Toronto Queer Arts Festival seeking film submissions

Deadline April 1, 2015.    Listings of final film selection begins May 1st

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

The World at your doorstep

The Queer West Film Festival  is  gaining international reputation for offering the best of independent queer cinema and the opportunity to meet filmmakers and artists, participate in workshops and panel discussions, attend galas and after parties and see unexpected performances.


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, 

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 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.

 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.

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


OUTeXpressions Newspaper TorontoFestival News Update Friday February 20, 2015

So far  we have learned Lauren Tenn, Queer West Film Director has  nominated six films from 100s received, that she is excited about.

  •  “Electric Indigo”   – Director Jean-Julien Collette; Brussels
  •  “Tomorrow” –   Directed by Japanese-Brazilian filmmaker Leandro Tadashi
  •  “Longing” – Director Nadav Mishali, Israel
  • “A Little Chinese Dress”  –  Director; Caroline Fournier, France
  • “Gay Healers”  –  Director;  Christian Deker,  Berlin Germany
  • “Be your Wo/man” – Director Joe Wielosinski; He is currently a Visiting Instructor at Purdue University USA

All final selection Directors to be notified by May 1st Until the festival has received the DVDs,  these are not considered as final selection. This is a 3 day festival,  a lot more films to be selected. family of websites received 13.4 million visitors in 2014, from within Canada and abroad. Queer West web site is consistently ranked #1 in Google, for most search returns.

There will be film awards, we are now deciding under what category to award films. Best Picture etc.

We try to pick unique and entertaining films that are unlikely to be shown anywhere else in Canada. We hope to do International directors Q & A via Skype.

There will be a one hour Queer Poetry Slam (Paid performers, four poets), either Friday or Sunday evening at the Revue Cinema to be confirmed, There are still many more films to chose from and more arriving every day, before deadline April 1. Next Committee Meeting QW head office Sat March 28.

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.

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 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 Deadline April 1, 2015.

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

TD Bank film queer west film festival sponsor