Toronto Queer Film Festival
The Toronto Queer Media & Arts Centre is a nonprofit arts collective that grew out of the Toronto Queer Film Festival (TQFF), which launched in 2016 in response to an urgent need for exhibition space in Toronto for work by and about marginalized queer and trans people.
TQFF serves the LGBTQ+ community through five primary mandates:
1) to exhibit queer independent and experimental film/video art;
2) to support the production of alternative queer film and video art through community based arts education;
3) to foster community development and engagement by making our programming accessible to all;
4) to decolonize artistic and curatorial practices and advocate for decolonizing queer art and activism in particular; and
5) to program work made by and for queer and trans Indigenous people, people of color, and people living with disabilities.
TQFF distinguishes itself from other Toronto cultural events that serve the LGBT community by focusing on experimental time-based media that challenges and expands social, political, and artistic conventions. Our curatorial mandate is to centre the programming of work by and about queer and trans people of colour, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities, as well as the work of local artists, low-income, DIY filmmakers, and emerging artists.
Our foremost goal as an organization is community building: creating space for queer and trans filmmakers and audiences to come together in the spirit of art and activism.
In addition to the annual festival, TQFF offers year round programming, including screenings and workshop intensives.
TQFF is funded entirely by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as by the generous contributions of our community sponsors, members, and donors.
There are no submission fees for artists, and proceeds from the festival are prioritized to pay artists screening fees at or above the IMAA and CARFAC minimum rates. For more information about TQFF’s perspectives on charging submission fees and the payment of artist fees, please see:
2019 TQFF Collective Members
Cecilio Guillermo Escobar
TQFF is funded entirely by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts, as well as by the generous contributions of our community sponsors, members, and donors. At this point, TQFF has no institutional funding and is entirely reliant on one-time grants and community donations to make festival and workshops happen. Please help support TQFF by becoming a member or making a donation today.