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.

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  • Monique Romeiko

    Thank you for screening my short contemporary dance film, it was an honour! I was really surprised and pleased that my work was selected. Speaking with Sharlene by email was very professional. I couldn't attend but my sister and her partner went and said the audience reception was respectful. They found the evening of short films the night mine was screened to be well curated and that the films were all impactful. Thanks again!

    February 2019
  • Krissy Mahan

    Being included in TQFF was absolutely important for me. The process of notifications, film delivery and pre-festival communication could not have been more seamless. They prioritized meeting any accessibility concerns. TQFF showed enthusiasm for my film in many ways, and that meant so much to me. I already am setting my intention to be there with a new film for 2019. Thank you, TQFF!

    November 2018
  • Jiz Lee

    Thanks so much for the screening!

    November 2018