Toronto International Queer West Film Festival | Vive la différence!

The Queer West Film Festival will have a THEME for each night: Friday August 12 (7 Films) Gender is a social construct. Saturday August 13 (8 films) Role models – Inspiring people and places and Sunday August 14 (9 films) Antinormativity, Anticonformity. Each evening will have one 15 minute intermission.

queer west film festival august 12 to 14 2016

“A Queer Language: Celebrating LGBTQ Cinema”
Dedicated to the LGBTQ community and the 49 we lost in Orlando.

“Discover us” August 11-14, 2016

toronto queer west film festival poster for 2016 designed by Anaïs Southiphong lyon france

Are you a lover or a fighter? Find out at the 8th Annual Queer Film Festival, running August 11-14. With 24 films from 13 countries, Toronto’s second largest LGBT film festival has something for everyone @ Innis Town Hall  with financial support from presenting sponsor TD Canada Trust. Eight years of shaping, forming, breaking, discovering and finding.

Queer West Film Festival in 2016 is about; glory, shame, distaste, trash and beauty. This year we are walking on the wild side, with 24 Premier films; on sexual fetishes, sadomasochism and lesbian violence, as well as more traditional films on gender identity and human rights;

We enjoy creating a festival by looking at the queer perspective from all corners of the world, perspectives that challenge normative views, propose an alternate way of thinking, and approach life and storytelling from another way. We’re proud to be the Greater Toronto Area second largest LGBTQ film festival.

Official Film Festival Poster 2016 Designed by:   Anaïs Southiphong (https://fr.linkedin.com/in/ana%C3%AFs-southiphong-148b8618), a 20 year old aspiring web designer and graphic artist, based in Lyon and Montpellier, France. Anaïs is a friend of one of our Board members. Anaïs Southiphong Homepage https://www.behance.net/anaissouthiphong

Film Festival Schedule

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 Film Introduction and Welcome:

At 7: 15 PM before curtain up at 7 PM. There will be an Introduction (Elevator Speech) to all films on each night of the festival, give by a Queer West Film Festival Board Member. Q & A Time permitting. You will received a simple eight page, Program Guide as you enter the theatre. Tickets: General Admission $10 each evening August 12, 13 and 14th. 3 day pass $25. Tickets: http://artsfestival.queerwest.org/tickets/ This is an 18+ event. ID is required for admission. Free Tickets for our volunteers and visiting film directors, screening at the festival.

queer west film festival volunteers learn new skills pictureVolunteer Orientation Meeting July 30th.

On Saturday July 30th at 1pm. A film festival volunteer orientation meeting will be held at the 519 Community Centre in 106 East Room South, 519 Church Street, Toronto Ontario. https://goo.gl/maps/qJhL6GPgJMJ2 quite a few volunteers (ages 15-70) have signed up with Melanie Santos, Queer West’s Volunteer Coordinator for festival duties. There’s still time to sign up or you can just show up and register with Melanie at the 519. Melanie Santosqueerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com


Queer West Film Festival Partners

Queerwest.org is currently, 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.

Syria Film Festival (SYFF) in Toronto November 4-6, 2016  is Co-Presenting “My Refugee Story” LGBTIQ youth living in Lebanon, sharing their stories about their lives and the trip to Lebanon that they had to take and why they had to take it. Produced by 1morecup & Mosaic. On Saturday August 13, 2016

We Co-Presented the film Homogène  during  Franco Fierté 2016 on June 16, 2016 during FrancoQueer pride in Toronto. Homogène is a documentary series by Isabelle Courville and Kim Alex Larochelle which delivers an intimate portrait of the Province Quebec’s LGBT community. Homogène was a Queer West film submission which we decide not to screen, after FrancoQueer made the request to screen it, through one of our Board members,  who was a volunteer FrancoQueer. The presentation received a lot publicity from both of us.

FrancoQueer Toronto is co-presenting two North American Premier films 1.) Portrait of a Young Women an 85 minutes,  our feature French film (one 9 films that evening) themed the on Antinormativity, Anticonformity on Sunday August 14 @ Innis Town Hall. 2.)  All their Shades –  Film Animation by Chloé Alliez, who lives in Brussels, Belgium 5:46 Minutes.

We co-presenting (Six films we screened in 2015) 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, which ran from May 24 to June 5th., 2016. We’re happy to support tri-Pride in Kitchener Ontario…If interested in Co-presenting a film with us during your Pride or film festival write: queerwestinfo@gmail.com

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Syria Film Festival

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