Inside Out Film Fest has nominated eight recipients for its annual RE:Focus Fund for Women, Non-binary, and/or Trans Filmmakers who tell stories about 2SLGBTQIA+ people. according to the deadlineThis year’s selections include upcoming feature, episodic and short projects from Canada, the US, Chile, Malta and the UK.
Launched in 2018, the RE:Focus Fund aims to address inequalities in the entertainment industry and “response to the immediate needs of filmmakers”, working to “eliminate barriers to career advancement”, according to the source. doing. it is Since its inception, the festival has distributed over $200,000 in travel grants and professional development programs. In 2019, the festival expanded the fund with its Post-Production Grant to facilitate post-production and promotion of short and feature projects.
Among the projects selected for RE:Focus Fund is Fatima Al-Hamaydeh Miller’s “Eater”, a Canadian tale about a closed-off Arab perfume salesman who “sees an attractive customer through his act” in his queue. “Knocks from the center” to hide identity. The episodic “Lovesic” (“Mal d’Amores”), directed by Fiorella Vescovi García, follows a woman who discovers that her ex-girlfriend is engaged and seeks solace in a recovery meeting for “love addicts”. . “To Dance Again” by María Jose Mariscal and Pamela Simeone is an experimental short from Chile that tells the story of a recently broken up couple.
“From the beginning, the RE:Focus Fund Post-Production Grant aims to eliminate barriers and put those resources directly into their hands,” commented Inside Out’s director of festival programming, Jenna Duffon. “We are proud to tell these creatives a diverse range of 2SLGBTQ+ stories and do our part to ensure that their entire vision comes to life.”
Founded in 1991, Inside Out is a non-profit organization that exists to “challenge and life-changing attitudes through the promotion, production and exhibition of film created by approximately 2SLGBTQ+ people of all ages, races and abilities,” according to its website, In addition to its annual film festivals in Toronto and Ottawa, Inside Out hosts screenings throughout the year and serves as an incubator for emerging and established filmmakers.
Inside Out held its annual 2SLGBTQ+ Film Festival and Finance Forum in person and online last May. it is now accepting submissions For its 2023 celebration to be held next May. Inside Out will open applications for its 2023 edition of RE:Focus Fund next summer, along with program details available on its website,
Check out all the projects selected for RE:Focus Fund below, courtesy of Deadline.
short story Director: Beth Varian
Lucy, a Peruvian-Canadian woman, gives her beloved nephew the Christmas gift of her dreams: a beautiful sequined dress. But when he tries to show up to the rest of the family, Lucy banishes and shames herself in the same way she hopes to protect him.
A special friend (UK)
short story Director: Eileen Tracy
When Father Matthew learns of a closeness between two other priests at a remote conversion-healing center in Northern Ireland, his attempt to do the right thing leads to a crisis of faith and emotion.
short story Director: Fatima Al-Hamaideh Miller
A closed Arab wholesale perfumer, attempting to disguise his identity with an excessive amount of polo-sport-adjacent cologne, is knocked off center when an attractive customer sees through his act.
Honey and Milk (USA)
short story Director: Dash Donato
Honey & Milk follows Alice and Grayson, two soul mates who have been in love for 13 years, as they share their final weekend as a couple at their quaint farmhouse in Austin, Texas.
Mal d’Amores (Lovesik) (USA)
Episode | Director: Fiorella Vescovi García
Nat learns that his ex-girlfriend is engaged and turns to her friends for support but they have enough for her pity party. Reluctantly, she knows exactly what will help: a recovery meeting for other love-addicts like her.
Lost Kid Wanderer (Malta)
Experimental Short | Director: Chelsea Muscat
A lonely wanderer must decide his future while life is coming to an end.
Story Feature | Director: Susie Yankaus
Best friends Lou and Esther are each other’s “chosen sisters”. But when Lou learns he has a long-lost real sister, it threatens to create a rift between them.
To dance again (Chile)
Experimental Short | Director: Maria Jose Mariscal, Pamela Simeone
After breaking up due to long distance, Camilla invites Javiera to her birthday with the intention of seeing if they can resume their relationship.