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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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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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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20 000 Species of Bees (20,000 epecies de abejas)

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Estibaliz Urresola Solaguren

Director

Country

Spain

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

2 h 9 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Premiere

Interests

Trans, Youth

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

An eight-year-old child struggles with the fact that people keep addressing her in confusing ways; her birth name feels very wrong, and her nickname Cocó doesn’t feel quite right either. During a summer in the Basque Country among the beehives, she explores her name and identity alongside her mother and the women of her family, who at the same time reflect on their own lives and desires. Much like a beehive, 20,000 Species of Bees examines a space predominantly run by women, exploring with great care, the incredible complexity of gender identity.

Tue May 30, 9:15 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Hummingbirds

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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Big Boys

Corey Sherman

Corey Sherman

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

1 h 28 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Coming Of Age, Gay, International, Youth

Rating and Content Advisory

PG

Jamie’s dream camping trip is ruined before it even begins when he finds out that his beloved cousin is bringing her new boyfriend. However, Jamie’s initial jealousy of the competent and confident Dan quickly turns into a friendship, as they bond over cooking, games and both being “big boys.” But as the weekend progresses, despite Jamie’s brother’s attempts to set him up with a girl staying at the campsite, all Jamie wants to do is hang out with Dan. As his burgeoning crush gets him into awkward scrapes and arguments, Jamie begins to come to terms with who he is, and who he desires.

Sun May 28, 4:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Shorts: Closer to Fine

Guests

Holly Bates

Holly Bates

Heather Posten

Heather Posten

Lauren Beatty

Lauren Beatty

Lulu Wei

Lulu Wei

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

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 7 films.

Sun May 28, 11:45 am
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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I Am Home

Kymon Greyhorse

Kymon Greyhorse

Director

As time goes on and the world around us shifts, we adapt and change. Although we might look different, deep down we are still the same. We are made from Mother Earth – mud, wood, love, and patience.

Country

United States

Year

2021

Duration

3 mins

Interests

House of Whoreship

Holly Laura Bates

Holly Laura Bates

When Violet, a suburban brothel worker returns to work after enduring a breakup, she is confronted by her recent ex-girlfriend hustling the same shift.

Country

Australia

Year

2022

Duration

15 mins

Interests

YA BENTI

Anissa Allali

Anissa Allali

Sabrina is about to marry Younes, a wedding that’s everything for her mother and grandmother. But the day before the ceremony, Sabrina steps back.

Country

France

Year

2022

Duration

23 mins

Interests

Transenders

Diane Russo Cheng

Diane Russo Cheng

Director

An intimate look into the nonprofit skateboarding organization Skate Like A Girl, as seen through the eyes of Alexa, a trans woman skateboarder and mentor.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

9 mins

Interests

Butch up!

Yu-Jin LEE

Yu-Jin LEE

After a breakup, Mi-hae, the lead singer of an indie band, cannot bring herself to sing the band’s most popular song, “Oppa’s Girl”.

Country

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Soap

Lulu Wei

Lulu Wei

Inspired by past heartbreaks and present friendship, this short find two queer best friends going on a romantic getaway after being dumped.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Funny Face

Jude Hope Harris

Jude Hope Harris

When country singer Randy travels to take care of his sister Sophie, who is recovering from facial feminization surgery, he meets her girlfriend Morgan for the first time.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

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Almamula

Juan Sebastián Torales

Juan Sebastián Torales

Director

Country

Argentina

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

1 h 34 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

International Showcase

Interests

Gay, Latinx, Religion, Youth

Rating and Content Advisory

Homophobic Violence. Scenes depicting graphic homophobic violence. Sexual Content. Scenes containing sexual content.

Guests

Juan Sebastian Torales

Juan Sebastian Torales

Director

After being gay bashed by neighbourhood boys, Nino’s family moves to their country home. Nino is forced to attend confirmation class and is warned not to enter a nearby forest or risk being captured by the Almamula, a mythic creature that takes away those who commit carnal sins. But as Nino’s sexual desires grow, he is pulled to explore the forest and find out if the Almamula is real. Building tension through ambiguity, this dreamlike film explores the impact of religion and superstition on a queer youth.

Sat May 27, 9:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Shorts: BOLD

Guests

Mx. Roti

Mx. Roti

Director

Davis Alexander James

Davis Alexander James

Director

Cydney Tucker

Cydney Tucker

Director

Brandon Haynes

Brandon Haynes

Director

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, vulnerability, strength, joy and raw passion that encapsulates so many Black Queer experiences. From the mystical feminine to the power of advocating for reform and holding space for community, to exploring the complexity of the Black Trans experience through the varied lenses of both fiction and non-fictional works, this series is bound to take audiences through a journey.

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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Catching Spirits

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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Kristian Cahatol

Kristian Cahatol

Director

Lourdes Miere

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

This program has 9 films.

Fri May 26, 1:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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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

Interests

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

Fursona is an incursion into the universe of Aly, a member of the Furry community.

Country

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

GORDITX

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

Interests

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