The Muskoka Queer Film Festival aims to bring a queer brightness to Muskoka and to make diverse queer life more visible in the region, showing the public all the bright sides of queer life and to inspire and support the local LQBTQI2S community with positive role models. The Muskoka Queer Film Festival champions queer film stories that carry an uplifting attitude and show the examples of overcoming the challenges of existing in the cis-gendered heterosexual (cis-hetero) world or that demonstrate the beauty and spirit of lesbian, gay, bi or trans life, culture, and relationships.
Muskoka Queer Film Festival is a joint project of Muskoka Pride, the Government of Canada’s FedNor (Federal Economic Development Agency for Northern Ontario), and Sanctuary Studios. Located in the heart of Ontario’s cottage country, the Muskoka Queer Film Festival attracts audiences from Toronto to North Bay, from Haliburton to London, and far beyond.
The Commitment stars Albert and Jason Lane Fenton as gay adoptive parents, Mary Niederkorn as the social worker facilitating the adoption, and Kerri Patterson as the Asian-American birthmother. Richard Propes of The Independent Critic wrote, “Emotional resonance, joy and heartbreak…indeed, this is a film that would be difficult to pull off if not for its tremendously talented cast.” The film has screened at over 40 film festivals on six continents and won multiple awards, most notably edging out Oscar®-nominated Moonrise Kingdom to win a 2013 NASW Media Award. The film is available at Amazon.com on the compilation Green Briefs and on the Queerbee streaming platform. The film is produced by Albert, Richard Possemato, Aaron Howland, and Seth Howland.