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

Shit We’re Diggin’
“EVA” Trailer: a film submission from France.
A cross-dresser with an agenda  – which may screen Friday Aug 12


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

We won’t be hosting the arts festival (Queer West Fest) 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. Queer West Film Festival was chosen by BlogTO.com as one of the best of 10 film events in summer 2014 & 2015 in Toronto

Next Board / Arts Collective  Meeting

Tuesday June 21, 2016 7:30 pm (60-90 minutes) Main agenda; film festival action items; approval  & discussion on new logo, poster, postcards and program guide designs and update from various collective committees. Brazil Bakery , 1554 Dundas St W., Queer West Toronto, Ontario.  All welcome . http://www.brazilbakery.ca/

“Discover us” August 11-14, 2016

We  are busy getting 24 premier films ready for opening night,  Friday August 12th. Reception on August 11th. Full event schedule July 4th.

td canada trust official logoFancy something a little bit different? Join us at 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 films 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. 

Festival Location

university of toronto unofficial logo August 12-14, 2016 U of T – Innis Town Hall, 2 Sussex Avenue. (Technical Specifications) Street Map. Doors 6:30 pm Show 7 pm to 9.45 pm, 15 minute intermission each day.  Tickets: $14 for adults per evening.   Students & Seniors with ID  $10 a day.  3 day pass $30 for Adults. Seniors 65+ & Students 3 day pass with ID $25,  only sold on Friday August 12th. 199 seats per evening, 4 wheelchair spaces. Tickets go an sale on or by July 4th online  Innis Town Hall Box Office and Sun Milk Convenience Store (Brockton Village). The theatre is fully wheelchair accessible. Festival Volunteers get free tickets, as do weekend volunteers. All monies made this year, go’s toward next years festival. We have never run a deficit.

Opening Night Reception (confirmed) -Thursday August 11 @ The Steady Cafe & Bar 1051 Bloor St. W., Free with couple of DJs  and screening a few premier film shorts from the weekend festival 10 pm to 11 pm, party after.  All welcome.

Community Partnering 2016

Franco Fierté 2016 toronto logoQueerwest.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. To that end, Queer West Film Festival will be co-presenting with Franco Fierté 2016,  screening the film “Homogène” on June 16th at the Carlton Cinema during FrancoQueer pride in Toronto. Homogène delivers an intimate portrait of the Province Quebec’s LGBT community. Homogène was a Queer West film submission. Run Time 94 minutes.

Reciprocating the favour, FrancoQueer Toronto is co-presenting one of our official French film selections on Sunday August 14

Tri-Pride is an annual festival for the LGBT community in Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo OntarioQueer West Film Festival will be co-presenting (Six films we screened last year) during tri-Pride 2016, in conjunction with a request made by Grace Carr Director of the tri-Pride Community Association. TRI-PRIDE  is an annual pride festival for the LGBT community in Cambridge, Kitchener & Waterloo Ontario, running this year from May 24 to June 5th., 2016. We’re happy to support tri-Pride in Kitchener Ontario.

If interested in Co-presenting a film with us  during your Pride or film festival write: queerwestinfo@gmail.com

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