We want your film submission

 Deadline extended  to Sat April 4, 2015.    Film selection begins May 1st

7th annual Queer West Film Festival August 7, 8, 9  – 2015

The World at your doorstep

The Queer West Film Festival  is  gaining international reputation for offering the best of independent queer cinema and the opportunity to meet filmmakers and artists, participate in workshops and panel discussions, attend galas and after parties and see unexpected performances.

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

Submit your video for 2015

Submit your LGBTQ film to the 7th annual Toronto Queer West Film Festival runs Aug. 7, 8 and 9, 2015 Deadline April 1, 2015.

Festival News

Festival News and updates So far  Lauren Tenn, Queer West Film Director has  nominated six films from 100s received, that she is excited about.


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/ 

Box Office: Adult: $10, Youth: $7, Student: $7 and Seniors: $10 for each evening. Queer West Film Festival donates half of the box office sales;  to a struggling film company or filmmaker. Any donations received during the event going directly back to LGBT artists and charities.

The  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.

This will  allow greater engagement, between both artists and the community and would allow us to include networking events, artist workshops and panel discussions with film directors.

Queer West Film Festival has received close to 252 film submissions,  from all over  the world, so far this year. Oct 1/14 to Mar 31/15.

We have been promoting some of the 100s submissions trailers received on FACEBOOK and our TWITTER account, many we can’t list,  as they are password protected.


 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, Package hand-outs, Guest Relations, etc.)   and film selection committee.

Update Saturday March 14  – Queer West Film Festival has booked space at the 519 Community Centre, 519 Church St., Toronto for a volunteer information session, with Queer West President Lauren Tenn. Sunday April 19, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 3 PM, about 20 volunteers have registered. More welcome to attend. queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com Location Map https://goo.gl/maps/JrA41

Board of Directors meeting 11 AM Saturday April 4th, 2015 to finalize festival plans.

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


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

TD Bank film queer west film festival sponsor