The homegrown crop of homo filmmakers makes an impressive showing at this year's fest. Some faves include Cassandra Nicolaou's Interviews With My Next Girlfriend, a very funny 10-minute short screening with closing-night film Julie Johnson (Saturday, May 26, 9:30 pm). It stars a who's-who of Toronto dyke and dyke-positive performers (including Ann-Marie MacDonald, Diane Flacks, Shoshana Sperling and Moynan King) representing the wide range of lesbian types just hoping to be chosen.
Roy Mitchell returns with two shorts, last year's Christian Porn (Saturday, May 26, 4:45 pm), in which he confronts anti-gay protestors in Saskatchewan, and Diva, BS (Saturday, May 19, noon), about his hot-and-cold relationship with Ms. Barbra Streisand. Look for Robert Kennedy's hilarious Dinky Menace (Friday, May 25, 7 pm), about a delusional director, and his post-breakup ode, Since Then (Wednesday, May 23, 7:15).
Melissa Levin and Nina Levitt's Baking With Butch was a hit at last year's Inside Out, and the duo return with breadmaking tips in Baking With Butch, Episode 2 (Sunday, May 20, 7:15 pm). Not to be outdone, director Megan Stanton conjures up Baking With Bitch (same program), starring Mariko Tamaki and Lisa Ayuso as kitchen-bound femmes.
Peter Kingstone's succinct I Hate You and Shawn Postoff's excellent Coming To Terms (both Friday, May 25, 5 pm) deal with painful moments. In I Hate You, a guy derides his sleeping lover, and Coming To Terms concerns a young man who comes out to his parents over the phone and the price he pays to keep the family peace.