group of musicians come together to form
a band with a mission: to ignite a musical revolution. As they channel their individual struggles and experiences into their music, The New Normals create a dynamic rock sound that transcends gender and sexuality. But as they rise to fame, personal and romantic entanglements complicate their journey. A who’s-who of local music featuring
original songs from Torquil Campbell of Stars fame, the soundtrack also includes Peaches, Gentleman Reg, and The Hidden Cameras.

North American Premiere

June 1, 2024 7:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Dominic Savage

Dominic Savage

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 40 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2023 Toronto International Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Canadian, Family, Sexy, Trans

Elliot Page delivers an emotionally resonant performance in this honest and moving drama that follows Sam as he decides to visit his childhood home in Coburg for the first time since his transition. Sam isn’t sure he’s making the right decision to return to a place that holds painful memories, and if his decision to live life authentically will be compromised. But a chance encounter with his high school best friend, Katherine brings up long-dormant feelings for each other. Could their reconnection lead to a new and brighter chapter in their lives?

This film contains discussions around transphobia.

June 1, 2024 4:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Mikko Makela

Mikko Makela

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 50 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Sundance Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Gay, Intergenerational, Sex Work

Young Max is determined to make a name for himself in London’s literary circles, but his work as a freelance writer isn’t quite getting him there fast enough. In order to gain on the job experience to inspire his first novel, he poses as Sebastian, an online sex worker. These experiences jump from bedroom to page, catching the attention of an editor, and as the pressure increases to find his happy ending, the lines begin to blur between where Max ends and Sebastian begins.

This film contains sexual content.

Canadian Premiere

May 31, 2024 9:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Claire Burger

Claire Burger

Director

Country

Belgium

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Berlin International Film Festival

Stream

Premieres

Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Family, French Language, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Romance, Youth

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This film contains sexual content.

North American Premiere

May 31, 2024 9:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Carolina Markowicz

Carolina Markowicz

Director

Country

Brazil

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 42 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2023 Toronto International Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Black, Family, Gay, Latinx

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May 30, 2024 9:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Cora Bora

Hannah Pearl Utt

Hannah Pearl Utt

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2023 SXSW Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Bisexual, RE:Focus, Romance

A few things about Cora: she is a budding musician trying to make it in Los Angeles, she is determined to make her long-distance open relationship work, and she is extremely chaotic. In a moment of desperation, she heads back to her hometown of Portland, Oregon on a mission to fix her shaky relationship. Embarking on a wild journey, she confronts many self-induced roadblocks including a new woman living in her girlfriend’s house, a lost pet, and a pansexual orgy. When a chance at romance with a good guy presents itself, can Cora get out of her own way in time to secure the bag?

Canadian Premiere

Please note: This film will not be screened with captions.

May 31, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Janis Pugh

Janis Pugh

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

2 h 0 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2023 Toronto International Film Festival

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Lesbian, Music, RE:Focus, Romance

Helen lives with her ex-husband, his girlfriend, their new baby, and her ex-mother-in-law, who luckily remains her trusted ally. As she goes back and forth between working at the chicken factory and taking care of everyone at home, her dreary routine begins to take its toll. A bright spot appears in her otherwise mundane life when her high school crush, Joanne, returns to town. A musical drama set in northern Wales, Chuck Chuck Baby follows one woman as she finds the courage to stand up for herself and finally go after the life she deserves.

May 30, 2024 7:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Anthony Schatteman

Anthony Schatteman

Director

Country

Belgium / Netherlands

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 37 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Official Selection, 2024 Berlin International Film Festival

Stream

Galas

Interests

Bisexual, Coming Out, Family, Friendship, Gay, Romance

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Canadian Premiere

May 28, 2024 9:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Alice Maio Mackay

Alice Maio Mackay

Country

Australia

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 16 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

2024 Salem Horror Fest

Stream

Premieres

Interests

Family, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Trans

When true-crime podcaster and sleuth Lola visits her hometown for the first time since running away and transitioning, the local urban legend, The Toymaker, is the least of her worries. But when the vengeful ghost of the historical murderer seemingly rises again, Lola must fight against not only a psychotic killer, but also a town haunted by secrets. Can Lola and her band of unexpected allies save Christmas? A transgender holiday film by prolific teenaged filmmaker Alice Maio Mackay and edited by The People’s Joker filmmaker, Vera Drew, Carnage for Christmas is destined to be a queer horror classic.

This film contains scenes of violence with graphic images of blood and gore.

Canadian Premiere

May 26, 2024 9:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Digital Screening* Available on May 27 at Noon

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Julia Jackman

Julia Jackman

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 38 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Gay, Music, RE:Focus, Romance

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Canadian Premiere

Please note: This film will not be screened with captions.

May 26, 2024 9:15 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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