Welcome to the Toronto Queer Art & Culture Festival – Film Fest Weekend

first annual toronto queer west film festival june 18, 2008

Humble Beginnings  – 1st film festival in backyard of Jola’s Good Catch Store in Parkdale – June 18, 2008

Now in it’s 8th Year, in 2016?

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

Toronto Queer West Film Festival logoWe at the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival have consistently produced an arts festival in some capacity since 2001, and our annual film festival launched in 2008.  Our film festival is still growing and is already the second largest LGBT film festival in the city.  In 5 years, we would like to emerge as one of the go-to festivals in Toronto for New Generation queer film artists to develop and showcase their work, as well as for others in the film industry to discover new talent.

We hope that our film festival, which is still in the early stages of its growth, helps to represent and document the changes and challenges representative to the queer community around the world.  This means celebrating universal themes such as discovery of new love and giving voice to those who continue to remain voiceless within our community. We won’t be hosting the arts festival in 2016, instead  the Board of Directors has decided to  continue expanding our annual film festival, now in its 8th year.

Why there may not be a film festival in 2016

Monday  November 30, 2015.  A Canadian national financial institution is with holding funding without explanation , after after telling us they were more than happy to approve our grant of $ 2, 500 for the film festival on November 10th.  In 2015 we received at a $2,000 grant in four days from them. Gay West Community Network Work Inc. (Queer West) President and Program Director wrote diplomatic letter today the Chairman and CEO of Bank Board to see if we could find out why. Where in the past we were able to everyone’s surprise, mounted 10 day arts and culture festival on $100 budget, those days have long past. It now cost $3000 host and mount a simple low budget, three day film festival. Without the promised financing from this bank we will be unable host a film festival in 2016, for your enjoyment,  at this late date.


Festival Teaser – A Sinner in Mecca

 Festival Teaser – Films for and by LGBT youth

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.

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