Celebrating its 21st Anniversary, Inside Out has provided a platform for filmmakers around the world to tell their stories. Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film and Video Festival will present more than 85 screenings, panels, and social events.
Inside Out remains unique, providing an opportunity for our diverse communities to come together, watch film, and engage in discussion, debate and celebration.There are some significant changes for the 2011 Festival moves to its primary Festival screenings to the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Opening Inside Out, Thursday May 19th, is the Toronto premiere of Loose Cannons.
Centerpiece Gala on Tuesday May 24 is the Canadian Premiere of Weekend, a film by Andrew Haigh. Winner of the Emerging Visions audience award at the SXSW Film Festival and the Grand Jury Prize from the Nashville Film Festival.
Inside Out closes the Festival Sunday May 29th with the latest adaptation of a Sarah Waters' novel, The Night Watch.
The International Focus for this year's Festival will feature the United Kingdom and will include many Canadian and North American premieres. The UK is unparalleled in terms of quality and the Festival is thrilled to showcase six new feature films and television series. Among them includes the break-out BBC television show Lip Service, along with Christopher and His Kind, a stunning docu-drama on author Christopher Isherwood that takes us to the wild cabarets of Berlin and stars Matt Smith, the young actor best known of late for his role in the British TV series Doctor Who.
Returning for a fourth year, the Icon Documentary Series features films on large-than-life queer icons. From homegrown hero Bruce LaBruce to fashion icon Yves Saint Laurent to 1970s tennis star Renee Richards, Inside Out brings the best documentaries from festivals around the world such as Sundance and the Berlin International Film Festival.
Inside Out sets its sights on another part of the world with 24 Hours in the Middle East, offering up features, shorts, and special guests, through multiple stories on what it's like to be queer in the Middle East. Beirut, Tehran, Istanbul, Ramallah and many other places come into focus, depicting a region that, while often painted black and white, exists in shades of grey.
The Outsiders is Inside Out's permanent home for experimentation in film and video, bringing a wide range of practitioners together to redefine notions of the moving image.From experimental erotica to innovative animation, the series is a feast for the mind, eyes and soul.In the International program Animate This! artists throw traditions out the window by using non-traditional means or cutting-edge technologies to bring their vision to life. Art and Soul, is a program of shorts by and about women artists from around the world.
Following the success of last year's Legacy Video Project, a special multi-generational edition of the Queer Youth Digital Video Project has been established this year with the Queer Video Mentorship Project.