Canadian LGBTQ+ film festival Inside Out and Canadian LGBTQ+ TV network OUTtv have launched a new initiative to support queer Canadian documentary filmmakers.
The OUTspoken Documentary Film Financing Fund will offer direct funding to two selected projects, along with mentoring and production support from OUTtv and Inside Out. Additionally, OUTtv will broadcast the completed documentaries on OUTtv, and on OUTtvGo, the network’s subscription video on demand platform.
The fund will be accepting submissions starting July 15, and the window for submissions will remain open until Sept. 3. A particular emphasis will be put on applications from filmmakers that represent historically underrepresented populations within the industry.
“We are committed to addressing inequities in our industry through providing direct, financial support to LGBTQ2 creators and their projects,” said Andria Wilson, Inside Out’s executive director, in a statement. “This partnership creates an ideal opportunity to provide that support to queer and trans Canadian documentary filmmakers — not only financing their projects, but also guaranteeing distribution to OUTtv’s audiences.”
“We have so much respect for Inside Out and their efforts in elevating LGBTQ+ content and cultivating Canadian queer film,” added OUTtv CEO Brad Danks. “OutSpoken, OUTtv’s documentary series, has commissioned many original documentaries and we are excited to partner with Inside Out to foster new queer Canadian documentary filmmakers.”
Submission requirements, evaluation criteria and timeline details are available on the Inside Out website.
Winning projects will be announced on opening night at the 2019 Inside Out Ottawa Film Festival on Oct. 24.
(Photo from Almerinda Travassos’s doc Dykes in the Streets, which premiered in May at Inside Out in Toronto)