MUSKOKA QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
Join us for the 2021 edition of MQFF
Friday March 19th-21st, 2020
Show Starts - March 19th, 2020
The Muskoka Queer Film Festival is a joint project of Muskoka Pride, the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, and Sanctuary Studios Inc. It is built on the success of previous mini-festivals screened as part of Muskoka Pride’s annual events. Located in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, MQFF attracts audiences from Toronto to North Bay, from Haliburton to London, and beyond.
The goal of MQFF is to bring a queer brightness to Muskoka and to make diverse queer life more visible in the region. We are aiming to show the public all the bright sides of queer life and to inspire and support the local LQBTQI2S community with positive role models. With this, we are looking for the queer film stories that will carry an uplifting attitude and show the examples of overcoming the challenges of existing in the cis-gendered heterosexual (cis-hetero), world, or would demonstrate the beauty and spirit of lesbian, gay, bi or trans life, culture, and relationships.
The festival curators, Michelle Emson and Olena Semenova are the human rights documentary filmmaking team behind “Pride of Ukraine” (2015) and “Transgender Life in Slovenia” (2016). The entire MQFF team are excited to screen films from LGBTQI2S filmmakers about our community, in all its breadth and diversity.
We shall be inviting a select number of directors, actors_actresses, and producers to join us at the festival for presentations and Q&A. Full details will be available on our Facebook Event Page >>
Venue: Your Lounge!
The Muskoka Queer Film Festival will now be broadcast LIVE in HD from Sanctuary Studios in Muskoka and streamed directly to our Facebook Event Page.
You can join the festival on any device but we do recommend using a laptop or desktop computer in order to participate in the interactive activities.
The Films from 2020
Meet the Team
Norah is Executive Director for the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Project Lead for the Muskoka Queer Film Festival.
Olena is a documentary film producer with Sanctuary Studios (“Pride of Ukraine” and “Transgender Life in Slovenia”) an international LGBTQ human rights activist.
Michelle is an award winning documentary filmmaker (Best Film for “Transgender Life in Slovenia” at the Ljubljana Queer Film Festival) with Sanctuary Studios and Technical Director of the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre.
Shawn is a long-term Board member of Muskoka Pride and responsible for orchestrating many local pride events in recent years.
Katelyn is Communications Coordinator for the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce and will be bringing her comms skills to bear for MQFF.