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.
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.
Behind the Curtain: Todrick Hall gives us an insider look at the inspiring man behind the computer screen.
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.
Mack, Sarah, and Andraya have lots in common, they are all hard working Transgender teen athletes who excel in their sports.
With standout performances by Steve Zahn, Ann Dowd, Jillian Bell, and young trans actor Sasha Knight, Cowboys is the captivating story of a young man who knows exactly who he is, and a father who will do anything to protect that.
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.
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.
Eddie and Amber decide to stage a relationship in order to stop everyone speculating about their sexuality.
Eddie is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps and enlist in the military...
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.
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.
This holiday, everyone’s secrets are coming out.
Hollywood heartthrob Syd Stone finds a connection that immediately creates drama onscreen and off.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
One of the recent success stories to come out of Inside Out’s LGBTQ Finance Forum (2017) and Telefilm’s Talent to Watch program (2018), Jump, Darling is an offbeat family drama set in the heart of Eastern Ontario.
This series tells the story of Ester, a trans woman struggling to find her path in New Orleans during the week before Hurricane Katrina
When Molly moves into a new apartment after a tragic accident, a strange noise from upstairs begins to unnerve her.
Award-winning filmmaker Sébastien Lifshitz follows the family for a year, capturing with insightful and delicate, subtle camerawork, a year in the life of a family who are setting an example for trans youth and for families around the world.
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.
Double Feature: Sweetheart and Beyto, preceded by Noor & Layla.
When a teenaged girl commits suicide in a remote Northern Ontario Aboriginal community, it's up to her brother Shane to take care of their family.
Billy Tipton, the influential jazz musician, became more of a sensation when, upon his death, it was revealed that he was a trans man and the late-20th century world was unable to accept his identity....
appearing only in gay newspapers and gay bookstores, to create a fascinating window into everything from the AIDS crisis and workplace discrimination, to the search for love and a good haircut.
Adapted from a novel by Swiss-Kurdish writer Yusuf Yesilöz, Beyto, which won the Prix du Public audience award at Switzerland’s Solothurn Film Festival, wrestles with the tension between cultures, and between a family’s sense of honour and a person’s need to be true to themselves.
Beyto and Pitoc e icinakosian in Ottawa.
Fanny and I Am Gay in Ottawa
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.
Double Feature: Sweetheart and Beyto, preceded by Pitoc e icinakosian.
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.
Marianne is commissioned to do the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young lady who has just left the convent. 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.
Double crosses and genre twists abound in this neo-noir mob caper from the Wachowski Sisters.
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.
A violinist falls in love with his student in this courageous silent film: the first to feature openly gay characters.
Trans filmmaker Sydney Freeland’s trailblazing drama about three interconnected characters on unique paths to self-discovery.
Prodigious filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder casts himself as the titular Fox, whose sudden lottery win makes him a target for his bougie boyfriend.
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.
A groundbreaking exploration of a young Black man’s search for identity in a rough Miami neighbourhood.
Olivia arrives at a new finishing school and is caught in the middle of an emotional turf war between two headmistresses.
A landmark documentary and cultural time capsule about the influential Harlem drag ball scene.
John Cameron Mitchell’s explicit, sex-positive coming-of-self dramedy stars Toronto’s own Sook-Yin Lee, set in post 9/11 Manhattan.
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.
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.
An aspiring Black lesbian filmmaker researches an obscure 1930s Black actress in this cult favourite.
A fake marriage to appease visiting Taiwanese parents is the centrepiece of Ang Lee’s under-seen comedy of manners.
Upon arriving in a new neighbourhood, tomboy Laure is mistaken for a boy and takes the opportunity to explore.
An inspiring documentary about enigmatic songwriter Arthur Russell, followed by a live performance of cover songs.
This legendary “AIDS musical” brings camp, pop tunes and a discerning lens to the myth of Patient Zero.
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.
FREE - Shine True is a documentary series celebrating the trans and gender non-conforming community.
Jessica Swale’s rapturous feature debut is a heartfelt rumination on the power of love, set against a beautifully-shot Kent coastline.
Sam and Tusker are traveling across England in their old RV to visit friends, family and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with dementia two years ago, their time together is the most important thing they have.
In tribute to the iconic André Leon Talley, we stan in offering this entertaining and insightful look into André's life and career, for free (by donation) across Canada for the month of February.
Tunde Johnson, an African-American teen, is stuck in a Groundhog Day nightmare, waking up to experience the same day over and over again—the day he dies at the hands of Los Angeles police officers.
FREE - A docuseries on trans people of colour exploring the spectrum of their experiences.
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.
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.
Summertime and Noor & Layla at Ontario Place
Swan Song and I Am Gay at Ontario Place
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...
Filmmaker Hilla Medalia spent four years filming and interviewing four Israeli teenagers undergoing gender transformation.
A heartbreakingly beautiful tale, and a romance rarely seen onscreen, Two of Us proves that love, no matter the obstacles, is worth fighting for.
Paris 1979. On the eve of the AIDS epidemic, a gay porn producer is on the hunt for a masked murderer who has been slaying her actors one by one.
Woubi Chéri explores the love life of a few homosexuals in Ivory Coast. The Woubi and the Yossis tell their stories and tell us about their daily life through humour, emotion, revolt and tradition.
You Don't Nomi traces the redemptive journey of Showgirls, from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece.