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From After an overwhelmingly positive response in 2016, Inside Out is excited to partner with BravoFACT for the second Inside Out BravoFACT Pitch Competition. Five teams will be selected to pitch their short narrative film projects in front of a jury of industry experts and a live audience at the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival (May 25 to June 4, 2017).

The winning team will receive a cash prize of $50,000 from BravoFACT to complete the project and will screen it at the 2018 Toronto LGBT Film Festival.

Applications for the 2017 Inside Out BravoFACT Pitch Competition are due on Friday, March 31, 2017. We are looking for teams of two who are passionate about making Canadian films for and about the LGBTQ community. Learn more about the competition and apply, here.

The winners of the 2016 Inside Out BravoFACT Pitch Competition were Kyle Reaume (Director) and Carolyn Reznik (Producer) for their short film What About Shelley. Their short film will world premiere at the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival, as part of the annual Local Heroes program.

The finalists for the 2017 Inside Out BravoFACT Pitch Competition are:

Against the Tide
Logan Cerson (Director) and Morgana Mackenzie (Producer)
A transgender woman returns to her hometown and to her father before their tiny Newfoundland fishing village is bought out by the Canadian government.

Last Postcard
Michael Hanley (Director) and Heidi Tan (Producer)
In a digital age where social interaction is in abundance, but true human connection is scarce, childhood friends Austin and Connor search for love.

Queen of Hearts
Lindsey Addawoo (Co-Director) and Alicia De Four (Producer)
When tragedy strikes, a powerful Queen struggles to navigate supernatural abilities tied to her emotions.

The Tragedy That Was Valerie Mallory Finkerstein
Martina Monro (Co-Producer/Co-Director) and Dacen James (Producer/Co-Director)
On the day of her best friend’s birthday, Valerie must confess her love for Ava or lose her forever.

The Transplant
Maxyme Tramblay (Director) and Raghda Elrayyes (Producer)
When Gail, a witty lesbian, and Connie, a bitter homophobe, find themselves cohabiting the same hospital room, their wait for organ transplants could not be more uncomfortable.

Join us on Sunday, June 4 at 11:00AM at the TIFF Bell Lightbox during the 2017 Toronto LGBT Film Festival as the finalists pitch their short narrative film projects in front of a jury of industry experts, moderated by CTV film critic Richard Crouse. Tickets for the event are FREE but can be reserved at the TIFF Box Office.

BravoFACT partnered with The Calgary International Film Festival on $50,000 Pitch!

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-8-45-53-amBravoFACT partnered with The Calgary International Film Festival on the 2016 CIFF BravoFACT Pitch Competition. Five Alberta producer/director teams pitched their short narrative film projects in front of Richard Crouse and a jury of industry experts and a live audience for a chance to win $50,000 in BravoFACT funding at the Calgary International Film Festival.

The winners, Michael Peterson and Julian Black Antelope, will screen their film Consume at the Calgary International Film Festival in 2017.

Canadian films and jury members At the Cannes Film Festival

Screen Shot 2016-05-11 at 9.22.54 AMRichard talks Cannes and Xavier Dolan with the Canadian Press.

“I think he’s got probably a pretty good shot certainly at being taken seriously as a contender, even thought he’s up against the who’s who of international filmmakers like Ken Loach, Pedro Almodovar, Paul Verhoeven, Sean Penn,” says Toronto-based film reviewer Richard Crouse.

“There are a lot of people here that are working at a very high level, but I’d suggest that Xavier Dolan is working at just as high a level.”

Read the whole thing HERE!

Richard and BRAVOFACT AT at the Women Making Waves conference in Halifax

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 9.24.09 AMOn February 28, 2015 Richard presided over a bravoFACT pitch competition and jury in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Five pitchers presented (Read more HERE!) with Leah Johnson taking home the $35,000 award to make her film “Ingrid and the Black Hole.”

A full house for Setting the Stage for the Digital Age at the Astor Theatre!

IMG_3201From Richard: I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who came together to make Setting the Stage for the Digital Age at the Astor Theatre in Liverpool, Nova Scotia such a big hit on Saturday night. The bravoFACT short films Sex! With Hit Robots and Ticondergoa went over big and you could hear a pin drop while The Disappeared: The Film screened. We did a lively Q&A with The Disappeared producer Walter Forsyth, cinematographer Christopher Porter and actors Brain Downey and Neil Matheson, gave away prizes (including a Spider-Man prize pack to my old gym teacher Owen Hamlin) and closed out the evening with the wildly entertaining David Myles.

I was thrilled we had a full house, and even more excited when, at the end of a very long evening, the place was still full and people were enjoying themselves.

The Astor is a gem, and I was thrilled to be a part of it’s relaunch.


Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 2.35.11 PMRichard will be in Liverpool, Nova Scotia to host the 112 year-old Astor Theatre’s celebration of its new digital projector, for an evening titled Setting the Stage for the Digital Age.

He grew up just a few minutes walk from the theatre, and has fond memories of taking in matinees, sneaking out of the house to see movies during the week and being in the theatre practically every weekend.

Watch Richard’s interview with CTV’s Morning Live host Heidi Petracek HERE!

Celebrate The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration! December 19, 2013!

Screen Shot 2013-12-19 at 2.13.40 PMHelp celebrate the The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration on the shortest day of the year with some very cool bravoFACT short films! the cinematic celebration was created by the Centre national du cinéma et de l’image in France and now has more than 20 other countries participating. Top get in the mood enjoy these bravoFACT shorts curated by Richard!

Manifold: While a small-town sheriff investigates a mysterious multiple murder scene, a brilliant young software engineer is bizarrely linked to the crime–and to a much bigger conspiracy.

Director/Writer: Anthony Scott Burns
Composer: Makeup and Vanity Set
Actors: Stephen McHattie, Greg Calderone, Riel Paley, Owen Roth, Rafael Kalamat, Jesse Kavander
Producers: Johnny Hockin, Juniper Island Productions
Funder: bravoFACT

Issues: An aspiring young female photojournalist faces a crisis when she must choose between journalistic integrity or celebrity entertainment.

Director: Kent Nolan
Created By: Katherine Barrell, Kent Nolan
Writers: Kent Nolan, Clarke Logan
Composer: Colleen Dauncy
DOP: Mike McLaughlin
Editor: Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux
Actors: Katherine Barrell, Kristopher Turner, Ben Lewis, Leah Doz, Rick Roberts, Patrick McKenna, Shannon Kook
Producers: Tommy Lioutas, Katherine Barrell, Insomniac Productions
Funder: bravoFACT

Requiem for Romance: A young couple’s secret love affair comes to a bittersweet end during an evening phone call as cell phone static creates distance between them.

Writer/Director/Animator: Jonathan Ng
Composer: Vid Cousins, Kid Koala
Voice Actors: Meilie Ng, Shannon Kook-Chun
Musicians: Shen Qi, Madeleine Messier, Tim Halliday, David Payant
Producers: Jonathan Ng, Andrew Przybytkowski, Kungfu Romance Productions Inc.
Funders: bravoFACT, NFB, SODEC, Canada Council, Charles Street Video

I put a hit on you: A brokenhearted woman teams up with her ex-boyfriend to stop the hitman she hired to kill him.

Writers/Directors: Dane Clark, Linsey Stewart
Composer: Austra
DOP: James Klopko
Editor: Jonathan Eagan
Actors: Sara Canning, Aaron Ashmore
Producers: Jordan Gross, Mike MacMillan, Lithium Studios Production, Dark Hope Entertainment
Funder: bravoFACT

Slow Win: A commuter races to enter the closing doors of a departing subway train.

Writer/Director: William Allinson
DOP: James Klopko
Editor: Michael Pierro
Actors: Gabriel Dumas, Richard Hassan
Producer: James Vandewater, Castlewood Productions, Made By Other People
Funder: bravoFACT




BZOFQXECMAAV_NB.jpg-largeFrom the Canadian International Television Festival at the TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto on Nov. 16, 2013. CITF celebrates short form films with a screening of 10 best bravoFACT-funded shorts including Winter Garden, an official selection at this year’s TIFF ‘Stage to Screen’ series, starring Enrico Colantoni.