Local Heroes Party

May 30, 2024 8:00 pm
TIFF Gallery

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Shorts: Local Heroes

Toronto is the backdrop of this eclectic collection of films telling tales of friendship, community, and mushroom-laced chaos.

Guests: Shaun Soutar, Bea Santos, Isabelle Deluce, Chloë Gordon, Nala Haileselassie, Sania Khan, Doni, Alice Wang, Chase Lo

This program has 7 films.

May 30, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Digital Screening Available May 31

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*Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

Sponsors

Leadership Circle | Ralph Pascht and Mark Le Messurier

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being queer here

Chloë Gordon

Chloë Gordon

Director

A portrait of Toronto, as defined by the spaces its queer residents inhabit and the memories they’ve created there.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Canadian, Gay, Lesbian, Local, Queer, RE:Focus, Trans

Ernesto's Bag

Isabelle Deluce

Isabelle Deluce

Director

Giulia De Vita

Giulia De Vita

Director

Ruth’s skepticism of marriage clashes with her best friend’s engagement plans but a psychedelic journey on dress-fitting day forces her to reevaluate her deeply held beliefs.

Country

Canada

Year

2024

Duration

17 mins

Interests

Canadian, Local, RE:Focus

How'd You Sleep?

Spencer Glassman

Spencer Glassman

Director

A comedic slice-of-life exploration of one person’s battle with chronic insomnia.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Canadian, Local, Non-Binary, RE:Focus

This Light is My Birthplace

Shaun Soutar

Shaun Soutar

Director

Two opposing TV signals compete for airtime. The usual narratives of trans identity touted by dominant media are disrupted by authentic stories from trans people.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Canadian, Experimental, Local, Non-Binary, RE:Focus, Trans

Custard

Sania Khan

Sania Khan

Director

Inside the lives of five artists and creatives in Toronto as they come together over a shared meal and reflect upon their lived experiences.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

7 mins

Interests

Local, Queer, RE:Focus

Something's Phishy

Chase Lo

Chase Lo

Director

Bex impersonates her heartbroken bestie, Danny on a dating app to prove their irresistibility but this backfires, causing chaos.

Country

Canada

Year

2024

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Asian, Canadian, Local, Non-Binary, RE:Focus

I Never Promised You A Jasmine Garden

Teyama Alkamli

Teyama Alkamli

Director

Tara, a Queer Palestinian woman in her late 20s, attempts to suppress her internal emotional turbulence during a phone call with her best friend.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

21 mins

Interests

Canadian, Local, Queer, RE:Focus

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J Stevens

J Stevens

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Episodic

Year

2024

Duration

69 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Canadian, Coming Out, Gay, Intergenerational, Lesbian, Local, Non-Binary

Guests

J Stevens, Perrie Voss, Scott Farley, Jane Moffat, James Kall

After a near-death experience lights a flame within both Grandma and Grandpa, they decide to grab life by the boas and tell the world their deepest secret: they’re gay. Having lived under the guise of a straight relationship for decades, they’re coming out of the closet, ditching their small-town life, and going after their big gay dreams. First stop, the big city, to learn “how to be gay” from the best gay people they know – their grandchildren. Navigating the queer dating scene, dating apps, queer fashion, and even a gay dodgeball league, this late-in-life coming out story is all about being empowered to love authentically no matter your age.

Join us for a screening of seven episodes and a panel featuring cast and crew.

World Premiere

May 29, 2024 6:45 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Conor McNally

Conor McNally

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 20 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Canadian, Fine Arts, Indigenous, Two-Spirit

nanekawâsis follows the acclaimed nêhiyaw artist George Littlechild as he invites audiences into his storied career spanning over four decades. Using archival footage and newly filmed 16mm interviews, the film provides previously unheard insights about his life and work. As a two-spirit person and ‘60s scoop survivor, Littlechild’s artwork draws from a unique perspective of pain, joy, and exemplary merit. This crucial documentary gives viewers the opportunity to get to know a major player in the Indigenous art world, while highlighting the impacts of colonialism in Canada on both art and artist.

Ontario Premiere

May 26, 2024 2:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Shorts: Stories We Tell

Travel across Canada through this selection of shorts, ranging from touching tales of resilience after a life-changing diagnosis, to finding yourself during an anxiety-inducing night out. Bittersweet endings bloom into joyous new beginnings in this program.

Guests: Kelly Paoli, Andreas Vatiliotou, Tara Hakim, Marie-Michèle Wayland, Hana Joosse, Alyson Richards, Emma Phelan, Gabriel Nunes Souza

This program has 8 films.

May 26, 2024 12:00 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

Digital Screening Available May 27*

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*I Was Here is not available in our digital/online programming

**Please note, Inside Out digital screenings are GEO-BLOCKED to ONTARIO, you must be in Ontario to access digital programming.

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I Was Here*

Alyson Richards

Alyson Richards

Director

I Was Here follows Emma’s journey as she gets a tattoo and prepares for a photo shoot post mastectomy.

*This film is not available in our digital/online programming

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

8 mins

Interests

Canadian, Family, Lesbian, Local

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Gabriel Souza Nunes

Gabriel Souza Nunes

Director

In a modern retelling of Brazilian folklore, nervous and insecure Theo discovers love for the first time at a fantastical, avant-garde party.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Canadian, Drag, Gay, Latinx, Magic Realism, Non-Binary, Romance

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Hayley Morin

Hayley Morin

Director

Critically acclaimed poet Jaye Simpson strives to write their next book amidst a career
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Canada

Year

2023

Duration

13 mins

Interests

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Tara Hakim

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Hannah Hull

Hannah Hull

Director

This experiential and textural film invites viewers into the inner workings of a mind to ponder the ways in which we love and unlove ourselves.

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Canada

Year

2023

Duration

10 mins

Interests

Canadian, Experimental, Local, Mental Health, Middle Eastern, RE:Focus

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A journey into Aly’s world and their personal growth through the eyes of their new furry, Eden.

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Canada

Year

2024

Duration

4 mins

Interests

Canadian, Indigenous, RE:Focus

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Marie-Michèle Wayland

Director

A bittersweet collection of moments between three roommates faced with an imminent move.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

13 mins

Interests

Canadian, French Language, Friendship, Queer, Trans

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Hana Joosse

Hana Joosse

Director

A young trans man returns to his family’s farm in rural southern Ontario following his grandfather’s death where he must navigate the discomforts of familial rural life with his father.

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Canada

Year

2024

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Canadian, Family, Trans

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Kelly Paoli

Kelly Paoli

Director

When her roommate is outed, Margot is forced to spend the evening with his disgruntled sister, discovering just how deep the family’s internalized homophobia runs.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

17 mins

Interests

Canadian, Family, Gay, Lesbian, Local

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Caden Douglas

Caden Douglas

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 25 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Canadian, Family, Gay

Guests

Caden Douglas, Michael Lomenda, Melanie Leishman, Iain Stewart

The Jennings family are having a regular suburban Sunday dinner. Mother wants everything to be perfect. Father wants everyone to drink, which Sister refuses to do. And Brother keeps texting his husband, even though no phones are allowed at the table. Just as tensions reach a boiling point, an unwanted guest arrives: Frank, Father’s wayward brother. To what ends will Mother, Father, Sister, and Brother go to get rid of Frank? With a great cast, including Mindy Cohn and Enrico Colantoni as Mother and Father, this over-the-top comedy thriller shows that when parents and children work together, they can overcome any obstacle.

This film contains scenes of violence with graphic images of blood and gore.

Ontario Premiere

May 25, 2024 9:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Regan Latimer

Director

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2024

Duration

1 h 45 mins

Stream

Spotlight on Canada

Interests

Activism, Bisexual, Canadian, Lesbian, Local, RE:Focus

Guests

Regan Latimer, Jill Golick, Lindy Zucker

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May 25, 2024 11:45 am
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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