Rebels on Pointe takes best Canadian feature at Inside Out

Rebels On Pointe
The annual LGBT film festival also named the winners of its audience awards and BravoFACT pitch competition.

Bobbi Jo Hart’s Rebels on Pointe was named best Canadian feature at the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival.

The 27th annual festival wrapped on Sunday with an awards brunch at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, where audience and juried awards were presented to Canadian and international filmmakers.

In the Canadian juried categories, Hart’s Rebels (pictured), picked up the $2,000 cash prize. The film follows New York City’s Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo, an all-male drag ballet troupe. Hart directed and wrote the documentary, and served as producer alongside Robbie Hart.

The $2,500 emerging Canadian artist award was presented to Olivier Perrier for the short Tapette, while the $500 best Canadian short award went to Jari Osborne for Picture This. Osborne’s film also won the audience award for best short, along with its $1,500 cash prize.

The Inside Out festival audience also selected Tracy Choi’s Sisterhood (Macau/Hong Kong/ Taiwan) as the best narrative feature of the fest, winning the filmmaker $2,500. The best doc award, and the accompanying $1,250 prize, went to Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi’s Chavela. 

Meanwhile, the Bill Sherwood Award for best first feature, selected by an international jury, went to Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country (U.K.).

Lastly, the BravoFACT pitch competition named Lindsey Addawoo and Alicia de Four’s Queen of Hearts as its 2017 winner. Five teams were selected to pitch their short narrative film projects in front of an industry jury, with Addawoo and de Four’s film ultimately taking home the $50,000 award, which will be used to fund the creation of the project. Queen of Hearts will screen at the 2018 festival.

Image courtesy of Inside Out