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.
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?
Olga’s Self Insert Fan Fiction
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.
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
Kids On Fire
We’re Not Here
This Perfect Day
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
You and Me and Him and Him and Him
The Tragic Fall of Valerie Mallory Finkerstein
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
Marielle and Monica
A Rare Breed
Comedy, romance, first love and heartbreak are all on the table in this must-see collection of international and local shorts.
Yulia and Juliet
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.
All Good Things
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.
My Loneliness Is Killing Me
Distance Between Us and The Sky
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
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.
The Bony Lady
Dance Dance Evolution
Here With You
This collection of youth-inspired shorts celebrate the troubles, the awkwardness and the sometimes hilarity of growing up queer.
Welcome to the Ball
Is Your Teen a Homosexual
Your Mother Will Love Me