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The 31st edition of Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival is taking place this year digitally from May 27th- June 6th, 2021. There will be 143 films shown on Inside Out‘s streaming platform. The Festival‘s opening film is the Canadian premiere of Natalie Morales‘ award-winning socially distant platonic love story, Language Lessons. Closing the Festival will be Charli XCX’s Documentary Alone Together will be Closing the Festival. Tickets and passes holders can stream both films live. Tickets and pass holders also get to see the Premiere films on demand afterwards as well. ‘Spotlight On Canada‘ films will be available for free to audiences in Ontario through the Festival‘s platform, sponsored by CBC.
The excitement starts with the virtual launch week, taking place from May 3rd-7th, 2021, where Canada’s Drag Race winner Priyanka will be hosting a daily themed programming spotlight on sections of the film program; (which can be found at: insideout.ca). In addition, there will be daily giveaways via the Festival‘s official social media, including a grand prize stay at the Hyatt Hotel in Toronto.
Some of the Festival anticipated screenings include:
MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY (Sundance Audience Award-winning film) explores the complexities of a queer polyamorous relationship.
POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA (the International Premiere of Wes Hurley‘s autobiographical dark comedy):
SEE YOU THEN (Mari Walker’s critically acclaimed drama):
DAWN, HER DAD & THE TRACTOR (the World Premiere of Shelley Thompson‘s upcoming transgender family drama):
Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021 Documentary highlights:
Documentary highlights premieres include YES I AM – THE RIC WEILAND STORY, FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK, Peruvian activist film DRAG INVASION, which examines an LGBTQ community in Peru faced with extreme conservative religious culture, who find empowerment and mobilization in watching episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“Pitch, Please!” short film pitch competition (which has international competitors presenting their two-minute pitch to the jury and audience) will take place virtually on June 5th at 2:00 PM during the Festival. Award winners for the main film categories, which will be revealed on the opening weekend. Audiences have the opportunity to view the winning films throughout the entire Festival. The winners of the Pitch, Please! Competition, as well as audience award winners, will be announced on June 6th.
The Film Forum will also take place during the Festival.
Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021 Zoom Closing Night Party:
And this year’s closing night dance party, hosted by Club Quarantine, will take place on Zoom and have everyone dancing the night away.
Individual tickets for ticket packages, digital screenings, and all-access passes are on sale at insideout.ca
Here are the 2021 film selections:
- OPENING NIGHT:
- CLOSING NIGHT:
A DISTANT PLACE, directed by Park Kun-Young (South Korea / Narrative):
A Distant Place is a nostalgic drama
KNOCKING, directed by Frida Kempff (Sweden / Narrative):
MA BELLE, MY BEAUTY by Marion Hill:
POTATO DREAMS OF AMERICA, directed by Wes Hurley:
SEE YOU THEN, directed by Mari Walker (USA / Narrative):
CAN YOU BRING IT, directed by Tom Hurwitz amd Rosalynde LeBlanc:
FANNY: THE RIGHT TO ROCK, docuemtary directed by Bobbi Jo Hart:
MAMA GLORIA, directed by Luchina Fisher (USA / Documentary):
YES I AM – THE RIC WEILAND STORY, Documentarydirected by Aaron Ber (USA):
- INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE:
A SEXPLANATION, directed by Alexander Liu. (USA / Documentary):
BEING THUNDER, Documentary directed by Stephanie Lamorre. (France):
BEYTO, Narrative directed by Gitta Gsell. (Switzerland):
BOY MEETS BOY, Narrative directed by Daniel Sánchez López. (Germany):
DRAG INVASION, Documentary directed by Alberto Castro. (Peru):
EVERYTHING AT ONCE, Documentary directed by Alberto Fuguet. (Chile, Spain):
GENDERATION, Documentary directed by Monika Treut. (Germany):
I CARRY YOU WITH ME (USA, Mexico):
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SURVIVAL, Documentary directed by Yana Ugrekhelidze. (Germany):
KAPANA, directed by Philippe Talavera. (Namibia / Narrative).
Kapana takes a familiar narrative and gives it a new life in the first Namibian film, which features a gay love story, supported by breakout performances and a hopeful message for queer African rights.
LEADING LADIES, directed by Ruth Caudeli. (Colombia / Narrative):
LOVE, SPELLS AND ALL THAT, directed by Ümit Ünal. (Turkey / Narrative):
MOFFIE, directed by Oliver Hermanus. (South Africa, UK / Narrative):
MY FIRST SUMMER, directed by Katie Found. (Australia / Narrative):
POPPY FIELD, directed by Eugen Jebeleanu. (Romania / Narrative):
SUMMERTIME, directed by Carlos López Estrada. (USA / Narrative):
SWEETHEART, directed by Marley Morrison. (UK / Narrative):
TWO, directed by Astar Elkayam. (Israel / Narrative):
WALK WITH ME, Narrative directed by Isabel Del Rosal. (USA):
- SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA
BLOODTHIRSTY, directed by Amelia Moses. (Canada / Narrative):
DAWN, HER DAD & THE TRACTOR, directed by Shelley Thompson. (Canada / Narrative):
HOW TO FIX RADIOS, directed by Casper Leonard, Emily Russell. (Canada / Narrative):
#TMI, directed by Ashlei Shyne. (USA / Series):
DINETTE SEASON 2, directed by Shaina Feinberg. (USA / Series):
ENBY, directed by Morgan Strug. (Canada / Series):
QUERENCIA, directed by Mary Galloway. (Canada / Series):
TRANS IN TRUMPLAND, directed by Tony Zosherafatain. (USA / Series).
Inside Out 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival 2021 Shorts lineup:
- SPOTLIGHT ON CANADA: LOCAL HEROES
6 FEET APART, directed by Zheyu Liao. (Canada / Narrative):
A quirky love story set amid a pandemic.
BETWEEN US, directed by Cailleah Scott-Grimes. (Canada / Narrative):
Kei longs for a “normal” life in the rural area of Japan. But for a transgender man who is jobless in his hometown, getting to normal is one steep climb.
CRUZ, directed by John Dela Cruz. (Canada / Experimental)：
Cruz is an experimental documentary about what it is like to be a person of colour in the LGBTQ+ community.
I AM GAY, directed by Ajahnis Charley. (Canada / Documentary)：
Filmmaker Ajahnis Charley returns home to Oshawa, Ontario, in the age of quarantine after working abroad for five years
I DO, BUT I DON’T, directed by Marlee Druker. (Canada / Documentary)：
I Do, But I Don’t is a visual essay that explores weddings, marriage, and societal expectations with a look back on a childhood that set up unattainable standards.
INTERNATIONAL DAWN CHORUS DAY, directed by John Greyson. (Canada / Documentary)：
On International Dawn Chorus Day (May 3rd, 2020), birds from six continents join a Zoom call.
PARRY RIPOSTE, directed by Goldbloom Micomonaco. (Canada / Narrative)：
Upon arriving at their fencing studio, the Trans-National fencing team finds their space destroyed. The team prepares for competition while addressing the trauma.
ST CLAIR W, directed by Emily Ryder. (Canada / Experimental)：
A short experimental film about love, loss, and the relationship we have with our memories.
UNITY MOSQUE, directed by Nicole Teeny. (USA / Documentary)：
Imam El-Farouk leads Unity Mosque, one of the world’s first queer-affirming and gender-equal mosques in Toronto.
YOU WILL STILL BE HERE TOMORROW, directed by Michael Hanley. (Canada / Narrative)：
A gay, married man is continually forced to come out to his father, who suffers from late-stage Alzheimer’s.
- SHORTS: STORIES WE TELL
DISRUPTOR CONDUCTOR, directed by Sharon Lewis. (Canada / Documentary)：
Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser is a dubious hero on a mission, eager to take live orchestral shows outside of traditional spaces. In this documentary, we accompany Daniel on his travels as he brings orchestral music to LGBTQ communities, people on the autism spectrum, and prison populations. We witness the impact Bartholomew-Poyser has by uniting communities with previously inaccessible exposure to music at each stop.
SMALL TOWN PRIDE, directed by Chelle Turingan, Riley Sparks (Canada / Documentary)：
Small Town Pride offers an intimate look at the joys and challenges of being queer in a small town. Filmed in Alberta, Nova Scotia, and the Northwest Territories, the film follows LGBTQ2S+ people and allies to prepare for their local Pride celebrations. Organizing in church basements, classrooms and around kitchen tables, the various collectives take on conservative town councils that won’t fly a rainbow flag and bend the rules to create a safe space for youth to come out.
THE ISOBEL IMPRINT, directed by Ali Grant (Canada / Documentary)：
A dozen years after the devastating suicide of her oldest sister Isobel, filmmaker Ali Grant travels back through old letters, photos, and home movies.
- SHORTS: THIS IS ME TRYING
BELLYDANCE VOGUE, directed by Hadi Moussally (Lebanon / Experimental)：
Hadi’s birthday landed on April 3rd, 2020, during the lockdown, and for the first time, he celebrated it all by himself.
BRO, directed by Sahand Kabiri (Iran / Narrative)：
Mehrad is an upper-middle-class man from Tehran, who decides to deal cocaine for the first time in his underground party community.
EXTRA FLAVOUR, directed by Carlos Abascal Peiró (France / Narrative)：
Joachim can’t stop staring at the men who go to the gym across the street from his house, while he devours pickles
FARAWAY, directed by Aziz Zoromba. (Canada / Documentary)：
a young Arab man estranged from his family because of his homosexuality navigates himself over four seasons while attempting to reconnect with his mother.
IN FRANCE MICHELLE IS A MAN’S NAME, directed by Em Weinstein. (USA / Narrative):
Michael, a young trans man, returns home to the rural American West after years of estrangement from his parents.
KIND OF, directed by Noah Schamus. (USA / Narrative):
Kind Of follows two trans masculine folks in a newly open relationship who prepare to host brunch.
MANO SANTA, directed by Steph Camacho. (Puerto Rico / Narrative):
Don Isidoro, better known as “Mano Santa” in his hometown, shelters his runaway grandson.
OF SELF-BLESSING, directed by Golden Adonis Redwood Collier. (USA / Documentary):
A dreamy non-binary artist reflects on community, exploration, and embracing the mercurial seasons of self-blessing in the heart of West Philly.
TAFFY, directed by Jon Crawford. (USA / Narrative):
A young photographer listens to the story of an older man.
- SHORTS: I KNEW YOU WERE TROUBLE
COCOON LOVE, directed by Xiaowen Wang. (USA / Narrative):
A teenager who is living with her grandparents questions her sexual orientation when she starts bonding with a classmate.
FROM A TO Q, directed by Emmalie El Fadli. (UK / Narrative):
Alex wakes up suddenly from a dream where she’s intimate with Kayla. However, Kayla happens to be Alex’s best friend, and Alex has never been with a girl before.
MOTH, Narrative directed by Roxanne Gaucherand. (France, Belgium):
Every summer, a huge swarm of moths invades Drôme in southeastern France. Against this almost biblical plague background of a looming, Lou has fallen in love with her childhood friend, Sam.
SPRING IN AUTUMN, Narrative directed by Ghasideh Golmakani. (Iran):
An Iranian woman travels to Russia after leaving her husband. The trip brings back memories of her World Cup trip, as well as an uncomfortable secret.
TAPE, Narrative directed by Mirjam Thorkelsdottir. (Norway):
Sara and Cecilie’s friendship takes a twist when they both blackout, and confessions are made after a night of partying together.
- SHORTS: AFTERGLOW
BRUISED FRUIT TASTES SWEETER, Narrative directed by Jake Kolton. (USA):
After a roadside accident, a couple tries to mend their fragile relationship.
COVID SUMMER, directed by Todd Verow. (USA / Experimental):
Shot on super8 film with single frame photography, Covid Summer expresses all the insanity, anxiety, and crazy sexual tension of the summer of 2020.
FISHERMAN, Narrative directed by Nicky Miller. (Germany):
A fisherman is at the lake and witnesses a beautiful young man getting into the water. Attracted to him, the fisherman begins an idyllic sexual trip into nature.
FLUID BOUND, directed by Rob Fatal. (USA / Experimental):
An experimental Two-Spirit, Mestizo meditation exploring generations-old relationships and battles between our skin and souls.
HARD, directed by Christian Jacob Ramón. (USA / Narrative):
When a long-desired date is ruined by his unexpected inability to “perform,” a young man panics and apologizes, and worries about how this new guy might take it.
MOUNTAIN LODGE, directed by Jordan Wong. (USA / Experimental):
The candle, the myth, the legend. Mountain Lodge.
MY HEAD ACHES WHEN I LOOK TOO LONG, directed by Callahan Bracken. (Canada / Experimental):
A teenage boy confronts the implications of modern technology on his queerness.
TEN TIMES LOVE, directed by Manuel Billi & Benjamin Bodi. (France / Narrative):
Savour ten fragments of ephemeral love in the life of Numa, an anti-romantic hero for our fluid times.
THE NIGHT TRAIN, directed by Jerry Carlsson. (Sweden / Narrative):
Oskar is on the night train and makes eye contact with Ahmad. For the first time, he meets the gaze of someone who feels the same desire as he does.
TRADE CENTER, directed by Adam Baran. (USA / Documentary):
Taking place in the 1980s and 1990s, the voices of five gay men who cruised for sex at the World Trade Center haunt the sanitized, commerce-driven landscape that is the newly rebuilt Freedom Tower campus.
- SHORTS: LONG STORY SHORT
CARO COMES OUT, directed by Brit Fryer & Caro Hernandez. (USA / Documentary):
Caro Comes Out is an experiment, but it’s also a comedy about coming out to your entire Cuban family.
EGGSHELLS, directed by Slava Doytcheva. (Bulgaria / Narrative):
When her girlfriend chooses family over her, Nevena dyes two red eggs and sets off on a journey to meet her estranged father.
HELLO MOTHER, directed by Natalie Shirinian (USA / Narrative):
A first-generation queer Armenian-American woman faces repercussions from her traditional mother after a night out with her girlfriend, Rita.
HER VOICE, directed by Nic Peerson (Canada / Narrative):
A young woman falls into despair and frustration and while coping with her gender dysphoria
ONE LAST DEAL, Narrative directed by Nyala Moon. (USA):
Sara’s long-awaited dream is in sight, but first, she must make one last deal with her partner Bill.
OUT OF PLACE, Narrative directed by Laís Catalano Aranha & Drica Czech. (Brazil):
Feeling out of place as a lesbian in a conservative family, Renata finds a book that changes her understanding of her mother and helps reveal her own story.
PLAISIR, directed by Molly Gillis. (USA / Narrative):
A lonely American faces unrequited love on a farm commune in the south of France.
THE TEST, Narrative directed by Jessica Smith. (Australia):
Two women hoping to take the next big step in their life together await the results of a test that could put an end to their plans and to their entire relationship.
THE YOUNG KING, Narrative directed by Larin Sullivan. (USA):
A drag king on her way to reconnect with her father gets ready.
- SHORTS: THRIVE
HAPPY MARRIAGE, directed by Sana Zahra Jafri. (Pakistan / Narrative):
A transgender woman shows shows support to her long-term boyfriend to marry a woman of his family’s choosing.
IT’S A GIRL!, Documentary directed by Andy Nguyen. (Canada):
It’s a Girl! is a self-portrait from a Southeast Asian trans-male perspective.
MES CHÉRIS, Documentary directed by Ethan Folk, Jamal Phoenix, Ty Wardwell (Germany):
Jamal Phoenix disguises himself as “Chéri,” a character created after his experiences as a Fierce Fem sex worker. “Chéri” sets out to subvert straight porn tropes and mainstream trans* representation.
PINK & BLUE, Narrative directed by Carmen LoBue. (USA):
After a surprise pregnancy, a trans couple wrestles with how the new baby may affect their relationship and how to raise a child in a binary world.
PUT THE BRIGHTS ON, Documentary directed by Raymond Rea. (USA):
An experimental, nonfiction look into trans people who prefer not to live in the city.
SEND ME AN ANGEL, Narrative directed by Shahar Arapov. (Israel):
A trans boy and his dog, both betrayed by their bodies, forms a special bond.
SILVER FEMME, directed by Nico Reano. (USA / Experimental):
Silver Femme is a poetic film that envisions a future and a space where trans people are safe.
Joining a day in the life of Silas, a young queer trans person who is trying to navigate home life, life in the queer community, and figuring out their pronouns.
VESTIRSE, Narrative directed by John E. Kilberg. (USA):
Jacky tries to get dressed to meet their mother one late afternoon.
WISHES, Documentary directed by Amy Jenkins. (USA):
The secrets of a child longing for an alternate identity are traced through a decade of birthday wishes filmed by their mother.
- SHORTS: ONLY THE YOUNG
AMPLIFY, Documentary directed by Isak Vaillancourt (Canada):
Three Black women, all Sudbury residents, share their lived experiences and thoughts concerning the current political climate, racial inequality, and social justice.
AT LAST, Narrative directed by Lorena Gordon. (USA):
A shy high school girl reveals her truth during the most important night of the year.
CUTTLEFISH, Narrative directed by Alexandra Geller. (USA):
After unexpected encounters both at school and at home, a twelve-year-old tomboy reflects on the space that lives between binaries
GIRLSBOYSMIX, Documentary directed by Lara Aerts. (Netherlands):
Being intersex in a binary world, Wen Long wonders: Where do I belong?
GRACELAND, Narrative directed by Bonnie Discepolo. (USA):
A southern mom’s life is all shook up when her fourth-grader claims to be the reincarnation of the King of Rock’n’Roll.
HEROES, Documentary directed by Andy Nguyen. (Canada):
A short documentary film features transgender youth in Toronto.
PITOC E ICINAKOSIAN, Documentary directed by Gerry Ottawa & Jos-Onimskiw Ottawa-Dubé. (Canada):
Gerry and their big brother Jos show us that there is more to being different than bullying, discrimination, and harassment.
PURE, Narrative directed by Natalie Jasmine Harris (USA):
A young Black girl struggles with her queer identity and questions her purity On the eve of her cotillion ball.
TO THE FUTURE, WITH LOVE (SNEAK PREVIEW), Documentary directed by Shaleece Haas (USA):
This animated self-portrait features 19-year-old Hunter “Pixel” Jimenez, a nonbinary trans boy caught between the expectations of his Guatemalan immigrant family and his dreams of living happily ever after.
- SHORTS: SPARKS FLY
AND THEN, Narrative directed by Jenn Ravenna Tran. (USA):
Mana, a Japanese-American woman, arrives in Tokyo seeking a break from her life as an artist. There she meets Haru, a Japanese woman from the countryside who dreams of becoming an artist herself.
ARE YOU STILL WATCHING?, Narrative directed by Alex Cardy, Kitty Chrystal, Tali Polichtuk (Australia):
Jamie keeps themselves entertained binging on queer film and TV during the lockdown, but mere escapism turns sensual when they start having sexual delusions involving their favourite queer characters.
BEGUM PARVATHI, Narrative directed by Radhika Prasidhha (India):
Two women meet online, and over a few months, they share an intimate connection through phone calls, texts, and virtual exchanges.
CURBSIDE PICKUP, Narrative directed by Hingman Leung (Canada):
What if the hardest thing about dating during the pandemic isn’t the pandemic?
GIRLS SHOULDN’T WALK ALONE AT NIGHT, Narrative directed by Katerine Martineau (Canada):
After a late-night high school graduation party, Chantal and Delphine find themselves walking home alone in the dark.
MERCURY AFROGRADE, Narrative directed by Blanche Akonchong (USA):
On a day during Mercury retrograde, a family’s secrets revealed, forcing them to realize they are not the model African family.
NOOR & LAYLA, Narrative directed by Fawzia Mirza (Canada):
Noor and Layla are breaking up. Would it be the end of the road for these two Muslim women? or is it just the beginning? The Muslim call to prayer marks five life-changing moments in their relationship.
TO YOU MY LOVE, directed by Olivia Margarita Gastaldo (USA / Experimental):
To You My Love investigates the visual poetry of a love letter.
TRASHED, Narrative directed by Alyson M. Richards (Canada):
An anxious woman returns home to find her housekeeper passed out drunk on the pantry floor and her kitchen trashed.
- SHORTS: BAD BLOOD
CATFISH KILLER, Narrative directed by Seth Harrington & Gil Hizon (USA).
Three gay besties on a camping trip and thrust into danger when one of them inadvertently catfishes a serial killer online.
ESCAPING THE FRAGILE PLANET, Narrative directed by Thanasis Tsimpinis (Greece):
A boy-meets-boy tale taking place a few hours before the world ends.
META, Narrative directed by Sydne Horton (USA):
Artie Talbot, a trans boy who is spry and self-conscious attends high school prom with his best friend Lucy, which results in an emotional and physical metamorphosis.
MOTHER BUNKER, Narrative directed by George Metaxas (Australia):
During a robot-human war, a military robot named Mother begins to self-express by dressing in human drag and performing to a robot army
OCTAVIA’S VISIONS, directed by Zara Zandieh (Germany / Experimental):
Inspired by the Parable novels of author Octavia E. Butler, the piece expresses a queer longing to create something new.
RED STRING OF FATE, Narrative directed by Lance Fernandes & Lovina Yavari (Canada):
During a civil war between android robots and humans in the year 2090, an engineer tries to bring her fallen lover back to life.
SINVERGÜENZILLA IN “FIRST KISS”, Narrative directed by Anita Abbasi (Canada):
Sinvergüenzilla is a music-loving blue alien deity who visits Earth to experience her first human kiss. But she arrives in Toronto during the COVID-19 pandemic, and her search gets complicated
TRASHY BOOTY, Narrative directed by Iris Devins (USA):
Two trans dumpster diver women unknowingly participate in a social experiment when they pick up a robot hitchhiking on the side of the road.
UNLIVEABLE, Narrative directed by Enock Carvalho & Matheus Farias (Brazil):
Marilene searches for her trans woman daughter, Roberta, who was missing. While almost running out of time, Marilene discovers a mysterious hope for the future.
- SHORTS: DELICATE – Program Description
BRAVE, Narrative directed by Miguel Melo (Mexico):
Victor takes the courage to disclose his HIV status to his partner.
COSMOPOLITAN, Narrative directed by Moran Nakar (Israel):
Jacob goes to a gay party for the first time. However, he discovers that his skin colour prevents him from being accepted into the community.
FREED, Narrative directed by Josza Anjembe (France):
When Issa is about to get out of jail when he meets a young inmate, Gaetan, who has not yet served his sentence.
HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH, Narrative directed by Tebogo Malebogo (South Africa):
After Tau realizes their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo.
HOMEGOING, Narrative directed by Carlton Daniel Jr. (USA):
A mortician’s son working at his father’s funeral home balances the expectations and enjoys a night out with friends.
LAND OF THE FREE, Narrative directed by Dawid Ullgren (Sweden):
David celebrates his 25th birthday with a night swim at the beach with his friends. The good mood quickly transitions when two straight couples walk by and laugh.
OF HEARTS AND CASTLES, Narrative directed by Ruben Navarro (Spain):
A man who is struggling with a breakup meets another man for a night in Los Angeles that will forever keep them connected.
WHERE THE SILENCE PASSES, directed by Sandra Romero Acevedo (Spain / Narrative):
During the procession of El Silencio in Écija night, Antonio and Emma visit the places where they used to go.
- SHORTS: BOLD
FREED, Narrative directed by Josza Anjembe (France):
Issa meets Gaetan, a young inmate who has not yet served his sentence when he is about to get out of jail.
HEAVEN REACHES DOWN TO EARTH Narrative by Tebogo Malebogo (South Africa):
After Tau realizes their sexuality, it sets in motion a cascade of thoughts and emotions in Tumelo
HER & HER, Narrative directed by Jade Anouka (UK):