Is There Anybody Out There? (Relaxed Screening)

Ella Glendining

Ella Glendining

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 27 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Disability

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Filmmaker Ella Glendining was born with a disability so rare that she’s not yet met anyone else in the world who shares the experience of living in a body like hers. Through Facebook groups and online searches, she sets out to find if there really is anybody like her out there. Using intimate video diary entries, conversations with similarly bodied people and doctors treating her condition, Ella invites viewers to question their assumptions about normalcy while exploring what it takes to love oneself fiercely despite the pervasiveness of ableism.

To better serve our community, we will be holding a Relaxed Screening of this film. The theatre seating will be reduced to 25% capacity, the lights will be dimmed but still on and film sound will be lowered. Talking, looking at devices, and moving around are allowed and encouraged, as different audience members have different needs.

Sat May 27, 11:45 am
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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It's Only Life After All

Alexandria Bombach

Alexandria Bombach

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

2 h 3 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

Activism, Indigenous, Lesbian, Music, Queer, RE:Focus

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers began performing together in high school, well before entering the mainstream as the acclaimed folk-rock duo, Indigo Girls. Against all odds they broke through in the 1980s, maintaining musical careers on their own terms with an unwavering commitment to progressive politics and queer rights. This commitment stands to this day with their continued fight for environmental justice through their work with Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke. Blending over three decades of home movies, archival footage, and intimate present-day verité, It’s Only Life After All is a timely look into the life lessons of two famous queer friends who never expected to make it big.

Sat Jun 03, 4:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Shruti Parekh

Shruti Parekh

Director

Maria José Maldonaldo

Maria José Maldonaldo

Director

Latavia Young

Latavia Young

Producer

Cecilia Delgado

Cecilia Delgado

Director

Apayauq Reitan

Apayauq Reitan

Subject

A country at war, a competitive athlete, and couples exploring intimacy, this collection of shorts is all about the ups and downs of our queer realities.

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 7 films.

Sat Jun 03, 2:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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It's a Date

Nadia Parfan

Nadia Parfan

Director

A car races at breakneck speed through Kyiv at dawn. This contemporary remake of the French short film It’s a Date captures the heightened emotions caused by the war.

Country

Year

2023

Duration

5 mins

Interests

Esperanza

Shruti Parekh

Shruti Parekh

Director

When an immigrant taxi driver in upstate New York takes an undocumented couple to the Canadian border, they find themselves at odds.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

18 mins

Interests

MY FIERCE AUNT BIANCA

María José Maldonaldo

María José Maldonaldo

Director

While planning a birthday party for her late aunt Bianca, María José Maldonado revisits the past in order to celebrate and correct Bianca’s legacy.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Young Mom

Cecilia Delgado

Cecilia Delgado

Director

A young Latinx woman kidnaps the child she nannies to satisfy her girlfriend’s desire to start a family.

Country

Brazil

Year

2022

Duration

15 mins

Interests

As You Are

Daisy Friedman

Daisy Friedman

Director

When an interabled queer couple spends the night together for the first time, they must confront their complex relationships with desire, sexuality, and bodily autonomy.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Apayauq

Zeppelin Zeerip

Zeppelin Zeerip

Director

Apayauq Reitan’s journey to become the first out transgender woman to complete the legendary Iditarod sled dog race.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

16 mins

Interests

Untitled Movie

Annie Brennen

Annie Brennen

Director

Zoe is making a movie about a woman who is making a movie. In it, her character must kiss a woman.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

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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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Narrow Path to Happiness

Kata Oláh

Kata Oláh

Director

Country

Hungary

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 22 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Activism, Gay, Music, Religion

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Gergo and Lenard, a young Romani couple living in a remote village in Hungary, have a very big dream: to make a musical based on their lives. The first step toward realizing this dream is to leave the hostile and homophobic environment in which they were raised and head to Budapest where they can live more openly and find the necessary collaborators to help bring their story to life. However, when Gergo’s mother suddenly dies, they must return to their village for one ?nal reckoning, hoping to finally find the inspiration to write their own happy ending.

Fri Jun 02, 7:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Nicole Bazuin

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Beth Warrian

Angelina Nayyar

Angelina Nayyar

Tasneem Nanji

Tasneem Nanji

Raghed Charabaty

Raghed Charabaty

Tziara Reyes-Herrera

Tziara Reyes-Herrera

Simon Paluck

Simon Paluck

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Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 8 films.

Thu Jun 01, 6:45 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Nicole Bazuin

Nicole Bazuin

A surrealist exploration of dissociative identity disorder (DID) based on the lived experience of a Black, nonbinary, disabled artist and former sex worker.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Adore

Beth Warrian

Beth Warrian

Luci, a queer Peruvian Canadian woman, gives her beloved nephew the Christmas gift of his dreams: a beautiful sequined dress.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Lala Gothicfish

Angelina Nayyar

Angelina Nayyar

Set against the backdrop of a city undergoing rapid gentrification, a Toronto teenager struggles to save a youth rave scene plagued by substance use and over-policing.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Collective Resistance

Isak Vaillancourt

Isak Vaillancourt

Told from the perspectives of 2SLGBTQ+ Afro-Indigenous leaders and activists, this short documentary reimagines new possibilities in the relationship between Blackness and Indigeneity, which is rooted in solidarity and joy.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

17 mins

Interests

September 10th

Tasneem Nanji

Tasneem Nanji

Two queer Muslim Women, one in Toronto and one in New York, navigate love, family, and connection the night before 9/11.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

15 mins

Interests

A Letter From the Ashes

Raghed Charabaty

Raghed Charabaty

A rough and raw letter on what it means to lose love at the expense of finding freedom. An essay on family, anger and fraud.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Shedding

Tziara Reyes

Tziara Reyes

This short documentary follows an individual’s journey of shaving their head for the first time; exploring the complex relationship between hair and identity.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

INSTA GAY

Simon Paluck

Simon Paluck

A millennial Torontonian is left reeling after breaking-up with a popular gay influencer.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

12 mins

Interests

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Centrepiece Gala: Supporting Our Selves

Lulu Wei

Lulu Wei

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 15 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Activism, Aging/Elders, BIPOC Stories, Bisexual, Canadian, Gay, Lesbian, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

Guests

Jenn Mason

Jenn Mason

Producer

Lulu Wei

Lulu Wei

Director

Founded in 1980 as the Gay Community Appeal, Community One Foundation has from the start raised funds for an array of community projects and organizations, with the organization and its name evolving along with the community itself. What started as a predominantly white, middle-class collective redefined itself during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s and ’90s and continues to adapt today to better meet the needs of our Toronto communities. Supporting Our Selves is a moving exploration of more than four decades of activism, told through the lens of the Toronto-based philanthropic organization.

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

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Leilani's Fortune (The Reincarnation of Ayo Leilani)

Loveleen Kaur

Loveleen Kaur

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 20 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Black, Lesbian, Music

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Guests

Loveleen Kaur

Loveleen Kaur

Director

Leilani’s Fortune takes us on an intimate journey with queer, immigrant Ethiopian-Eritrean artist, Witch Prophet as she navigates newfound momentum in the music industry. After a decade of making music she is now on the heels of critical acclaim and nominations, finally getting the validation and support she needs to embark on the creation of the album of her prophecies. Canada has been known for exporting some of the biggest international names in music from Drake to Kaytranada; with growing public demand for more diverse voices, whose music will shape the next era of artists from Canada?

Note: Leilani’s Fortune was previously titled The Reincarnation of Ayo Leilani.

Mon May 29, 7:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Silvia Del Carmen Castaños

Silvia Del Carmen Castaños

Director

Estefanía ``Beba`` Contreras

Estefanía ``Beba`` Contreras

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 18 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

Activism, BIPOC Stories, Coming Of Age, Latinx, Queer, Youth

Filmmakers and activists Silvia Del Carmen Castaños and Estefanía “Beba” Contreras are coming of age in Laredo, Texas, a stone’s throw away from the Mexico border. Stuck in an immigration process with the ever-present threat of deportation for their families, they boldly refuse to be scared into submission, spending their days planning protest actions for legal abortion and against border control abuses. Amidst the intensity of their lives, they express themselves with music, poetry, and art, creating magic in everyday moments.

Sun May 28, 4:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Screening Sponsors

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Guests

James Cooper

James Cooper

Director

Paige Gratland

Paige Gratland

Director

Yi Shi

Yi Shi

Director

TJ Cuthand

TJ Cuthand

Director

Arshad Khan

Arshad Khan

Director

Seán Maheux Galway

Seán Maheux Galway

Producer

Maxime Robin

Maxime Robin

Director

From parenthood to plant care, this collection of shorts highlights the work of Canadian filmmakers creating from coast to coast.

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

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Sun May 28, 2:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Plant Daddy

James Cooper

James Cooper

After rescuing an abandoned potted plant, Phil spirals into an absurd plant obsession to avoid visiting his father on his deathbed.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Magic in Plain Sight

Paige Gratland

Paige Gratland

Director

A portrait of self-taught seamstress Brenna Bezanson, a change-maker whose creations of custom women’s clothing challenge capitalist and patriarchal ideals.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

13 Eggs

TJ Cuthand

TJ Cuthand

Director

Over a four-year period, filmmaker TJ Cuthand collects footage capturing his experience of trying to make a baby.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Tabanca

Lauren Marsden

Lauren Marsden

Director

Marlinn is a genderqueer Trinidadian woman suffering through a wet Vancouver winter and missing Carnival season back home, that is until they discover the power of masquerade is within them.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Skill

Arshad Khan

Arshad Khan

Director

A South Asian mother finds herself immersed in a profound state of mourning after discovering
that her beloved son identifies as gay.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

12 mins

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Once in a Red Moon

Yi Shi

Yi Shi

Director

As Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, a lonesome young Chinese immigrant finds comfort in a whirlwind romance with a mysterious hometown queer crush who seems too good to be true.

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Year

2022

Duration

9 mins

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The Year Long Boulder

Brielle LeBlanc

Brielle LeBlanc

Director

Crushed by unrequited love, a young queer poet finally reckons with their own emotional baggage – make that a boulder.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

9 mins

Interests

The Left Hand

Maxime Robin

Maxime Robin

Director

Young Maxime’s mother starts worrying about him when his 2nd grade teacher declares him “abnormal.”

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

13 mins

Interests

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