Shorts: Talk to Me

Anxiety on a first date, a plethora of miscommunications, and a pesky apocalypse – relationships aren’t easy at the best of times, and life has a way of throwing many challenges our way. But through this collection of shorts, we see the importance of connection and intimacy, even when it requires a little bit of effort.

Guests: Chris Coats, Ella May Sahlman, Mike Liebenson

This program has 7 films.

June 1, 2024 2:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

Digital Screening Available June 2

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*Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

Sponsor

Leadership Circle | Tony Markotich

Halfway

Kumar Chheda

Kumar Chheda

Director

A turbulent couple finds themselves at opposing entrances of Juhu beach, compelling them to walk toward each other and meet in the middle.

Country

India

Year

2023

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Gay, Romance, South Asian

Muscat

Philippe Grenier

Philippe Grenier

Director

Samir, a 16-year-old Moroccan fisherman, discovers his attraction toward men when he meets Louis, a tourist traveling with his wife.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

17 mins

Interests

African, Canadian, Family, Gay

Congratulations, Dx!

Mark Felix Ebreo

Mark Felix Ebreo

Director

After receiving an undetectable HIV status, Dexter finally shows up at his friends’ party and reconnects with them, following a long and sudden ghosting.

Country

Philippines

Year

2023

Duration

20 mins

Interests

Asian, Gay, HIV / AIDS

The Last Take

Brian Foyster

Brian Foyster

Director

Facing the end, a movie star from the golden age of Hollywood must reconcile with the only man he ever loved.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Aging / Elders, Gay, Romance

Stay Lost

Chris Coats

Chris Coats

Director

A chance meeting with a nomadic musician sets an aimless and depressed young man’s life on an entirely new trajectory.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Family, Gay, Sexy

8 Minutes 20 Seconds

Harris Doran

Harris Doran

Director

There are only 8 minutes and 20 seconds of sunlight left on earth and Max must race against time to reconcile with his ex-boyfriend.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Gay, Romance, Sci-Fi

Great Canyon

Ella Sahlman

Ella Sahlman

Director

Chronicling the endearing anxieties and insecurities of two men on a first date.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Gay, Mental Health, RE:Focus, Romance

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Shorts: F*ck the Pain Away

From leather daddies to cruising newbies, from bisexual friends of friends to celebrity crushes, this program delves into the vast world of queer intimacy, one hookup at a time.

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Shorts: Icons

Carabiners, karaoke nights, climbing legends, drag royalty, and resilient communities come together to create a program that highlights the power of queerness. Celebrate our past, present, and future...

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Shorts: Show Stopper

When faced with situations such as an embarrassing moment gone viral, learning to drive as an adult, or a pizza delivery mistakenly sent to your ex, it's essential to dig deep and find humour in it al...

Shorts: Icons

Carabiners, karaoke nights, climbing legends, drag royalty, and resilient communities come together to create a program that highlights the power of queerness. Celebrate our past, present, and future through the stories of inspiring real-life icons.

Guests: Gianna Mazzeo

This program has 5 films.

June 1, 2024 11:45 am
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

Digital Screening Available on June 2

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The History of the Carabiner

Gianna Mazzeo

Gianna Mazzeo

Director

A tongue-in-cheek, historical documentary / fashion film hybrid that takes viewers on a journey through queer history to trace the origins of the carabiner as a lesbian symbol.

Country

Netherlands

Year

2023

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Lesbian, Queer, RE:Focus

One Night At Babes

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

Director

At a rural Vermont dive bar called Babes, Cribbage tournaments overlap with afternoons of karaoke and nights of raucous Queer dance parties.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

29 mins

Interests

Gay, Trans

Jardines

Alfredo Torres

Alfredo Torres

Director

While waiting in limbo, displaced LGBTQ folks hoping to cross into the United States find support and healing with one another.

Country

Costa Rica

Year

2023

Duration

26 mins

Interests

Activism, Gay, Latinx, Lesbian, Trans

Sultana's reign

Hadi Moussally

Hadi Moussally

Director

Palestinian drag queen, performer, and artist, Sultana of New York, reflects on her journey from Jordan, to Egypt, Lebanon, and New York.

Country

France

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Aging / Elders, Drag, Intergenerational, Middle Eastern

Jamie

Darcy Hennessey

Darcy Hennessey

Director

Alpinist Jamie Logan has taken on some of the most dangerous climbs in the world but nothing felt as life-threatening as admitting that she wanted to begin a new life as a woman.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

19 mins

Interests

Family, Lesbian, Sports, Trans

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Shorts: Thrive

Horny cowboys, lost satellites, everlasting friendships, one-night stands, and self-discovery—all aboard this wild ride showcasing the wonderful and eclectic world of trans and nonbinary storytellers.

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Shorts: Local Heroes

Toronto is the backdrop of this eclectic collection of films telling tales of friendship, community, and mushroom-laced chaos.

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Shorts: Stories We Tell

Travel across Canada through this selection of shorts, ranging from touching tales of resilience after a life-changing diagnosis, to finding yourself during an anxiety-inducing night out. Bittersweet ...

Shorts: Thrive

Horny cowboys, lost satellites, everlasting friendships, one-night stands, and self-discovery—all aboard this wild ride showcasing the wonderful and eclectic world of trans and nonbinary storytellers.

Guests: Ariel Mahler

This program has 8 films.

May 31, 2024 7:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Re-Entry

Ariel Mahler

Ariel Mahler

Director

When a trans scientist rediscovers a lost satellite from her former life as a NASA engineer, she’s forced to confront her painful past.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

16 mins

Interests

RE:Focus, Trans

to boyhood, i never knew him

Tram Anh Huu Nguyen

Tram Anh Huu Nguyen

Director

Archival footage, distorted images, and internal monologues blend, resurfacing fragmented memories.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

4 mins

Interests

Asian, Experimental, RE:Focus, Trans

SKIN

Leo Behrens

Leo Behrens

Director

With the help of their inner manifestation, the iceman sheds their old skin and embraces their true identity.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Experimental, RE:Focus, Trans

Mirror, banana

EE Newman

EE Newman

Director

The Ignorant Cowboy first battles his ornery reflection, then mockery from aliens and kinky reindeer.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

4 mins

Interests

Animation, Sexy, Trans

Degenere

Sara Asprilla Palomino

Sara Asprilla Palomino

Director

Doroty’s dream was to dance and be recognized as the woman she was, but death came first. Her best friend, Misael, a 60-year-old gay man, will make it happen.

Country

Colombia

Year

2023

Duration

19 mins

Interests

BOLD, Gay, Trans

Le jardin des délices

Genevieve Marie Dale

Genevieve Marie Dale

Director

Dean G. Mang-Wooley

Dean G. Mang-Wooley

Director

Inspired by the absolutely unhinged masterpiece of Hieronymus Bosch, this collage animation journeys from the lush gardens of paradise through to the flaming hot recesses of hell.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

3 mins

Interests

Canadian, Experimental, French Language, Trans

Wouldn't Make It Any Other Way

Hao Zhou

Hao Zhou

Director

After building a colorful Queer life in an American prairie town, an aspiring costume designer visits their island homeland of Guam to lead the design team of a theatre production.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

20 mins

Interests

Asian, Fashion, RE:Focus, Trans

Pillow Chocolate

Charlie Tidmas

Charlie Tidmas

Director

Following a one-night stand with a celebrity, trans man, Jamie, is forced to choose between a relationship and his own self-worth.

Country

United Kingdom

Year

2023

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Gay, RE:Focus, Sexy, Trans

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Shorts: High School Confidential

In a world that can feel overwhelming, these films teach us the importance of finding our true selves and loving every part of our being, allowing us to find the light inside us and let it shine brigh...

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Stories from my Gay Grandparents

After a near-death experience lights a flame within both Grandma and Grandpa, they decide to grab life by the boas and tell the world their deepest secret: they're gay. Having lived under the guise of...

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Shorts: Icons

Carabiners, karaoke nights, climbing legends, drag royalty, and resilient communities come together to create a program that highlights the power of queerness. Celebrate our past, present, and future...

Shorts: Local Heroes

Toronto is the backdrop of this eclectic collection of films telling tales of friendship, community, and mushroom-laced chaos.

Guests: Shaun Soutar, Bea Santos, Isabelle Deluce, Chloë Gordon, Nala Haileselassie, Sania Khan, Doni, Alice Wang, Chase Lo

This program has 7 films.

May 30, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Digital Screening Available May 31

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*Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

Sponsors

Leadership Circle | Ralph Pascht and Mark Le Messurier

Community Partner

being queer here

Chloë Gordon

Chloë Gordon

Director

A portrait of Toronto, as defined by the spaces its queer residents inhabit and the memories they’ve created there.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Canadian, Gay, Lesbian, Local, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Ernesto's Bag

Isabelle Deluce

Isabelle Deluce

Director

Giulia De Vita

Giulia De Vita

Director

Ruth’s skepticism of marriage clashes with her best friend’s engagement plans but a psychedelic journey on dress-fitting day forces her to reevaluate her deeply held beliefs.

Country

Canada

Year

2024

Duration

17 mins

Interests

Canadian, Local, RE:Focus

How'd You Sleep?

Spencer Glassman

Spencer Glassman

Director

A comedic slice-of-life exploration of one person’s battle with chronic insomnia.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Canadian, Local, Non-Binary, RE:Focus

This Light is My Birthplace

Shaun Soutar

Shaun Soutar

Director

Two opposing TV signals compete for airtime. The usual narratives of trans identity touted by dominant media are disrupted by authentic stories from trans people.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Canadian, Experimental, Local, Non-Binary, RE:Focus, Trans

Custard

Sania Khan

Sania Khan

Director

Inside the lives of five artists and creatives in Toronto as they come together over a shared meal and reflect upon their lived experiences.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Local, Queer, RE:Focus

Something's Phishy

Chase Lo

Chase Lo

Director

Bex impersonates her heartbroken bestie, Danny on a dating app to prove their irresistibility but this backfires, causing chaos.

Country

Canada

Year

2024

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Asian, Canadian, Local, Non-Binary, RE:Focus

I Never Promised You A Jasmine Garden

Teyama Alkamli

Teyama Alkamli

Director

Tara, a Queer Palestinian woman in her late 20s, attempts to suppress her internal emotional turbulence during a phone call with her best friend.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

21 mins

Interests

Canadian, Local, Queer, RE:Focus

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Shorts: BOLD

This selection of shorts highlights the love and connection that can be found anywhere: a lover, a stranger, a friend, the world around you. Dive into the worlds of these stories created by Black film...

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Shorts: F*ck the Pain Away

From leather daddies to cruising newbies, from bisexual friends of friends to celebrity crushes, this program delves into the vast world of queer intimacy, one hookup at a time.

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Shorts: Boys Wanna Be Her

Learning about ourselves through queer history, activism, trying new things in bed, and doing crime; demonstrating, once again, that queer and trans folks contain amazing multitudes.

Shorts: BOLD

This selection of shorts highlights the love and connection that can be found anywhere: a lover, a stranger, a friend, the world around you. Dive into the worlds of these stories created by Black filmmakers as they challenge you to reevaluate your own approach to love, intimacy, and even the mythical.

Guests: Halen King, Ryan Walker-Edwards, Myah Jeffers, Victoria Bavister

This program has 7 films.

May 29, 2024 9:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

Digital Screening Available on May 30

Buy Tickets

*Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

Sponsors

Leadership Circle | Jill Andrew & Aisha Fairclough, Body Confidence Canada

Community Partner

Man>Code

Adrian Gardner

Adrian Gardner

Director

Computer techie Lucas invites Theo around for what he thought would be no-strings-attached fun, but things take an odd turn when his ex-girlfriend returns home early.

Country

United Kingdom

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Black, BOLD, Gay, Romance, Sexy

Grace

Natalie Jasmine Harris

Natalie Jasmine Harris

16-year-old Grace prepares for her baptism in the 1950s rural South. When she learns she must repent before the ritual, Grace contemplates her romantic feelings toward her best friend, Louise.

Country

United States

Year

0

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Black, BOLD, Family, Lesbian, RE:Focus

Sponsor

MnM

Twiggy Pucci Garçon

Twiggy Pucci Garçon

Director

An exuberant portrait of chosen sisters Mermaid and Milan, two emerging runway divas in the drag ballroom community.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Black, BOLD, Non-Binary

Bathsheba

Myah Jeffers

Myah Jeffers

A widow struggling to readjust to a life of grief unexpectedly meets a woman whose presence is transformative.

Country

United Kingdom

Year

2024

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Black, BOLD, RE:Focus

Black Trans Miracle

Tinaye Nyathi

Tinaye Nyathi

Lindani, a neurotic young trans man, struggles to tell his partner, Tam, that he loves them after a random encounter with a stranger shakes his self-confidence.

Country

Australia

Year

2022

Duration

18 mins

Interests

Black, BOLD, RE:Focus, Romance, Trans

The Way She Sounds

Halen Llewellyn King

Halen Llewellyn King

Director

A love letter to oneself and the journey to becoming who you are.

Country

Canada

Year

2024

Duration

3 mins

Interests

Asian, Black, BOLD, Family, Trans

La Ultima Ascensión

Kevin Osepa

Kevin Osepa

Director

Rowin, a 22-year-old fisherman from Banda Abou, Curaçao has little luck catching fish until he encounters a mysterious young man who will change everything.

Country

Netherlands

Year

2022

Duration

23 mins

Interests

BOLD, Family, Indigenous

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Shorts: Boys Wanna Be Her

Learning about ourselves through queer history, activism, trying new things in bed, and doing crime; demonstrating, once again, that queer and trans folks contain amazing multitudes.

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Shorts: Stories We Tell

Travel across Canada through this selection of shorts, ranging from touching tales of resilience after a life-changing diagnosis, to finding yourself during an anxiety-inducing night out. Bittersweet ...

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Stories from my Gay Grandparents

After a near-death experience lights a flame within both Grandma and Grandpa, they decide to grab life by the boas and tell the world their deepest secret: they're gay. Having lived under the guise of...

Stories from my Gay Grandparents

J Stevens

J Stevens

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Episodic

Year

2024

Duration

69 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Canadian, Coming Out, Gay, Intergenerational, Lesbian, Local, Non-Binary

Guests

J Stevens, Perrie Voss, Scott Farley, Jane Moffat, James Kall

After a near-death experience lights a flame within both Grandma and Grandpa, they decide to grab life by the boas and tell the world their deepest secret: they’re gay. Having lived under the guise of a straight relationship for decades, they’re coming out of the closet, ditching their small-town life, and going after their big gay dreams. First stop, the big city, to learn “how to be gay” from the best gay people they know – their grandchildren. Navigating the queer dating scene, dating apps, queer fashion, and even a gay dodgeball league, this late-in-life coming out story is all about being empowered to love authentically no matter your age.

Join us for a screening of seven episodes and a panel featuring cast and crew.

World Premiere

May 29, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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*Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

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Desire Lines

Past and present collide as an Iranian American trans man time-travels through an LGBTQ+ archive on a dizzying quest to unravel his own sexual desires. Director Jules Rosskam blends reality and imagin...

Shorts: Boys Wanna Be Her

Learning about ourselves through queer history, activism, trying new things in bed, and doing crime; demonstrating, once again, that queer and trans folks contain amazing multitudes.

This program contains scenes depicting domestic violence.

Guests: Nava Mau, Alex Schmider, Lucy Teitler, Federica Belletti

This program has 6 films.

May 28, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

Digital Screening Available May 29

Buy Tickets

*Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

Sponsor

Leadership Circle | Japneet Kaur

Community Partner

Keep It Open

Lucy Teitler

Lucy Teitler

Director

A couple is tested when a mystery man comes to town.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Bisexual, Lesbian, RE:Focus

The Robbers

Isa Schieche

Isa Schieche

Director

Three trans women meet in a country house to plan a robbery that requires them to disguise themselves as men.

Country

Austria

Year

2023

Duration

16 mins

Interests

Lesbian, RE:Focus, Trans

all the words but the one

Nava Mau

Nava Mau

Director

Maya and Santiago haven’t seen each other since their explosive relationship ended years ago, so neither is expecting to see the other at a dinner with their new partners.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

18 mins

Interests

RE:Focus, Trans

Sponsor

Neo Nahda

May Ziadé

May Ziadé

Director

Mona, a young woman in London, finds archived photographs of Arab women cross-dressing in the 1920s.

Country

United Kingdom

Year

2023

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Lesbian, Middle Eastern, RE:Focus

Is Gay Marriage Next?

Emily Clark

Emily Clark

Director

In 2003, history was made when a Newsweek cover asked: Is Gay Marriage Next? Now in a post-Roe world, the question resurfaces with a haunting twist: is gay marriage next – to go?

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

16 mins

Interests

Activism, Lesbian, RE:Focus

To The Edge Of Our Sleepless Nights

Elsa Aloisio

Elsa Aloisio

Director

When a trans woman she works with is murdered, social worker Reb, must find the strength to keep fighting.

Country

France

Year

2023

Duration

29 mins

Interests

Family, French Language, Sex Work, Trans

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Shorts: High School Confidential

In a world that can feel overwhelming, these films teach us the importance of finding our true selves and loving every part of our being, allowing us to find the light inside us and let it shine brigh...

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Shorts: Local Heroes

Toronto is the backdrop of this eclectic collection of films telling tales of friendship, community, and mushroom-laced chaos.

Guest In Attendance
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Stories from my Gay Grandparents

After a near-death experience lights a flame within both Grandma and Grandpa, they decide to grab life by the boas and tell the world their deepest secret: they're gay. Having lived under the guise of...

Shorts: F*ck the Pain Away

From leather daddies to cruising newbies, from bisexual friends of friends to celebrity crushes, this program delves into the vast world of queer intimacy, one hookup at a time.

This program contains scenes with graphic sexual content.

This program has 7 films.

May 26, 2024 7:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Digital Screening Available May 27

Buy Tickets

*Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

Sponsors

Leadership Circle | Neville Austin

Body of Christ

Ángel Villahermosa

Ángel Villahermosa

Director

After receiving his first communion, Pablo can’t stop thinking about Sebastián, the beautiful altar boy.

Country

Spain

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Gay, Hispanic, Religion, Sexy

Honey To The Moon

Rob Woodcox

Rob Woodcox

Director

Through surrealistic visuals and flowing dance, twin flames bend and grow together in nature.

Country

Mexico

Year

2023

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Experimental, Gay, Latinx, Sexy

Pillow Chocolate

Charlie Tidmas

Charlie Tidmas

Director

Following a one-night stand with a celebrity, trans man, Jamie, is forced to choose between a relationship and his own self-worth.

Country

United Kingdom

Year

2023

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Gay, RE:Focus, Sexy, Trans

Merman

Sterling Hampton IV

Sterling Hampton IV

Director

A 58-year-old Black Queer man speaks the truth about his life as an emergency nurse, a leather enthusiast, husband, and civil rights advocate.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Black, BOLD, Gay

Absent Bodies

Antonius Ghosn

Antonius Ghosn

Director

N returns to his hometown of Beirut after years of absence but remains invisible to his loved ones, who can only feel his presence.

Country

Lebanon

Year

2023

Duration

26 mins

Interests

Family, Gay, Middle Eastern

Friend of a Friend

Simon Gualtieri

Simon Gualtieri

Director

Jules is bisexual and ready for his first experience with Samuel, a friend of friend.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Bisexual, Canadian, French Language, Sexy

Foraging

Matthew Jacobs Morgan

Matthew Jacobs Morgan

Director

A bored gay couple go cruising for the first time but, when they get lost in the woods, the cracks of their relationship become chasms.

Country

United Kingdom

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

BOLD, Gay, Sexy

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Shorts: Icons

Carabiners, karaoke nights, climbing legends, drag royalty, and resilient communities come together to create a program that highlights the power of queerness. Celebrate our past, present, and future...

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Shorts: Stories We Tell

Travel across Canada through this selection of shorts, ranging from touching tales of resilience after a life-changing diagnosis, to finding yourself during an anxiety-inducing night out. Bittersweet ...

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Shorts: High School Confidential

In a world that can feel overwhelming, these films teach us the importance of finding our true selves and loving every part of our being, allowing us to find the light inside us and let it shine brigh...

Shorts: Show Stopper

When faced with situations such as an embarrassing moment gone viral, learning to drive as an adult, or a pizza delivery mistakenly sent to your ex, it’s essential to dig deep and find humour in it all. This program accomplishes just that, uncovering the laughter in some of life’s most trying times.

Guests: Taylor James, Kanoa Goo, Bente Engelstoft, Andrew Chappelle, Emmie Lichtenberg, Alex Song-Xia

This program has 8 films.

May 26, 2024 4:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Community Partner

The Mountain

Will Mayo

Will Mayo

Director

Ian Scott McGregor

Ian Scott McGregor

Director

Successful news anchor Melanie Abraxas is blindsided by her husband on the same day the teleprompters fail, leading to a very public embarrassment.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Coming Out, Gay

Dinner Party Dictator

Bente Engelstoft

Bente Engelstoft

Director

A group of friends get together for a cozy dinner party, but their fun and fellowship is interrupted by a time-traveling soldier from the future.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

8 mins

Interests

Gay, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Trans

The Burden

Tish Arana

Tish Arana

Director

In 2044, immediately following the election of another racist president, a group of wealthy Black people start an exclusive new colony.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Black, BOLD, RE:Focus, Sci-Fi

No, YOU'RE amazing!

Kate Pinchuck

Kate Pinchuck

Director

A girls’ night turns into a bar fight when two women refuse to accept each other’s compliments.

Country

South Africa

Year

2023

Duration

4 mins

Interests

RE:Focus

Really Good Driver

Alex Song-Xia

Alex Song-Xia

Director

An Asian-American mom teaches her grown-up child how to drive, forcing both to confront parts of the car, and themselves, they never have before.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

8 mins

Interests

Asian, Family, Non-Binary, RE:Focus

Sponsor

Complicated Order

Emmie Lichtenberg

Emmie Lichtenberg

Director

Remy, a depressed 20-something who’s just been dumped, accidentally places a food delivery order to her estranged girlfriend’s house.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Lesbian, RE:Focus

Fanatic

Taran Killam

Taran Killam

Director

Desperate for cash, Charlie and Gerald reunite their failed 2000s boy band for a competition that could remedy all of their financial woes.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

16 mins

Interests

Gay

ILY, BYE

Taylor James

Taylor James

Director

When socially anxious mess Siobhan’s call to schedule a job interview goes to voicemail, she panics and leaves a series of unhinged messages.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

13 mins

Interests

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Shorts: Boys Wanna Be Her

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Travel across Canada through this selection of shorts, ranging from touching tales of resilience after a life-changing diagnosis, to finding yourself during an anxiety-inducing night out. Bittersweet endings bloom into joyous new beginnings in this program.

Guests: Kelly Paoli, Andreas Vatiliotou, Tara Hakim, Marie-Michèle Wayland, Hana Joosse, Alyson Richards, Emma Phelan, Gabriel Nunes Souza

This program has 8 films.

May 26, 2024 12:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Digital Screening Available May 27*

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*I Was Here is not available in our digital/online programming

**Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

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I Was Here*

Alyson Richards

Alyson Richards

Director

I Was Here follows Emma’s journey as she gets a tattoo and prepares for a photo shoot post mastectomy.

*This film is not available in our digital/online programming

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

8 mins

Interests

Canadian, Family, Lesbian, Local

Passiflora

Gabriel Souza Nunes

Gabriel Souza Nunes

Director

In a modern retelling of Brazilian folklore, nervous and insecure Theo discovers love for the first time at a fantastical, avant-garde party.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Canadian, Drag, Gay, Latinx, Magic Realism, Non-Binary, Romance

I'll Tell You When I'm Ready

Hayley Morin

Hayley Morin

Director

Critically acclaimed poet Jaye Simpson strives to write their next book amidst a career
gaining momentum in a literary industry that doesn’t always know what to do with them.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Activism, Drag, Indigenous, Performing Arts, Queer, RE:Focus

a tangled web drowning in honey

Tara Hakim

Tara Hakim

Director

Hannah Hull

Hannah Hull

Director

This experiential and textural film invites viewers into the inner workings of a mind to ponder the ways in which we love and unlove ourselves.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Canadian, Experimental, Local, Mental Health, Middle Eastern, RE:Focus

FuReality

Aly Labbé-Hervieux

Aly Labbé-Hervieux

Director

A journey into Aly’s world and their personal growth through the eyes of their new furry, Eden.

Country

Canada

Year

2024

Duration

4 mins

Interests

Canadian, Indigenous, RE:Focus

Potpourri

Marie-Michèle Wayland

Marie-Michèle Wayland

Director

A bittersweet collection of moments between three roommates faced with an imminent move.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Canadian, French Language, Friendship, Queer, Trans

Dairy Boy

Hana Joosse

Hana Joosse

Director

A young trans man returns to his family’s farm in rural southern Ontario following his grandfather’s death where he must navigate the discomforts of familial rural life with his father.

Country

Canada

Year

2024

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Canadian, Family, Trans

I Only Kiss in the Dark

Kelly Paoli

Kelly Paoli

Director

When her roommate is outed, Margot is forced to spend the evening with his disgruntled sister, discovering just how deep the family’s internalized homophobia runs.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

17 mins

Interests

Canadian, Family, Gay, Lesbian, Local

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