When Quickdraw started looking into the idea of a publication on LGBTQ2S+ animation, we noticed something very quickly: There really hasn't been a lot of conversation around queer contributions to our art form. That's not something that's going to change overnight, but it is something that we wanted to at least start to address.
So, with help from the Canada Council for the Arts, we recruited a cabal of queer and nonbinary artists, illustrators, critics and scholars to share their stories and their expertise. The result is On LGBTQ2S+ Animation, a short collection of essays and comics exploring this under-acknowledged topic.
For GIRAF15, we are incredibly pleased to be releasing this collection at our opening screening, alongside some stellar examples of contemporary animation from queer creators (we'll be releasing the full lineup shortly.
We're also excited to have Lauren Hortie and Sonya Reynolds (aka MidKnife Films) in attendance to share their gorgeous, shadow-puppet-style stories of Toronto's queer history as part of this program. Join us for a discussion of their work, a collection of stellar films, and the launch to our 15th anniversary year!
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