Bringing in over 35,000 people a year to view the best of the years’ LGBT films, Toronto’s Inside Out Film Festival is here and begins in just two shorts days. So why attend this year? I have a lot of reasons and there is a lot of great films out this year.

Let’s start with a couple of fantastic parties. Firstly, the opening Gala is this Thursday at a brand new venue, 2nd Floor, where we can expect some great DJ’s and a great dance party to start off this great week.  Secondly, Wrong Bar is hosting Peaches After Party where the lady herself will be DJing after the screening of her film. Thirdly, NEXT Thursday, Buddies is hosting a Cineoke party where you can come sing your heart out, and being an avid karaoke(r?), I plan on busting a few tunes. With parties and receptions in between, this all leads up to the closing Gala at Hotel Ocho Sunday June 2nd. Now, enough about the celebrations, let’s get to some films. Here’s three films I’m looking forward to:

1) Gay Shorts: We Found Love

From gay stormtroopers, to parting with furniture, to love lost, you can watch 8 great short films this year. Although good for connoisseurs and the bourgeoisie, short films always have a place in the heart of the lightly ADD, so feel free to bring those friends that always start kicking their feet and going for snacks at the half hour mark.

2) Peaches Does Herself

As previous mentioned, the lovely and raunchy songstress Peaches has created an “anti-jukebox, post-punk transsexual opera gleaned from the live stage production in her adopted home of Berlin that tells the tale of her career and explores views of gender and age”. Set to her own music, she effs with your mind in this semi-autobiographical account, promising some exploding genitalia and a whole lot of rock.

3) I Am Divine

Undoubtedly one of the most famous drag queens of all time, Divine lived a life. With home movie footage and interviews, Jeffrey Schwarz’s documentary aims to be the definitive biography of Divine’s art and as long time Divine and John Waters fan, I’d love to see what makes the lady behind the makeup.

From parties, to movies, to free or discounted youth screenings, to a great section on the website about the spotlight on International LGBT rights, go to insideout.ca to get the entire schedule and package of what’s going down in Toronto and Ottawa.  It’s going to be a fun week!