Welcome to the Toronto International Queer West Film Festival

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toronto queer west film festival promotion logo 2015The  Toronto Queer arts and Culture Festival won’t be hosting an 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 is a not-for-profit charity and every summer in August, Toronto’s queer community celebrates the arts with this non-commercial and grassroots film festival. The event brings together a diverse group of individuals interested in producing creative and groundbreaking performance that inspires and educates the public.

The arts have often given voice to the voiceless, and Toronto Queer Arts Festival and Queer West Film Festival champions; Queer Art in Toronto (About Us)

The festival also provides space for individuals around the world, to share ideas and be part of  the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, 2 Spirited and Allies community in Canada.


Lauren Tenn (Queer West President & Film Festival Program Director) ::: queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com 416-879-7954 Skype: lauren-tenn

Richa Shrotriya (Board Member & Treasurer) : : : queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com 416-879-7954 Skype Richa Bhala

Michel F. Paré, (Festival Artistic Director & Web Editor) : : : queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com 416-879-7954 Skype: torontodigitalq@hotmail.com

Queer West Arts Collective

Emily Siu is newest volunteer joining the Queer West Arts Collective,  as April 20th;  Emily has a Master of Arts, Cinema Studies (collaboration with Sexual Diversity Studies) University of Toronto and Honours Bachelor of Arts, Architectural Studies, High Distinction Double Major in Architectural Design and Environmental Studies; Minor in Film Studies.

Emily joins an illustrious group of young queer film activists; Donna Elliot, Madison Fitzgerald, Katherine Hibbs, Deanne Embree, Catlin Foster, Jeff McIntosh, Paul Bradley. Plus two senior citizens; Antoinette Schokman-De Zilva and Marc de Zilva who are managing the operations of the film festival, everything from advertising to graphic arts to greeting the public on film nights.

On Sunday April 26, 2015 – 15 Congratulation letters were sent to film directors all over the world. Unfortunately First Choice Films are rolling in like treacle, with June 17th deadline fast approaching.  We are now preparing,  a list of runner ups as replacements for June 1st  So far we have received only five of 15 films selected for inclusion, in August’s Queer West Film Festival. We received 252 submission, tough choices were made.  (Selection Committee; Lauren Tenn, Madison Fitzgerald and Michel F. Pare) It  should take only 3-5 days,  for a film to arrive at our head office.

New this year will be three film awards; Best Documentary, Best Director and Audience Choice Award.  As we did last year; we’ll donate half ticket sales to an coming film director,  who screens at our festivals.

15 films selected for inclusion in our 2015 festival. Subject to Change.

Teasers  Information Only

As of April 26 we have received 5 films of 15. It shouldn’t take 8 weeks for Directors to send us their DVDs They’re 10 Directors that are slow pokes. On June 1st we will begin selecting 2nd runner ups, as replacements. This happened last year and we got an excellent replacements, one which was Eric Casaccio’s Narcissist.

End of Season Sale(Director – writer and producer Eli Glazer, Israel). Late at night two aging strangers fail to obtain Viagra for a one night stand. Run Time 55 minutes.  We received this film  on May 8th
Gay Healers(Director – Christian Deker Germany) A documentary on Conversion therapy (also known as Reparative Therapy) is any treatment that aims to change sexual orientation (homosexual to heterosexual). Such treatments have been criticized as pseudoscience and have been a source of controversy in the United States and other countries. Run Time 30 minutes. We received this film on May 14th
No Face (Director – Daniel Kulle, Germany) We are surrounded by commercial images. Everywhere we look, everything we touch is already marked with economical value.  Things become even more complicated, if our identity is a gay one, an identity constantly needing to rearrange its relation to straight mainstream culture and constantly searching for a centre to form a reassuring subculture. .Run Time 6 Minutes. We received this film on May 15th
Open Windows(Director – Michèle Massé, France) In Madrid and in Paris, Boti, Empar, Micheline and Jocelyne, four lesbian women in their seventies, tell of their fears, their desires, their differences. Run Time 62 Minutes. We received this film  on May 19th.
Sandy(Director – David Churchill, Winnipeg, Manitoba) An aging puppet (Sandy) as he cruises tunnels, hallways, library stacks, and washrooms for an illicit moment of erotic possibility. Run Time 4  minutes. We received this film on May 20th

Schedule 2015

We plan to show 7 to 12  film shorts (Depending on length) on Friday August 7th. Two full length films on Saturday August 8th., and one feature film and several shorts on Sunday August 9th, which will be a day devoted to queer youth. Every day will have it’s own separate page, devoted to that days events

Accounting for the timings of films,  three 15 minute breaks over the days, as well as a 5/10 minute introduction/closing of the festival and competition announcements, we’re left with half an hour free something special/


Ticket Price $10 each.  We plan to sell 366 tickets online; the rest (363) will be available at the Box Office for each night of screenings. Three Day Passes $25  Ticket Scene,  a Canada and USA company will be handle all our marketing and online sales.us We will post the link to ticket information on or by June 17th.

Queer West Film Festival chosen as one of the top 10 film events in Toronto for summer 2014  – http://bit.ly/1j1nSQI  


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QArts Festival VolunteerFilm festival volunteers needed

We are always looking for new volunteers and ideas. If you are interested in supporting our Queer West Film Festival as a volunteer or have any ideas about how to develop it in the future, we would love to hear from you. We welcome volunteers of all orientations, gay lesbian or straight. For general volunteer (Box Office, Cashier, Registration, Graphic Artists, News Hounds, Event Management, Package hand-outs, Guest Relations, etc.) and film selection committee.

Contact Lauren (Tenn) if you wish to volunteer for the Film Festival, send her your resume. A background in film work or studies, is not absolutely necessary queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com

Lauren Tenn queer film festival president Lauren Tenn Queer West President & Film Festival Program Director


New Home for the Festival this year
243 seat Revue Cinema – 400 Roncesvalles Avenue  – Toronto Ontario

revue cinema the home for queer west  film feestival in 2015

TD Bank film queer west film festival sponsorThe New Home for the Queer West Film Festival; is the   Revue Cinema 400 Roncesvalles Avenue (243 seats), Toronto Parkdale for  Friday Aug 7, Sat. Aug 8 and Sunday August 9th 2015. Queer West gratefully acknowledges  the funding we received from TD Bank Group  to help us host the 7th annual  Toronto Queer West Film Festival,  http://revuecinema.ca/ 


Ticket Price $10 each.  We plan to sell 366 tickets online; the rest (363) will be available at the Box Office for each night of screenings. Three Day Passes $25  Ticket Scene,  a Canada and USA company will be handle all our marketing and online sales.us

 Queer West Film Festival will donate Half of our ticket sales an up and coming film director, who screened at our festivals. .


Friends, Sponsors and Supporters

Gay West Community Network Inc (Queer West) Founded in 2001 and incorporated on April 7, 2008 as Gay West Community Network Inc. (legal name), as not for profit charity in Ontario #1752698, hereafter to be known as Queer West. We produce performing arts festivals for the purposes of educating and advancing the public’s understanding and appreciation of performing arts and to educate artists through participation in such festivals and related workshops.

Mission Statement

The mission of Queer West is to achieve respect and equality within a supportive environment, it responds to the needs of the local neighbourhood and the broader Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transsexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTTQ) communities in Toronto Ontario.

Vision Statement

Our vision is a community that promotes positive attitudes and eliminates discrimination toward people of all sexual orientations; Inspires change through positive educational effort. Provides social, recreational and cultural opportunities for our members and the larger community.

Mailing Address 562 Dufferin St. 2nd floor B1 Toronto ON M6K 2A9. Visits By Appointment Only. 416-879-7954 queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com orqueerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com

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