Watch the Winning LGBTQ+ Feature Film Festival Today:

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

Watch the Winning LGBTQ+ Feature Festival Today: FRANCHESKA: PRAIRIE QUEEN, 64min., Canada, Documentary
Directed by Laura Lynn O’Grady

It’s hard to be a superstar when you have a midnight frontline shift to show up for. Francheska: Prairie Queen follows the journey of Filipino care worker Francis (Kiko) Yutrago, as he tries to achieve drag star superstardom while still financially supporting his family back in the Philippines. Adding complexity to his quest is where Kiko and his fiancé Cody choose live: a tiny bible belt town in southern Alberta, population 956.

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HIGHLIGHTS: Toronto October 2022 Film Festival

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Short Film: HOW TO EAT KIWI
Best Direction: THE LADIES
Best Cinematography: VAL (-e-ree)
Best Performances: USED FURNITURE
Best Sound & Music: FOUND YOU

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

VAL (-e-ree), 11min., USA, Drama

Directed by Samantha Levin
A firefighter suffering from agoraphobia must walk through the flames of a past trauma to step into a new life.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


HOW TO EAT A KIWI, 18min., USA, Drama

Directed by Chowoo Lee
Soo-Ah and Jae-Hee decide to eat kiwi together.

WATCH HERE – The audience feedback video of the film!


USED FURNITURE, 10min., Canada, Drama

Directed by Conor Forrest
On an idyllic afternoon at the beach Philly faces his unrequited love for his roommate Jamie while trying to distance himself from their trio friendship.

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HIGHLIGHTS: September 2022 LGBTQ+ Film Festival

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

Showcase of the best FILMS in the world today.

Audience Award Winners:
Best Feature FIlm: FRANCHESKA: PRAIRIE QUEEN
Best LGBTQ+ Film: PUZZLE IN THE PALM
Best Long Form Short Film: A BETTER PLACE
Best Short Form Short Film: METAMORPHOSIS
Best Performances: NO FATS. NO FEMMES. NO ASIANS.
Best Sound & Music: MONOCHROME
Best Cinematography: LIE NEXT TO ME
Best Direction: CARTER
Best Experimental: EXIST
Best Documentary: ONE & ONLY

Watch the Audience Feedback Video for each film:

FRANCHESKA: PRAIRIE QUEEN, 64min., Canada, Documentary

Directed by Laura Lynn O’Grady
It’s hard to be a superstar when you have a midnight frontline shift to show up for. Francheska: Prairie Queen follows the journey of Filipino care worker Francis (Kiko) Yutrago, as he tries to achieve drag star superstardom while still financially supporting his family back in the Philippines. Adding complexity to his quest is where Kiko and his fiancé Cody choose live:…

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LGBTQ+ Festival 1st Scene Reading: Doctor Dose, by Erik Long

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

Doctor Dose is a one-hour teen drama television series about a savant with heightened observational skills and a gender transitioning hacker who team up at their elite private school to diagnose and treat fellow students’ mental health issues.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Hill: Shawn Devlin
Faith/Emma: Hannah Ehman
Dylan/Ben: Geoff Mays
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LGBTQ+ Festival 1st Scene Reading: Doctor Dose, by Erik Long

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

Doctor Dose is a one-hour teen drama television series about a savant with heightened observational skills and a gender transitioning hacker who team up at their elite private school to diagnose and treat fellow students’ mental health issues.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Sean Ballantyne
Hill: Shawn Devlin
Faith/Emma: Hannah Ehman
Dylan/Ben: Geoff Mays
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LGBTQ+ Festival 1st Scene Reading: BEAUTY/BEAU, by Clare Bradley Smyth

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

The story of a teenage rock star whose journey begins the night they reveal being F to M. It’s prom night in Kalamazoo, IL 2003. BEAUTY ROBERTS dressed like a prom queen shakes in front of a mirror. Their prom date SAM pleads under the window to understand why she took off. Beauty wants to see themselves for who they truly are, which is Beau. Beauty/Beau is transgender. He is also a talented singer songwriter with a rock star edge. Beauty cuts off their hair, washes off their makeup, and takes off to Chicago to make it as Beau.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Val Cole
Beauty: Kyana Teresa
Beth: Hannah Ehman
Sam/Bill: Shawn Devlin

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LGBTQ+ Festival Best Scene Reading: OFFSIDERS, by Kate Holland, Marlowe Mitchell

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

When “tomboy” Max takes her friend’s place on the boys’ soccer team to win over her crush, Max learns a lot about soccer, but more about HIMself… including that he’s not just pretending to play for the boys’ team.

CAST LIST:

Narrator: Kyana Teresa
Liam: Steve Rizzo
Max: Allison Kampf

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HIGHLIGHTS: August 2022 Film Festival

LGBTQ+ Toronto Film Festival

Watch the winning feature film from the Toronto LGBTQ+ Film Festival.

VALLEY OF A THOUSAND HILLS, 97min., South Africa, Drama
Directed by Bonie Sithebe
A young woman is in love with a woman, but they’re soon separated when she is forced into an arranged marriage with her lover’s brother.

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Director Biography – Bonie Sithebe

Award-winning director and producer. Bonie Sithebe founded Durban Motion Pictures 15 years ago and has produced many large scale films that have been screened on several national broadcasters. She also created more than 30 highly successful television films. She holds an international production certificate. Bonie also worked as a storyliner and writer on a popular drama series. In 2019, she served as board member and treasurer for Sister’s Working in Film and Television. Bonie is an enthusiastic collaborator who has built strong relationships with industry leaders. By mentoring, she…

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Interview with Filmmaker Chozy Aiyub (BEING X IN AMERICA)

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BEING X IN AMERICA, 11min., USA, Drama
Directed by Malik J. Ali, Chozy Aiyub
Ahmad (Arab American) tries to help Chris (African American) in solving a complex equation of being in America.

http://chozyaiyub.com/
https://instagram.com/beingxinamerica

Get to know the filmmaker:

1. What motivated you to make this film?

Ever since I came to the US in 2001, I have dealt with some racism myself for being Middle Eastern, and I also noticed how Blacks can be treated in an unjust manner. So I figured I will try to find a way to connect both my experience and their experience somehow. Given all the events that have happened in 2020: the killing of a few innocent black people by the hands of a few untrained and prejudice cops, along with the Black Lives Matter movement (before it turned into an organization), I figured this would be a good time to tell this…

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