We’re BACK!

Join us for the 2021 edition of MQFF

Friday March 19th-21st, 2020

Show Starts - March 19th, 2020








About MQFF

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.

Photo of Muskoka Pride Parade

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.


Logo: Facebook LIVE

 The Films from 2020

Another Sad Gay Love Story

Best friends Elliot and Jackie struggle with being a part of the gay community in the 1980s. When a new pharmaceutical is introduced that could change their...


Set in Switzerland, our story follows Ayaneh, a young refugee from Afghanistan. One day at a public swimming pool she meets Anna and instantly feels attracted...

Coming Out

Creator - Breanne Williamson, British Columbia 'When did you come out?' Whether I'm doing a media interview, at a dinner party, or scrolling through social...

Consent factory: lesbo-queer perspectives

What if lesbo-queer communities had something to share about the singularities of their sexualities? Through the complex topic of consent, sixteen...

Good Bi Kiss

When Scott returns to the apartment he moved out of several months ago to pick up some important items he left behind, Christine, his ex-fiancée, confronts...

One More Please

A bitter-sweet story of a young man Daniel who goes to a bar to get drunk feeling alone on Valentine's Day. Director - Aleksei Borovikov, USA Aleksei...

Punch Card

A transgender girl gets the date for her bottom surgery and decides to ask a favor of her best friend: she wants to have sex before surgery. Director -...


Queering is a comedy web series. Synopsis: When Harper is ready to live the best phase of her lesbian life, the tables turn when her mom unexpectedly comes...

So Beautiful

A narrative music video created for Nathan Carroll’s ‘So Beautiful’. It tells the story of a teenage boy who experiences passion, heartache, and self...

Super Zee

SUPER ZEE is an action-comedy short film about a queer Black superhero, played by Sedina Fiati (CORONER, TOKENS), who swoops in to save her woman crush,...

Meet the Team

MQFF is joint collaboration between Muskoka Pride, Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce, Sanctuary Studios, and the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre
Festival Project Lead

Norah Fountain

Norah is Executive Director for the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce and Project Lead for the Muskoka Queer Film Festival.

Festival Film Curator

Olena Semenova

Olena is a documentary film producer with Sanctuary Studios (“Pride of Ukraine” and “Transgender Life in Slovenia”) an international LGBTQ human rights activist.

Festival Film Director

Michelle Emson

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.

Festival Pride Liaison

Shawn Forth

Shawn is a long-term Board member of Muskoka Pride and responsible for orchestrating many local pride events in recent years.

Festival Coordinator

Katelyn Broad

Katelyn is Communications Coordinator for the Muskoka Lakes Chamber of Commerce and will be bringing her comms skills to bear for MQFF.

Thank you to our sponsors…

Our Sponsors

The Muskoka Queer Film Festival would not be possible without the support of our sponsors, in particular the Government of Canada’s Department of Tourism Community Experience Fund.

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