Global streamer Netflix has teamed with Inside Out, Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival and distributor, for a new four-year partnership in support of the country’s LGBTQ filmmakers.
The partnership kicks off with the 2019 edition of the festival, which runs from May 23 to June 2 in Toronto.
With support from Netflix, Inside Out will expand its support of LGBTQ filmmakers through a multi-year investment in the LGBTQ Film Financing Forum, and their filmmaker professional development training programs – both of which Netflix will have named ownership of during the festival and year-round.
Additionally, Netflix will help the festival expand professional development opportunities available for LGBTQ Canadian filmmakers and content creators, via the ongoing support of Telefilm, Ontario Creates, and the CMPA at an operational level.
The current professional development programs will be supported by the designated funds for Canadian LGBTQ filmmakers that are people of color, Indigenous, recent immigrants, trans or non-binary, or people with disabilities.
Netflix has also been named Presenting Partner at the Toronto LGBT Film Festival and year-round.
“Inside Out is committed to establishing itself as the home of LGBTQ filmmakers, and this significant commitment from Netflix brings us an important step closer to making that a reality,” said Andria Wilson, executive director of Inside Out, in a statement. “In our current industry landscape, we know that queer film festivals provide a vital support system for these filmmakers, and we are so excited to take our support to the next level with Netflix.”