Oh wow are we ever excited!
For the first time in 22 years, the Reelout Queer Film Festival in Kingston, ON Canada* accepted submissions through the Film Freeway online platform. Our Programming Selection Committee** found ourselves overwhelmed (to say the least) as we received roughly 7 times our usual volume of submissions with well-over a thousand short films submitted from around the world. Needless to say our programmers viewed diligently over the past five months and after our final selection meeting, we believe we’ve curated an exceptional slate of independent, international filmmaking. Between the dates of January 29th and February 8th, 2021, Reelout audiences will be treated to 56 short films from across Canada and around the world. In total, the festival will represent 18 countries including Canada, the US, India, the Czech Republic, Taiwan, the UK, Argentina, the Netherlands, Chile, Ireland, Pakistan, Germany, Spain, the Ukraine, Brazil and first-time selections from Tunisia (Chromophobia), Namibia (Kapana) and Nigeria (Ìfé)! You can download the full list of Shorts Selections HERE!
Of course in addition to all of these incredible shorts, Reelout will be offering audiences the best in feature-length films as well! We’ll be announcing all of our feature-length narratives and documentaries during the December holidays. But we are thrilled to announce our Official Selection for our 22nd Opening Gala. Award-winning filmmaker Jonathan Wysocki‘s autobiographical comedy Dramarama will make its Canadian Premiere on Friday, January 29th, 2021 and we are absolutely giddy to present it to Reelout audiences. The film is set in 1994 and in the tradition of classic teen films, Wysocki expertly balances humour and the anguish of teenage angst set during a murder mystery party attended by a close-knit group of theatre kids on the cusp of their collective departures to college.
We’d like to thank the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston and the Kingston Arts Council for their generous public sector funding and support; and our presenting sponsor Three Things Consulting as well as our donors and additional sponsors.
Ticketing info and full programming announcements will be made during the December holidays.
*Situated on unceded, traditional territories of the Mohawk, Anishinabek, Huron-Wendat, Algonquin, Iroquois, Mississauga and the Metis settlers.
** Thank you to our 22nd Reelout Programming Selection Committee; Aksel Richard, Mance Granberg, Joseph Brant, Tamara Lang, Kemi King, Amillia Ho, Aliya Howard, Kyler Chittick, Ky Pearce, Mustafa, Karacam, Laura Chaignon & Matt Salton.