Golden Delicious (Relaxed Screening)

Jason Karman

Jason Karman

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

2 h 0 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Asian, Canadian, Gay, Romance, Sports

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

Guests

Jason Karman

Jason Karman

Director

Everyone wants something from high school senior Jake: his father is pushing him to try out for the basketball team – an abandoned dream of his own – and his girlfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level. But it’s not until Aleks, an openly gay teen with a love for basketball, moves in across the street that Jake begins to struggle with his own desires. To get closer to Aleks, Jake devotes himself to making the basketball team – only to realize it’s not basketball he really wants. Meanwhile, Jake finds out that his father is having an affair, which leaves him questioning his entire family foundation.

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 Jun 03, 11:30 am
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsor

Andy Chong

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Special Sneak Preview: Chestnut

Jac Cron

Jac Cron

Director

Country

USA

Format

Feature Film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 27 mins

Stream

Premiere

Interests

Bisexual, Romance, Trans

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

After graduation and a hard breakup, Annie is ready for a new life and a new city. She plans to spend the summer packing up her apartment and saying goodbye to friends, but a chance meeting with an alluring duo makes Annie begin to question her decision to leave. They quickly become entangled in a precarious love triangle, filled with toxic habits and unspoken words. Chestnut, director Jac Cron’s feature debut, is a slow-burning exploration of the desire to belong and the pain of loneliness. Natalia Dyer, Rachel Keller, Danny Ramirez, and Chella Man come together to create this intimate character study with great empathy and sincerity.

Mon May 29, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Opening Night Gala: Passages

Ira Sachs

Ira Sachs

Director

Country

France

Format

Feature Film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 30 mins

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Bisexual, French Language, Gay

Rating and Content Advisory

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

Passages begins with German filmmaker Tomas meticulously crafting a scene. He requires perfection to be satisfied and when the slightest error occurs, he loses his temper. After the film wraps, Tomas’ desire for control seeps into his personal life. Unsatisfied in his long-term marriage with Martin, Tomas launches into an impulsive sexual affair with a young woman named Agathe. When their one-night stand grows into something more, the two men are left to wonder if their crumbling marriage can survive. The latest work by acclaimed filmmaker Ira Sachs follows three people caught in a love triangle marked by passion, jealousy, and narcissism.

*Please note that this film will not be screened with open captions but closed captions will be available. CaptiView devices are available to patrons requesting them through the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office.

Thu May 25, 7:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsor

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This Place

V.T. Nayani

V.T. Nayani

Director, Co-Writer

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

1 h 27 mins

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Guests

Stephanie Sonny Hooker

Stephanie Sonny Hooker

Producer

V.T. Nayani

V.T. Nayani

Director, Co-Writer

Kawenniióhstha leaves her community of Kahnawà:ke near Montreal to attend university in Toronto and to find her Iranian father, who she has never met. Malai is a Tamil woman dealing with her father’s terminal illness and trying to decide what her future should look like. The women meet by chance but form an intense attraction and bond as they navigate complex issues of identity and family. In each other they have found understanding and comfort but is this new connection enough or will the pressures of their legacies overwhelm them?

Sun May 28, 6:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Screening Sponsors

Greg Lichti and Garth Norbraten

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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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Closing Gala: Glitter & Doom

Tom Gustafson

Tom Gustafson

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 50 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Gay, Lesbian, Romance

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Guests

Tom Gustafson

Tom Gustafson

Director

Cory Kruekeberg

Cory Kruekeberg

Writer

Alex Diaz

Alex Diaz

Cast

Alan Cammish

Alan Cammish

Cast

Missi Pyle

Missi Pyle

Cast

Lea DeLaria

Lea DeLaria

Cast

Tig Notaro

Tig Notaro

Cast

Ale García

Ale García

Producer

Antonio Urdapilleta

Antonio Urdapilleta

Producer

When carefree Glitter and aspiring musician Doom meet it is love at first sight. But as Glitter prepares to live out his dream of running away with the circus, the two have only 29 days to know if it is also a love that will last. A jukebox musical featuring songs by the Indigo Girls, we follow their journey through the lyrics to some of their greatest hits, including the iconic anthem Closer to Fine. Starring Alex Diaz and Alan Cammish and featuring Lea Delaria, Missi Pyle, Tig Notaro, and the Indigo Girls themselves, Glitter & Doom is a fantastical summer romance with a big musical heart.

*Please note that this film will not be screened with open captions but closed captions will be available. CaptiView devices are available to patrons requesting them through the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office.

Sat Jun 03, 7:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Shorts: Sorrow and Joy

Guests

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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Beards, bands, boundaries, and besties, this collection of shorts is just trying to tell you something about life.

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Golden Delicious

Jason Karman

Jason Karman

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

2 h 0 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Asian, Canadian, Gay, Romance, Sports

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

Guests

Jason Karman

Jason Karman

Director

Everyone wants something from high school senior Jake: his father is pushing him to try out for the basketball team – an abandoned dream of his own – and his girlfriend wants to take their relationship to the next level. But it’s not until Aleks, an openly gay teen with a love for basketball, moves in across the street that Jake begins to struggle with his own desires. To get closer to Aleks, Jake devotes himself to making the basketball team – only to realize it’s not basketball he really wants. Meanwhile, Jake finds out that his father is having an affair, which leaves him questioning his entire family foundation.

Sat Jun 03, 11:45 am
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsor

Andy Chong

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Shorts: Thrive

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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Screening Sponsor

Neil Betteridge

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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Special Presentation: Blue Jean

Georgia Oakley

Georgia Oakley

Director

Country

United Kingdom

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

1 h 37 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Galas and Special Presentations

Interests

Lesbian, RE:Focus, Romance

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

It’s 1988 in England and Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government is about to pass Section 28, a law that prohibits the promotion of homosexuality. For Jean, a gym teacher, a law stigmatizing gays and lesbians adds an additional layer to her ongoing struggle to live her life openly. As she attempts to lead a double life, pressure mounts between her and her out and proud partner. As the issues intensify on all sides, the arrival of a new student catalyzes a crisis that will challenge Jean to her core.

*Please note that this film will not be screened with open captions but closed captions will be available. CaptiView devices are available to patrons requesting them through the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office.

Fri Jun 02, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Screening Sponsor

Gebadia Haverkamp

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