At TQFF, we want to do what we can to support our communities in the extraordinary times brought about as a result of the COVID-19 virus. Almost all screenings, festivals, events and exhibitions have been cancelled on short notice, leaving artists without income. To do our part, we started an emergency fund to support artists in creating new work.
Below you’ll find a collection of seven films that have been supported by our Queer Emergencies Fund. The films were originally premiered at our Queer Emergencies Livestream Screening & Exhibition at 8pm EST on April 30th 2020, and will be available for viewing on our website through the end of May.
TQFF would like to thank our donors and patrons for their support of TQFF and Queer Emergencies. We’d especially like to thank our partner Trinity Square Video for their contributions to the filmmakers and this exhibition, as well as Canada Council for the Arts for their generous support of our new year-round screening series, which launches with this program!
Amanda Ann-Min Wong’s Dear Journal juxtaposes isolations past and present using a montage of interior and exterior empty spaces narrated by journal entries. (this film contains brief mentions of suicidality, sexual assault and depression)
Amanda Ann-Min Wong is a filmmaker, sound artist, and musician. Originally from Singapore, she now lives in Toronto.
As Many Worlds
Evelyn Pakinewaatik brings us As Many Worlds, a film which straddles fiction and non-fiction, waking and dreaming life as well as past and present. Dreams are the primary medium for this art.
From Nipissing First Nation, Evelyn Pakinewatik is an emerging artist, writer, educator, and director of Ojibwe and Irish ancestry whose work primarily explores the intersection of dreams and memory.
Mindalaes in Quarantine
Mindalaes in Quarantine (WT) by Samay Arcentales Cajas is a documentary bearing witness to the impact of the pandemic on a family business. The necessary closure compromises a generational dream. However, the family adapts and ultimately rises to the occasion, displaying a moving combination of creativity and resilience.
Samay Arcentales Cajas is a queer/2S (Kichwa) digital media artist and filmmaker based in Toronto.
The only infomercial worth watching is Working In with Vanessa Dion Fletcher. Get expert guidance on optimal self-care through such activities as snacking and rest. Instead of ‘working out’ try working in!
Vanessa Dion Fletcher is a Lenape and Potawatomi neurodiverse Artist.
A Sacred Place
Natalie King takes the opportunity to examine Queerness, Femininity and Indigeneity through the body in A Sacred Place. When there’s nowhere to go, the inward and the intangible become ripe for exploration.
Natalie King is a queer Anishinaabekwe artist, facilitator and member of Timiskaming First Nation. King practices drawing, painting and installation from a critical, decolonizing, equity-oriented, non-oppressive, and future-bound perspective.
Ice on the Window
In ice on the window like a thousand small bees, Catherine Jones uses collage and found footage to explore the remoteness of the bisexual body in the context of biphobic stigma and disease-shaming. The tension between competing needs forms the backbone of this extraordinary work.
Catherine Jones is a Toronto-based collage artist whose work explores life as a bisexual feme, madness & chronic pain. She is the founder of the Bi+ Arts Festival.
3% is an abstract exploration by Thembani Mdluli of Covid-19’s estimated kill rate. It is a response to the callousness of a society built on the expendability of Black & Brown lives.
Thembani Mdluli is a Toronto based writer, filmmaker, and media artist and is also one half of a writing collaboration with Toronto based poet and artist, Jasbina Justice.