This week we have the opening of the 18th Annual Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival. It is an 11 day festival running from May 15 - 25, 2008 and is Canada's largest queer video and film festival.
One of the many exciting programs this year is the International Focus on Australia, which includes This Kiss a film about and unexpected reunion of two friends and Razzle Dazzle: A Journey into Dance which looks at dance competition for pre-teens.
The festival has an ingenious mid-festival event with the Centrepiece Gala screening of Newcastle in its International Premiere. Director Dan Castle will be in attendance.
In terms of exciting one screening will be such an experience that I can't wait to go is The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert Sing & Drag Along. How great is that going to be? I admit that this is one film that has been on my to see list for so many years and I can't imagine a more fun way to check it out.
The festival also tackles tough issues across the globe with people in self conflict in films like the documentary Be Like Others and closing film XXY.
There is also a great selection of shorts programs including the 10th Anniversary Queen Youth Digital Video Project, and the Hogtown Homos celebrating local filmmakers, including Compost Mon Amour by Lesley Loksi Chan, multiple award winner from Reel Asian 07 and Gloria Kim's stunning Rock Garden: a love story. I'm also curious to see the Dark and Dangerous program a series of darker shorts to scream and laugh by including Michael Simon's Gay Zombie.
For more information, check out the Inside Out website, Online Film Guide, Venue Information, Ticket Availability, find out where you can get a Festival Program and you can also Purchase Tickets online.
(55 Bloor Street West, Box Office location - see here for hours and specific info)
The Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival 2008 runs from May 15-25, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.