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 $50,000 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. In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on our industry, Inside Out is launching an emergency relief arm of the fund.
Projects which meet the eligibility criteria will be considered for a cash grant from $500 to $2500.
Completed projects that are accepted into the 2021 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival will also be eligible for festival travel support through the RE:Focus travel bursary program.
This round of RE:Focus funding will serve as emergency relief and seeks to support productions that have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
Projects that have had their production or post-production interrupted by the crisis are invited to submit.
May 11-May 31
Notification Date: June 30
CRITERIA FOR QUALIFICATION
-Films must have had their production or post-production impacted by the COVID-19 crisis
-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 be required to submit for consideration for the 2021 Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival
Costs related to production or post-production that were impacted by COVID-19 (up to $2500)
Please submit your rough cut or script via FilmFreeway and email the following in one document to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Synopsis (125 words max)
Details on how your production was impacted by the COVID-19 crisis (125 words max)
Filmmaker Statement (250 words max)
Rough Cut (Vimeo or other streaming link only) or script
Key Cast and Crew
Budget, including Post-Production (Top Sheet only)
Funding Request ($500-$2,500)