Two feature films were screened; the first Big Big Sky by Kristyn Dunnion, a self described saucy tart. Dunnion is the author of novels Missing Matthew and Mosh Pit. Her short stories are published in numerous collections. Big Big Sky is part anarchist fable, part distopian fiction, and part lesbian love story. The Video Short was produced by Dunnion and Helen Prancic. BIG BIG SKY book is published by Red Deer Press, 2008.Visit www.kristyndunnion.com
Thomsom armed with a new camera and a lifetime of cinematic longing, followed up “Waiting” with “Waking Up,” which he considers his next logical step in the process of spiritual awakening. Shot in May and early June of 2008, this short film is a collage of moods and images,and reflects a more hands-off approach to life and film making. “Waking Up” is about awareness and stillness.
Both filmmakers stayed for an audience Q & A at 10 pm
A Youth Film Festival was held on August 23, 2008. A question-and-answer session took place after the showing of the films with film directors. “There were many films not previously shown publicly in Toronto. The event took place again in the back parking lot of Good Catch General Store; doors open at 8 p.m. with shows running from 9 to 11 p.m. There was no reserve seating and seating was on a first-come, first-seated basis, 60 chairs only. The Festival had film break at about 10:10 p.m. unfortunately at 10.30 pm there was a sudden thunder shower, cancelling the balance of the outdoor show." Film Festival founder Michel F. Paré said
The festival is Toronto’s second largest LGBTQ film festival. Running from August 7-9th 2015, 4-6 PM, The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave. Toronto Ontario" Said Lauren Tenn, Festival Program Director.
Lauren is from Bournemouth England, now living in Toronto. Her heritage is Jamaican/Chinese. She holds a Masters in Cultural and Arts Management with skills in administration and customer service roles, University of Winchester, U.K and Honours BA (Hons) History degree, from University of Exeter. Joined the organization in June 2014 and helped organize both the film and arts festivals. She was elected festival President on October 19, 2014. Lauren manages all aspects of the Queer West Film Festival; volunteers, grant writing, screening film submissions and prepared Film Festival for 2015. Lauren on Twitter Her email is firstname.lastname@example.org