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 July 15, with two projects to be selected to receive funding. Submissions will be open until September 3, and the winning projects will be announced at the Opening Night of the 2019 Inside Out Ottawa Film Festival on October 24, 2019.

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.

The selected projects will receive $18,000 each in production financing, as well as additional in-kind production support including, but not limited to, accounting services, business affairs, and insurance coverage.

OUTtv will broadcast the completed documentaries on OUTtv, and also on OUTtvGo, OUTtv’s subscription video on demand platform.

The film’s director must be a resident of Canada or have legal status to work in Canada.

All submissions must be through the FilmFreeway submission platform. Late submissions will not be considered.

Documentary projects should be estimated at no more than 45 minutes in duration. All projects should still be in the development stage and have NOT yet begun principal photography.

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;
Track record of the producer/director;
Degree of relevance of the subject matter to the LGBTQ2 community;
Diversity of the creative team.
The film’s director must be a member of the LGBTQ2 community to be eligible.

All films will automatically be submitted for consideration for the 2020 or 2021 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’s Bio (200 words max)
Links to recent work (Vimeo, etc)
Letters of Commitment / Support (not mandatory, encouraged)

Pitch Deck or Visual treatment (not mandatory, encouraged) can be emailed to after submission is completed.