Inside Out Celebrates 25 Years



Celebration to include a Retrospective Series of classic LGBT films

TORONTO – The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival, one of the worlds largest LGBT film festivals, celebrates 25 years of showcasing the most groundbreaking, powerful and entertaining work in LGBT cinema from Canada and around the world. Since its 1991 debut at the late Euclid Cinema, the Festival has grown from an audience of 3,000 to an expected audience of over 37,000 and doubled the number of films programmed. The Festival has grown alongside the LGBT community and its programming has continuously been a reflection of its changes and evolution. This year’s Festival will take place from May 21 to May 31, 2015 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, Inside Out has curated a special Retrospective Series featuring audience’s favourite LGBT classics, and rarely seen work by outstanding Canadian LGBT artists. Each film in the series will feature a Canadian short film that first screened at the inaugural festival in 1991. The screenings will take place on February 25, March 11, March 25, April 8, and May 6. Additional films in this program, which will screen during the festival, will be announced at a later date. Tickets will be priced at $5.50, a nostalgic nod to the cost of a ticket to Inside Out 25 years ago.

“Over the years Inside Out has brought our communities together to celebrate our accomplishments, raise awareness of the struggles of LGBT people and to lose ourselves in entertaining tales projected through a distinctly queer lens,” said Scott Ferguson, Executive Director of Inside Out. “We are incredibly grateful to the hundreds of artists, individuals, organizations and companies that have contributed to our success.”

“Not only are we proud of the enormous growth of Inside Out within the LGBT community, but also of its increasing ability to reach mainstream audiences through the programming of universal themes of love, pain and the search for acceptance,” said Andrew Murphy, Director of Programming at Inside Out. “The Festival’s founders set out to make Inside Out a permanent and important fixture on Toronto’s LGBT culture scene, and its inspiring to know they’ve far exceeded their goals.”

Along with the Retrospective Series audiences can expect festival programming and activities that include Gala Presentations, the Local Heroes showcase, the Icon Documentary Series, the Competition Program, artist talks, panel discussions, workshops and more.

Films the Retrospective Series include My Beautiful Laundrette,The Children’s Hour, The Wedding Banquet, Show Me Love & The Hanging Garden.

Please visit website for more info on these film and/or the festival.

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