Toronto Queer Film Festival & Symposium 2024: Visions of Care and Collaboration

Festival & Symposium

March 14 – 17, 2024
Tickets: All TQFF events are pay-what-you-can, no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Buy your tickets here.
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Toronto Queer Film Festival & Symposium is hosting its annual festival and symposium with the theme of “Visions of Care and Collaboration”.

For the first time since 2019, TQFF will host screenings and symposium events in person as well as online. TQFF continues to prioritize making its programming accessible to queer, trans, and Two-Spirit filmmakers and audiences – both in Toronto and worldwide – amidst the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that all in person events are MASKED EVENTS. Read TQFF’s Code Of Conduct for more information.

How to Attend:

In person: All in person screenings/symposium events will be held at Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto. Check the program guide for listings.

Online: All online screenings/symposium events will be held at www.tqff.ca. Check the program guide for listings.

To facilitate access to the festival, TQFF’s entire online program 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 14, 2024.

TQFF: “Visions of Care and Collaboration” screenings and symposium gatherings focus on imagining care in the context of western nation states continuing to defund and privatize public supports during an ongoing pandemic. The privatization and abandonment of public healthcare, a valorization of genocide and ethnic cleansing, and the neoliberal glorification of bootstrapping all serve to prop up the free market and facilitate the resource hoarding it permits.

How can we care for each other amid overlapping socio-environmental and economic crises? While the liberal democratic social infrastructure that has traditionally provided care for its citizens continues to crumble across the West, alongside the belief that public institutions should support individuals and communities, such institutions have also always been vectors of colonial control.

Visions of Care and Collaboration imagines a world where taking care of each other is a revolutionary act. Join us to experience an event that imagines care as practicing mutual aid, building community, dismantling consumerism, and ending genocide.

Still from Black As U R, Directed by Michael Rice, USA, 2023

Highlights from the festival this year include:

Sailor Moon Super Scandalous: The Yassification of the Christ. In Harjot Bal’s third installment of the Sailor Moon series, the Sailor Scouts try to take down a space cult who invite comparisons to a latter day Catholic Church! As with the other two installments, The Yassification of the Christ offers a commentary on the control exerted – by a western state apparatus that has never been secular – over queer and trans children and women’s bodies, in late capitalism. The film juxtaposes Gen Z lingo with the performative hypocrisy of Catholicism in order to interrogate the possibility of freedom in colonial capitalism.

Black As U R is an unvarnished account of the horrific treatment of the African American community and the harsh reality of the treatment of Black trans youth from within. Michael Rice’s thought-provoking documentary explores the intersectionality of queer and trans experiences and the prevalence of homophobia in Black spaces. The film addresses the post-Trump era, the impact of George Floyd’s murder, and the story of Iyanna Dior, a transwoman who was attacked in a Minneapolis gas station, shedding light on the complexities of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Labor. Tove Pils’ love letter from the current moment to a future that embraces queerness, community, and sex work. The film follows Hanna, who leaves her family behind to go to San Francisco, where she hopes to explore her sexuality. At a party, she meets Chloe, a professional dominatrix, and Cyd, a trans masculine escort, and they begin a decades long relationship that prioritizes working through conflict, connection, and desire against the backdrop of doing sex work. Through a mix of interviews, captured conversations, voice over narration, and abstract shots of the city, we see Hanna, Chloe, and Cyd and their relationships evolve over time and across international borders.

Freedom from Everything, Mike Hoolboom’s latest lyrical essay film links together the HIV and COVID-19 pandemics, exposing the violence of neoliberalism’s deification of individualism, entrepreneurial freedom, and personal responsibility.Hoolboom lays bare the chilling reality of the organized abandonment of the sick and vulnerable under neoliberalism’s dismantling of liberal democratic institutions, the film ultimately asks us to imagine what comes next, to ponder the possibilities of care and community after the nation state.

This years symposium includes:

Disability Justice with Sarah Jama. Through the lens of disability justice, nationally-renowned activist Sarah Jama will examine how assumptions about how society is structured shape institutions and policies, and how we can make change in Ontario.

Fight AIDS, Not Arabs: Visions of Care and Collaboration from ACT UP New York to Gaza. Speaking from lessons learned writing his book The Viral Underclass, Steven W. Thrasher will discuss how AIDS activism has taught him that a world without HIV, COVID, or m-pox is only possible in a world without war and policing.

TQFF will premiere many more films, stories and symposium events from across the globe. Stay tuned for our details about our shorts programs, industry symposium, and the entire film festival line up for this year!

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.

Donate
To support the festival, please consider becoming a donor. As a grassroots, community-run festival, we depend on donations to help us offer innovative programming each year. Your donation can help ensure that we can pay artists and filmmakers, provide accessibility support to our audiences, and keep our festival free to attend.

For ticketing and festival queries contact:
Sharlene Bamboat,
Director of Operations
info@torontoqueerfilmfest.com

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