It’s time for the 27th edition of the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival and I’m back reviewing a selection of the films screening during this year’s event. This is always a highlight for me among the many film festivals that Toronto hosts throughout the year. It always promises to showcase some of the best offerings in LGBT cinema.
As teenagers, most of us at one point or another struggled to understand who we were. It’s a common experience at that age while trying to make sense of our new found sense of independence and our search for our identity. The crucial lesson was to learn how to be honest and truthful and not be what others thought we should be. What Karem Sanga’s film First Girl I Loved wonderfully captures is that sense of confusion that comes with being that age, especially when questioning your sexuality is part of the journey, and standing up to declare who you are to the world.
The Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival is back for its 26th edition and it’s always one of my most anticipated events of the year. As a lover of film and a member of the LGBT community myself, I look forward to seeing the newest and best of gay cinema from around the world. To help narrow down the offerings, here are my Top 5 picks that I recommend catching at this year’s event. Each of these resonated with me for a variety of reasons and are all guaranteed to be enjoyable crowd-pleasers.