Scott Ferguson took over as Executive Director for the festival in 2001 and the program gave special focus to queer films from Asia. Hedwig and the Angry Inch was the 2001 opening gala and Julie Johnson closed the fest. The 2001 edition returned to the Cumberland and the Paramount, with special free screenings at the 519 Community Centre.
- Tickets prices rose again to $9.00 (but gala screenings prices remained at $20.00)
- The second annual Directors Series celebrated the works of Wayne Yung, Thirza Cuthand, and Bruce LaBruce.
- For the first time a festival Party Pass was offered which was good for admission to all festival parties ($30.00, $20.00 for members)
- In December 2001 Toronto financial manager and philanthropist Mark Bonham made an unprecedented $750,000 donation to the festival. This donation was used to support operating costs of the festival, start and endowment, and to initiate a national scholarship program for “queer studies in film and video.” At the time it was thought to be the largest single donation to a Canadian film festival.
Download 2001 Program Guide