Toronto International Queer West Film Festival | Vive la différence!

The Queer West Film Festival will have a THEME for each night: Friday August 12 (7 Films) Gender is a social construct. Saturday August 13 (8 films) Role models – Inspiring people and places and Sunday August 14 (9 films) Antinormativity, Anticonformity. Each evening will have one 15 minute intermission.

queer west film festival august 12 to 14 2016

“A Queer Language: Celebrating LGBTQ Cinema”
Dedicated to the LGBTQ community and the 49 we lost in Orlando.


We at the Queer West Centre for the Arts have consistently produced festivals for the LGBT community. In 2001 we launched Toronto Queer Arts Festival (Queer West Fest)  In 2008 we launched the Queer West Film Festival. In 2012 we added the Smash Words Festival as part of the arts festival.

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. MORE ABOUT OUR FESTIVALS

Queer West Film Festival was chosen by BlogTO.com as one of the best of 10 film events in summer 2014 & 2015 in Toronto.

“Discover us” August 11-14, 2016

td canada trust official logoFancy something a little bit different? Join Gay West Community Network Inc. (Queer West) who Hosts and Produces the 8th Annual Queer West Film Festival @ Innis Town Hall Aug 12-14 where we’ve made the jump from our annual evening screening to a weekend film festival, with financial support from presenting sponsor TD Canada Trust. Eight years of shaping, forming, breaking, discovering and finding, ­

Queer West Film Festival in 2016 is about; glory, shame, distaste, trash and beauty. This year we are walking on the wild side, with 24 Premier films, never seen in Canada; on sexual fetishes, sadomasochism and lesbian violence, as well as more traditional films on gender identity and human rights; 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’re proud to be the Greater Toronto Area second largest LGBTQ film festival.  Full event listings July 4th.

Countries represented at the festival in 2016: Argentina (1),  Australia (1),  Belgium (1),  Canada (1),  Czech Republic (1), France (1) Germany (3),  Greece (1), India (2),  Lebanon (1),  Spain (1),  United Kingdom (4),  Ukraine (1),  and USA (5).  All 24 films include a Film Synopsis and Directors Biography with pictures.  17 of the 24 films have trailers. Biographies & Film Reviews by Michel F. Paré


Online Monday July 4th and from a local convenience store Friday July 15th. Where to get them?


Queer West Film Festival Reception 9pm – Thursday August 11 @ The Steady.  (Tentative agreement waiting confirmation)

We still need a few more Volunteers

 Flyer Volunteers

We’re looking for a team of people to help distribute our postcards in coffee shops and local businesses across the city during the festival. Please let me know roughly which Toronto neighbourhood you live or can distribute the flyers in.

Every volunteer will get a screening pass to an evening of their choice. Due to the content of some of the screenings, if you are under 18, volunteer hours can be given in place Mid July to early August couple hours a week

Film Festival Weekend Volunteers

We are looking for people to help with general front of house and ushering duties, such as helping to set up the lobby of the cinema and greeting patrons. Each evening would be roughly a four hours (7 pm – 9:45 pm) shift and you would be able to see an incredible line-up of 64 Premier films for free.

Due to the content of some of the films, we would be looking for volunteers over 18 years old. If interested, please let us know the day(s) you would be available. Volunteers get free theatre tickets

If these sound like something you are interested in, please send me your availability! If there is something else you think you could help with, please let me know and I will try my best to make it happen. Melanie Santos: queerwestfilmfestival@gmail.com

Queer West Film Festival Partners

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Head Office: 562 Dufferin St. B1 Toronto ON M6K 2A9. Visits By Appointment Only. 416-879-7954 queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com