From the Muskoka Queer Film Festival (MQFF):
The Muskoka Queer Film Festival (MQFF) Committee is proud to announce the lineup for the fourth annual film festival, which will be taking place in-person for the first time on Wednesday, May 17 at the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre in Bracebridge.
The evening screening will feature 5 short films and a feature celebrating different sides of queer life and history, produced both in Canada and internationally including the United States, Australia, and New Zealand.
The short films been screened include: Views from the Airplane Window, Junior’s Giant, Bonheur/Happy Place, Eating PaPaw on the Seashore, and Poofta. The feature film is a documentary titled: In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction. More information about each film can be found on the MQFF website www.mqff.ca
This year the festival will be held on International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOBT) and will be combined with a day of educational programming for students of TLDSB. Additional films have been selected for the daytime screening, with a high school student audience in mind.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing the Muskoka Queer Film Festival back for a fourth year and this time we’re live and in-person at the Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre,” says Shawn Forth, member of the MQFF jury member and spokesperson for Muskoka Pride. Tickets are available on a “Pay What You Can” basis with a recommended donation of $25. http://mqff2023.eventbrite.ca
“This is an exciting and ambitious project that builds on the success of our first three years,” says Merv Taylor-Morin, President of Muskoka Pride and member of the MQFF jury. “It was hard to choose from all the great films submitted for selection to our festival, however, we believe we’ve created a diverse lineup of short films and an impressive feature that will resonate with the audience.”
Muskoka Queer Film Festival will also honor directors with two awards. The Festival Favourite will be selected by the MQFF jury while the Audience Choice award will be voted on by audience members.
“MQFF was conceived to be an in-person community event in 2020, however COVID-19 had other plans! The first three sessions were presented online, but we are extremely excited to be holding this year’s festival in-person at the beautiful Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre as originally intended,” says Michelle Emson, Theatre Manager and Technical Director of the Rene M Caisse Memorial Theatre.
The films selected for MQFF 2023 are:
Views from the Airplane Window, Junior’s Giant, Bonheur/Happy Place, Ella Ellam, Eating PaPaw on the Seashore, Poofta, In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction
TLDSB high school student screening:
An Ordinary Day, Macaroni Soup, Whistlings, Queen of Pain, Onomatapeople, The Legend of the Prince and the Warrior, Ella Ella, Junior’s Giant, Views from the Airplane Window, Bonheur/Happy Place, Eating PaPaw on the Seashore For details about the films and to purchase tickets please visit mqff.ca
The Muskoka Queer Film Festival is a collaboration of Muskoka Pride, and Sanctuary Studios Inc., and is sponsored by The District Municipality of Muskoka through the IDEA Community grant.