Established in 2018, Inside Out’s RE:Focus Fund aims to address industry inequities through providing direct financial support to women, non-binary, and / or trans filmmakers telling LGBTQ stories. Established through a lead gift from Martha McCain, the fund has distributed more than $50,000 in festival travel grants and professional development programs for filmmakers since its creation.

In 2019, Inside Out is expanding the fund with the launch of the RE:Focus Fund Post-Production Grants to support the post-production and promotion of short and feature films.

Projects which meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for a cash grant up to $2500.

Completed projects that are accepted into the 2020 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival will also be eligible for festival travel support through the RE:Focus travel bursary program.

Applications will be accepted any time during the two submission rounds. Projects can submit only when they have reached the rough cut stage and will be notified as per the submission schedule.

Submission Period 1

September 23 - November 30
Notification Date: December 15

Submission Period 2

December 1 - January 31
Notification Date: February 15

-Films must be written AND directed by women, non-binary, and/or trans creators and feature LGBTQ content. Projects that show a commitment to centering QTBIPOC stories and inclusion in the hiring of their cast and crew will be given priority
-Shorts, features, and episodic projects are eligible
-Narrative, documentary, and experimental projects will be considered
-Films must not have already premiered (festival or other public screening) before the submission deadline
-Canadian and International films are eligible, however, funds will be dispersed in Canadian dollars
-Selected films required to include RE:Focus logo in credits
-All completed films will automatically be submitted for consideration for the 2020 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival


Costs related to post-production (up to $2500)


Please submit your rough cut via FilmFreeway and email the following in one document to

Synopsis (250 words max)
Filmmaker Statement (250 words max)
Link to Rough Cut (Vimeo or other streaming link only)
Key Cast and Crew
Budget, including Post-Production (Top Sheet only)
Funding Request ($500-$2,500)