The Muskoka Queer Film Festival is a joint project of Muskoka Pride, and Sanctuary Studios Inc. Located in the heart of Ontario's cottage country, MQFF attracts audiences from Toronto to North Bay, from Haliburton to London, and far beyond.

The goal of MQFF is to bring a queer brightness to Muskoka and to make diverse queer life more visible in the region. We are aiming to show the public all the bright sides of queer life and to inspire and support the local 2SLQBTQI community with positive role models. With this, we are looking for the queer film stories that will carry an uplifting attitude and show the examples of overcoming the challenges of existing in the cis-gendered heterosexual (cis-hetero), world, or would demonstrate the beauty and spirit of lesbian, gay, bi or trans life, culture, and relationships.

We welcome applications from filmmakers of all genders and sexual orientations from all over the world. There is no limit to the number of films one person or collective would like to submit. The length of one item must not exceed 90 minutes. English is an official language of MQFF and all films presented must be in English or with English voiceover or subtitles.

MQFF will present the Festival Favorite Award and Audience Choice Award.

The festival curators, Michelle Emson and Lenny Emson are the human rights documentary filmmaking team behind "Pride of Ukraine” (2015) and "Transgender Life in Slovenia” (2016) are joined by Shawn Forth from Muskoka Pride. The entire MQFF team are excited to screen films from LGBTQI2S filmmakers about our community, in all its breadth and diversity.

We shall be inviting a select number of directors, actors, actresses, and producers to join us at the festival for presentations and Q&A.

Audience Choice Award
Festival Favourite Award

Muskoka Queer Film Festival will only consider 2SLGBTQI content, ideally created by 2SLGBTQI cast and crew.

To be considered: pay the required fee, including a link and password to an online screener. For submissions support please email:

In submitting the film(s) you declare that you retain the authority to submit the film for Muskoka Queer Film Festival's consideration.

You must be in possession of, or have obtained, all the necessary rights (including music rights), consents, authorizations, and licenses covering the film(s).

If accepted, an exhibition copy will be requested in MPEG4 HD/UHD digital download. Stills, trailers, synopsis, and promotional material will be requested upon approval.

All notifications and communications will be via email.

Overall Rating
  • I'm really grateful that my film was shown to high schoolers through the connections that MQFF had! Thank you for the extra opportunities!!!

    August 2023
  • Alex Sangha

    Thank you to your wonderful audience for selecting my debut feature documentary, Emergence: Out of the Shadows, as your Audience Choice Winner for 2022 at your prestigious festival. Feeling so blessed!

    March 2022
  • Winton Holmes

    Kia ora/ Hello/Bonjour. We were absolutely delighted that the "Rainbow Voices of Aotearoa New Zealand" short documentary was shown at the festival and to have done a Q&A from the South Pacific. (This happen to coincide with Pride Week in Wellington, our capital city, where we know we are fortunate in our country to be able to have such gatherings. We showed the film at Parliament for two Rainbow conferences, Cross Agency Rainbow Network and Awaken as part of this Pride week.) Communication was first class, the festival had a wonderful variety of films and we trust all enjoyed taking part like us. Kia Kaha (" stay strong")

    March 2021
  • So thrilled to be a part of this festival! Our film Christian in the Closet was lucky enough to win the viewer/audience award! We are honoured.

    March 2021