Toronto Queer Film Festival 2022!

The 2022 Toronto Queer Film Festival will be held online from March 31 to April 3, 2022, with the theme of Queer Futurisms. This year our programme presents Afrofuturist and Indigenous futurist works alongside work by queer and trans artists that explore themes of technology, resistance, rebellion, joy, love, science fiction, prophecies, projections, and predictions.

For the second consecutive year, we will host the TQFF annual festival entirely online. We continue to prioritize making our programming accessible to queer, trans and Two-Spirit filmmakers and audiences - both in Toronto and worldwide - amidst the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

To facilitate access to the festival, TQFF’s entire programme will be presented without geoblocking, making it accessible to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Following its premiere weekend, all programming will be available for online viewing for one month until April 30, 2022.

Each of our 11 programmes this year features stories of a future full of possibilities and paved by resistance, rebellion, and survival. With eight short categories and three feature films, TQFF 2022 will take you on a galactic journey of humanity’s talent for survival by virtue of existing in space!

Our feature films this year include(Tending) (to) (Ta), a mind-bending work of speculative fiction directed by April Lin; Sailor Moon Rated R: The Promise of His Rosebud, directed by Harjot Bal, a post-2020 fandub of the iconic 90s anime Sailor Moon, rewritten as a dark comedy that focuses on issues related to queer folx, women, and people of colour; and North by Current, directed by Angelo Madsen Minax, a visual rumination on the understated relationships between mothers and children, truths and myths, losses and gains.

Our shorts programmes feature films and stories from across the globe, including work by award-winning filmmakers Victoria Anderson-Gardner & Sagi Kahane-Rapport (Toronto), Maya Bastian (Toronto), Amber Beaton (New Zealand), Thirza Cuthand (Toronto), John Greyson (Toronto), Mike Hoolboom (Toronto), Wrik Mead (Toronto), Alisi Telengut (Canada), and Hao Zhou (China).

In addition to the festival, TQFF is hosting a Queer Futurism symposium, a unique gathering of artists, critics, scholars, and performers from across Canada and around the globe to discuss the future of queer and transmedia arts activism. Featured speakers include Lambda award-winning author Jewelle Gomez, whose keynote address will explore how horror, science fiction, and speculative fiction can offer world-building opportunities for Queer, 2Spirit, and Trans people to dream up futures that include their lives and community.

The symposium will also feature presentations and panel discussions from Mimi Zhu, Sania Khan, Dr. Tom Hooper, Mikiki, Zachery C Longboy, and more.

The symposium will be hosted online on www.tqff.ca and via interactive sessions starting 22nd – 24th April.

With dozens of filmmakers, activists, artists, and scholars in attendance and a selection of the hottest new independent queer, trans and 2 spirit films being produced today, TQFF aims to do more than hold space for hardship. At the heart of its programming, there are stories of resistance, joy, and love.

Accessibility

All TQFF events are pay what you can. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

All screenings and presentations will be closed-captioned and or ASL-interpreted.

Captioning of TQFF programmes is provided by the Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre.ASL interpreters are coordinated by Tala Jalili.

Donate: To support the festival, please consider becoming a donor.

All donations help empower our communities and help TQFF run the festival successfully, making it accessible while paying artist fees above the minimum standard.

To donate visit: https://torontoqueerfilmfest.com/donate/

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