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. Founded through a lead gift from Martha McCain, the fund has distributed more than $150,000 in festival travel grants and professional development programs for filmmakers since its creation.

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

Projects which meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for a cash grant from $500 to $2500.

Completed projects that are accepted into the 2023 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival will also be eligible for festival travel support through the RE:Focus travel bursary program.

Projects can submit only when they have reached the rough cut stage and will be notified as per the submission schedule.

-Films must be written AND directed by women, non-binary, and/or trans creators and feature LGBTQ content. Projects that show a commitment to centring 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 should be submitted for consideration for the 2023 Inside Out Toronto 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival


Any 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)

Overall Rating
  • Huge appreciation to Inside Out for making the Re:Focus fund so accessible. The application process was clear and simple, the communication was great and the funds go a long way to completing and distributing our short film.
    Thanks for creating opportunities for emerging creators!

    September 2022
  • Roberto Fatal

    Was an honor to win an award from this legendary festival. This support skyrocketed our film into completion. Thanks to RE:Focus we've enjoyed a successful festival run that has culminated in distribution. We couldn't have done it without you, RE:Focus!

    August 2022
  • Very easy and quick application process. Very responsive and great communication!

    October 2021
  • Excellent Fund and was an easy process to apply. Communication the entire time was clear and timely. I recommend this fund.

    September 2020
  • Sav Rodgers

    We are immensely grateful to receive a grant from the RE:Focus Fund to help us finish Chasing Chasing Amy. These funds provide invaluable support to our team during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for selecting us!

    July 2020