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.
The power of representation is not only in narrating the present but also allowing for possibilities in future tense. Just as our oppressors try to erase us from history, so do they endeavour to deny us space in the times to come. Worse still, systems of oppression exert power over the marginalized by dictating our future to us; a misstep made even by our allies.
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 we 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, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Building Communities through Arts & Heritage.