Fairy Tales Calgary's Queer Film Festival

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Submit your film to the 21st Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival



The 2019 Festival will run May 24th - June 2nd

Please note: Due to the volume of submissions received, it is not possible to respond individually to each applicant.  While we do view every film that is submitted, only films selected for screening will be contacted (after February 2019). We thank you for your understanding and we appreciate your submission.


Festival FAQ

1) Who is your festival for?
We welcome everyone! We have programming suited for all ages and demographics across the LGBTQ2A+ spectrum, and we also encourage allies to attend. We have accessible ticket pricing for students, seniors and new Canadians. Some of our events are free to attend, and you can see movies for free simply by volunteering. For further information on specific films, please check our film ratings and descriptions.

1) How do I purchase tickets?
When it comes to ticketing, we offer a variety of options: full festival passes, 3-film passes, and individual tickets. To learn more and to purchase your tickets today, click here.

2) What if I want to exchange my tickets?
While we do not offer refunds on purchased tickets, we can happily exchange your tickets as long as it is in advance of a screening. Simply email boxoffice@fairytalesfilmfest.com.

3) Where is your venue and what is it like?
Festival screenings take place at The Plaza Theatre in Kensington (1133 Kensington Road NW, Calgary, AB).

Accessibility is important to us. The Plaza Theatre is wheelchair accessible, offers gender neutral washrooms, ASL or subtitles are available on all films, and of course there is a concession if you'd like to buy popcorn or snacks. The festival is fully licensed, so we also offer beer or wine to enjoy while watching films.

4) How do you select films for your festival?
All our programming is selected by a volunteer programming committee, through a democratic process that seeks to represent stories from across the LGBTQ2A+ spectrum. Members of our programming committee are available at The Naked Leaf Tea Shop (across the street from The Plaza) after each film. We welcome you to join us for a tea and a chat about the films and our programming selections. For further questions, please contact James Demers at exec@fairytalesfilmfest.com.

5) How do I get involved?
We are a nonprofit organization that is largely run by volunteers. If you would like to support the film, we'd love to have you as a volunteer, sponsor or donor!

6) What if I have more questions, or a spectacular idea I want to share with you?
Great! Please contact Erin Jenkins with any further questions or comments: operations@fairytalesfilmfest.com



THANK YOU TO Our 2018 Sponsors

Over the last 20 years, Fairy Tales, Calgary's Queer Film Festival, has grown from a fledgeling, volunteer-run off-shoot of The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers, to become one of Canada’s largest LGBTQ2A+ film festivals. 

“Building community and providing a platform for queer artists, activists and educators is a big focus of our festival. By bringing together local and international voices, we’re able to have diverse conversations that allow for education and connection.”

- James Demers, Executive Director of Calgary Queer Arts Society

Thank you to everyone who made our 20th anniversary an event that will go down in history! We are so grateful for our sponsors, supporters and festival-goers! We'll see you next year!

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