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OCAD, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Room 284

A commonplace trope in the 2ST LGBQ+ sphere is that of escape — be it escape from persecution, violence or simple loneliness. The deeper uglier truth beneath this fantasy is that  there is no escape. The monsters we run from stalk us wherever we go. These presentations show how the  monstrosities of Racism, Islamophobia, Transphobia, and State Violence seek out and attack the vulnerable and marginal people. Bixa Travesty places itself in the context of a Brazil that is locked in the chokehold of ultra-conservative politics. In this analysis, the Travesti emerges as a figure who embodies resistance on every level, politically, artistically and personally.  In Traversing Darkrooms: The Lure Of The Glory Hole one of the sacred institutions of gay male life, the Club is exposed as a site of White supremacy. A Match Boy in Toronto gives space to an incredible artifact of local history: a photonovel. This blending of text and image gives valuable insight into the narrative gaps around HIV/AIDS.

Bixa Travesty – struggle and celebration of the woman’s cock
Daniel Zacariotti holds a Bachelor in Performing Arts from University of Brasília (2018) and Bachelor in Communication from the Catholic University of Brasília (2018). His research focuses on gender in media, communication and cinema.

Anelise Molina holds a Master’s in Communication from Brasília University (2015). She is a professor, Researcher and Project Leader at the Universidade Católica de Brasilia in the areas of Gender, Communication and Epistemology.

Traversing Darkrooms: The Lure Of The Glory Hole
Abdullah Qureshi is a Pakistani born artist, educator, and cultural producer. His on-going doctoral project, Mythological Migrations: Imagining Queer Muslim Utopias, examines formations of queer identity and resistance in Muslim migratory contexts.

A Match Boy in Toronto
Balca Arda is Visual Artist and Assistant Professor in Visual Communication Design at Kadir Has University, Istanbul. Her latest publication is “Contemporary Art on the Current Refugee Crisis” in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.


OCAD, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Room 284

Join us for an artist talk and panel on the mythologies and realities of the 1969 Criminal Code reform and its impact on the lives of queers, sex workers, and those seeking abortions. The panel will begin with a brief talk from artist/activist Ryan Conrad on his 2019 video projection Don’t Believe The Hype! Ryan’s talk will be followed by context-setting commentary from Andil Gosine, Tom Hooper, and Emma McKenna.

Ryan Conrad is an artist, activist, and scholar based in Ottawa. He is currently a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow in the Cinema & Media Studies Program at York University, where he is working on a manuscript entitled Radical VIHsion: Canadian AIDS Film & Video.

Andil Gosine is an Associate Professor in Cultural & Artistic Practices for Environmental Justice at the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University.

Tom Hooper is a historian who researches the criminalization of LGBTQ2 communities in the decades following the 1969 criminal code reform. He also works as contract faculty in the Law and Society Program at York University.

Emma McKenna, PhD, is a multidisciplinary writer, educator, and activist. She has published across a range of feminist journals and is the author of Chenille or Silk: Poems  (Caitlin Press, 2019).


REACHING TOWARD THE HORIZON: The Futures of Queer Cinema
OCAD, 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Room 284

To paraphrase José Esteban Muñoz: queer cinema is a horizon. If there was ever a moment in our queer cinema history where we may have touched that horizon, it has quickly receded and been blocked by corporate interests. How can we get our queer horizon back? What should the future of queer cinema look like? This panel brings together directors Elegance Bratton (Pier Kids, screening this year), Jesse Rovinelli (So Pretty, also screening this year), Michelle Mohabeer (Queer Coolie-tudes, Exposure, BLU In YOU), and Maude Matton (Swarm of Selenium, which screened at TQFF 2018) to discuss the current queer filmmaking ecosystem and look toward its queerer futures.

Elegance Bratton
Elegance’s award-winning short films have played in almost 150 film festivals world wide including Sundance, Outfest, and the American Black Film Festival. He is executive producer and creator of Viceland’s GLAAD-nominated series, “MY HOUSE”. He is also the author of the Kassel Art Book award-winning photo book, “Bound By Night.”

Jesse Rovinelli
Born in 1988, Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli works as a film director, editor, colourist and critic living in New York. She has directed two feature films, So Pretty, (2019, Berlinale) a literary translation/transposition focusing on gender and the utopian imagination, and Empathy (2016, FID Marseille), a performative documentary following a heroin-addicted escort across the USA.

Dr. Michelle Mohabeer is a Guyana born, award winning Filmmaker, Researcher-Creator, teacher and educator who lives in Toronto. She teaches as an Adjunct professor in the School of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at York University.

Maude Matton is a film programmer, director and producer based in Montreal. Their first short, Swarm of Selenium (2017) has screened at over 15 festivals worldwide, including TQFF, Outfest Fusion LA, Some Prefer Cake Bologna and the Berlin Feminist Film Week


All TQFF events are “pay what you can” and are wheelchair accessible. All screenings will be closed-captioned and/or ASL-interpreted. Both of our locations will have a prearranged waiting area with seating for audience members who need it prior to the doors opening for every event.

Both venues have gender neutral washrooms.

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Ontario College of Art & Design University, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, M5T 1W1, Room 284

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