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Calgary Queer Arts Society (formerly Fairy Tales Presentation Society)

We exist to give voice to queer people and their stories. Historically, LGBTQ2A+ individuals have been suppressed, deprived of power, misrepresented and often overlooked by institutional support systems. We are committed to transforming this reality, and will continue to work passionately towards an inclusive future for all people.

Our Story

Why We Exist

The arts are an integral part of who we are. Storytelling connects us all, dissolves our differences and breaks down barriers, so that we can find aspects of ourselves in others, and of others in ourselves. Our stories are important to Calgary, which is why we are committed to creating and sharing the narratives that shape us. We use storytelling mediums and artistic endeavours to inspire thoughtful conversations that educate and strengthen communities and institutions.

I like the full immersion experience at Fairy Tales.  After days and days of watching queer film, the world outside the cinema seems altered.  Heterosexuality appears odd and a little out of place, and walking home I have the slightly disorienting feeling that I have slipped into another dimension.”   – Kevin Allen, long-time patron, former board member.

We use storytelling mediums to humanize social justice issues through a queer lens and provide opportunities for learning, community, and celebration in Calgary and Alberta.

Our Impact

What We Do

Calgary Queer Arts 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

Please visit to see our most current program offerings.

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  – Every dollar matters. Your donation directly supports our programming and events. We proudly offer our donors options. You can choose to donate to a specific program, or you can choose to support our organizations growth and development with a general donation:

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Oriana Pagnotta

Fairy Tales Presentation Society


Charitable Number: 857771208RR0001

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