For more than three decades, Inside Out has brought Toronto's LGBTQ community together in celebration of the best queer film from Canada and around the world. Through our annual Festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, our filmmaker initiatives, our youth engagement and our year-round events and screenings, Inside Out is engaged every day in challenging attitudes and changing lives.

In 1991, Inside Out celebrated its first film and video festival with a small community of people who yearned to see film and video created by and about lesbians, gays, bisexuals and trans (LGBT) people. Currently the largest event of its kind in Canada, the Festival entertains film buffs of all stripes, showcasing the best and most diverse work of interest to LGBTQ+ communities. Taking place over 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of 35,000 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that highlight more than 150 films from Canada and around the world.

Audience Award - Short
Audience Award - Documentary Feature
Audience Award - Narrative Feature
Best First Feature
Emerging Canadian Artist
Best Canadian Short
Best Canadian Feature

1. Only secure online screeners will be accepted for preview. If you wish to submit in any other format, please email for approval.

2. All films selected to screen at Inside Out must include either captions or subtitles in English.

3. Works-in-progress and rough cuts can be submitted only if a completed exhibition copy will be available for final approval by March 4, 2022.

4. Inside Out reserves the right to excerpt programmed works (up to 3 minutes) along with photographic stills for promotional and marketing purposes.

5. All submissions must be received by January 28, 2022 (If you need an extension you must contact You will be notified of programming decisions on April 29, 2022).

6. Acceptable screening formats at the Festival are DCP, Quicktime.

7. Films with a completion date no more than 18 months before the festival dates will be accepted, films with a completion date later than the previous year's festival dates will be given preference.

8. When submitting your film, please include in your cover letter whether it is considered Two-Spirit, Queer, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, or a combination thereof.


The Festival will make every effort to ensure the safe keeping of all productions submitted for competition which are in its care or control. However, the Applicant in applying to the Festival agrees to release the Festival, its Officers, Directors and other representatives, from any and all claims arising in any way from the submission of materials by or on behalf of the Applicant, whether on film, video or otherwise to the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival was absolutely amazing, they set up opportunities to network with distributors and have the chance to make communication with other talent filmmakers.
    Thanks for having us with our short "Cocoon Love"! I was so pleasantly surprised and hope I can go there in person again soon. Thank you to the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival for giving me this perfect chance and experience.

    June 2021
  • Sana Jafri

    The management team at the festival is very efficient, polite and cooperative. Had a wonderful experience!

    June 2021
  • cinemashminema None

    Absolutely fantastic festival experience. This was my first festival ever and while I was really initially disappointed that it was virtual, I was so impressed with the programmatic curation, the hospitality of Jenna and the teams, the quality of the other films, the speedy and kind communication for every question, no matter how small, among other things. It was an honor and a pleasure to screen with this festival this year and truly unforgettable.

    June 2021
  • Inside Out is one of the best LGBTQ film festivals not only in Canada, but also worldwide. I enjoyed my experience with this film festival, including the high selection of films and the range of events. I highly recommend Inside Out and loved my experience. The staff is also incredibly communicative and professional.

    June 2021
  • Rob Fatal

    This is an amazing festival filled with excellent curation, amazing programming, a communicative professional staff, and major industry opportunities for networking, awards, etc. This is one festival to aim for in your career. Thank you Iside Out. I am honored to be an alum of your festival.

    June 2021