CFC Alumni Hit Inside Out Film Festival and Finance Forum

By Margaret DeRosia ● May 09, 2019 09:00


Multiple CFC alumni will be screening projects in the upcoming Inside Out Film Festival in Toronto later this month. The festival runs from Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, June 2, 2019 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Artscape Sandbox, and other venues in downtown Toronto.

During the festival, Inside Out also will present the world’s first and only LGBTQ Film Financing Forum, designed to improve the pipeline to production for feature films from LGBTQ filmmakers and those that centre LGBTQ stories and voices. The Finance Forum will take place during the festival on Thursday, May 30 and Friday, May 31.

To select its projects, the forum holds an open submission call and reaches out to international film funds, institutions and festivals to track projects. Of the ten projects selected this year, CFC alumni are attached to these four:

Before I Change My Mind (Canada)
Alyson Richards, producer

Boyfriend (Canada, India)
Anand Ramayya, producer

Tribe (Canada)
Joseph Amenta, director
Alexandra Roberts and Daniel Sedore, producers

What I Call Her (Canada)
D.W. Waterson, director
Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, producer



Alumni projects screening in the Inside Out festival include:



Drag Kids

Megan Wennberg, director; Warren Jefferies, Editor

Alumna Wennberg wrote and directed this sympathetic look at four remarkable children unafraid to hold their own in the adult world of competitive voguing and lip synching, with Warren Jeffries editing this inspiring story.




Queering the Script

Steph Ouaknine, producer; Christina Jennings and Jay Bennett, executive producers


This new feature-length documentary explores how queer fandoms connect with creators and stars to reshape LGBTQ representation in media. Earlier this year at SXSW, audiences caught an excerpt on an International Women’s Day panel presented by Shaftesbury, Wattpad and Telefilm, but this is the film’s world premiere.


A woman seen from behind rising a bicycle, arms outstretched to the side.

Shorts Program: Local Heroes

This perennially popular shorts program includes several alumni films, including :

  • Haus: Joseph Amenta, director
  • Loretta's Flowers: Brendan Prost, director; Harveen Sandhu and Matthew Gouveia, actors; Neil Haverty, composer; Max Walker, producer; James Tracey, editor
  • Soft Spot: Erin Carter, actor

A transgender man crouched beside a graffiti-tagged wall.Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity

Irem Harnak and Elli Raynai, directors

Composed of photographs and virtual reality volumetric testimonials, Made This Way: Redefining Masculinity is an interactive mixed-media documentary that explores how transgender subjects are challenging gender norms and redefining traditional masculinity. This VR experience will be screening for free throughout the festival in the Festival Lounge at Artscape Sandbox.


After all these films and pitches, get ready to dance! Don’t miss the fun Women’s Gala Party, at which director alumna and DJ Hey! DW spins.


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Margaret DeRosia

Communications Specialist/Digital Writer & Editor