Welcome to the Toronto Queer Arts & Culture Festival

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Toronto Queer West Film Festival logoThe  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.

A new generation of queer film artists

Toronto is the 4th largest city in North America and one of the most multicultural cities in the world, allowing Queer West Film Festival to draw on a great diversity of emerging talent. As one of the main creative hubs in Canada and host of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the largest and most influential film festivals worldwide, Toronto is home to a great many established and aspiring filmmakers and always draws new talent.

Toronto also houses three world-class universities and countless film college programs, which guarantees a never-ending stream of new young queer talent emerging at various stages of their film careers. Providing filmmakers with access to a diverse and well-developed filmmaking community along with all the tools they need to develop their work.

Toronto is North America’s third largest screen-based production centre, thanks to world-class talent in every aspect of filmmaking. We are home to over 35 film festivals and counting! (http://bit.ly/1I1QVfq ) The Toronto queer film scene owes a lot to the huge success of TIFF and Inside Out, which in addition to its annual film festival, also acts year-round as a hub for film discovery and appreciation. Toronto is also huge in the documentary film scene with Hot Docs, the largest documentary festival in North America. Toronto’s vibrant film scene consistently draws a high volume and variety of talent from around the world, and it’s booming.

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

Queer West Film Festival is still in the early stages of growing and 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 a New Generation queer film artists to develop and showcase their work, as well as for others in the film industry to discover new talent.

Currently, 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.

The arts have often given voice to the voiceless, and Toronto Queer Arts Festival and Queer West Film Festival champion; Queer Arts in Toronto http://bit.ly/1czpq1B


Queer West Arts Collective logoOur Arts Collective

Emily Siu is newest volunteer joining the Queer West Arts Collective.  There are 601 members in the Collective as of June 26, 2015. 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 is designing the official film program guide. Her draft artwork looks very promising. The Program guide will be 12-20 pages and online at ISSUU Inc., July 18 or 25th. Our biggest production yet, in 2014 it was 8 pages Advertising and promotional page space is available, low rates contact us – queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com


Emily joins an illustrious group of Queer West Village film activists; Lauren Tenn, Richa Shrotriya, Donna Elliot, Madison Fitzgerald, Katherine Hibbs, Deanne Embree, Stacey Copeland, Catlin Foster,  Jim Yi, Michel F. Paré, Jeff McIntosh, Paul Bradley, Ted Scarf. Plus two senior citizens; Antoinette Schokman-De Zilva and Marc de Zilva are managing the operations of the film festival, everything from advertising,  to program guides, to posters, to public ambassadors on film nights. There are 601 members in the Arts Collective.

official selection toronto international queer west film festival 2015Get ready, Toronto!

The Queer West Film Festival is on its way, and we’ve got a sneak peek of this year’s lineup for you! Festival officially Launches  on Wednesday July 8th. The event pages, and online ticket sales will be available. It will be worth the wait!

Check out the three amazing movies below, and expect a stellar line up of 15 international films to head your way starting August 7th. Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and this web site, and make sure you’ve signed up for our newsletter to keep up to date on the latest festival news. And, if you want to be a bigger part of the festival this year, make sure to check out our volunteer opportunities.

All foreign films have English subtitles

See you soon!

Festival Sneak Peak

Hacia Una Primavera Rosa (Towards a Pink Spring)

(Director – Mario de la Torre, Madrid, Spain) A documentary film created in collaboration with Amnesty International and The Human Rights Program at the University of Rey Juan Carlos in Spain (English sub-titled) It’s about young clandestine gay adults; living, working and play in Tunisia, seeking the same LGBT Human Rights and Freedoms enjoyed in other parts of the free world The film has never been screened in North or South America.


(Director – Leandro Tadashi, Brazil) New Year’s Eve 1999 finds college-bound Clark and Trevor concerned about the future of their friendship, and a request for Clark to be Trevor’s wingman ensures things will never be the same again.

Electric Indigo

(Director – Jean-Julien Collette, Brussels), It is sometimes complicated for a little girl to face peer pressure and becoming aware of her own identity, especially that she never knew her mother and that the only reference is the love of two heterosexual fathers united by the bonds of a non-carnal marriage. Indigo knows what pure and unconditional love is thanks to this nontraditional family.

revue cinema torontoMovies @ THE REVUE CINEMA Doors Open @ 3:30 PM | Films start: 4 PM | Accessibility: The washroom is not wheelchair accessible. | Tickets online @ TICKETSCENE | Tickets also @ Revue Cinema Box Office and For Your Convenience 50 tickets available @ Sun Milk Variety Store,1547 Dundas W & Sheridan 416-531-8580 (July 15 to August 9) Ticket Prices: $10 each night or Three Day Passes for $25 | All screeningsRestricted – No one under 18 admitted |

We still need more Volunteers

Flyer Volunteers

We’re looking for a team of people to help distribute our 5000 postcards in coffee shops and local businesses across the city. You would need to be available to collect the postcards from July 18th onwards. Please let us know roughly which neighbourhood you live or can distribute the flyers in; this helps us try and target most of the city. Every volunteer will get a screening pass to an evening of their choice. Due to the content of some of the screenings, if you are under 18, volunteer hours can be given in place.

Weekend Volunteers

We are looking for people to help with general front of house and ushering duties, such as helping to set up the lobby of the cinema and greeting patrons. Each evening would be roughly a four hour (3-7pm) shift and you would be able to see an incredible line-up of films for free. Due to the content of some of the films, we would be looking for volunteers over 18 years old. If interested, please let us know the day(s) you would be available- Friday 7th, Saturday 8th or Sunday 9th August.

Contact Lauren Tenn (Queer West President & Program Director) if you wish to volunteer for the Film Festival, send her your resume. A background in film work or studies, is not absolutely necessary We welcome volunteers of all orientations, gay lesbian or straight. queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com


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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