September Events...

  • Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
  • Calgary International Film Festival
  • Ciclo Rosa
  • Cinema Diverse!
  • Cinema Queer International Film Festival
  • Copenhagen International Film Festival (CPHPIX)
  • D'un bord à l'autre
  • Dinard Festival of British Cinema
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
  • Encounters
  • Fantastic Fest
  • Florence Queer Festival
  • Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival
  • Great Lakes International Film Festival
  • Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Kansai Queer Film Festival
  • luststreifen – Queer Cinema Basel
  • MICGenero
  • Netherlands Film Festival
  • Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival
  • Oslo/Fusion Filmfest
  • Out on Film
  • OutWest Film Fest
  • Pink Season
  • Portland Queer Film Festival
  • Premio Sebastiane
  • Queer Screen Film Fest
  • QueerFest
  • Raindance Film Festival
  • Reeling Filmfest
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival
  • Sacramento Film & Music Festival
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival
  • Scottish Queer International Film Festival
  • Some Prefer Cake
  • Stamped: Pensacola LGBT Film Festival
  • Sydney Transgender International Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Urbanworld Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • ZE Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival
Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival

There have been lesbian and gay film festivals in Sydney since 1978. Initially these were run by the Australian Film Institute.  In 1986, the AFI partnered with what was then theSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to present an annual ‘Sydney Gay Film Week’during the Mardi Gras festival.  The film festival was taken over by commercial concerns in 1991, but still screened as a highlight of the Mardi Gras season.

In 1993, a group of queer Sydney filmmakers, students and others approached Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with a view to establishing an independent organisation whose primary focus was queer film and screen culture.  This organisation, Queer Screen, had the central aim of reclaiming Sydney’s GLBTIQ film festival as owned and operated by the community.  From that time, Mardi Gras was the principal funding body of Queer Screen, initially with a five-year funding agreement, followed by a three-year agreement in 1998. This agreement came to an end with the 2001 Mardi Gras Film Festival.

The Mardi Gras Film Festival has grown considerably since 1993. It is now one of Australia’s largest film festivals of any kind, and one of the top five queer film festivals in the world. It is highly regarded by filmmakers all over the world, and is the most important avenue for promoting gay and lesbian titles to distributors and exhibitors in this territory.


2017 films...

A Date for Mad Mary

Lesbian, English, 2016

This Irish drama will make you laugh out loud. Young, brash Mary is fresh out of prison, and unhappy with the world. To make matters worse, she needs a plus one for her BFF's wedding.

Lazy Eye

Gay, English, Tim Kirkman, USA, 2016, 87 mins

One of The Advocate's picks of Outfest 2016, this drama centres on two former lovers who reconnect 15 year later. Set in the Mojave Desert, it's hot in more ways than one.

Angry Indian Goddesses

Lesbian, 104 mins

What happens when a group of women, sick of inequality, get really, really angry? This film explores the raw power of a group of intelligent, awesome, modern, Indian women.

King Cobra

Gay, English, USA, 2016, 92 mins

A biopic about the biggest gay porn scandal ever. Filled with hot young actors, including James Franco. Also starring Christian Slater, Alicia Silverstone and Molly Ringwald. Expect this to sell fast.

Below Her Mouth

Lesbian, English, Melissa Coghlan, Canada, 2016, 92 mins

A chance meeting between androgynous Dallas and pretty Jasmine causes an unexpected reaction turning both their worlds upside down. An incredibly sexy film that celebrates female sexuality like few before it.

Don't Call Me Son

Gay, Transgender, Portuguese with English subtitles, Maria Ionescu, Sara Silveira, Anna Muylaert, Brazil, 2016, 82 mins

In this powerful drama a teenager returns to live with his upper class biological parents, who disapprove of him dressing in women's clothing. A Brazilian winner of the prestigious Teddy Award at the Berlin Film Festival.

When We Rise

Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, English, USA, 80 mins

This highly-anticipated drama series recounts the LGBTIQ rights movement. Written by Dustin Lance Black (Milk), this part is the first of four, directed by Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk).

Burn Burn Burn

Lesbian, English, UK, 105 mins

Two female friends take a road trip to scatter the ashes of a friend, uncovering some unexpected truths on the way. This film is hilarious, devastating, and everything in between.

Memories of a Penitent Heart

Gay, 2016, 77 mins

Family ties are tested for filmmaker Cecilia Aldarondo who delves into her late uncle's life. An utterly moving and personal doco about forgiveness, survival, and a devastating time in gay history.

The Pearl

Transgender, English, USA, 2016, 97 mins

A quietly powerful, ethereal documentary following four US women in the early stages of transitioning. They lead very ordinary – sometimes bleak, sometimes hopeful – lives in small towns in northwest USA.

The Wedding Banquet

Gay, 106 mins

Living a gay life in Manhattan, Wai-Tung agrees to a mock marriage to Chinese-born artist Wei-Wei to get his Taiwanese parents off his back. What could possibly go wrong? Directed by Ang Lee Brokeback Mountain.

Check It

Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, English, 2016, USA, 91 mins

You've never met a posse like the Check It – a funny, super-stylish, and feisty bunch of black gay, lesbian, and transgender young people forming a gang as tough as any other.

The Pass

Gay, English, Duncan Kenworthy, UK, 2016, 86 mins

Feast your eyes on Russell Tovey as a conflicted soccer player in this tense British drama about football, friendship, love, and the need to win at all costs. Sure to captivate your hearts.

Suicide Kale

Lesbian, English, Carly Usdin, Brittani Nichols, USA, 2016, 78 mins

Made on a shoestring budget, this lesbian comedy is a delicious serving of dark comedy. Two couples meet for lunch, but the discovery of a suicide note adds a hefty portion of awkwardness.


Gay, French and German with English subtitles, Jules Herrmann, Roswitha Ester, Torsten Reglin, Germany, 2016, 82 mins

In this gorgeously shot film, a quiet teacher leaves Germany for the French countryside and soon starts dating a handsome pastry chef. A must-see for fans of queer European cinema.


Gay, Germany, 2016, 99 mins

Terminally ill farmer Burghardt gets a surprise when his former lover Ron arrives to say goodbye. The surprise is ever bigger for Jonathan, his devoted son and carer. A moving German drama.

Ovarian Psycos

Lesbian, English, USA, 2016, 72 mins

Tackling themes around abuse, racism, injustice and violence, Ovarian Psycos – a documentary about a crew of cycling feminists in Eastside LA – is one hell of an empowering ride.

Being 17

Gay, 2016, 116 mins

An incisive exploration of burgeoning attraction between two French high school students who, on the surface, seem to hate each other. Winner of the International Grand Jury Prize at Outfest 2016.

A Winter's Color

Lesbian, 2016, 64 mins

Being young and queer in a straight world isn't easy. For Lucía in Argentina, it causes panic attacks and a lot of pain, but can she find redemption in a new relationship?


Gay, Germany,2016, 99 mins

Terminally ill farmer Burghardt gets a surprise when his former lover Ron arrives to say goodbye. The surprise is ever bigger for Jonathan, his devoted son and carer. A moving German drama.

Me, Myself and Her

Lesbian, 102 mins

Successful couple Federica and Marina have been together for five years with barely a glitch – until temptation comes knocking for them both. Stars Margherita Buy and Sabrina Ferilli.

Teenage Kicks

Gay, English, Australia, 2016, 99 mins

When Miklós's brother dies suddenly, his world is spun off its axis. Dark, moody, and sexy, this exploration of burgeoning sexuality is an impressive first feature for Australian director Craig Boreham.

One Night and Two Days

Gay, 159 mins

This stunning 2012 trilogy from queer director, whose 2006 feature No Regrets is widely known as the first Korean gay film, is finally premiering in Australia.


Gay, Canada, 2016, 106 mins

A hugely important, heartbreaking film about the destructive power of bullying on young queer people and the struggle to get even. Antoine Olivier Pilon, star of Xavier Dolan's Mommy, is outstanding.

The Freedom to Marry

Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, English, USA, 2016, 86 mins

The fight for marriage equality in the United States got incredibly tense in the lead up to the Supreme Court's final decision. It's nailbiting stuff, and gives hope for Australia's future.

Bruising for Besos

Lesbian, English, USA, 2016, 90 mins

The fiery relationship between Yoli and Daña oscillates between sexy, sweet, loving moments and the unleashing of their demons in this incredible film about the cycle of abuse.


Gay, 2016, 114 mins

Handsome Austrian couple Stefan and Andreas have it all – great sex, a beautiful home and a cute cat. But when something unexpected and shocking bursts their bubble, their relationship may never recover.


Lesbian, 2016

An insightful, genuine, and humorous look into a modern LGBTIQ family, Rara explores the domestic lives of two girls, their mother, and her partner as they're faced with a custody battle in Chile.

Seat in Shadow

Gay, English, UK, 2016, 80 mins

With exquisite cinematography, captivating themes, and a fresh insight into Scottish life, Seat in Shadow will show you love, acceptance, and a break from some of the usual prejudices of gay narratives.

Family Commitments

Gay, Germany, 85 mins

All sorts of shenanigans look set to stop David and Khaled from getting married and living happily ever after in this charming gay comedy from Germany.

A Million Happy Nows

Lesbian, English, USA, 2016, 80 mins

Filled with humour, romance, and the undeniable chemistry of its two leads, this is a bittersweet drama about long-term love, devotion, and the power of commitment during an unexpected crisis.

The Revival: Women and the Word

Lesbian, English, USA, 2016, 82 mins

Five queer women of colour take their incredible talents on the road in ‘The Revival' – a salon-style poetry tour, which is coming to a venue near you in this unique, uplifting and inspiring documentary.

Calamity Jane (Sing-a-long)

Lesbian, English, USA, 101 mins

Sharp-shooting Calamity Jane is brave as any man, but not a feminine cowgirl. She'll need Katie Brown, aspiring actress and accidental sidekick, to show her the value of a woman's touch.


Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, English, 2016, USA, 81 mins

Fursonas looks at the complex relationships between a furry and their alter-ego, as well as with each other in an increasingly politicised world. A fascinating, illuminating peek into a world of immersive role play.

The Nest

Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Portuguese with English subtitles, Brazil, 2016, 104 mins

While this series begins with the search for an estranged brother, it fast becomes an exploration of a young man's queer identity and Brazil's queer, punk underbelly. Political, beautiful, and fun, it's a highlight of the festival.

Coming Out

Gay, English, USA, 72 mins

Alden Peters bravely records his genuine coming out to friends and family in this unique documentary. Honest and intimate, you cannot look away from every heartwarming and toe-curling moment.


Lesbian, English, USA, 2016, 98 mins

Welcome to America's heartland, Oklahoma. Two very different women, both lost and struggling form an unexpected bond, but when their friendship sparks a reckless romance their worlds are turned upside-down.

Upstairs Inferno

Gay, Transgender, English, USA, 2016, 96 mins

This is the heart-wrenching story of the 1973 arson attack that killed 32 people in a New Orleans gay bar. With exclusive interviews and painful testimonies, this is not to be missed.

Something Like Summer

Gay, English, USA, 2016, 108 mins

Ben, the only out boy in school, falls for popular jock Tim, who isn't brave enough to go public – until 12 years later when they meet again. But by then Ben is living with Jace. World premiere.

Bad Girl

Lesbian, English, Australia, 2016, 87 mins

Amy's adoptive parents move her to rural Australia after a stint in juvenile detention. When the mysterious Chloe appears, Amy begrudgingly befriends her and they push the boundaries of each other's worlds.

Brothers of the Night

Gay, 2016, 88 mins

Be immersed in the stunning cinematography and compelling, provocative tales of the young Bulgarian ‘gay for pay' sex-workers this documentary introduces. A hit at Berlin Film Festival.

Bear City 3

Gay, English, USA, 2016, 120 mins

Bears will be bears! In this final instalment to the Bear City Trilogy, all your favourite boys are back and have brought their beefy, burly, sweaty, frisky sense of fun.

Below Her Mouth

Lesbian, English, Canada, 2016, 92 mins

A chance meeting between androgynous Dallas and pretty Jasmine causes an unexpected reaction turning both their worlds upside down. An incredibly sexy film that celebrates female sexuality like few before it.

Finding Dory 3D

Lesbian, English, USA, 2016, 97 mins

Ellen DeGeneres returns to fish form in Finding Dory, voicing the sweet-natured but forgetful main character. Dory enlists the help of both old and new friends to help find her parents.


Lesbian, English, USA, 78 mins

A free movie matinee and social event for LGBTI seniors and friends. Features a screening of Grandma, and three short films.

Political Animals

Lesbian, English, USA, 2016, 87 mins

A truly inspiring film that tells the story of four pioneering lesbian politicians and the battles they fought to pass a wide range of anti-discrimination laws. Dedicated to all future political animals.

Center of My World

Gay, Germany, 2016, 115 mins

Phil and his twin sister Dianne lead an unconventional life in suburban Germany. Enter the perfect, sculpted adonis, Nicholas, and life for Phil becomes heartachingly beautiful.


Gay, 2016, 114 mins

Handsome Austrian couple Stefan and Andreas have it all – great sex, a beautiful home and a cute cat. But when something unexpected and shocking bursts their bubble, their relationship may never recover.


Lesbian, English, 2016, USA, 85 mins

Remember your first big love? Remember throwing everything into it and ignoring all the warning signs? That's what AWOL presents, in a poignant, sexy, and tender story, buoyed by brilliant lead performances.


Gay, English, USA, 97 mins

A big hit when it originally screened at MGFF, Shelter has played at more than 100 film festivals worldwide. Come celebrate the tenth anniversary of this gay surfing classic!


Intersex, 84 mins

Based on his acclaimed documentary about an intersex child, Carlo Lavagna's first feature is a beautiful and compelling coming-of-age story set in the magical Italian countryside.


Gay, 2016, 105 mins

Saunas, pools, drinking, full-frontal nudity, and romantic tension. Taekwondo has everything you want in an atmospheric summer holiday.

Irrawaddy Mon Amour

Gay, Transgender, 58 mins

Irrawaddy Mon Amour brings together the stories of queer people living in Myanmar, across a range of ages. Heartwarming and hopeful, it's the story of a movement finding its feet.

The Priestess Walks Alone

Lesbian, 2016, 54 mins

Taiwanese director Hui-Chen Huang documents a personal tale, interviewing her mother about how her lesbian sexuality has impacted her life, and brings to light a past that is immensely painful.

Real Boy

Transgender, English, USA, 2016, 72 mins

Bennett is caught between adolescence and adulthood, racing into a mature world that feels totally in flux. But his transition is affirming, it just leaves others struggling to understand his new identity.

Our Love Story

Lesbian, 2016, 99 mins

Yoon-ju is 30-something and in love for the first time, but new girlfriend Ji-soo is moving back home to her father, who has the perfect husband in mind for his only daughter.

Pushing Dead

Gay, English, USA, 2016, 111 mins

A fresh look at living with HIV in the modern day. Features great comedic performances from James Roday, Robin Weigert, and Danny Glover. Winner of multiple audience awards.


Transgender, English, USA, 2016, 85 mins

From a teenager preparing for his Bar Mitzvah to an attorney about to argue a federal workplace discrimination case, the real-life stories of trans and non-binary customers unfold in this stylish documentary.


Gay, English, 2016, USA, 111 mins

Is this the best gay film ever? Critics think it might be. A timeless story of human connection and self-discovery, Moonlight chronicles the life of a young black man as he comes to terms with his sexuality.

Handsome Devil

Gay, English, 2016, 95 mins

Told with wit and a cheeky sense of humour, this escapade set in an Irish all-boys boarding school is an uplifting tale about embracing the team you play for. A quirky, refreshing, coming-of-age tale.

Girl on Girl

Lesbian, English, USA, 2016, 111 mins

Director and producer Jodi Savitz has made femme visibility a priority; her documentary Girl on Girl explores why feminine lesbians feel invisible in straight and LGBTQI worlds – and to each other.


Lesbian Shorts - 90 mins

Returning after a sold-out session in 2016, we present a package of the best girls shorts from around the globe. The session includes the powerful Iris Prize winner, Balcony, charming My Gay Sister, and comedy Jo Cool.

Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance Shorts - 90 mins

To showcase the amazing queer films being made in this region the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance has put together a package of the best in new, Asian cinema.

Transgender Shorts - 90 mins

Transgender Shorts are back for the first time in over a decade and we are featuring a terrific collection of films, including We've Been Around, Becoming Johanna, and Our Skin.

Adult, directed by Jamieson Pearce and produced by Liam Heyen and Cyna Strachan | 12 min

Coming Home, directed by Summer DeRoche and produced by Andrea Distefano | 5 min

The Dam, directed by Brendon McDonall and produced by Ilana Lazar | 16 min

Dance Card, directed by Renée Crea and produced by Renée Crea and Bianca Ritchie | 7 min

Fight for Rainbow, directed and produced by Tanuj J. Narula | 20 min

Happy, directed by Laura Dudgeon and produced by Stacey Kwijas | 13 min

Prasizzler Queen of the Dessert, directed and produced by Coco Wertheim, Maximilian Mein, Robert Ten Eyck, and Emmett Aldred | 16 min (screens in Gay Shorts)

Spoilers, directed by Brendon McDonall and produced by Grant Vidgen | 22 min

St Elmo, directed by Emily Dynes and produced by Brooke Guy | 18 min

You Deserve Everything, directed and produced by Goran Stolevski | 19 min



Doors Cut Down


Love Snaps

A Night in Tokoriki

Alzheimer's: A Love Story


Not K.O

Whittier Boulevard


2016 films...

4th Man Out

Addicted to Fresno


All We Share

Back on Board: Greg Louganis



Beautiful Something

Breakfast and Dinner

Carmin Tropical



Coming In



Drag Becomes Him


Ecco Homo

End of Season Sale

Everlasting Love

Feelings are Facts: The Life of Yvonne Rainer

Finding Nemo 3D

Fire Song

Fort Buchanan

Front Cover

Game Face

Girl Gets Girl

Girls Lost


How to Win at Checkers (Every Time)

In Bed with Madonna

Inner Jellyfishes

Jeremy Scott: The People's Designer

Jess & James

Lady in the Van

Liz in September

Lonely Stars

Naz & Maalik

Out to Win

Over the Rainbow

Paris 05:59


Portrait of a Serial Monogamist

Radiant Sea

Raven's Touch

Rebel Menopause

Remembering the Man



Starting from... Now!


Summer Storm



Thanatos, Drunk

That's Not Us

The Amina Profile

The Firefly

The Girl King

The Royal Road

The Same Difference

The Year We Thought About Love

Waiting for B

West North West

What's Between Us


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