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'A Smorgasbord of Queer Treats'
Toronto's Inside Out film festival

FROM Tammy Faye Bakker to former Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, from Ruth Ellis - the oldest living 'out' African-American lesbian - to women boxers, this year's gay and lesbian film festival in Toronto is showcasing content sure to please all.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary, Inside Out opened May 18th with a gala and closes Saturday May 18th with a party and awards ceremony.  Over 320 films are being presented of which 50 are features.  Among those are 19 Canadian premieres and another 6 new to North American screens.

Films from 21 countries contributed to the programme.

Festival programmer Shane Smith calls it "A smorgasbord of queer treats," according to a Toronto Sun report today.

A new feature this year is something called the 'Director's Series:'  a forum on four Toronto filmmakers.  Other elements of the festival include documentaries, short films, free events, special presentations, another focus on up-and-coming young filmmakers called 'Queers To Watch Out For,' and the country of Brazil as this year's national focus.

Hailing as 'bigger and better than ever' the 2000 gala screenings are being held at Toronto's Famous Players' Paramount Theatre with all other regular screenings at the Cumberland.

Full details on films, times, locations, - and 'sold-out' designations - are online at the festival's site:  www.insideout.on.ca.