9th Annual Toronto Queer West Film Festival
a few days in October 2017

patron and supporter thank you for queer west film festival in 2016

Proud to be Greater Toronto Area’s second largest LGBTQ film festival.

queer west film festival 2016 volunteers, photo by snapd newspaper

A few of our 2016 film festival volunteers having fun; Photo by Snapd Newspaper Toronto on Friday Aug 12 @ Innis Town Hall. Theme that evening; “Gender is a social construct”

“A Queer Language: Celebrating LGBTQ Cinema”

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

Welcome to the annual Toronto Queer West Film Festival!

The Film Festival was born out of the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture festival, which began life as an alternative to pride week events in 2001. It continuously evolved to meet the needs of the queer community it serves; previous festivals included family picnics, live music events, queer heritage talks, poetry and literary readings. A desire to champion developing film making talent (both Canadian and international) led to the creation of the Film Festival in 2008, which became a separate event in 2015. The style and focus of each festival changes every year, but what links them all is the wish to provide greater engagement and volunteering opportunities within the queer arts community, and to share films and media that may not have found a home at other festivals.  We are indebted to the work of our past volunteers, performers and local businesses. TD Bank  begin to help sponsor the film festival in 2015, when we moved from a one evening event to a three day event.

Official Festival Poster 2016 Designed by:   Anaïs Southiphong  a 20 year old aspiring web designer and graphic artist, based in Lyon France. Anaïs is a friend of one of our Board members.  Homepage https://www.behance.net/anaissouthiphong

Our film festival in 2016,  was about glory, shame, distaste, trash and beauty. 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 screened 24 films, from 16 countries.

Mini news update & Submission Dates 2017

Saturday October 22 2016 – Yes We’re moving the festival from August to October in 2017.   Submission Opening Date: March 1, 2017 to July 1, 2017 – Notification Date: July 15, 2017. All films must have been completed after January 1, 2014 to be considered.  We may ask for a submission fee of $1.00 to $20…details soonest..Film Festival Dates and Location still being finalized.  Should know by November 15, 2016. Yes! we’re  still staying with ticketscene.ca for online ticket sales. We’re hoping to buy a Optoma HD142X: 1080 Theatre Projection,  to host our own monthly film events throughout the year and at least one outdoor film event in a public park setting . We will be selling about 200 cotton shopping bags, with our new logo on it,  in time for the festival

 2016 Demographic Survey.

Attendance Survey was held by questionnaire during festival August 12 to 14, 2016: 40.5% male, 50.0% female, 2.4% transmale, 2.4% genderqueer, 2.4% non-binary and 2.4% non-conforming…Youngest : 19 years old and Oldest : 62 years old. 9.5% less than 20 years old |  50.1% between 21 and 30 |  21.9% between 31 and 40  and 9.6% were more than 41years old.

Indie Film Directors Testimonials (2016)

Queer West FF uses Filmfreeway as our submission platform. Some Film Directors testimonials about our festival in 2016. Mayur Katariya (Forgetfulness), said “Excellent communication, very professional and timely (5 star) Lisa Plourde (Gender Troubles: The Butches) said: “I was not able to attend the festival, but all interactions were great. They kept me in the loop with excellent communication and follow through. (5 stars); Natalia Bougadellis (The Owls) “I was really happy to be screening my short film among such a great curation of films. The communication with the festival was very easy and whoever reached out to me from the festival was polite and professional. Unfortunately I was not able to attend the screening but I saw photos from the live events and people seemed to be having fun at the screenings. Overall I would submit again my coming projects!” (5 stars) Damon Andrew Embry (Play Babies) Awesome Festival! Inclusive to all films! (5 stars).

 Film Awards 2016 chosen our fans

2016 Film Festival Awards (Directors have been notified)chosen by our audience. Best Director Jake Graf in the UK for Dawn; Best Documentary, In the Mood For Love (Directors:Sandeep Kr. Singh and Aakriti Kohli, New Delhi, India); Audience Choice Award, Alzheimer’s: A love story (Directors: Gabe Schimmel and Monica Petruzzelli, Los Angeles, California) and Best Short Film, All their Shades – by Chloé Alliez, Brussels, Belgium.

Program Guide 2016

A simple  eight page program guide, in an unusual style by graphic designer Jacob Aspler (www.behance.net/JacobAspler) from Montreal. VIEW IT HERE

Weekend Photographs

A few film festival pictures taken August 11 to 14,  2016 — ON FACEBOOK

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. It goes without say we don’t loan our films or make copies. It you want a certain film write the director.

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.

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.

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