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

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Director

Maria José Maldonaldo

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Director

Latavia Young

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Cecilia Delgado

Cecilia Delgado

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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Zeppelin Zeerip

Director

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

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United States

Year

2022

Duration

16 mins

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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.

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United States

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

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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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From raves to resistance, this collection of shorts highlights the work of local queer storytellers making films that explore the multitudes this city has to offer.

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14A

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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

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Beth Warrian

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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

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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.

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Canada

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

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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.

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Canada

Year

2023

Duration

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Interests

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Canada

Year

2022

Duration

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Year

2022

Duration

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Year

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Year

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Lulu Wei

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 15 mins

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Stream

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Interests

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

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

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Lulu Wei

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Director

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

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Silvia Del Carmen Castaños

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Director

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Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 18 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

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Interests

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

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

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Agniia Galdanova

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Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 38 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Activism, Drag, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

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Sun May 28, 1:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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United States

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France

Year

2022

Duration

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Year

2022

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Year

2022

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2022

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RE:Focus Gala: Kokomo City

D. Smith

D. Smith

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 13 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

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Interests

Activism, BIPOC Stories, Black, Sex Work, Trans

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

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Daniella Carter

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Subject

Dominique Silver

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Subject

Through conversation and laughter, D.Smith presents the stories of four Black transgender sex workers in New York and Georgia. These women offer unapologetic and unfiltered reflections on belonging and identity within the Black community and beyond. Dreams and memories, past lives and new beginnings, battles fought, and crises overcome are openly shared. D.Smith, a Grammy nominated artist, brings her unquestioned talent to create a unique and exhilarating soundtrack that matches the protagonists’ energetic personalities and the film’s striking black and white visuals. Kokomo City is a vibrant portrait of a community tired of stigmatization and ready to take ownership of their stories.

Sat May 27, 7:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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