Welcome to the 9th Annual Queer West Film Festival
October 6 to 8, 2017 @ Revue Cinema
“A Queer Language: Celebrating LGBTQ Cinema”
Proud to be Toronto’s second largest LGBTQ 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.
New Official logo (Above) designed by “Áine Belton” A Film Festival Board Member.
Our film festival is 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. In 2017 representative jury of six members, will view a plethora of submissions to bring you the most thought-provoking, entertaining and pivotal films. Every day of the festival will have a theme.
Film Directors Testimonials (2016)
. Mayur Katariya (Forgetfulness), “Excellent communication, very professional and timely (5 star) Lisa Plourde (Gender Troubles: The Butches) “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).
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