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first annual toronto queer west film festival june 18, 2008

Humble Beginnings  – 1st film festival in backyard of Jola’s Good Catch Store in Parkdale – June 18, 2008

8th annual Queer West Film Festival | Vive la différence!

Slide show of Queer West Village Neighbourhood & Some Film Stills from the 2015 Festival

toronto-queer-arts-festival-official-logoWe at the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture Festival have consistently produced an arts festival in some capacity since 2001, and our annual film festival launched in 2008.  Our film festival is still growing and is already the second largest LGBT film festival in the Greater Toronto Region.  In 5 more years, we would like to emerge as one of the go-to festivals in Toronto for New Generation queer film artists to develop and showcase their work, as well as for others in the film industry to discover new talent.

We hope that our film festival, which is still in the early stages of its growth, helps to represent and document the changes and challenges representative to the queer community around the world.  This means celebrating universal themes such as discovery of new love and giving voice to those who continue to remain voiceless within our community. We won’t be hosting the arts festival in 2016, it doesn’t mean it has ended; it simply means it’s on hiatus at the moment. The Board of Directors has decided to  continue expanding our annual film festival, now in its 8th year.

See You August 12-14, 2016

Queer-West-Film-Festival-official-logoSome Video Examples of some 2500 Submissions were receiving this year

We have already picked over 100 excellent films, obliviously we can’t show everything  The  2nd and Final reviews are done by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn May 1st, 2016,  with Directors notified of official selection. We regret,  there will be some rejections on 2nd review. We plan to screen up to 35 films August 12-14.

Tomboys, Butches, Trans, Women BDSMers (Spain)

Film submission from Elena García-Oliveros (Film Director), Madrid Spain 30 Minutes. Tomboys, Butches, Trans, Women BDSMers. Versions of female masculinity, is an experimental video documentary produced by visual artist Elena Toxic. It is a short-film that narrates the individual versions of masculinity of Delfy, Emmanuelle, Leticia and Dita, based on their real testimonials. Might be shown QWFF August 12-14, 2016….Subtitled Spanish/English 7 Minute Trailer..

In The Mood For Love (India)

Film submission from India for 2016 QWFF – In the Mood for Love – This film is not anti-government protest against Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, it is simply to document the lives of couples/partners, their views on love, and partnership, everyday relationship issues, and their negotiation within the social system. Indian films on the LGBTQ community have done phenomenally well in documenting stories of oppression and struggle, describing the historic ongoing struggle seeking legal recognition. Filmmakers Sandeep Kr. Singh and Aakriti Kohli, felt that there was room for discussing the idea of love and its many interpretations. It was a conscious decision on their part, to look for stories of hope and triumph. [ Footnote of the 600 films we have looked at so far, we have picked 100 of the best ones for final review in May, obliviously we can’t show all of them]

Documentary – Hot Men Cold Dictatorships (Hungary)

New film documentary submission from HUNGARY Hot Men Cold Dictatorship, which may be screened in August at 8th annual QWFF, by Hungarian film director Mária Takács Runs 97 minutes ..Four young gay guys uncover the silenced part of Hungary’s Communist past and reinterpret it from the vantage point of the current nationalist turn. They visit seven “elders”, excavate their secret service files, and re-experience some of the crucial life events of an older Hungarian gay generation. English/Hun sub-titled Film Trailer – above First review is done with all submissions, selecting only the best from all over the world between Jan 16-April 15. Final reviews are by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn in May, 2016

Documentary – Homogen – Homogène (Quebec)

Film submission from Province of Quebec – Homogen, by a straight PQ filmmaker Isabelle Courville, run time 94 minutes…Nine episodes, nine characters, representative of a generation of homosexuals discuss the realities they face, from their « coming-out » to dealing with stereotypes, bullying and of course, finding love…The Trailer is Episode 8

Neuf épisodes, neufs personnages emblématiques d’une génération d’homosexuels discutent de plusieurs réalités auxquelles ils sont confrontés, notamment le coming out, les stéréotypes, l’intimidation et bien sûr l’amour.  HOMOGÈNE se veut une immersion dans la communauté gaie et lesbienne québécoise où les jeunes, les parents, les alliés et les dissidents trouveront de vraies réponses à leurs questions, sans honte, jugement ni tabou.  C’est aussi l’ambition de pointer l’intime vers l’universel et le besoin de faire la différence en prouvant qu’il n’y en pas, justement… de différence.

Fits into what Queer West Film Festival is looking for this year, more issue based Documentary films looking back on our own history and where we are today, with human rights issues, moving away from the personal issues and campy type LGBT films… First review is done with all submissions, selecting only the best from all over the world between Jan 16-April 15. Final reviews are by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn in May, 2016

Flying Through Our Skins (Music Video)

Having a tough time judging the film Category, Musicals Perhaps because of Ana Gutmanis – Another Way Out (Music Video) was so damn good in 2014. We are not getting many musicals, some of them are just not up to snuff. Flying Through Our Skins, by Damon Andrew Embry USA run time 4.33 minutes is pretty good (Musical) Trailer. First review is done with all submissions, selecting only the best from all over the world between Jan 16-April 15. Final reviews are by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn in May, 2016

Documentary – Queen of Hearts (Argentina)

Queer of Hearts documentary submission from Argentina by film director Guillermo Bergandi (82 minutes) The Cooperative AR/TV Trans is a theater cooperative composed of transvestites and trans people The Cooperative began as a workplace to dignify the viewpoint of the transvestites in Argentina.Daniel Ruiz, the cooperative´s founder is the voice that narrates this story that intersect solidarity, willpower and fighting in order not to give to injustice and the obstacles that arise for being part of the transgender world….First review is done with all submissions, selecting only the best from all over the world between Jan 16-April 15. Final reviews are by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn in May, 2016

How To Be Alone

 How To Be Alone a Lesbian theme submission by Erez Eisenstein a film director and screenwriter, born and raised in Israel. “Loneliness is the soul’s forgotten desire. You don’t need anyone. Don’t search, don’t hope, don’t dream; and only then, perhaps, you too will learn how to be alone.” First review is done with all submissions, selecting only the best from all over the world between Jan 16-April 15. Final reviews are by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn in May, 2016

You Are Beautiful

YAB queer west film submission for august 2016

A daring topic for film submission for Queer west Film Festival in August, but not unlike ‘Gerontophilia,’ the controversial Bruce LaBruce Film. “You are beautiful” is a film short (17.18 Minutes)  about a young boy and mature man by Bulgarian filmmaker, Hristo Poriazoff. What kind of secret might this date bring out? And, is there a family without a secret? If the audience is smart enough, they will be able figure what the boy’s real intentions are, it’s not what you think. First review is done with all submissions, selecting only the best from all over the world between Jan 16-April 15. Final reviews are by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn in May, 2016

That’s my Boy

‘That’s my boy’ – An interesting 25 minute submission from Kerala, India by Akhil Sathyan.  a documentary on Gender Identity Disorder portrays the successful and remarkable life of Sonu, a female to male convert. Language : Malayalam & English with English Subtitles…First review is done with all submissions, selecting only the best from all over the world between Jan 16-April 15. Final reviews are by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn in May, 2016

Sixth Grade Slow Dance

Sixth Grade Slow Dance –  by Israeli film director Yotam David Cytter. On the last party before they separate to different junior high schools, Amit(12), a young gay boy, hopes to finally get to dance a slow dance with his best friend Noam(12). First review is done with all submissions, selecting only the best from all over the world between Jan 16-April 15. Final reviews are by Program Director Donna Elliot and  UK Film Judge Lauren Tenn in May, 2016

Now accepting film submissions

Film shorts, About 35 minutes or less

Feature films, up to 85 minutes

Documentary Films, up to 85 minutes

Musicals up to 85 minutes

Student films by local students, 15 minutes or less

Last Day for Submissions April 15 2016. Notifications on final selections May 1. Festival August 12 to 14, 2016  – SUBMIT YOUR FILM

Film Awards 2015

Tuesday August 18, 2015. Congratulations to the winners of the Queer West Film Festival Awards for 2015; Paul R King & Joel landfield (San Francisco), Best Documentary: Ladies and Gentlemen – Phatima Rude. Michèle Massé (France), Best Director: Open Windows Las ventanas abiertas. Nadav Mishali (Israel), Best Film Short: Longing and Juliana & Juliet Mango, Perth Australia, winner – Honourable Mention: Fragile. As selected by Queer West Arts Collective weekend festival volunteers August 7-9 live screening at Revue Cinema, Toronto ON

If you’re a Business, Cultural Institution, Venue or Media outlet; you can help by becoming a Partner of the festival!

Queer West Fest & Film Festival  is run on a shoestring budget and every penny of support goes on making our events happen. Queerwest.org family of websites received 13.4 million visitors in 2014, from within Canada and abroad. Queer West is consistently ranked #1 in Bing and Google, for most search returns.

You’ll get your co-branding and key messages in the festival marketing items including large posters, website, Facebook, ticket bookings and emails.

It will help develop positive word of mouth and association for your brand with an arts project within an opinion-forming and influential creative community

Packages vary depending on level of investment but can include:

  • The opportunity to sponsor individual screenings  & events
  • Logo inclusion on website
  • Logo inclusion on flyers
  • Logo inclusion on programs / posters
  • Promotion of your brand via our Facebook &  Twitter pages
  • Complimentary tickets to festival events
  • VIP invites to the Launch Party
  • Inclusion as Support Sponsor on Press Release

If you’d like to know more email us for our partnership pack and more details: queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com


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