Sessions by name


50th Anniversary VCA Queer Shorts
In 2016 VCA Film and Television is celebrating its 50th anniversary. MQFF has curated a selection of five queer themed shorts from VCA alumni. MORE >
Addicted to Fresno
Jamie Babbit's hilarious black comedy features Natasha Lyonne, Judy Greer, Fred Armisen, Aubrey Plaza & Molly Shannon. MORE >
All Yours
A cam-boy gets a ticket to Belgium from a baker, and is expected to share his bed and work in the bakery. Flirtations with a female co-worker add strain to their home life. MORE >
ANIMATION SHORTS
These 9 highly original films including Oscar nominated work will delight and surprise, ranging from the downright weird to the sublime and sweet, Screens with (Orpheus) The Poetics of Finitude, Coming Full Circle, Cruise Patrol, Happy & Gay, Heavenly... MORE >
AUSTRALIAN SHORTS & Awards Night
Festival favourite, Australian shorts package puts the spotlight on local queer filmmakers. Jury shorts awards presented after the films screen. Screens with Cake, Love is Love, Marrow, Nineteen, Oasis, On Stage, The Fruity, The Summer of ABC Burns MORE >
Back On Board: Greg Louganis
Louganis - the greatest diver ever - fights for financial security and to re-enter the sport that shunned him as gay and HIV-positive. MORE >
Bare
Dianna Agron (Glee) stars in this impressive debut feature with Paz de la Huerta. A gritty, sexy and sometimes psychedelic trip. MORE >
Bare
Dianna Agron (Glee) stars in this impressive debut feature with Paz de la Huerta. A gritty, sexy and sometimes psychedelic trip. MORE >
Beautiful Something
In one euphoric, sensual night, three generations of men explore the interconnections between love and art. MORE >
The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Melbourne Cinémathèque)
This Fassbinder classic features an emotionally sadistic fashion designer and the women who visit her in her garish bedroom. MORE >
Boulevard
Robin Williams stars as a closeted married man who develops feelings for a young rent boy in one of his last performances. MORE >
Chemsex
An eye-opening, unflinching documentary exploring amphetamine use and increased HIV infections amongst this emerging gay subculture. MORE >
Chemsex
An eye-opening, unflinching documentary exploring amphetamine use and increased HIV infections amongst this emerging gay subculture. MORE >
Closet Monster
Traumatised by witnessing a gay bashing as a child, Oscar has ambivalent feelings towards his sexuality. He is thrown into disarray when he meets a charismatic co-worker. MORE >
COMEDY SHORTS
This non-stop LOL fest finds humour in unlikely places including a closeted politician, a deranged landlady and a depressed party clown.Screens with Clown Service, Mini Supreme, One Year Lease, Pipe Dream, Spare Parts, The First Session, The Outfit,... MORE >
Daddy
Colin enjoys his job, no strings hook ups, and hanging with his BFF. When he beds his young intern he sees a chance for more. MORE >
Danny Says
Once dubbed the underground 'mayor of New York' Danny Fields worked with The Stooges, MC5, The Ramones, The Doors, Cream, Lou Reed and Nico. MORE >
Deep Run
Cole is a young trans man living in religious, rural North Carolina. Executive produced by Susan Sarandon, Deep Run is a powerful watch.Screens with Alexa To Exa MORE >
Departure
A vacation in France becomes complicated for young Elliot and his mother (Juliet Stevenson) when a handsome local arrives. MORE >
Desert Migration
Palm Springs is an oasis for HIV-positive older men escaping death, loss and the expense of living with long-term HIV. MORE >
DOCUMENTARY SHORTS
These remarkable true stories include parents raising a trans child, a church preaching marriage equality and a disabled man's search for love.Screens with Bedding Andrew, Elder, Elise, Queer Habits, Raising Ryland, The Bower Effect, The Typist MORE >
Downriver
This feature debut from MQFF alumni Grant Scicluna (The Wilding, Best Australian Short MQFF 2012) is a tense and brooding drama about guilt and redemption. MORE >
Dressed as a Girl
Enter the world of London's underground drag scene. Dressed as a Girl is a glorious mash of anarchy, art, sex, drugs and booze. MORE >
The Duke of Burgundy
Two women push the boundaries of their ritualistic courtship in this sumptuous film that is also an homage to 1970's European erotica. MORE >
Ecco Homo
Who is Peter 'Troy' Davies? Teenage prostitute, skinhead Sharpie, woman, post-punk figure, charming liar? Features friends Bono and Michael Hutchence. MORE >
Eisenstein in Guanajuato
The ever surprising Peter Greenaway has created a kinetic biopic of Russia's greatest filmmaker, Sergio Eisenstein and his late sexual awakening in Mexico. MORE >
Everlasting Love
A teacher and student have a rendezvous in cruising grounds. An unsettling score and cinematography create an eery atmosphere in this thriller.Screens with Just Like Arcadia MORE >
Fassbinder - To Love Without Demands
A portrait of a furiously gifted artist grappling with his inner demons. Featuring interviews with collaborators, loved ones, and a candid Fassbinder. MORE >
Fourth Man Out (Closing Night)
Adam enjoys hanging with his straight buddies, drinking beer and talking hockey. He also likes guys. MORE >
Front Cover
When a New York fashion stylist who rejects his Asian heritage has to style a famous Chinese action star, he finds himself warming to his charms. MORE >
The Girl King
Retelling of Sweden's 16th century 'virgin queen' who brazenly flaunted her sexuality and fought for reform. MORE >
GIRL-ON-GIRL SHORTS
A connection at a house party, an awkward threesome or a relationship on the rocks, these shorts will enlighten, surprise and amuse.Screens with 09:55 – 11:05, INGRID EKMAN, BERGSGATAN 4B, Betty, No Matter Who, One Last Night, Step, The Escape Hatch MORE >
Girls Lost
Three outcast teenage girls happen upon a mysterious plant that can change their gender overnight. MORE >
Girls Lost
Three outcast teenage girls happen upon a mysterious plant that can change their gender overnight. MORE >
The Glamour and the Squalor
One of the most important music icons you've never heard of, radio DJ Marco Collins broke 90's grunge bands like Nirvana & Pearl Jam. MORE >
Grandma
Lily Tomlin stars as a tough talking lesbian who hits the road with her troubled granddaughter who needs to get an abortion. MORE >
GUY-ON-GUY SHORTS
This collection of international shorts features an array of men falling in love, embracing their dark side or just having a bit of fun.Screens with Amsterdam, I Really Like You, Like Hope, Nightstand, SAN CRISTÓBAL MORE >
He Hated Pigeons (Live Score)
Frankie Topaz (Total Giovanni) will perform a unique live score for He Hated Pigeons. Director Ingrid Veninger is a festival guest. MORE >
Henry Gamble's Birthday Party
Henry may be in lust with his best friend, and the cute drama geek may be in love with Henry in this drama about Christian middle-class America. MORE >
Hidden Away
A classic story of star-crossed lovers from different sides of the tracks; middle-class teen meets refugee facing deportation. MORE >
HOOKING UP SHORTS
The laws of desire are uncovered in this collection of short films that examine the various ways we connect, get it on and get off.Screens with Criticism, Glory Hole, No Strings, The Tricks List, Want It MORE >
How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)
Oat lives with his aunt and openly gay older brother who is the breadwinner with an upper-class boyfriend. As the Thai military draft draws nearer the tension escalates. MORE >
In the Grayscale
Compared to Andrew Haigh's Weekend, this slow-burn Chilean drama has won acclaim for its naturalistic, sensual atmosphere. MORE >
Industry Day - Remembering the Man Masterclass
MQFF 2016 Industry Day will explore key aspects of the filmmaking process, with a focus on financing and distribution. MORE >
Industry Day - Script to Screen Workshop
MQFF 2016 Industry Day will explore key aspects of the filmmaking process, with a focus on financing and distribution. MORE >
INTERNATIONAL SHORTS
A diverse selection of award winning shorts with stories of infidelity, trans experiences, a trek through the desert and a homophobic soccer coach.Screens with Actresses, Laundry Mood, Pepper, The Forgiven, Thirst, Vessels MORE >
La Belle Saison
This passionate love story traces the sexual and political awakening of a naive farmgirl who moves to Paris and falls in love with the beautiful radical feminist Carole. MORE >
Like Cattle Towards Glow
5 stories feature a motley crew of young men traversing dark, sexual desires. Wistful, depraved, hypnotic & challenging. MORE >
Liz in September
Womaniser Liz (Patricia Velasquez from The L Word), is instantly smitten when she meets a young and seemingly straight outsider. MORE >
Liz in September
Womaniser Liz (Patricia Velasquez from The L Word), is instantly smitten when she meets a young and seemingly straight outsider. MORE >
Loev
A Wall Street dealmaker calls an old friend on his Mumbai business trip who drops everything - including his boyfriend - to join him. MORE >
Lonely Stars
Put-upon friends Joana and Valentina dream of fame and fortune but the path to success is littered with dead divas, fierce rivals, lesbian wrestlers and amorous crime bosses. MORE >
Mala Mala
An enlightening, award-winning documentary following trans-identifying subjects in Puerto Rico where macho Latino culture dominates. MORE >
Margarita, with a Straw
Margarita, with a Straw is a rare exploration of sexuality and disability. A truly joyful film about loving yourself, and loving life. MORE >
MIXTAPE
A compilation of highlights from the various shorts packages throughout MQFF 2016; featuring a diverse range of genres, themes and voices.Screens with Bedding Andrew, Cake, Charlotte, Clown Service, Cruise Patrol, Thirst, Vessels MORE >
Movie Matchmaking
Whether you're partnered, single or polyamorous, all film-loving queers and allies are welcome. MORE >
My Cunt Special Screening and in Conversation
20th anniversary screening of My Cunt, and conversation with academic Deb Verhoven, director Deb Strutt, producer Liz Baulch & writer/actor Maude Davey. MORE >
Naz & Maalik
Muslim teen, Naz is caught in a lie when he tries to hide the true nature of his relationship with best friend Maalik in this fresh New York-set film. MORE >
Oriented
This compassionate portrait explores what it means to be Palestinian and gay and the politics of sexuality, pride and citizenship. MORE >
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist
Elsie breaks up with her long-term girlfriend to pursue a crush, igniting the disapproval of her friends. This authentic Canadian comedy is set to be a festival favourite. MORE >
Portrait of a Serial Monogamist
Elsie breaks up with her long-term girlfriend to pursue a crush, igniting the disapproval of her friends. This authentic Canadian comedy is set to be a festival favourite. MORE >
Queer Filmmaking Workshop
This workshop will provide the opportunity to learn fundamental filmmaking techniques in addition to discussing what it means to be a queer filmmaker. MORE >
Querelle (Melbourne Cinémathèque)
Fassbinder's bold final film follows the murderous, criminal and sexual exploits of a young psychopathic sailor (Brad Davis). MORE >
Regarding Susan Sontag (Screening & Panel)
Essayist, novelist, filmmaker, activist, traveller, lover. Susan Sontag authored influential works. Followed by a panel discussion with Christos Tsiolkas. MORE >
Remembering the Man
Remembering the Man is a moving documentary that chronicles the relationship between Conigrave and his long term partner John Caleo. MORE >
Remembering the Man (Centrepiece)
Remembering the Man is a moving documentary that chronicles the relationship between Conigrave and his long term partner John Caleo. MORE >
Scrum
Muddy, sweaty and visually arresting, this intimate documentary follows the Sydney team to the international gay rugby union tournament.Screens with short film Boxeadora MORE >
Sisters of the Plague
Jo gives ghost tours in New Orleans. She starts having terrifying nightmares and a medium warns her about a vengeful spirit. MORE >
Stuff
The marriage of a lesbian couple with children is on the rocks, and a friendship with a tattoo artist is becoming something more. MORE >
Summer
Anna falls for outsider Lena and must deal with small minded locals and family pressure in this authentic coming-of-age drama. MORE >
The Summer of Sangaile
Perfectly capturing the swoon of first love, this sensual teen romance of one fateful summer features an original soundtrack from FB Dunckel of Air. MORE >
The Summer of Sangaile
Perfectly capturing the swoon of first love, this sensual teen romance of one fateful summer features an original soundtrack from FB Dunckel of Air. MORE >
Tab Hunter Confidential
In 1950s Hollywood, Tab Hunter was a studio-constructed, all-American heart throb and intensely private about his sexuality. MORE >
That's Not Us (Opening Night)
Celebrate the opening of the 26th MQFF with our Opening Night Film That's Not Us and a party with DJ YO! MAFIA after the film. MORE >
Virtual Drag
Virtual Drag explores the potential of Virtual reality to create cyberspace encounters with magnificent drag performers. MORE >
WEB SHORTS
Webseries episodes ranging from trans buddy comedies, lesbian rom-coms and the 'other' Kardashian. Find your next binge watch.Screens with Be Here Nowish, Brothers, Dyke Central, Kam Kardashian, Kelsey, McTucky Friend High, Pot Luck, Shakespeare Republic,... MORE >
What is the future of Queer Film?
This free panel asks what it means to be a queer filmmaker, and what is queer filmmaking today and going forward. MORE >
When My Sorrow Died - The Legend of Armen Ra & The Theremin
Former drag queen, NY club kid and a consummate storyteller, the glamorously eccentric Armen Ra is a master of the theremin. MORE >
You're Killing Me
A YouTube comedian thinks his crush expressing murderous urges is funny - until his friends start disappearing. MORE >
YOUTH SHORTS
This package features stories of what it means to be young and queer; an Indian girl contemplates her sexuality, a time-travelling closet and a trans teen finds his voice, Screens with Big Time - My Doodled Diary, Charlotte, Closets, Noam, Swirl, Whittier... MORE >