In this issue: ▪ Thank You! ( #thanks )▪ 2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival Award Winners ( #awards )▪ Free Outdoor Screening: IMAGINE ME & YOU ( #fre

   
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Thank You!

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L-R: Philip, Jenna, Steen, Sondra, Winnie, Scott, Brad, Diana, Kat, Chris and Andrew

On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors, thank you to everyone who attended the 25th Anniversary Toronto LGBT Film Festival. We could not have done it without you! Our success is due to the hard work, dedication and support of so many people, organizations and companies. It was our privilege to present 11 days of amazing screenings, artist talks and parties that highlighted not only the latest in contemporary queer cinema but also reflected on our history and growth.

Thank you to all our sponsors, funders and advertisers for their support in helping us make our Silver Anniversary one to remember. Our eternal gratitude to the more than 250 volunteers who contributed their time and enthusiasm for helping us put on what we believe is the best queer festival in the world. Thanks to all the filmmakers who shared their creativity and talent on the big screen.

Finally, thanks to all of you, our audience members, for coming out, sharing your passion for the Festival, providing your thoughts and opinions on the films and for offering words of encouragement.

Now we start work on the 2016 Festival! Don’t forget to save the date – the 26th annual Toronto LGBT Film Festival will run from May 26 to June 5, 2016.

Best regards,
Scott Ferguson
Executive Director

P.S. Don't forget to view Inside Out's Facebook albums. See for yourself!

Did you attend the 2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival? Take our audience survey for a chance to win an Associate Membership (value: $300).

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2015 Toronto LGBT Film Festival Award Winners

AUDIENCE AWARDS

Best Narrative Feature

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FOURTH MAN OUT (USA) | Directed by Andrew Nackman

This generous $2,500 award is presented to the audience’s favourite feature-length film. Sponsored by Suzy Zucker.

Best Documentary Film

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GAME FACE (Belgium/USA) | Directed by Michiel Thomas

This $500 prize is named in reocgnition of the contribution of Elle Flanders, Inside Out Executive Director from 1996 to 1999.

Best Short Film

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IN THE HOLLOW (USA) | Directed by Austin Lee Bunn

Sponsored by Michael Leshner and Michael Stark (in honour of Mikey/Schmikey), this $1,500 award is presented to a short film under 50 minutes in length.

Canadian Juried Awards

Best Canadian Feature

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WHAT WE HAVE (Canada) | Directed by Maxime Desmons

Sponsored by EP Canada/Canada Film Capital, this $2,000 award is presented to an established Canadian artist for their short or feature-length narrative or documentary film.

Emerging Canadian Artist

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Tricia Hargorlies (Director of BEAT)

Sponsored by RBC Royal Bank, this $2,500 cash award funded by the presenting sponsor is awarded to an emerging Canadian filmmaker who is in the early stages of his or her career. The recipient must have directed no more than two fiction narrative short films, or no more than one fiction narrative feature-length film.

Best Canadian Short

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HOLE (Canada) | Directed by Martin Edralin

Sponsored by HARDtv, this $750 cash award is presented to a Canadian film or video that addresses, in a unique fashion, LGBT sexuality and/or erotica.

International Juried Awards

Bill Sherwood Award for Best First Feature

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HOW TO WIN AT CHECKERS (EVERY TIME) | Directed by Josh Kim

Named in honour of the gay American film director, who stepped boldly onto the international film stage in 1986 with his first feature, PARTING GLANCES, this $2,500 cash award is an international prize presented to a first time feature director.

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Free Outdoor Screening: IMAGINE ME & YOU

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TONIGHT (June 3rd)
David Pecaut Square
215 King Street West | Toronto

IMAGINE ME & YOU
Ol Parker | USA | 2006 | 94:00

Join us as we close the curtain on our 25th anniversary celebrations and say thank you to our amazing audience, volunteers and supporters.

By popular online vote, the film for this evening will be Imagine Me & You.

Don't forget snacks and blankets. A small section of chairs will be also be on site.

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Support Inside Out's Pride and Remembrance Team

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Inside Out is proud to be a beneficiary of funds raised through the 2015 Pride and Remembrance Run. Funds received will help support our youth and community engagement initiatives in 2015 and 2016 including our revamped film workshop program for youth New Visions, establishing our Inside Out screening Room and Archive and partnering with community organizations outside the downtown core to present LGBT film programming in under-served neighbourhoods.

Thanks for reading and thank you for your support.

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