March Events...

  • And What? Queer. Arts. Festival
  • Ann Arbor Film Festival
  • BFI Flare
  • Cinekink NYC
  • CineQ Queer Film Festival
  • CINHOMO Muestra Internacional de Cine GLBT
  • Cleveland International Film Festival
  • GLAAD Media Awards
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Guadalajara International Film Festival
  • Internationales Frauenfilmfestival
  • Madeira Film Festival
  • Mawjoudin Queer Film Festival
  • Melbourne Queer Film Festival
  • Muskoka Queer Film Festival
  • One World
  • OutlantaCon
  • Premio Maguey
  • Pride Films and Plays Film Festival
  • Queens World Film Festival
  • RiverRun International Film Festival
  • Roze Film Dagen / Pink Film Days
  • Salem Film Fest
  • Sofia International Film Festival
  • Sonoma International Film Festival
  • South by Southwest: SXSW
  • ZagrebDox
Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival is the oldest, largest and most successful queer film festival in Australia. We screen around 100 sessions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex films over 12 days running through March.

MQFF supports local and international filmmaking talent through our various Jury & audience choice awards. This includes the City of Melbourne Award for Best Australian Short which automatically qualifies the recipient for our nomination in the Iris Prize - the largest prize for a gay or lesbian short film in the world.


2020 films...

15 Years


An Almost Ordinary Summer

And Then We Danced

Animation Shorts

The rainbow flag colours aren’t the only colours on show here in this wonderful collection of diverse animation shorts from across the globe. This showcase proves yet again that animation can bring to splendid life the sublime and the absurd in equal measures.

Do You Even Carrot All?

Dix Pix

Dear Girl

Olga’s Self Insert Fan Fiction


Mr Mare

Top 3



Our queer neighbours are highlighted in this collection of films that celebrate the partnerships that MQFF has forged with queer film festivals around the Asia Pacific region.

These five award-winning international shorts take you from a security booth in India where two lovers find a safe and private haven, to Pakistan where a transgender woman takes in an abandoned child, and to the bustling metropolis of Hong Kong, where a delivery boy discovers his client is interested in more than just his dumplings.

Delivery Boy


The Booth

Gentleman Spa


Australian Shorts & Awards

Join us in celebrating some of the brightest queer voices and filmmaking talent Australia has. This collection of adventurous, thought provoking and unmissable shorts will transport you to the birth of the Australian gay liberation movement, a clandestine and dangerous rendezvous at a secluded beach in the Mediterranean and to the back beaches of NSW where a black market abalone farmer experiences a sexual awakening. This year MQFF is thrilled to also include the winning film of last years Pitch, Pleez! competition, Hook Up.

Backing Up Bilitis

Black Lips

Kids On Fire

The Fall

Hook Up

We’re Not Here


This Perfect Day

Baby Jane

Billie and Emma


Bonnie & Bonnie


Changing the Game

Comedy Shorts

Looking at the funnier side of queer life, this collection of side-splitting films are all about the good times. These 8 shorts range from the intricacies of being in a five way relationship, to listening in on a mother and her gay son shopping and fighting in a $2 store and following two friends as they get ready and shop for a white party with an up-for-it couple.

Dawn of a New Gay




Potion Masters

You and Me and Him and Him and Him

Enby Enterrupted

The Tragic Fall of Valerie Mallory Finkerstein


Documentary Shorts

In this riveting and revealing collection of national and international films real queer lives are celebrated, eulogised and mourned. From the favelas of Brazil and the loss of a human rights champion, to the intimate face of Australia’s divisive marriage equality vote and a photographer who has meticulously documented the lives of gay men; this group of LGBTI+ people are well worth getting to know.

Stanley Stellar: Here For A Reason

Singing for Our True Heart

Sweetheart Dancers


Marielle and Monica

A Rare Breed

Don’t Look Down

Drag Kids

End of the Century


Gay Chorus Deep South

Girl on Girl Shorts

Comedy, romance, first love and heartbreak are all on the table in this must-see collection of international and local shorts.

Foxy Trot


Girls Weekend

Girl Friend


Mother’s Day

Yulia and Juliet

Guy on Guy Shorts

What do Queer Palm winners, musical interludes for a crappy day, a road trip for parting lovers, closeted men of faith and a night on the town captured via social media all have in common?

They are all part of this brilliant, riveting, funny and tender collection of guy on guy shorts brought to you from all corners of the globe.



Black hat

The Orphan

All Good Things



Hooking Up Shorts

Making a connection, be it fleeting or romantic is on the minds of these men as they navigate the rules of engagement. Whether being the third in a threeway with a long term couple, hooking up in post marriage equality Australia, or taking your first steps as an out gay man, these essential man on man shorts will delight, while shining a light on the kind of love we make.


Fun Only


My Loneliness Is Killing Me

High Tide

Distance Between Us and The Sky


House of Cardin

I Miss You

Jonathan Agassi Saved My Life

Laws of Desire

Lingua Franca


Make Up

Men of Hard Skin



Out Here Shorts

MQFF is proud to present Out Here Shorts, a joint initiative between Screen Australia and Network 10. These three thought-provoking and moving documentaries focus on the LGBTQI+ experience in rural and regional communities.

Alone Out Here

The Rainbow Passage


Queer Japan



Sequin in a Blue Room

Sid & Judy


T11 Incomplete

Taxi Zum Klo

Tell It to The Bees

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

The Glass Room

The Prince

The Shiny Shrimps

The Strong Ones

The Sympathy Card

This is Not Berlin


These luminous fiction and documentary shorts bring to vivid focus the trans experience. From being the head of a Saint Death cult, to jamming with your band or expressing yourself through dance, these films are brimming with the tribulations, triumphs and joys of expressing your true self.


Jessie Jams


The Bony Lady

Dance Dance Evolution

Here With You


Two of Us

Walking With Shadows          

White Lie                

XY Chelsea

You Don’t Nomi

Young Hunter

Youth Shorts

This collection of youth-inspired shorts celebrate the troubles, the awkwardness and the sometimes hilarity of growing up queer.


Welcome to the Ball

Pretty Boy

Mini DV


Boldly Go

Is Your Teen a Homosexual


Your Mother Will Love Me

Zen in the Ice Rift