queerwest filmfestival logo 2015


The World at your doorstep

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.

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.


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

Festival News

Saturday April 25, 2015 –  We received a lot of documentaries this year. 9 films have been selected so far, more to come by mid May. Selection notices are going to the directors this weekend. More films for the gay community this year, couple of lesbian films. We received one, very good trans film, from Australia. As far we know, they’re all first run productions, which will be good us. Michel Pare;  will be working the advertising campaign and ticket sales.  We  have 4/5 interns to manage theatre nights, welcoming guests. A possible full term U of T intern to be program director next year, Lauren is returning to UK in Nov. We will be installing MailChimp so subscribers can get festival news.

Final Selected Films DVDs must reach us by June 17th, or be disqualified. Send DVD films To: Michel F. Paré (Queer West Film Festival) 562 Dufferin St, Toronto ON Canada M6K 2A9

 Queer West Film will be using http://www.ticketscene.ca/ to sell theatre ticket to the festival August 7, 8 and 9, 2015 The Theatre seats 243 people.  All online tickets $10  There will be 100 tickets at Revue Cinema Box office  for each night of the festival.  We will donate half our ticket sales, to an upcoming film director or production company.


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/ 

 Queer West Film Festival will donate half of the box office sales;  to a struggling film company or filmmaker. .


 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.

Sunday April 19, 2015 – Volunteer Fair for Queer West Film Festival @ 519 Community Centre, Queer West is a welcoming LGBTQ and LGBTQ-positive organizations to promote community involvement through New Volunteers who can discover new work experience opportunities, and explore community engagement. Come to the 519 Church St., Toronto for a volunteer information session, with Queer West President Lauren Tenn hosting the event. Sunday April 19, 2015 from 1:30 PM to 3 PM, about 20 volunteers have registered. All ages and genders and orientations, welcome to attend. queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com 416-879-7954 Location Map https://goo.gl/maps/JrA41

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

Lauren Tenn queer film festival presidentQueer West’s President Lauren Tenn,  showcasing some strong PowerPoint skills!!


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