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17th Annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival presents:
Gay Chorus Deep South

In response to a wave of discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in the southern US and the divisive 2016 elections, the San Francisco Gay Men’s Choir embarks on a daring tour of the American Deep South. Free tickets, maximum 2 per person.

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30 Years of CanQueer

This program offers up three decades of our nation's best in queer storytelling. From the political, to the deep end, this program is bound to inspire some great conversation with a dash of nostalgia.

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Best of Best of the Fest

From audience awards winners to programmer's pics, Best of the Best of the Fest offers up a solid cross section of short film festival faves spanning three decades.

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Crave x Inside Out Presents
The L Word: Generation Q + Work in Progress

The groundbreaking drama series, The L Word®, revolutionized a generation and this fall the highly anticipated sequel The L Word®: Generation Q debuts. This FREE screening is generously sponsored by Crave on Giving Tuesday.

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CTFF Celebrating Black History presents: Rafiki

When Kena and Ziki first lock eyes, it’s a genuine coup de foudre despite the fact their families are political rivals. The young women grow close, but as they are not able to show their attraction in public — or even to their relatives and friends — they are forced to sneak small moments in private.

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European Union Film Festival:
Something Is Happening

Irma, a recently bereaved young widow, joins the adventurously independent Dolores, in her convertible on a roving assignment to research the writing of a gay-friendly guide to Provence.

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Fluid Fundraiser for ACT

A unique, immersive, sex-positive event that fuses dance party, health and art to challenge what you know about HIV. You will leave with appreciation for how people experience HIV, and how they find support through services like ACT, whether living with HIV or at increased risk.

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imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival | Shorts Program: Indig Love Stories

Love moves past colonial states. From self-love to kinship to community love, this collection of shorts speak volumes to acceptance, nourishment and self-determination.

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Inside Out presents:
A Christmas ‘Carol’ Holiday Screening

On Friday, December 13, Inside Out is back to celebrate the season with our most beloved annual tradition, A Christmas ‘Carol’. In addition to the screening, join us for a Carol-themed photobooth, mint juleps, a Christmas Carole-oke, and the annual booing of Harvey Weinstein!

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Inside Out presents:
And Then We Danced

Writer/director Levan Akin’s feature film delivers an exceptionally crafted tale of love and liberation. Goal-oriented Merab (Levan Gelbakhiani) has trained most of his life for a spot in the National Georgian Ensemble, but he’s thrown off balance with the arrival of Irakli, a naturally gifted dancer with a rebellious streak who awakens in Merab a mixture of rivalry and desire.

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Inside Out presents:
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Brittany, France, 1760. Marianne (Noémie Merlant), a painter, is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse (Adèle Haenel), a reluctant bride-to-be fresh out of a convent. Marianne observes the young lady by day and secretly paints her by night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom, all whilst Marianne paints the portrait that will end it all.

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JAYU presents Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America

Unsettled: Seeking Refuge in America follows the stories of LGBT refugees and asylum seekers from Africa and the Middle East as they flee persecution in their countries of origin to seek better and safer lives in the U.S. Director Tom Shepard and subject Fred Hertz will be in attendance and joining us for a post screening Q&A!

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Local Heroes

At the heart of Inside Out has always been the annual Local Heroes (formerly Hogtown Homos) screening. So many familiar names, chosen family members, and even a few former staff members are featured in this celebration of our top drawer talent in our own backyard.

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Paradise presents:
God’s Own Country

Johnny begrudgingly tends to his family’s land in rural England, coping with his resentment and loneliness with drunken evenings and meaningless, secret sex with other young men. When a cool and collected Romanian farmhand arrives on the scene, Johnny is initially irked, but also attracted by his quiet confidence.

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Pitch, Please!

Pitch, Please! will see competitors from across the globe present a short two-minute pitch to a virtual jury and audience, with one winner taking home a $5,000 prize.

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Queerly Beloved:
Bound

Double crosses and genre twists abound in this neo-noir mob caper from the Wachowski Sisters.

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Queerly Beloved:
Desert Hearts

This bold and beautiful tale of a budding romance on a ranch for women getting Reno divorces was named one of the best lesbian films of all time.

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Queerly Beloved:
Different from the Others

A violinist falls in love with his student in this courageous silent film: the first to feature openly gay characters.

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Queerly Beloved:
Drunktown’s Finest

Trans filmmaker Sydney Freeland’s trailblazing drama about three interconnected characters on unique paths to self-discovery.

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Queerly Beloved:
Fox and His Friends

Prodigious filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder casts himself as the titular Fox, whose sudden lottery win makes him a target for his bougie boyfriend.

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Queerly Beloved:
Knife+Heart + Equation to an Unknown

An exclusive double bill of what is considered to be the best French gay porn ever made (1980), and the 2018 Cannes Competition wild card entry.

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Queerly Beloved:
Moonlight

A groundbreaking exploration of a young Black man’s search for identity in a rough Miami neighbourhood.

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Queerly Beloved:
Olivia

Olivia arrives at a new finishing school and is caught in the middle of an emotional turf war between two headmistresses.

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Queerly Beloved:
Paris is Burning

A landmark documentary and cultural time capsule about the influential Harlem drag ball scene.

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Queerly Beloved:
Shortbus

John Cameron Mitchell’s explicit, sex-positive coming-of-self dramedy stars Toronto’s own Sook-Yin Lee, set in post 9/11 Manhattan.

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Queerly Beloved:
Tangerine

A day in the friendship of two trans women combing LA for a disloyal boyfriend, trying to make it to a singing engagement on time, handling the dangers of sex work--all on Christmas Eve.

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Queerly Beloved:
The Queen

Director Frank Simon takes us behind the scenes of the 1967 Miss All-America Camp Beauty Contest, and captures the days and decisions leading up to the NYC-set pageant.

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Queerly Beloved:
The Watermelon Woman

An aspiring Black lesbian filmmaker researches an obscure 1930s Black actress in this cult favourite.

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Queerly Beloved:
The Wedding Banquet

A fake marriage to appease visiting Taiwanese parents is the centrepiece of Ang Lee’s under-seen comedy of manners.

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Queerly Beloved:
Tomboy

Upon arriving in a new neighbourhood, tomboy Laure is mistaken for a boy and takes the opportunity to explore.

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Queerly Beloved:
Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell

An inspiring documentary about enigmatic songwriter Arthur Russell, followed by a live performance of cover songs.

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Queerly Beloved:
Zero Patience

This legendary “AIDS musical” brings camp, pop tunes and a discerning lens to the myth of Patient Zero.

Our Dance of Revolution
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Regent Park Film Festival:
Our Dance of Revolution / Haus

Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and over a four-decade span rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.

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TIFF BoomBox: Heroes Vs. Villains

Good and evil collide on October 31 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where heroes face off against villains and Cirque du Soleil dazzles with an exclusive, one-night-only performance.

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TIFF presents Five @ 50: An Intimate Look at Contemporary LGBTQ2+ Lives and Identities

Fifty years after the passing of Bill C-150, which partially decriminalized homosexuality in Canada, this world premiere event presents short films by five acclaimed Canadian artists who share their unique reflections on LGBTQ2+ lives and identities today.

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Toronto South African Film Festival: Kanarie

Set in 1985 against a backdrop of apartheid, religion, and war, Kanarie follows a teen boy, Johan Niemand, who has always been bullied in his small town for his flair for British new wave music and love of Boy George...

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Transkids

Filmmaker Hilla Medalia spent four years filming and interviewing four Israeli teenagers undergoing gender transformation.

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You Don’t Nomi

You Don't Nomi traces the redemptive journey of Showgirls, from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece.