A highlight of Melbourne's cultural and LGBTIQ community calendar the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) is an annual event showcasing the best in LGBTIQ-themed features, shorts and documentaries over 12 days every March at Melbourne's world-class Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Cinema Nova and Kino Cinemas.
In addition to screening 130+ films, MQFF presents industry and community workshops and panels, social and celebratory events. MQFF is committed to supporting local and emerging LGBITQ filmmakers by providing a forum for showing new work and by recognising talent through a generous Award Program - including the following prizes: City of Melbourne Award for Best Australian Short Film ($3,000), Film Victoria Award for Best Director Australian Short Film ($1,000), Best Feature Film ($2,000) and Best Documentary Film ($2,000).
One of Melbourne's largest film festivals, 21,000 people attended the 2016 Festival, and as Australia's longest-running LGBTIQ screen event, more than 300,000 people have attended the event over its 26 year history.
A non-profit organisation, the Festival is staffed by a small, committed team of professionals and supported by a talented team of interns who volunteer their time in behind the scenes roles. During the Festival more than 120 volunteers generously donate their time in front-of-house roles.
The 27th Melbourne Queer Film Festival will be held March 16 - 27 2017.
Submissions for LGBTIQ-themed films to screen at MQFF2017 are currently open and close in December.
A call out for expressions of interest to volunteer will be published here and on MQFF social media in December.