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In an exclusive from Deadline, Netflix is pairing with the Inside Out Toronto LGBTQ Film Festival for a four-year partnership. Moving forward, Netflix will be financing and supporting Inside Out, which will allow for better mentorship programming and better means of production and outreach for filmmakers.

From the Deadline article:

“Inside Out is committed to establishing itself as the home of LGBTQ filmmakers, and this significant commitment from Netflix brings us an important step closer to making that a reality,” said Andria Wilson, Executive Director of Inside Out. “In our current industry landscape, we know that queer film festivals provide a vital support system for these filmmakers, and we are so excited to take our support to the next level with Netflix.”

“Netflix is thrilled to be partnering with Inside Out on this important initiative,” adds Allie Goss, vice president, original series for Netflix. “We are committed to empowering Canadian LGBTQ filmmakers and content creators and providing them ongoing opportunities to share their stories with the world.”

The partnership with the streaming giant will also help funding that backs people of color, indigenous, recent immigrants, trans or non-binary and people with disabilities. Existing programs and resources will also be benefiting from the finance boost. The partnership with the LGBTQ Film Festival will look to raise visibility and increase yearly participants into their side programs. Inside Out will benefit across all programs, forums and funding as they elevate Canada’s underrepresented voices and push them forward in the industry. The partnership takes affect this year at the festival’s 2019 edition, where Netflix will serve as a Presenting Partner.

Inside Out is Canada’s largest LGBTQ film festival and stands as the country’s biggest distributer and promoter of LGBTQ content into the United States. This year’s edition of the festival runs from May 23- June 2.

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