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Inside Out | Shorts: Local Heroes

  • TIFF BellLightbox 355 King Street West Toronto, ON, M5V 1J6 Canada (map)

“Our annual collection of what this great city has to offer, this year’s Local Heroes brings us a wide assortment of queer treats that include ballroom, bicycling, textile vaginas, and a carrot.

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Director: Joseph Amenta
A displaced black queer boy finds refuge in his city’s underground Kiki Ballroom scene.

Loretta's Flowers
Director: Brendan Post
On a long summer’s day in Toronto, a young woman cycles between increasingly intimate encounters but remains trapped in a pattern of insatiable longing.

Director: Sabina Lambert
Working at a drag bar, Alex is immersed and inspired by the wondrous self-expression of the drag queens as they perform on the neon-lit stage.

My Fuzzy Valentine
Director: Ben Edelberg
A pulsating world of bug-eyed lesbian sasquatches and vaginal caves is created from reclaimed textiles.

Soft Spot
Director: Justine Stevens
Kris, struggling with the surprise death of an ex-lover, sidesteps her girlfriend’s post-gin and tonic advances and inadvertently reveals too much.

War Movie
Director: Matt Landry
An argument over a film they just watched spirals into real life drama between a couple.

Terminally in Love
Director: Emily Jenkins
This film takes a first-person journey into the mind of a neurotic stoner.

Do You Even Carrot All?
Director: Daniel Sterlin-Altman
Everybody wants to reach Carrot, but he doesn’t seem carrot all.

Screening Sponsors:
Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT)

Screening followed by Yohomo and Inside Out present: Local Heroes After Party!!


About Inside Out:

Now in its 29th year, the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival is the largest event of its kind in Canada, showcasing the best and most diverse films by, for and of interest to LGBT communities. For 11 days, the Festival draws crowds of more than 32,500 to screenings, artist talks, panel discussions, installations and parties that showcase more than 175 films from Canada and around the world. Inside Out acknowledges the support of Lead Sponsor RBC, Presenting Partner Netflix, Premier Sponsor Bell Media, and Official Airline Delta.

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Earlier Event: May 30
Legacies in Motion
Later Event: May 30
Jorja Smith & Kali Uchis