8th annual Queer West Film Festival | Vive la différence!

queer west film festival august 12 to 14 2016

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

toronto-queer-arts-festival-official-logoWe at the Queer West Centre for the Arts have consistently produced festivals for the LGBT community. In 2001 we launched Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Queer West Fest)  In 2008 we launched the Queer West Film Festival. In 2012 we added the Smash Words Festival as part of the arts festival.

Our film festival is still growing and is already the second largest LGBT film festival in the Greater Toronto Region.  In 5 more 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. More about our festivals

We won’t be hosting the arts festival in 2016, it doesn’t mean it has ended; it simply means it’s on hiatus at the moment. The Board of Directors has decided to  continue expanding our annual film festival, now in its 8th year. Queer West Film Festival was chosen by BlogTO.com as one of the best of 10 film events in summer 2014 & 2015 in Toronto

“Discover us” August 11-14, 2016

 TD Canada Trust premier sponsor of queer west film festivalFancy something a little bit different? Join us at the 8th Annual Queer West Film Festival where we’ve made the jump from our annual evening screening to a weekend film festival, with financial support from presenting sponsor TD Canada Trust. From shorts, documentaries and full length features, we aim to showcase the very best of Canadian and international queer cinema from both emerging and established directors. We aim not only to celebrate and entertain but to highlight the issues that continue to affect our community at home and around the world. We’re proud to be Toronto’s second largest LGBTQ film festival.


 QUEER WEST FILM FESTIVAL –  RECEPTION / LAUNCH PARTY –  Will be held on Thursday August 11th, 2016, DJ’s and Location and other details TBA.

Community Partnering 2016

Franco Fierté 2016 toronto logoCurrently, we are working towards partnering with other film festivals and cultural organizations, to be able to more widely promote our unique offering to the local and international community. To that end, Queer West Film Festival will be co-presenting with FrancoQueer, seul organisme LGBTQIA francophone en Ontario screening the film “Homogène” for two days in June at the Carlton Cinema, during Franco Fierté 2016 which runs during Pride in Toronto. Homogène delivers an intimate portrait of the Province Quebec’s LGBT community. Homogène was a Queer West film submission. Run Time 94 minutes.

Tri-Pride is an annual festival for the LGBT community in Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo OntarioQueer West Film Festival will be co-presenting a few film shorts during tri-Pride 2016, in conjunction with a request made by Grace Carr Director of the tri-Pride Community Association. tri-Pride is an annual pride festival for the LGBT community in Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo Ontario, running this year from May 24 to June 5th., 2016.

If interested in Co-presenting a film with us  during your Pride or film festival write: queerwestinfo@gmail.com

Film Spotlight 2016

Update Monday May 2, 2016  – We reviewed 845 submissions. We have the final list of films to screen and runner ups in case a film doesn’t arrive on time, but its bit more complicated.  The Film Selection Committee was made up of three reviewers, who had three different opinions on 48 films. There will be another delay of up to two weeks, before letters are sent out to all the directors. See SPOTLIGHT for full explanation.


Festival Location

university of toronto unofficial logo August 12-14, 2016 U of T – Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. Street Map Doors 6:30 pm  Show 7 pm to 10 pm. Tickets $10 per evening and  $25 for three day pass.  Students with ID $5 per evening and weekend pass $15. 199 seats per evening, 4 wheelchair spaces.  Tickets go an sale on or by July 4th online and Sun Milk Convenience Store.  The theatre is fully wheelchair accessible.  Festival Volunteers get free tickets,  as do weekend volunteers.  All monies made this year,  go’s toward next years festival. We have never run a deficit.

Head Office: 562 Dufferin St. B1 Toronto ON M6K 2A9. Visits By Appointment Only. 416-879-7954 queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com