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December 15, 2021

Call for Participants: Queer Futurisms

Hosted by Toronto Queer Film Festival

The Toronto Queer Film Festival is seeking proposals for its annual Symposium around the theme of Queer Futurisms.

Queer Futurisms seeks to explore the future possibilities of 2Spirit/Queer/Trans existence and those who dream these possibilities for all of us through their art – be it through: speculative fiction, sci-fi, automythography, documentary, biography, etc.

In alignment with the guiding principles of TQFF, we ask that submissions to this symposium prioritize the principles of decolonization. How a decolonized existence can be realized for all in the future includes Indigenous sovereignty, Black liberation, anti-racism, accessibility for all, prison abolition, and a borderless world. TQFF seeks your perspectives and experiences on how we, as individuals, and through communal efforts, can shape the future.

Submissions to Queer Futurism symposium may consider the questions: What will resistance look like in the future? How will 2Spirit/Queer/Trans people thrive in the future? What forms of kinship are guiding us into the future we want? What forms of intimacy/relationships/sex are creating new possibilities for us? What does aging look like for 2Spirit/Queer/Trans people? How does fiction create possibilities for world-building?

As ever, TQFF’s mandate remains to decolonize Queer and Trans art and media histories and practices. This symposium seeks projects with a unique perspective that frame their work in a critical, anti-oppressive, and future-bound model. We are interested in papers, workshops, roundtables, readings, performances that critically engage and reckon with and through media and the arts.

This is an artist-run festival. At TQFF, we commit to ethical treatment of artists in two concrete ways: we do not charge submission fees, and pay all those participating in the festival (whether screening, moderating, and/or speaking) fees according to IMAA & CARFAC standard rates.

The TQFF Symposium is generously funded by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. 

Topics for the Symposium could include, but are not limited to:

  • Current, or historical uses of speculative fiction that inspire world-building;
  • Black speculative fiction;
  • Afro-Futurism;
  • Honoring the communal care and lives of Black, Indigenous, and POC trans women, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, who have created foundational queer movements in history;
  • Sex-worker led resistance movements;
  • HIV and AIDS activism;
  • Language reclamation;
  • Disability justice movements and accessibility;
  • Oral or written traditions, folklore, or stories;
  • Exploring and realizing AI technologies, VR, space, time travel, etc;
  • The distinct futurisms of Queer/2Spirit Indigenous people across Turtle Island, and around the world;
  • Queer and/or Indigenous histories of organizing resistance and how this continues to influence future generations;
  • Care that occurs in queer spaces and what it means to create a queer space;
  • Anti-racism/decolonization in artistic practices and/or arts organizations;
  • Envisioning the future of queer and trans resistance;
  • Solidarity & allyship both within the 2Spirit/Queer/Trans; communities and beyond;
  • New technologies/ New Media as they are explored by artists and filmmakers.

Proposal deadline: December 15th, 2021.

Everyone is welcome to apply. This is a paid opportunity for all involved.


Toronto Queer Film Festival

The Toronto Queer Media & Arts Centre is a nonprofit arts collective that grew out of the Toronto Queer Film Festival (TQFF), which launched in 2016 in response to an urgent need for exhibition space in Toronto for work by and about marginalized queer and trans people.