Nicole Hilliard-Forde

Inside Out announces 2018 lineup

The 28th edition of Toronto's LGBTQ film festival will screen new films by Desiree Akhavan, John Cameron Mitchell and Sook-Yin Lee


MAY 4, 2018 11:30 AM

The Inside Out film festival announced its 2018 lineup today, and it’s packed: the 28th edition of the festival will screen 49 features and 84 shorts from a total of 27 countries, all dedicated to exploring and illuminating LGBTQ issues.

There’s a strong selection of trans and non-binary content in this year’s festival, which runs from May 24 to June 3.

Documentary programming includes Sophia Dros’s Genderbende, about five young Dutch people who identify as non-binary or genderqueer and the way they negotiate daily life; T Cooper’s Man Made, a look at four trans men training for the world’s only all-trans bodybuilding competition; Kiko Goifman and Claudia Priscilla’s Bixa Travesty, celebrating the Brazilian trans artist Quebrada, and PJ Raval’s Hot Docs hit Call Her Ganda, recounting the attempt to prosecute an American serviceman for the murder of a trans woman in the Philippines.

A number of shorts continue the conversation, including Milena Salazar and Joella Cabalu’s Do I Have Boobs Now?, about trans activist Courtney Demone’s efforts to challenge Instagram’s image restrictions and Mary Evangelista’s Fran This Summer, about a teenager in transition. Trans issues also feature strongly in Luis De Filippis’s Sundance winner For Nonna Anna and Chandler Levack’s We Forgot To Break Up, which both premiered at TIFF last year.

Silas Howard’s A Kid Like Jake, starring Claire Danes and Jim Parsons as the parents of a gender-fluid four-year-old, was announced as the opening night film last month, but now we know Inside Out 2018 will close with the international premiere of Brett Haley’s Hearts Beat Loud, starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons as a father and daughter whose close relationship is fractured when they start a band together – and have an unexpected hit.

Canary, Christiaan Olwagen’s musical drama about a young man coming of age in Apartheid-era South Africa, makes its world premiere as the festival’s Centerpiece, while Amy Adrion’s documentary Half The Picture, a documentary taking stock of female filmmakers in American cinema, will receive its Canadian premiere as this year’s Women’s Gala.

Screening in special presentation slots are Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation Of Cameron Post, which won the grand jury prize at Sundance earlier this year and stars Chloë Grace Moretz as a queer teen sent to a “de-gaying” facility, and Yen Tan’s 1985, which casts Gotham’s Corey Michael Smith as a closeted man trying to come out to his conservative family in the early years of the AIDS crisis.

Canadian programming includes the world premiere of Sook-Yin Lee’s new feature Octavio Is Dead, starring Sarah Gadon as a woman trying to discover the father she never got the chance to meet – over the objections of her mother (Rosanna Arquette) – and the Canadian premiere of Colin Minihan’s What Keeps You Alive, with Brittany Allen and Hannah Emily Anderson as a couple whose first wedding anniversary becomes a battle for survival.

Sarah Fodey’s The Fruit Machine looks at the RCMP’s efforts to weed out gay federal employees during the Cold War – on the grounds that their sexuality could make them a blackmail risk – and Laura Marie Wayne’s Love, Scott – which just screened at Hot Docs – follows the filmmaker’s friend Scott Jones as he recovers from a brutal assault by joining the fight against homophobic hate crimes.

The Icons program is packed with documentaries about, well, icons: Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion, & Disco profiles the eponymous illustrator who helped shaped the images of Grace Jones and Jerry Hall, among others; Every Act Of Life looks at the career of American playwright Terrence McNally; Larger Than Life: The Kevyn Aucoin Story examines the legacy of a pivotal makeup artist; Silvana introduces us to a Swedish punk legend and To A More Perfect Union: US V Windsorconcludes the story of Edith Windsor and Thea Spyer, whose relationship was the subject of the documentary Edie & Thea: A Very Long Engagement.

The Premieres program includes Hurley, a documentary about 70s racing star Hurley Haywood, whose life was far more complicated than his all-American image suggested; Night Comes On, a drama about a young woman released from juvenile detention on her 18th birthday directed by actor Jordana Spiro, and Skate Kitchen, a drama about a young woman drawn to the skateboarding cliques of New York City from Crystal Moselle, who made her name with the documentary The Wolfpack.

Films in the International Showcase include Anchor And Hope, starring Oona Chaplin and Natalia Tena as an English couple whose happy life is thrown by an unexpected pregnancy; Evening Shadows, Sridhar Rangayan’s drama about a gay Mumbai man who visits his parents in South India to discover they’ve arranged a marriage for him to a childhood friend; How To Talk To Girls At Parties, a sci-fi comedy set in 1977 London from Hedwig And The Angry Inch director John Cameron Mitchell and starring Nicole Kidman and Elle Fanning, and Mr. Gay Syria, a documentary that considers Syria’s refugee crisis through the eyes of its displaced LGBTQ citizens.

Inside Out runs from May 24 to June 3 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. For full details and schedule, visit the festival website.

TIFF MEMBER premieres A Fantastic Woman preceded by We Forgot to Break Up

Each month, a New Release title is screened exclusively for TIFF Members ahead of its run at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Member Premiere screenings include an introduction by a special guest, bringing your in-cinema experience to life!

Join us for this special Member Premiere screening of Sebastián Lelio's A Fantastic Woman on Thursday, January 25 at 7pm, preceded by Chandler Levack's short film We Forgot to Break Up. Levack and star Jesse Todd will join us for a post-film Q&A following A Fantastic Woman. On sale to TIFF Members January 17.

Take advantage of your Member discount for up to four tickets and bring your friends! Not a Member? Join today at


Producers Lab Toronto reveals 2016 participants

The 24 participants of the 2016 Producers Lab Toronto have been unveiled. The selected producers include Camilla Deakin from the UK, who is currently in post-production on the Jim Broadbent and Brenda Blethyn-voiced animation feature Ethel And Ernest[pictured].

Kathryn Kennedy from Ireland also makes the cut, having produced 2015 drama My Name Is Emily starring Evanna Lynch and Michael Smiley.

Also participating is Germany’s Amir Hamz - who produced surreal drama Der Nachtmahr, which played at Toronto last year - and France’s Hélène Cases, who was a Producer On The Move in 2012 and has feature credits including 2014 Venice-winning The Last Hammer Blow and 2010 César-nominated Angel & Tony.

Now in its seventh year, the initiative for emerging producers is run by European Film Promotion in collaboration with Ontario Media Development Corporation and Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Taking place September 6-9 at this year’s TIFF, the participants will take part in various sessions on funding and co-production possibilities, networking events and one-to-one meetings.

The Producers Lab is supported by Creative Europe’s MEDIA programme in association with Screen Australia, the New Zealand Film Commission, the participating EFP member organisations, Eurimages, and Telefilm Canada.

Previous projects developed through the initiative include Ireland-Canada co-pro Unless, which was produced by 2011 participant Tristan Orpen Lynch and premieres as a Special Presentation at Toronto this year.

Producers Lab Toronto 2016

European participants:

  • Hélène Cases, Lionceau Films (France)
  • Camilla Deakin, Lupus Films (UK)
  • Mira Fornay, Mirafox s.r.o. (Slovakia)
  • Amir Hamz, Bon Voyage Films (Germany)
  • Anna Jancsó, Librecine (Hungary)
  • Anita Juka, 4 Film (Croatia)
  • Kathryn Kennedy, Kennedy Films (Ireland)
  • Katrin Kissa, Homeless Bob Production (Estonia)
  • Petter Lindblad, Snowcloud Films (Sweden)
  • Christof Neracher, Hugofilm Productions (Switzerland)

Canadian participants:

  • Coral Aiken, Aiken Heart Films
  • Katie Bird Nolan, Babe Nation Creations
  • Tara Boire, boomerang films
  • Tim Doiron, Wango Films
  • Borga Dorter, Gearshift Films
  • Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Motel Pictures Inc.
  • Kim McCraw, micro_scope
  • Thomas Michael, Fella Films
  • Paul Scherzer, Six Island Productions
  • Glen Wood, Viddywell Films
  • Tania Chambers, Feisty Dame Productions
  • Alex White, Whitefalk Films
  • Fraser Brown, FB Pictures
  • Nadia Maxwell, Overactive Imagination

Trans Atlantic Partners reveals 2016 Line-Up

Alumni on film and TV programme include producers of The Lunchbox, Bullhead and The Book Of Negroes.

Film and TV drama co-production training programme Trans Atlantic Partners (TAP) has revelaed its 2016 line-up of 25 producers from across Europe, Canada, and the USA as well as India and South Africa.

Experts taking part in the scheme include producer René Bastian (Cold In July), Matthias Nitschke, senior vice president of business & legal affairs, Studiocanal, Germany, and producer Ilann Girard (Lebanon).

TAP provides case studies of successful trans-Atlantic projects, market intelligence, legal framework and information on sales and distribution. The programme is directed at producers at career mid-level who have produced at least one feature film or TV series.

The two training modules take place in Munich (June 24 – 29) and Halifax, Canada (September 12– 18) where TAP producers will also participate in the Atlantic Film Festival’s Strategic Partners international co-production market.

Previous alumni of the scheme include Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox), Peter Bouckaert (Bullhead), Marc-Daniel Dichant (In Darkness), Damon D’Oliveira (The Book of Negroes) and Michael Frislev (Fargo).

“It’s a banner year for the line-up of producers and experts,” said TAP director, Jan Miller. “And we are really encouraged by the feedback from the growing list of TAP alumni.”

Nadja Radojevic, EPI’s CEO and director of training commented: “We are very proud to launch Trans Atlantic Partners’ eighth edition and welcome our TAP producers to another strong programme of intensive co- production training and networking.”

The initiative is presented by Germany’s The Erich Pommer Institut (EPI) with the support of Telefilm Canada, Canadian Media Producers Association, and International Film Partners.

Full list of participants:


Paolo Benzi, Founder, General Manager, OKTA FILM, Italy | Producer THE OTHER SIDE (LOUISIANA) 2015 (Official Selection – Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival; Busan International Film Festival)

Trond Berg-Nilssen, Head of Drama, FilmhusetTV, Norway | Producer LILYHAMMER 2011

Colin Day, Founding Partner, Rickshaw Entertainment, UK | Producer QUEEN OF CARTHAGE 2015 (Montreal World Film Festival)

Janni Helleskov, Sequoia Global Alliance, Denmark | Producer MIT FIFTY/FIFTY LIV 2016

Violetta Kaminska, Apple Film Production, Poland | Co-producer UNDER ELECTRIC CLOUDS 2015 (Silver Bear, Berlinale; Asia Pacific Screen Awards)

Anne Marie Naughton, Park Films, Ireland | Producer THE CANAL 2014 (Tribeca Film Festival)

Alexander Weimer, Managing Director, MovieBrats Pictures, Germany | Producer LOST PLACE 3D 2013


Kyle Bornais, Executive Producer, Co-Founder, Farpoint Films | Producer WILD CHERRY 2010

Jason Brennan, Nish Media | Producer LE DEP 2015 (Karlovy Vary, RainDance)

Donna Davies, President, Ruby Tree Films Inc. | Writer, Producer, Director FANARCHY 2015 (Best Documentary, Boston Sci-Fi Film Festival 2015; Best Documentary, Nova Scotia Screen Awards, 2016)

Nicole Hilliard-Forde, Motel Pictures | Producer THE OTHER HALF 2016 (Narrative Competition, SXSW Film Festival; Chicago Critic’s Choice Film Festival)

Jane Loughman, Monkeys & Parrots | Producer DEBUG 2015

Lori Lozinski, President, Violator Films | Producer ONCE THERE WAS A WINTER 2016

Jeremy Torrie, President, Bandwidth Digital Releasing | Co-writer, Director, Producer JULIANA & THE MEDICINE FISH 2016

Barbara Willis Sweete, President, Willis Sweete Productions | Producer, Director SONGS OF FREEDOM 2015


Peggy Cafferty, CEO, Dahooma Productions | Producer YOU BURY YOUR OWN 2015 (Best Feature, Art of Brooklyn Film Festival)

Victoria Cordova, Content Creator, Red Flag Productions | Producer MOO MOO & THE THREE WITCHES 2015

Daryl Freimark, President, Hardball Entertainment | Producer FIVE STAR 2015 (Best Editing, Tribeca Film Festival; Venice Days)

Kimberly Parker, Bright Citrus Productions | Producer THOSE PEOPLE 2016 (Audience Award, Best U.S. First Feature, OutFest 2015; Audience Award Winner, Best Narrative Feature NewFest 2015)

Krista Parris, Founder, Parris Pictures | Producer THE FLY ROOM 2015-2016 (Woodstock Film Festival 2014)

Matthew Smaglik, Smaglik LLC I Producer DIVERGE 2016 (Winner US in PROGRESS, Paris 2015; Frontiers Work in Progress)

Mayuran Tiruchelvam, Dodgeville | Co-Producer, Co-Writer THE GIRL IS IN TROUBLE 2015 (BAM New Voices in Black Film 2014)

Laura Wagner, CEO, Bay Bridge Productions, Inc. | Producer IT FELT LIKE LOVE 2014 (Sundance Film Festival 2013, International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013)


Jaspreet Kaur, KR Movies & Entertainment, India | Producer BAWAL 2015

Maynard Kraak, West Five Films, South Africa | Producer, Director SUNSHINE LIMITED 2016

Tatiana Maslany, Tom Cullen to Star in Indie 'The Other Half'

The Hollywood Reporter

by Etan Vlessing April 21, 2015 10:06AM

The 'Orphan Black' star will play a bipolar woman, and the 'Downton Abbey' star will play a grief-stricken man. The two characters fall in love and struggle to forge a simple life.

Writer-director Joey Klein has found leads for The Other Half, his debut feature: Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany and her real-life boyfriend, Tom Cullen.

Maslany will play Emily, a bipolar woman who falls in love with Nickie (Cullen), a grief-stricken man with whom she struggles to forge a simple life. The ensemble cast includes Suzanne Clement(Mommy), who will play Emily's stepmother; Deragh Campbell (I Used to Be Darker) as her friend; and Mark Rendall (30 Days of Night) as Nickie's friend.

The Canadian film from indie producer Motel Pictures will shoot in Toronto in July, 2015. Nicole Hilliard-Forde is producing, with David MillerJulia Sereny and Jennifer Kawaja sharing the executive producer credits.

Klein directed Maslany in an earlier short film, Waiting for You. The Orphan Black star is back on BBC America and Space, with the third season of the Canadian-made clone drama now underway.

Maslany also is co-starring alongside The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Dane DeHaan in the indie romancer Two Lovers and a Bear, set to shoot in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. Cullen is best known for his roles on Downton Abbey (as Lord Gillingham) and in Andrew Haigh’s Weekend.

Mongrel Media will release The Other Half in Canada.


The Harold Greenberg Fund Supports The Other Half Film

Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund today announced the funding of 26 film projects as part of its Script Development Program, one new project as part of its Equity Investment Program, and the appointment of a new Board Member, celebrated Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta. The slate of supported films includes new and already-announced films in all phases of development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to polish and packaging, final-drafts, and equity investment. Included among the projects are: The Breadwinner, a Canada/Ireland animated adaption of the award-winning novel by Deborah Ellis; Joey Klein’s The Other Half starring Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black); Hey 45 from renowned playwright and Saving Hope creator and executive producer Morwyn Brebner; and When I Loved You, the latest from Canadian Screen Award winner Elan Mastai (What If).

“A new year brings innovative voices, original projects, and fresh faces to The Harold Greenberg Fund,” said John Galway, President, English-Language Program, The Harold Greenberg Fund. “We’re thrilled to welcome Richie Mehta as a board member, and would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to former Chair and outgoing board member Bryn Matthews.”

The Harold Greenberg Fund supports Heidegger Stairwell

Bell Media’s Harold Greenberg Fund announced today its support for 22 film projects through its Script Development Program. The slate includes new and already-announced projects in all phases of script development, from story optioning and first and second drafts, to polish and packaging, and final-drafts.