Welcome to Toronto International Queer West Film Festival

Now in it’s 7th Year, in 2015

Slide show of Queer West Village Neighbourhood & Some Film Stills from the 2015 Festival

The Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival is produced by the Queer West Arts Collective; working for more inclusive & complex queer identities, creating larger queer space & community in Toronto ‘”West End” – with art, dance, music, poetry, spoken word, stage, comedy, film, community fairs  and conferences. We won’t be hosting the arts festival in 2015, instead we are expanding our annual film festival from an evening screening to a three day event. Each year we receive hundreds of entries that we have to refuse because of time constraints. Increasing the event will allow us to showcase the very best of emerging LGBTQ filmmakers both locally and internationally.

Queer West Film Festival chosen as one of the top 10 film events in Toronto for summer 2014 by BlogTO

There’s hundred’s for events in Toronto this weekend August 7-9.  It was a honour,  to be chosen one of the top film events by BlogTO

queer west film festival postcard for 2015

 Directors at the festival?

Film Director, Nadav Mishali, Ofakim, Israel

Thursday August 6, 2015. There is no time to hold a panel discussion, as we did last year, its all about showing 15 quality premier LGBT films to you this year. Film Director, Nadav Mishali arrived yesterday from Ofakim, Israel, we’re screening his film Longing on opening night Friday August 7th. Warm Welcome Nadav.

Volunteers Opening Night

film festival volunteers friday august 8, 2015

Many thanks to this evening’s volunteers; Jamie Lavin, Ian Morales & Donna Elliot

Queer West Film Festival 2015 Trailer

Lauren Tenn, Gay West Community Network Inc.(Queer West), President and Program Director, talking about the history of Film Festival. Video produced by and copyright reserved to theBUZZ/INspired Media Inc. 2015, shared with permission from INspired Media.

 Official 2015 Queer West Film Festival Program Guide

Our 16 page, full color Queer West Film Festival Program Guide now hosted online at ISSU.  Design by: Emily Siu, emy.siu@mail.utoronto.ca (Our Summer Intern ) a Master of Arts student,  in Cinema Studies and Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, St. George campus. HAVE A LOOK

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We are an illustrious group of Queer West Village film activists, who are not all gay or lesbian; A big thank you to the combined efforts of our weekend volunteers from  the Queer West Arts collective: Caitlin Foster, Donna Elliott, Chris Smith (T. Scarf), Jamie Lavin, Ian Morales, Antoinette Schokman-De Zilva and Marc de Zilva. They’re managing the operations of the 2015 film festival, everything from advertising, to program guides, to posters, to public ambassadors on film nights.


Thank you to Emily Siu; our Summer Intern from U of T; who designed our 16 page, 2015 Film Festival Program Guide; and to: Ivar Johnson & Michel F. Paré. They designed the Poster & Postcards Artwork. Michel is also our web content editor and reviewed, some of the films. Board of Directors: Lauren Tenn (President), Richa Shrotriya (Treasurer) Michel F. Paré (Secretary) and Chris Smith.

Film Awards 2015

Tuesday August 18, 2015. Congratulations to the winners of the Queer West Film Festival Awards for 2015; Paul R King & Joel landfield (San Francisco), Best Documentary: Ladies and Gentlemen – Phatima Rude. Michèle Massé (France), Best Director: Open Windows Las ventanas abiertas. Nadav Mishali (Israel), Best Film Short: Longing and Juliana & Juliet Mango, Perth Australia, winner – Honourable Mention: Fragile. As selected by Queer West Arts Collective weekend festival volunteers August 7-9 @ Revue Cinema.

Ticket Sales Closed

See you next year

Tuesday August 11, 2015 – We didn’t sell as many theatre tickets as we had hoped, but made small profit, better than last year,  which will help us next year. Our festivals have never been in debt in 15 years. We own a debt of gratitude to TD Bank for funding the theatre and program guides. All our sponsors were super supportive this year. We are switching to filmfreeway.com to host film entries in 2016.  We had a great team of enthusiastic arts collective volunteers and film activist that kept everything running smoothly.  And finally thank you to our queer film festival patrons, this year’s 15 film directors,  and Silvia Jung (Sun Milk Variety store 1547 Dundas St W,  Brockton Village, outside ticket sales) who supported and promoted the festival. A Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for early September, to plan the next stage, in our growth. Agenda: Funding naturally, management changes, festival location, whether to hold an arts festival, film festival or both.

August 7-9 Event Details

A diverse selection of 15 LGBT Hot docs, shorts and full length features. Premier showings. Are you going?

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2015 Film Festival Sponsors
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