Before I Change My Mind

Trevor Anderson

Trevor Anderson

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

1 h 28 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Canadian, Friendship, Non-Binary, Youth

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

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, and it’s extra challenging for Robin to contend with the discomfort of the other students who aren’t sure of Robin’s gender. Things improve when they become friends with Carter, the local troublemaker, during a class trip to the West Edmonton Mall. But Robin and Carter’s friendship is put to the test when they are both attracted to Izzy, leading Robin to question the price they are willing to pay to fit in.

Sat Jun 03, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Guests

Connie Glachan

Connie Glachan

Director

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

Rating and Content Advisory

14A | Sexual Content. Scenes containing graphic sexual content and nudity.

This program has 8 films.

Fri Jun 02, 9:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Always, Asifa

Shiva Raichandani

Shiva Raichandani

Director

As Asifa prepares to finally undergo gender affirmation surgery, the disabled trans activist – who is also Britain’s first out Muslim drag queen – reflects on her life.

Country

United Kingdom

Year

2022

Duration

20 mins

Interests

Virtual GIRL

Connie Glachan

Connie Glachan

Director

Aqua Venus provides a personalised fever dream to help YOU discover what being a woman means!

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

Here, Hopefully

Hao Zhou

Hao Zhou

Director

Zee, a nonbinary aspiring nurse from China, strives to build a gender-affirming life in rural Iowa.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Bigger on the Inside

Angelo Madsen Minax

Angelo Madsen Minax

Director

Through snowy stargazing, flirting with guys on dating apps, taking ketamine (or not), and watching YouTube lecture videos, outer and inner space collapse.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Yes, Goddess

Randa Jarrar

Randa Jarrar

Director

A group of queer femmes and their lovers gather at a kink party for the first time since 2019.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Cupid Into Transmutation

Spndex

Spndex

Director

Caesar, a trans camboy on the run from his traumatic past, is shocked when his body starts to violently morph and transform beyond all recognition.

Country

Netherlands

Year

2022

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Golden Voice

Mars Verrone

Mars Verrone

Director

Forty years after the Khmer Rouge regime, a transgender man returns to the village where he survived the genocide.

Country

United States

Year

0

Duration

18 mins

Interests

GORDITX

Malik Ever

Malik Ever

Director

With her summer camp golf tournament looming, outcast Ursula hopes to win and prove her worth with the help of Chef Cormac, the transmasculine former ladies golf pro.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

Interests

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School of Rock

Richard Linklater

Richard Linklater

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2003

Duration

1 h 48 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

International, Music, Performing Arts, Youth

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

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 many queer hearts. Fired from his band, down and out rockstar Dewey Finn faces a mountain of debt and depression. Desperate for work, he poses as a substitute music teacher at an uptight private school where his attitude and hijinks have a powerful effect on his students. As he gets his privileged and precocious charges in touch with their inner rockstars, he imagines redemption at a local Battle of the Bands, solving his financial problems and putting him back in the spotlight.

Fri Jun 02, 6:45 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Judith Kanatahawi Schuyler

Judith Kanatahawi Schuyler

Peter Knegt

Peter Knegt

Andy Reid

Andy Reid

Will Carington

Will Carington

Jake Goicoechea

Jake Goicoechea

Rivkah Reyes

Rivkah Reyes

Kait Schuster

Kait Schuster

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

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 7 films.

Thu Jun 01, 9:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Judith Kanatahawi Schuyler

Judith Kanatahawi Schuyler

After a year living in a very straight New Zealand beach town, First Nations lesbian Tallulah can stand it no longer – she’s going back to Toronto where the rainbows fly. Or is she?

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Troy

Mike Donahue

Mike Donahue

Troy has loud sex. Troy has loud sex 24/7. Troy shares a wall with Thea and Charlie. Troy is ruining their lives…or is he saving them?

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

16 mins

Interests

Dilating For Maximum Results

Nyala Moon

Nyala Moon

A whack, irrelevant comedy about a black trans woman who tries to dilate, after four years of not dilating, to hook-up IRL with her online boyfriend.

Country

United States

Year

0

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Say Uncle

James Cooper

James Cooper

After being estranged for almost a decade, former best friends Jake and Drew reunite so Drew can ask Jake the age-old queer question…can I have your sperm to make a baby?

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Testing

Andy Reid

Andy Reid

When a young gay man suspects he has an STI, he goes in for testing and discovers the older man he recently slept with is a doctor at the clinic.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Rejoice in the Lamb

Will Carington

Will Carington

Director

Courtney Bush

Courtney Bush

Director

Jake Goicoechea

Jake Goicoechea

Director

A late-night conversation with an oracle launches a young Brooklyn woman on a quest to slay a vampire.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

18 mins

Interests

Gianna

Kait Schuster

Kait Schuster

Gina, a Filipina Gemini who is just doing her best, takes the advice of her sliding scale therapist to spend a day with her inner saboteur. Enter Gianna.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

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Runs in the Family

Ian Gabriel

Ian Gabriel

Director

Country

South Africa

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 47 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Premiere

Interests

Drag, Trans

Guests

Gabe Gabriel

Gabe Gabriel

Writer

Shant Joshi

Shant Joshi

Producer

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 from a rehab clinic in eSwatini. River’s only worry is missing Her Vajesty’s Drag Competition and the opportunity to win the prize money to pay for his top surgery. With secrets bubbling to the surface and a competition to win, their relationship will be tested like never before. Ian and Gabe Gabriel, the family duo behind “Runs in the Family”, bring us a heartfelt story about acceptance, community, and unconditional love. There is nothing stronger than familial love, whether biological or chosen!

Thu Jun 01, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Frauke Finsterwalder

Frauke Finsterwalder

Director

Country

Germany

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

2 h 8 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Premiere

Interests

Lesbian

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 test by the Empress, also known as Sisi, with sadistic tests of athleticism and a diet of laxative teas and cocaine extracts but once she is accepted, the two women become very close. All good things may come to an end, however, when a return to Vienna threatens their routine. Set to a soundtrack that includes Portishead and Le Tigre this is the 19th century like you’ve never experienced it before.

Sat May 27, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Tristen Sutherland

Tristen Sutherland

Director

Yasmijn Nicolle

Yasmijn Nicolle

Director

Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson

Director

Ajahnis Charley

Ajahnis Charley

Director

Sochima Nwakaeze

Sochima Nwakaeze

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Episodic

Year

2023

Duration

53 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Episodic

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Black, Canadian, Non-Binary, Queer

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

Guests

Tristen Sutherland

Tristen Sutherland

Director

Ajahnis Charley

Ajahnis Charley

Director

Christian Anderson

Christian Anderson

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 millennials become more entangled in each other’s lives, Leo, Amira, Cain, and Isla, find purpose in caretaking for their plants and their budding relationships. This comedic and heartfelt series explores the complexities of Black mental health and the bonds of chosen family, through the chaotic and precarious lens of young Black adults in Toronto.

Sat May 27, 4:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Mx. Roti

Mx. Roti

Director

Davis Alexander James

Davis Alexander James

Director

Cydney Tucker

Cydney Tucker

Director

Brandon Haynes

Brandon Haynes

Director

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Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 6 films.

Sat May 27, 1:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Vanesssa Beletic

Vanesssa Beletic

Director

Destiny has been told since childhood she has seizures when she dances. When she’s challenged to face her fear and dance, Destiny makes a decision that could reveal a secret she doesn’t yet understand.

Country

United States

Year

0

Duration

12 mins

Interests

House of Tulip

Cydney Tucker

Cydney Tucker

Director

House of Tulip follows two Black trans activists as they run for office and work to build Louisiana’s first housing refuge for trans and gender non-conforming residents.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

25 mins

Interests

Scaring Women at Night

Karimah Zakia Issa

Karimah Zakia Issa

Director

Two strangers are scared on a late walk home. As they try to escape one another, their worlds collide at an intersection, forcing them to question who they’re afraid of and why.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Unless We Dance

Hanz Rippe Gabriele

Hanz Rippe Gabriele

Director

Fernanda Pineda Palencia

Fernanda Pineda Palencia

Director

A portrait of dance as the greatest expression of shielding the Afro community in Quibdó. A tribute to their act of resilience and to all the lives that have been lost along the way.

Country

Colombia

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Code Switch

Davis Alexander James

Davis Alexander James

Director

Mx. Roti

Mx. Roti

Director

Codeswitch follows a Black trans person as they navigate the barbershop, illuminating the complexity and dynamism of gender expression.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

Finding The Light

Brandon Haynes

Brandon Haynes

Director

The story of Donna Hylton and her project ‘A Little Piece of Light,’ a nonprofit focused on supporting black women and LGBTQ+ individuals in the prison system.

Country

United States

Year

0

Duration

22 mins

Interests

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Ally Pankiw

Ally Pankiw

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Canadian, Gay, Lesbian, Mental Health, Queer, RE:Focus

Rating and Content Advisory

18A | Sexual Violence. A brief scene depicting sexual violence. Discussions around sexual violence.

Guests

Ally Pankiw

Ally Pankiw

Director

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 the present, where Sam tries to recover from her trauma and get back on stage, and the past, where memories of Brooke make it difficult to ignore the petulant teen’s sudden disappearance. Toronto’s own Ally Pankiw delivers a debut feature that is both funny and heartbreaking in its honest look at sexual violence, trauma, and recovery, and how they affect the relationships and communities that shape us.

Fri May 26, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Kristian Cahatol

Kristian Cahatol

Director

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Lourdes Miere

Director

Kay Chan

Kay Chan

Director

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

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

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TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
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Crushed

Ella Rocca

Ella Rocca

Director

Dealing with their own obsessive crushes, Ella Rocca researches what to do about it.

Country

Switzerland

Year

2022

Duration

8 mins

Interests

Evan Ever After

Ariel Mahler

Ariel Mahler

Radha Mehta

Radha Mehta

This short documentary explores the journey of Florida’s first transgender Homecoming Queen, Evan Bialosuknia, and her confidence and impact on youth faced with discrimination from Florida’s newly signed “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

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The Dance Off

Nicolás Keller Sarmiento

Nicolás Keller Sarmiento

Director

By a gas station in rural Argentina, a broken-hearted drag queen helps young Ernesto find the courage to follow his dreams.

Country

Argentina

Year

2023

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Better at Texting

Mary Galloway

Mary Galloway

Director

Trinity – a radical, Indigenous, feminist – and Addison – a devout, Black Mormon – are forced to work together on a school project and discover they have more in common than they thought.

Country

Canada

Year

2021

Duration

11 mins

Interests

To All That We Are

Kristian Cahatol

Kristian Cahatol

Director

Two non-binary young adults embark on a dream-like journey of self-discovery and acceptance as they navigate the complexities of love and identity.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

Word by Word

Lourdes Miere

Lourdes Miere

Director

Word by Word is a short documentary following the creative journey of Robyn Sidhu, a spoken word poet.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Wherever You Are, Wherever I Am

Kay Chan

Kay Chan

Director

A pair of Two-Spirit Métis-Chinese youth soften a deer hide together, revealing a story about belonging and honoring your full self and ancestry, no matter where you are.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

2 mins

Interests

Fursona

Aly Labbé-Hervieux

Aly Labbé-Hervieux

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Country

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

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Malik Ever

Malik Ever

With her summer camp golf tournament looming, outcast Ursula hopes to win and prove her worth with the help of Chef Cormac, the transmasculine former ladies golf pro.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

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