outACTRAto and Inside Out Queer Your Stories: Short Film Competition


APPLICATION DEADLINE: 11:59 EST, December 31st 2019

outACTRAto is pleased to partner with the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival in a short film competition.

Queer ACTRA Toronto members interested in producing a short film are encouraged to apply. The winning submission will receive $4500 in cash sponsored by AFBS and an in-kind production package that will include a $3000 credit for equipment rental from Grande Camera. The funds and in-kind sponsorship will go toward creating a short film (to be produced as an ACTRA Toronto Special Project Initiative).

The film will be screened as part of Inside Out LGBT Film Festival’s 30th anniversary in 2020.


 Queer Your Stories: Short Film Competition Application Guidelines


  • Submissions will be reviewed by a joint committee of representatives from outACTRAto and Inside Out LGBT Film Festival.
  • The committee will consider artistic merit and feasibility when reviewing submissions
  • Preference will be given to submissions that explore queerness through an intersectional lens
  • Preference will be given to projects that prominently feature a diverse cast of queer and/or trans/non-binary performers in all roles—outACTRAto is committed to supporting projects that feature queer performers in queer roles
  • The successful applicant will be notified no later than 1st February, 2020


  • Submissions must be made by LGBTQ+ ACTRA Toronto members in good standing
  • Members who submit must take on at least one of the following three roles: Writer, Director, and/or Producer
  • The winning selection will be an ACTRA Toronto Special Project Initiative and feature exclusively union talent
  • Winning team must follow festival guidelines and commit to a World Premiere screening at the 2020 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
  • The final script should be no more than 10 pages
  • The final edit of the film must run no longer than 10 minutes, including credits
  • Production will take place February/March, 2020
  • The completed film will be due 15th April, 2020
  • Applicants will receive limited cash and in-kind production support, but will be responsible for all costs beyond this sponsorship
  • Deadline for submissions is 31st December, 2019 at 11:59pm EST


  • Applicant 1 (Key Applicant)

  • Applicant 2

  • Applicant 3

  • Submission Materials

  • The Jury will be looking at the following in PDF format. Please submit one PDF that contains the following:
    • The Pitch : What do you want to make, why do you want to make it, and how do you want to make it? (1000 words max, please include logline and synopsis)
    • A Short bio of the Key Applicant(s) named in the project (500 words max)
    • Proposed budget: please include any projected donations (cash and in-kind) as a dollar amount in both expenses and revenue (including fundraising/crowdfunding)
    • A proposed list of the key creative and key cast members (please indicate whether the artists have confirmed)
    • Optional: Full Script, or script sample (10 pages max)
    • Optional: URL to personal website, IMDB page, and/or any online resource that will help the jury get to know you and your work
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    • A World Premiere screening at the 2020 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
    • An Industry Pass to the 2020 Inside Out LGBT Film Festival
    • $4500 in cash sponsored by AFBS to put toward production costs
    • An in-kind sponsorship from Grande Camera for $3000 worth of equipment rentals


Email questions, comments or requests for further information to outACTRAto at lgbtq@actratoronto.com

Thank you for your participation!


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