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In 2019, the Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary! Over the years, we have screened more than 1100 films from around the world. Reelout has also guest curated Canadian short programs for festivals in Turkey and the United Kingdom. In 2020, the festival welcomed close to 1700 attendees over 10 days just before COVID-19 shut everything down. We were extremely fortunate to have been able to hold our 21st annual film festival at the beginning of February but we still experienced an unexpected shortfall from the number of sponsors who did not fare as well. This is going to be a tough year for all of us. We know that many of our long-time donors won’t be able to make that commitment this year and we completely understand their trials. It is our hope that those of you with the financial means will give generously to Reelout this year so that we might continue to offer rainbow-tinged escapism during these truly dark times.
We invite you to embark into our 2nd decade of programming by taking part in our annual fundraising campaign!
The Reelout Queer Film + Video Festival is the second largest queer festival in Ontario and the longest-running film festival in Kingston. The festival celebrates Kingston’s diversity and promotes public awareness and understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, two-spirit, queer/questioning, asexual and intersex communities. Reelout’s magnitude and longevity is unique among small-city film festivals. Community support has been key to Reelout’s success, and its continued viability relies on the support of donors. Please consider the value of your financial contribution to Reelout’s future.
Our fundraising objective
For our 2021-2022 season, Reelout’s goal is to collect $5000.
By becoming a Patron of the REELOUT QUEER FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL, you are telling the Ontario community that you not only support arts and culture in this province but also the importance of diversity education and healthy representation of the LGBTQ2SIA+ communities.
What do you get when you donate?
- Less than $20: our eternal gratitude!
- Between $20 and $50: a full tax receipt
- $50 and up: a full tax receipt, plus special gifts and perks, as detailed in the chart below!
Your donation matters
Every donation to Reelout, even a small one, goes a long way. Here is an approximate overview of the costs involved in providing audiences with the unique and outstanding viewing experience that Reelout is known for.We pay every artist whose work is selected to screen during the festival.
- Between $6500and $32,500 for screenings;
- More than$5000of operating costs for travel fees for guest filmmakers;
- $6000 for venue costs;
Outside of the festival, Reelout continues to be active and to program different events, most of which are free for the audiences. These activities also require important resources.
- Operating the lending library year-round costs more than $28,000.
What else do we do?
Reelout Arts Project Inc. tends the Reelout Community Library, which acquires queer, Canadian and international film and/or video on DVD and BluRay formats for the purposes of fostering gender and sexual diversity education to citizens of Kingston and Lennox, Frontenac and Adington counties who lack accessibility to these resources or may feel isolated from queer culture, or may wish to increase their awareness of LGBTQ+ issues. We currently have well-over 2500 titles.
Reelout also reaches out directly to the community. The Reelout in Schools Project offers educational resource DVDs to public schools, workplaces, rural communities, and other community-serving agencies in Kingston and the surrounding areas. Reelout works with these groups to present films based on their needs and caters the program to best suit the age and social issue needing to be addressed. When possible, Reelout also provides relevant guest speakers.
As a non-profit organization, we will always face the challenge of relying on support from our community to sustain our activities. While Reelout’s $100,000 annual operating budget is funded by ticket sales, personal donations and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the City of Kingston, and the Kingston Arts Council, we rely on many more community partners and sponsors to support the festival. We need more resources to continue to grow.
When you donate $20 or more, you automatically become a member of Reelout Arts Project Inc. The membership is valid for 12 months from the date of donation and gives voting rights at our AGM (Annual General Meeting) (if donation is completed two months prior to the AGM). Budgets are voted at the AGM, thus we ensure full reliability with our donors, who are more than welcome to exert their voting rights. We encourage all members to exercise their right to vote.
Reelout Arts Project Inc. is incorporated as an Ontario non-profit organization (#001629494), and a registered charitable organization (#85864 8371 RR0001). Copies of Reelout Arts Project Inc.’s by-laws, policies and code of conduct are available to the community-at-large.