9th Annual Toronto International Queer West Film Festival 2017

patron and supporter thank you for queer west film festival in 2016

Proud to be Greater Toronto Area’s second largest LGBTQ film festival.

queer west film festival 2016 volunteers, photo by snapd newspaper

A few of our 2016 film festival volunteers having fun; (L. to R.) N. Laprido, Alexis Bouton – Program Manager, Melanie SantosVice President & Volunteer Coordinator, W. Stos and Aine Belton our graphic designer. (Alexis, Melanie and Aine are Film Jury Judges) Photo by Snapd Newspaper Toronto on Friday Aug 12 @ Innis Town Hall. Theme that evening; “Gender is a social construct”

“A Queer Language: Celebrating LGBTQ Cinema”

Welcome to the annual Toronto Queer West Film Festival!

toronto queer west film festival official logo2017The Film Festival was born out of the Toronto Queer Arts and Culture festival, which began life as an alternative to pride week events in 2001. It continuously evolved to meet the needs of the queer community it serves; previous festivals included family picnics, live music events, queer heritage talks, poetry and literary readings. A desire to champion developing film making talent (both Canadian and international) led to the creation of the Film Festival in 2008, which became a separate event in 2015. The style and focus of each td bank film festival sponsorfestival changes every year, but what links them all is the wish to provide greater engagement and volunteering opportunities within the queer arts community, and to share films and media that may not have found a home at other festivals.  We are indebted to the work of our past volunteers, performers and local businesses. TD Bank  begin to help sponsor the film festival in 2015, when we moved from a one evening event to a three day event.

New Official logo (Above) designed  by “Áine Belton”  A Queer West Film Festival Board Member.

Our film festival is  about glory, shame, distaste, trash and beauty. 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.


Sunday November 20, 2016. No we haven’t died. We submitted our funding application today for a theatre rental and some promotion items.  We won’t know for up to 8 weeks if we were successful.  We have other funding plans that will take up to four months for a response (June or July). We will be charging $10 to submit a film, the funds use for film awards and the support the festival.  (In 2016 we received 845 submissions)  The Board is taking a hiatus,  till next Board Meeting on April 22, 2017. We will have another update March 1st.

Thank you for your patience


Queerwest.org is currently, working towards partnering with other film festivals and cultural organizations, to be able to more widely promote our unique offering to the local and international community. Write:  Michel Pare, President  – queerwestartsfestival@gmail.com

CO-PRESENTATION: Don’t Call me Son – Brazil Film Festival Saturday, November 5th – 7:20 pm. TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3X5

Syria Film Festival (SYFF) in Toronto November 4-6, 2016  is Co-Presenting “My Refugee Story” LGBTIQ youth living in Lebanon, sharing their stories about their lives and the trip to Lebanon that they had to take and why they had to take it. Produced by 1morecup & Mosaic. On Saturday August 13, 2016

We Co-Presented the film Homogène  during  Franco Fierté 2016 on June 16, 2016 during FrancoQueer pride in Toronto. Homogène is a documentary series by Isabelle Courville and Kim Alex Larochelle which delivers an intimate portrait of the Province Quebec’s LGBT community.

FrancoQueer Toronto is co-presenting two North American Premier films 1.) Portrait of a Young Women an 85 minutes,  our feature French film (one 9 films that evening) themed the on Antinormativity, Anticonformity on Sunday August 14 @ Innis Town Hall. 2.)  All their Shades –  Film Animation by Chloé Alliez, who lives in Brussels, Belgium 5:46 Minutes.

Thank you to all of our Sponsors & Partners

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Syria Film Festival

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