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Fairy Tales Presentation Society

We are passionate about celebrating queer voices and artists through film. We bring new educational and artistic community experiences to Calgary, and create safe and respectful events for members of all communities to celebrate queer culture across the LGBTTQA spectrum. For 17 years, we’ve stimulated discussions around art and social impact.

Our Impact

What We Do

Fairy Tales Presentation Society is a not-for-profit, charitable organization located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. We celebrate local and national queer artists and share diverse stories based in film. Our artistic endeavors strive to provide a safe and respectful venue for members of all communities to celebrate queer culture across the LGBTTQA spectrum, as well as including those who subscribe to culturally, politically, artistically, and otherwise alternative and innovative ways of contributing to society.

We create engaging social experiences through representative film, and utilize queer film as a vehicle for discussion and social change in our communities. We are passionate about bringing these experiences to Albertans and visitors, sharing the joy of live cinema events, and queer representation on the big screen.

The Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival began in 1999, emerging out of a growing need in our community for queer-focused stories on the big screen. We incorporated in 2004, gained charitable status in 2006, and since then, have expanded our programming to offer a diverse range of year-round programs, as well as establishing ourselves as the largest queer film festival in Canada outside of Toronto and Vancouver.

Our Programs

How We Do It

Fairy Tales Queer Film Festivalis a premiere event for queer culture in Alberta for 7 days each May. The Festival screens films from around the globe, showcasing over 25 features, documentaries, and short films made by, about, or of interest to the LGBTTQA community and its supporters, featuring local, national, and international filmmakers. Fairy Tales presents the largest queer film festival in Canada outside of Toronto and Vancouver, attracting over 2000 audience members each year to our innovative programming that launches film right into the heart of our lived experiences. 17th Annual Queer Film Festival is May 22 – 30, 2015.

OUTReels – is our diversity education program. We bring an LGBT film to your community, classroom, or group, and facilitate a screening and discussion around a topic of your choosing. OUTReels is a free program where we help to identify the LGBT educational issues that your community could benefit from, provide the film, and stimulate meaningful and relevant discussion afterward.

Youth Queer Media Program (YQMP) – gives audiences the opportunity to look through the eyes of our emerging filmmakers, and gives the filmmakers the tools and resources to share their perspective. This annual program runs December – March for youth ages 16-24 and provides the time and tools to create a short film, including workshops with industry professionals in storyboarding, editing, filming, and production. The program culminates in the world premiere of the films at the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival in May, and the opportunity for additional screenings as they arise.

Community Partnerships – This partnership program evolves and develops organically, where we join forces with other organizations throughout the year to present exciting cinematic and queer focused events. Our partners have included film festivals, queer student events at high school and university levels, and pride events.

Our Requests

What You Can Do

Fairy Tales has many opportunities to get involved and support our work. We are grateful for our vibrant and enthusiastic community supporters!

Attend an Event – experience a film or special event first-hand to see for yourself! Single tickets are available in advance or at the door, as well as Festival Passes in 3-Film Passes and FULL Film Passes.

Volunteer  – it takes a veritable army of amazing individuals donating their time and energy to make our Festival and season happen. We have occasional board member openings, as well as event volunteer positions. Our biggest need for volunteers is for our annual May festival, where we have entry level and more experienced positions available. To volunteer, click here: I’m interested! – see our volunteer form.

Sponsor a Film  – For $250, you can sponsor the screening costs of a film shown at our annual Film Festival or at a partnered screening throughout the year.

Name a Film Award – For $500, you can sponsor an exclusive film award-naming category to honour and recognize excellence in queer filmmaking at our annual Film Festival, in an area you’d like to highlight.

Sponsor the Festival – Our Film Festival sponsorship levels start at $350 – $10,000+. Join the incredible organizations, individuals, and companies who make our Film Festival possible. In-kind sponsorship opportunities are also available for goods and services.

Donate  – we gratefully accept donations toward all of our programming through our donation page:

To find out more about any of these opportunities, contact us at 403.244.1956 or

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Oriana Pagnotta

Fairy Tales Presentation Society


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