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.

Submission Period

May 11-May 31
Notification Date: June 30

-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

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)

Overall Rating
  • Nayani Thiyagarajah

    I am ever-grateful to the RE:Focus Fund and Inside Out for their kind support of our film. Without the faith of festivals like this, we would not be in the position we are now, slowly moving towards finishing this first indie feature. There are no words to really express my full gratitude. But please know, this storytelling dream could not have been possible at all without your team's belief in our work!

    May 2020