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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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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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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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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Guest In Attendance
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Shorts: Stories We Tell

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

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Shorts: Let It Be Me

Sex clubs, teddy bears, cruising, and erotic wrestling, this collection of shorts is all about owning your truth and not being afraid to express yourself.

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Shorts: BOLD

Embark on a journey through themes of vulnerability and the power that lies within it with this year’s BOLD programming. This series of shorts made by Black filmmakers display the magic, vulnerabili...

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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Wolf and Dog (Lobo e Cão)

Cláudia Varejão

Cláudia Varejão

Country

France

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

1 h 51 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Coming Out, Gay, Lesbian, Queer, Religion, Youth

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Friends Ana and Luis were born in São Miguel, an island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean ruled by religion and traditions. Growing up, both have been expected to fit into the lives that have been laid out for them. Watching Luis push back against his father’s expectations, Ana begins to question the world she is being brought up in. When her friend Chloé arrives from Canada, Ana embarks on a journey filled with new desires that will reveal the right sea for her to sail. Wolf and Dog is an enchanting ode to the big impact of one small island’s queer community.

Wed May 31, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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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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Screening Sponsors

Leadership Circle: Andrew Mainprize & Philip Kocev

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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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Screening Sponsors

Bernardine Perreira

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Sisi & I (Sisi & Ich)

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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Martha LA McCain

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Special Presentation: I Used to Be Funny

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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