The Toronto Queer Film Festival is a collectively-run, nonprofit arts organization that provides a community art exhibition space in Toronto for work by and about marginalized queer and trans people.
We have five primary mandates:
- to exhibit queer and trans independent and experimental film and video art;
- to support the production of independent queer and trans film and video art through community based arts education;
- to foster queer and trans community development and engagement by removing barriers to access to arts programming;
- to decolonize artistic and curatorial practices, as well as advocate for centering of principles of decolonization in queer art and activism more broadly; and
- to center our programming around work made by and for queer and trans Indigenous people, people of color, and people living with disabilities and, especially, to promote and support the work of local filmmakers and media artists.
TQFF distinguishes itself from other Toronto festivals and arts organizations that serve the LGBTQ2S+ community by focusing on experimentally formal and social-justice focused film and video and by encouraging the submission— and prioritizing the programming—of work by and about queer and trans people of colour, Indigenous people, people with disabilities and the work of local, low-income, DIY, and/or emerging filmmakers.