Toronto Queer Film Festival

TRANSCRIPT: Toronto Queer Film Festival

Queer and Trans sexualities and genders existed in the Americas long before Europeans arrived and fucked everything up. 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer people have been persecuted ever since, not only by colonizers, but also by their/our own colonized communities.

Upending mere reconciliation into decolonization in the Queer community means re-centering 2 Spirit/Indigiqueer people. TQFF’s theme this year is Decolonizing Sexualities. What does a decolonized sexuality look and feel like? What are alternative futures for Queer and Indigiqueer people freed from Christian-influenced censorship and shame? If a Queer festival doesn’t have power to give the land back, how can we give our spaces to Indigenous people?

Exploring these questions and more, the 2018 Toronto Queer FIlm Festival features twelve screenings plus workshops and panels from November 1-4 at OCAD University. In recognition of our festival theme Decolonizing Sexualities, over 45% of the films selected were made by Indigenous directors, with another 40% produced by directors of colour.

Highlights of the festival include The Legend of Sing Hey (2018), the second annual installment of our Porn Is So Boring program, and dozens of new queer and trans shorts including Happy Birthday Marsha (2016) by Tourmaline & Sasha Wortzel, Jan Pieter Tuinstra and Keren Levi’s Otherland (2018), and new films by directors Howard Adler, Jaene Castrillon, Vanessa Dion Fletcher, Michelle Latimer, Evan Tapper, and Chandra Melting Tallow & Elle-Maija Tailfeathers.

There will be ASL interpretation for every program. All our films are captioned.

Tickets are $5-$15/PWYC (Pay What You Can)/No One Turned Away. You can purchase tickets online at www.torontoqueerfilmfest.com

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