Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival and single largest promoter and exhibitor of LGBTQ content in Canada, and OUTtv, Canada’s national LGBTQ+ television network, are partnering on a new initiative to support queer Canadian documentary filmmakers with the creation of the OUTspoken Documentary Financing Fund.
The new fund will be accepting submissions beginning November 16th, with two projects to be selected to receive funding. Submissions will be open until January 8th.
In addition to direct funding, the winning projects will also receive mentoring and production support from OUTtv and Inside Out. OUTtv will broadcast the completed documentaries on OUTtv, and also on OUTtvGo, OUTtv’s subscription video on demand platform.
This fund is particularly interested in seeing submissions from creators who identify as BIPOC and as members of the LGBTQ2+ community, and will prioritize submissions that show a commitment to hiring BIPOC and LGBTQ2+ cast and crew.
Two selected projects will receive $18,000 each in production financing.
OUTtv will broadcast the completed documentaries on OUTtv branded platforms worldwide (e.g. OUTtv, OUTtvGo, Froot TV, branded channels on Apple TV and Amazon Prime Video.)
Inside Out and OUTtv shall jointly review the individual submissions and select up to two applications for potential production, with OUTtv retaining final decision-making on selected projects based on the following criteria:
- Creative elements: originality of the subject matter/point of view;
- Creativity, discoverability;
- Diversity of the creative team;
- Degree of relevance of the subject matter to the LGBTQ2 community;
- Track record of the producer/director.
All films will automatically be submitted for consideration for the 2021 or 2022 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, depending on completion timeline.
All submissions MUST be uploaded as a combined PDF into their Project Profile with the following:
- Estimated film duration (in minutes)
- Estimated total budget (in CAD)
- 1 Page Treatment
- Director and Crew Bios (500 words max)
- Director’s Statement (can be written or video, 200 words or 2:00 max)
- Links to recent work (Vimeo, etc)
- Pitch Deck or Visual treatment
- Letters of Commitment / Support (not mandatory, encouraged)