Queer Cinema Lights Up Ottawa Halloween Weekend

Inside Out Ottawa-Gatineau LGBT Film and Video Festival
October 30 – November 2, 2008 / www.insideout.ca/ottawa
For a second year, Inside Out, presenter of the Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, returns to Ottawa for a four-day celebration of cinema showcasing the best lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) film and video from five continents! Featuring award-winning features, documentaries and shorts, there will be something for everyone.
The National Gallery of Canada is the new home for the festival, allowing audiences to experience our selections in a state-of-the art venue. In addition, the Opening Gala screening will take place at the Empire 7 Theatres and the final program of the Festival, the Top Ten program featuring the best international shorts, will screen at SAW Gallery. Inside Out has further partnered with SAW Video, one of Canada’s most influential media art centres, to initiate a new production prize for an emerging local artist entitled The Video Virgin Award.
Advance tickets are now on sale at Venus Envy (320 Lisgar Street) or online at www.insideout.ca/ottawa.
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Our opening night, from the producers of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, features the sensational and subversive Australian comedy Razzle Dazzle, a mockumentary exposing the competitive world of pre-teen dance competitions.
The award winning director of Wild Reeds, André Téchiné, makes another significant contribution to cinema with Les Témoins. The film stars Emmanuelle Béart, Julie Depardieu and Sami Bouajila (winner of the César Award for Best Supporting Actor) and is set in Paris in 1984 as a group of friends confronts the AIDS crisis.
Critic’s Prize winner at Cannes, the film XXY from Argentina is a visual tour-de-force and a powerful statement on gender that focuses on 15-year-old Alex who is facing all the challenges of adolescence with the added weight of dealing with being intersex.
On Halloween night, the over-the-top Spanish comedy-thriller Boystown is sure to please the boys with its murderous mayhem, sexy bear studs and campy humour. We also have something for the girls that evening with the period adaptation of the Sarah Waters novel Affinity, the story of a magical and intense affair set in a woman’s prison in 19th century London.
And what would a queer film festival be without a great opening night party? Drag-A-Rama brings Toronto’s over-the-top performer Gartina, local DJs CPI and Bear Witness and more at SAW Gallery. The exhibition Radical Drag will have extended hours for the duration of the party.
For complete festival listings, go to www.insideout.ca/ottawa
The 2008 edition of the Ottawa-Gatineau LGBT Film and Video Festival has received strong support from corporate sponsors and government funders. Inside Out is pleased to welcome back FIDO who have increased their commitment and become the Presenting Sponsor of the Festival, allowing us to increase our programming initiatives and raise the awareness of our activities. As well, the Festival has received financial support from both the City of Ottawa and the Ontario Arts Council. Special thanks to our Founding Media Sponsor, Capital Xtra.
About Inside Out: Inside Out is the non-profit charitable organization that produces the annual Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival, the third largest LGBT Festival in the world, attracting more than 32,000 audience members to 11-days of screenings, artist talks and parties. In addition, the organization is committed to nurturing the next generation of filmmakers through programs including the Queer Youth Digital Video Project and the Mark S. Bonham Scholarship.

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