Goodbye to the Toronto Queer Arts Festival?

No. focusing our energy on expanding our Film Festival

 14 years of great arts festivals


Friday December 5th.,  2014  – Expansion Plan

We would like to thank everyone who has supported Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Queer West Fest) over the last 14 years. We are proud not only of the diversity of events, but our ability to try and make them accessible to all. The Arts Festival has always been run on a shoestring budget, and while the Festival has not gone into debt, mounting a Festival in 2015 would likely stretch our limited budget too far. Instead, we have decided to focus our energy on expanding our Queer West Film Festival from an evening to a three day event. It has always been one of our most popular events, and it is our hope that more people will be able to enjoy a greater range of films and engagement with artists.

We hopefully won’t be saying goodbye to the Arts Festival forever. The Festival is not just reliant on money but volunteers too. As you can imagine, running a festival takes a lot of work. We’ve been very lucky to have had a great group of people involved with the Festival from its inception, but as it has grown, it has been harder to find event managers and venues to support the festival. We’ve always been a small team, but without more volunteers, a large festival just isn’t realistic.

We don’t want to end this message on a negative note though. 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 our Arts Festival in the future, we would love to hear from you. Email .

Queer West Board of Directors: Lauren Tenn (President & Film Festival Program Director), Richa Shrotriya (Treasurer) and Michel F. Paré (Secretary & Festival Artistic Director).

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

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, 

No Tickets:Pay Cash at 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. The rest of the proceeds goes towards next year’s festival.

The  Toronto Queer arts and Culture Festival is 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.

Samples of Film Submissions starting to arrive for 2015

Director Eric Tsang, Hong Kong, China  –  I am ME (LGBT School Bulling) 

Dublin Ireland,  Trans singer Jaime Nanci and the band Blue Boys (Category Musicals) .

Several film entries from Israel (Password Protected) We can share this submission from Nadav Mishali (Jerusalem)  Barely in Love.

Submit your video for 2015 Queer West Film Festival

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

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Toronto Queer Arts Festival, welcomes the 2015 Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered athletes to the Pan Games, in Toronto next summer. Our Gay Toronto is not just Church Street and The 519. There are many queer neighbourhoods for you to explore, from gay Leslieville to the Queer West Village in the west end of Toronto. Queer West ambassadors, would be happy to answer any questions you may have about Toronto. Phone 416-879-7954 or Email us We’ll answer your queries pronto

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

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