Since 2016, the Toronto Queer Film Festival has showcased the film and video art of queer and trans creators. We celebrate vigour, resistance, and defiance over nationalism and assimilation. We elevate Indigiqueer/Trans/2 Spirit filmmakers and filmmakers of colour where others erase or tokenize.
This year, we celebrate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots with our festival theme ‘Stonewall 50.’ As ever, TQFF’s mandate remains to decolonize queer and trans art histories and practices. This year, we especially seek projects that embody the spirit of the legacy of the Stonewall riots against police violence and/or center a commitment to decolonizing queer and trans liberation histories and art. We take the opportunity of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall to not only reflect on where we have been, but how we want to imagine queer and trans liberation for the next 50 years.
How do we remember Stonewall, the site of such a fundamentally impolite and uncompromising defiance? More importantly, to whom does Stonewall belong? The Stonewall uprisings were led by trans and gender non-conforming people of colour. Yet most mainstream portrayals erase these very same people. How can we reclaim spaces and art lost to homonormativity? How do we remember the legacy of Stonewall outside of “progress” narratives? Things look very different now than they did a half-century ago, but what does progress mean? Is it a straight line or a pendulum? If things get “better,” do they get better for everyone?
Stonewall is often discussed as “the beginning” of the global movement for LGBTQ+ rights, but this is a US-centric point of view. What, if anything, does Stonewall mean in a global context? We want to hear about queer and trans liberation struggles from all around the world!
This is an artist-run festival. At TQFF, we commit to ethical treatment of artists in two concrete ways: we do not charge submission fees, and pay all artists who have their films selected screening fees according to IMAA & CARFAC standard rates.
TQFF is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts.