Sally El Hosaini’s coming-of-age film — winner of the cinematography award at Sundance — will receive its Canadian premiere at the festival. The film will kick off festival on May 17.

The festival will introduce the inaugural The Women’s Spotlight celebrating lesbian-themed films on May 25. The initiative will feature Thom Fitzgerald’s Cloudburst and Alexandra Therese Keining’s Kiss Me.

Programming attractions include a Scandinavian focus and the Out In The City pre-festival screening series.

“For over 20 years, the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival has invited audiences to celebrate and support the diversity of our community,” executive director of Inside Out Scott Ferguson said.

“We are committed to the continued growth and evolution of this event and are thrilled to introduce new initiatives to this year’s festival that will provide increased and enhanced opportunities to engage with filmmakers and talent.”

Inside Out runs from May 17-27.