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Oscar nominated director Yan England makes an impressive feature debut with this essential portrait of the tragic effect of homophobia. Featuring a captivating performance from Antoine-Olivier Pilon (star of Xavier Dolan's Mommy) as a closeted teen,... MORE >
Adult: An Experiential Screening
Adult is a short film about motherhood, sexuality and grief, based on the short story Porn 1 by Christos Tsiolkas. This unique viewing experience is taking place in a specially designed installation at Testing Grounds, Southbank. Each session will be... MORE >
Animation Shorts
Curated by the Fantoche International Animation Festival in Baden, Sweden, this diverse collection of highly original award winning works ranges from the sublime to the rather sweet. Representing all the colours of the queer rainbow – these 10 films... MORE >
Arianna
"I was born three times", is the first line uttered by the film's title character, which becomes an evocative refrain in this beguiling and arresting debut feature. Arianna is 19 years old yet has not fully developed into a woman and the hormones her... MORE >
As You Are
It's the early ‘90s, Kurt Cobain has just died and shy high school student Jack has trouble making friends, but all this changes when he befriends Mark, the son of his mum's new boyfriend. Mark has charisma to burn and Jack is instantly captivated... MORE >
Asia Pacific Shorts
This year MQFF is thrilled to be joining 14 queer film festivals from the Asia Pacific region to form the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance (APQFFA). The Alliance promotes communication amongst festivals, stimulates production and enhances the... MORE >
Australian Shorts & Awards
We are proud to present eight new shorts ranging from vibrant musicals about shop girls in love, an animation about the rules of attraction, moving dramas about lost love and getting your mojo back after a breakup, there is something for everyone. MQFF,... MORE >
AWOL
Out baby butch Joey (Lola Kirke, Mistress America) considers the Army as a way out of rural Pennsylvania until a chance encounter with the older and charismatic Rayna (Breeda Wool, UnReal), married mother of two. With undeniable attraction, they immediately... MORE >
Barash
Seventeen year old Naama Barash enjoys alcohol, drugs and hanging out with her likeminded friends. When the suburban teen meets the cool, more experienced Dana they explore Tel Aviv's nightlife and a hesitant relationship develops between them. MORE >
Being 17
Most mothers, when their son is being bullied, come down hard on the perpetrator. Not so Marianne (the extraordinary Sandrine Kiberlain) – she invites her son's antagonist to stay for the winter. The thing is, gangly Damien (Kacey Mottet Klein)... MORE >
Below Her Mouth
Below Her Mouth is a bold, erotic drama about the life changing affair between successful fashion editor Jasmine (Natalie Krill) and recently single roofer Dallas (played by Swedish model Erika Linder). After some intense flirting, the soon-to-be-married... MORE >
Check It
Set around one of Washington D.C.'s most violent neighborhoods, Check It is an eye opening, all-access journey into an American subculture that has barely, if ever, been acknowledged. MORE >
Comedy Shorts
A shorts package that is bursting with non-stop LOLs while managing to find the funny in the most unlikely situations. From a pair of seniors with filthy mouths making the ultimate commitment, a very queer retelling of Ingmar Bergman's most famous film... MORE >
Coming Out (Youth Program)
This charming documentary follows young NYU filmmaker Alden Peters as he travels across America coming out to his family and friends, boldly capturing every heart warming, genuinely moving and sometimes hilarious encounters over the course of a year. MORE >
The Cult
An artfully subversive and slyly funny science fiction with all the cool of Godard's Alphaville and audacity of Truffaut's Fahrenheit 451. The year is 2040. Our protagonist leaves the Space Colonies to return to Recife, the now abandoned city where he... MORE >
Dance, Girl Dance
Dorothy Arzner's masterpiece is a hard-hitting, code-stretching backstage musical featuring a budding ballerina (Maureen O'Hara) who goes to work in a burlesque show alongside a brassy stripper played by Lucille Ball (in a film-stealing performance). MORE >
A Date For Mad Mary
Seána Kerslake gives the performance of the festival (possibly the performance of the year) as 'Mad' Mary McArdle, a young woman trying to slot back into her Irish backwater existence after being released from prison. MORE >
Death in Buenos Aires
Detective Chávez (the ruggedly handsome Demian Bichir), a family man and a tough cop, is put in charge of the investigation into a homicide of a wealthy older gay member of Buenos Aires high society. A breakout hit in its native Argentina, director... MORE >
Desde Allá (From Afar)
Armando (Alfredo Castro) is a lonely, middle-aged dental prosthetist who passes his afternoons picking up boys from the street, intentionally putting himself in harm's way. When he seeks the repeated company of Elder (Luis Silva), what begins as a masochistic... MORE >
Desire Will Set You Free
Ezra (director Yony Leyser), an Israeli-Palestinian writer sunk deep into Berlin's artistic underground, has a passing fascination with Russian hustler, Sasha (Tim Fabian Hoffman), while his acerbic friend Catherine (Chloe Griffin) attempts to sex her... MORE >
Documentary Shorts
These seven remarkable true stories include a how-to guide to old school cruising, a gay man's obsession with the film Jaws, the story behind the best queer country album and 11 life lessons from the most awesome dyke! MORE >
Don't Call Me Son
Pierre is confident, happy and revels in exploring different gender expressions. He is in a band and sleeps with both men and women. When he is forced to live with his biological family after discovering that he was stolen from the maternity ward as... MORE >
Encore & Surprise Screening
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Esteros
Matías and Jerónimo are childhood best friends who share their sexual awakening in their Argentinian hometown, but when Matias moves with his family to Brazil their ties are broken. Ten years later Matias, an inhibited biologist, returns... MORE >
First Girl I Loved
The pangs of first love are given a fresh spin in this first feature from director Kerem Sanga. Anne (played by Dylan Gelula from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt) is your typical angst ridden teen misfit, who is more interested in bike riding and hanging with... MORE >
The Freedom To Marry
This inspirational documentary provides a front row seat in the American marriage equality movement. It shines a spotlight on the dedicated LGBT heroes, many fighting for more than 30 years including outspoken attorney Evan Wolfson (founder of the movement)... MORE >
Fursonas
This fascinating documentary explores the lives of "furries", those who role-play dressed as anthropomorphic animals. Director Dominic Rodriguez, reveals the different individuals behind the plush costumes and raises universal questions about the search... MORE >
Girl on Girl Shorts
Featuring the 2016 Iris Prize Winner, Balcony, these seven essential slices of life and love will enlighten, surprise and make you laugh. From a secret and illicit crush, to sparring with your loved one in and out of the ring or recreating the good times... MORE >
Guy on Guy Shorts
This collection of award winning international shorts features an array of men young and old in the flash and heat of first love, in the bittersweet comedown of falling out of love and in the tentative first steps towards trying again. MORE >
Heartland
A touching drama about family and fortitude. Shortly after her girlfriend dies, Lauren is forced to move back into the family home in small town Oklahoma – the heartland of America. MORE >
Hooking Up Shorts
This collection of steamy shorts explores the multiple ways we connect, get it on and get it off. From cruising, to paying for it and the pillow talk in between, these six revealing, raunchy and at times eye-opening films are not to be missed. MORE >
I Am Michael - Opening Night
Celebrate the start of the 27th Melbourne Queer Film Festival at the official Opening Night Film and Party! MORE >
I Promise You Anarchy
Miguel is from a typical Mexican middle-class background and is having a torrid affair with the son of his family's maid, fellow skater Johnny. For the most part, Miguel and Johnny hang out and skate with their friends through the hectic streets of Mexico... MORE >
I, Olga Hepnarova
"One day you'll pay for your laughter and my tears." Based on true events, I, Olga Hepnarová tells the story of the last woman to be executed in Czechoslovakia.In 1975, at only 22 years of age, Olga Hepnarová was hanged for mass murder. MORE >
The Intervention
Marking her directorial debut, Clea DuVall channels the ensemble comedy of The Big Chill, but it's the big screen reunion with her But I'm a Cheerleader co-star Natasha Lyonne that is the real cause for rejoicing. The tantalising premise has a group... MORE >
Kiki
Category is "Queer Activism Realness!" The ball scene is alive and well in NYC, with the younger, feistier Kiki crew hungry to take the spotlight. Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö draws a fabulously frocked line between Jennie Livingston's 1991 documentary,... MORE >
King Cobra
Sean Lockhart, 17 and boyishly handsome, dreams of fame even though he's broke and without direction. When he meets Stephen (Christian Slater), founder of Cobra Video, he starts to perform in gay porn under the moniker "Brent Corrigan," creating a slew... MORE >
Lazy Eye
Passions reignite and hidden secrets are revealed when a graphic designer in Los Angeles (Lucas Near-Verbrugghe) reconnects with an ex-lover (Aaron Costa Ganis) he hasn't seen or heard from in 15 years. MORE >
Liebmann
Part mystery, part black comedy, Liebmann is an entrancing, eccentric debut feature. Mild-mannered teacher Antek Liebmann has left Germany for rural France for reasons unknown. Upon arrival he is told to watch out for hunters, but soon learns there is... MORE >
The Lives of Therese
Director Sébastien Lifshitz returns to one of the subjects of his powerful César Award-winning documentary The Invisibles to document the final moments of a remarkable, sexually-politicised life. The Lives of Thérèse is a... MORE >
Lovesong
Rising stars Riley Keough and Jena Malone share a captivating chemistry in So Yong Kim's airy maybe-romance-maybe-just- friendship drama. Lovesong is a tender and tentative cinematic "what if", as free spirited and difficult to pin down as Mindy herse... MORE >
Me, Myself and Her
Fifty-somethings Federica and Marina are a happy, successful couple. Sure, they have their fair share of domestic squabbles, but after five years together they're still in love. But is that enough? MORE >
Memories of a Penitent Heart
This captivating documentary opens a pandora's box of unresolved family drama and secrets. Filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo vows to uncover the truth behind the death of her Uncle Miguel, a gay playwright living in New York. Tracking down Miguel's partner... MORE >
Miles
Miles is out and gay living in a small, rural town in Middle America and is desperate to escape to Chicago come graduation. After his mother discovers that his recently deceased father spent all their money on his mistress, Miles has no other option... MORE >
Movie Matchmaking
Okay Drama Queens and the Sci-Bi Curious! Let MQFF introduce you to your perfect film buddy at this Drag Kingdom of Heaven! Taking the idea of speed dating and turning it on its head, Karen From Finance will lead you on an hilarious journey through queer... MORE >
Multiple Maniacs
This digitally restored print from cult auteur John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Cry Baby, Hairspray) is the ultimate mash of arthouse and grindhouse, complete with gross and outrageous transgressive acts including the "rosary job" in the church. Multiple... MORE >
The Multiple Muses of John Waters
Film historians Lee Gambin and Sally Christie from Melbourne based film collective Cinemaniacs, will introduce you to the divine and decadent inspirations of the Pope of Trash himself, Mr John Waters. From Waters' obsession with Jayne Mansfield, his... MORE >
The Nest
Nineteen-year-old Bruno has deserted the army to track down his long-lost brother in the Brazilian city of Porto Alegre. He meets a group of queer kids and with wide-eyed abandon discovers the secrets of the city, joining in their life of dancing and... MORE >
Other People
A struggling New York City comedy writer, fresh from breaking up with his boyfriend, moves to Sacramento to help his sick mother. This semi-autobiographical directorial debut from former Saturday Night Live writer, Chris Kelly, mines the tears and the... MORE >
Our Love Story
When art student Yoon-ju meets bartender Ji-soo, their tentative flirting quickly becomes more. Yoon-ju, who has never been with a woman before, is elated to be in a relationship with someone she feels a real connection with. Her infatuation with Ji-soo... MORE >
Out of Iraq
From Academy Award-winning Australian filmmaker Eva Orner (Chasing Asylum) comes Out of Iraq, a moving account of the resilience and strength of love in the face of life-threatening situations. This emotionally powerful and vital film exposes the threat... MORE >
Out of the Closets, Into the Streets
Join us for a special screening of Out of the Closets, Into the Streets, a documentary short that explores the history of the gay liberation movement in Melbourne. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the filmmakers and the pioneering... MORE >
Out Run
As leader of the world's only LGBT political party Ladlad, Bemz Benedito dreams of being the first transgender woman in the Philippine Congress. But in a predominantly Catholic nation, rallying for LGBT representation in the halls of Congress is not... MORE >
Panel: Criminalising Queer
The case of the San Antonio Four explored in Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four is one of many crimes in which the sexuality of the accused (four queer Latina women), is used as damning evidence of their guilt. MORE >
Panel: The Queer Art of Failure
Shots are too long, obsolete mediums are rediscovered, taboos are broken and narrative conventions are discarded. Examining challenges to success narratives and the conformist status quo, this panel explores the link between experimentation and failure... MORE >
Paris 5:59: Theo & Hugo
Winner of the Teddy Audience Award at the Berlin Film Festival, Paris 05:59 Theo & Hugo is a piercingly honest portrait of desire and love in the city of lights. Theo and Hugo hook up in a sex club and then head out into the streets of late night/early... MORE >
The Pass
Adapted by John Donnelly from his own acclaimed play, The Pass stars Russell Tovey as a closeted soccer player in this absorbing film about the destructive effect of homophobia in sport. MORE >
Pulse - Centrepiece Presentation
Mixing sexuality and teen angst with an undercurrent of sci-fi, this bold fantasy follows a gay disabled teen who undergoes a mysterious procedure that gives him the body of a young able-bodied woman in order to pursue his love object. MORE >
Pushing Dead
When San Franciscan Dan (James Roday) banks a $100 birthday cheque from his mum, he's dropped from his medical health plan for earning too much money. HIV+ for 22 years, he has three weeks of meds left before he runs out – unless he can come up... MORE >
Queer Filmmaking Workshop
Amplifying queer voices and empowering real people to share their stories, this workshop will provide the opportunity to learn fundamental filmmaking techniques. The University of Melbourne's Victorian College of the Arts will offer one participant an... MORE >
Rara
Rara is a beautifully observed drama about the bittersweet experience of being raised by same-sex parents. Twelve-year-old Sara and her younger sister Catalina live with their mother and her partner. MORE >
Real Boy
Bennett Wallace is a charismatic teenager on the brink of adulthood. As he navigates the ups and downs of gender transition and grapples with a history of substance abuse, Bennett embarks on a journey to find his voice — as a musician, a son and... MORE >
Retake
Jonathan (Tuc Watkins) is seriously into role play, obsessively even. He picks up young male sex workers to act out his nostalgia-driven fantasies. In Adam (Devon Graye) he meets a young man who is willing to give over enough control to keep the game... MORE >
Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
'A maddening true story that touches on many of Americas most enduring hypocrisies' - Village Voice MORE >
Spa Night
David, a closeted Korean-American teenager, takes a job at a Los Angeles bathhouse to help his financially struggling parents. Here, he discovers a hidden world of gay sex that both terrifies him and sparks an interest. MORE >
Suicide Kale
Jasmine (Brittani Nichols, Transparent) and Penny (Lindsay Hicks) are in the first days of their new relationship when they're invited to lunch with the happiest couple they know. After sneaking off to fool around in their host's bedroom, they discover... MORE >
Suited
Bindle & Keep is a Brooklyn tailoring company catering to an LGBTIQ clientele, creating custom-made suits for gender-nonconforming and trans* clients. Rae and Daniel take a holistic approach to their work, considering each client's personal narrative,... MORE >
Taekwondo
Following the success of MQFF audience favourites Plan B, Absent and Hawaii, Marco Berger continues his assent to queer auteur status with Taekwondo. For his latest effort, Berger has teamed up to co-direct with fellow Argentinian Martín Farina... MORE >
Take Me To The River
Californian teen, Ryder (Logan Miller), goes through a re-closeting of sorts as he and his parents travel to the picturesque American Midwest to visit their extended family. If Ryder's short shorts aren't alarming enough, a bloodstain on the dress of... MORE >
Tomcat
Andreas and Stefan lead a happy life, living in a beautiful house in the suburbs of Vienna with their beloved cat Moses. They work at the Radio Symphony Orchestra and surround themselves with their musician friends. Their sex life is blissful. So what... MORE >
TRANSformations
A collection of trans* shorts that celebrate the transformative power of living an authentic life, from the poetic portrait of a trans opera singer, a racy drama about hormones and desire starring gender-fluid model Madison Paige, to a trans womans first... MORE >
Uncle Howard
Uncle Howard is an engrossing intertwining tale of past and present – the story of filmmaker Howard Brookner whose work captured the late 1970s and early '80s cultural revolution in New York and his nephew's personal journey 25 years later to discover... MORE >
The Watermelon Woman
Dunye's film is smart, sexy, funny, historically aware, and stunningly contemporary - Austin Chronicle MORE >
Weekends
G-Voice is a gay men's choir that meets every weekend to sing, rejoice and heal. Members of the choir come from all walks of life. For their 10th anniversary, they plan to put on their biggest concert yet, which pushes many members to their vocal and... MORE >
Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
"Who's gonna love me now?" These words, spoken by an ex lover, resonate with Saar, who is HIV positive. After being barred from his Israeli kibbutz years earlier, and with his Orthodox family still unable to accept his sexuality, Saar established a new... MORE >
The Wild Party
Silent superstar Clara Bow stars in Paramount and Dorothy Arzner’s first talkie as the most popular party girl in a womens college dorm full of high-spirited flapper co-eds.Screening to be introduced by Dr Eloise Ross (President and co-curator... MORE >
Wildings Shorts
From sensual fat bodies, challenges to heterosexuality, femme musings on the nature of surfaces, queer & trans* people of colour communities of resistance, wry queerings of public space, and fagalicious interventions into the surveillance machine. MORE >
Wildings Skillshare
A free event for practicing moving image makers to share skills in innovative film practices. MORE >
Women Who Kill - Closing Night
Farewell MQFF 2017 with this smart comedy and join us for a drink and dance afterwards. MORE >
You'll Never Be Alone
The shy and unambitious Juan is hopefully up for a promotion at work. All contentment changes after his son, Pablo, is hospitalised after a brutal gay-bashing incident. Struggling to keep up with the medical bills, Juan will have to turn to alternate... MORE >
Youth Shorts
From a young Muslim girl experimenting with gender roles, a snapshot of the burgeoning queer hip-hop movement and a proud ode to being a trans* boy, this entertaining shorts program examines what it means to be young and queer. MORE >