The Bendigo Queer Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Chris Walters in collaboration with the Melbourne Queer Film Festival - (who have been major supporters of the BQFF since its inception)
In its inaugural year, the Bendigo Queer Film Festival achieved an overall attendance exceeding 300 people from all over Victoria and interstate. In subsequent years the patronage has steadily increased as more people become aware of the annual event. In total, 219 films have been screened.
Bendigo Queer Film Festival (BQFF) is now in its twelfth year. We are very proud to be one of the few regional centres Australia wide, which hosts its very own queer film festival.
The BQFF provides cultural and artistic opportunities to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) people living in Central Victoria.
Bendigo Queer Film Festival is recognised as a significant event by the LGBTIQ community and by the City of Greater Bendigo. We are proud of this special event, which showcases queer talent and attracts interstate and international visitors to our region.
A Date for Mad Mary
As funny, flawed and foulmouthed as its irresistible central character, A Date for Mad Mary makes an absolute show of itself, and it is wonderful - Variety
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. Mary’s walked straight back into maid-of-honour duties at her best friend’s wedding, scrounging for a date and determined to prove she’s not the total lost cause everyone thinks she is. Stocked with talent and shot through with wry observational heart, A Date for Mad Mary is a well worth cancelling your plans for.
Dir: Darren Thornton, Ireland, 2016, 82 mins, U18+
Deeply affecting love story͛– Indiewire
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 begin a passionate affair, hidden from Rayna’s long haul trucker husband. Much to her family’s dismay, Joey’s resolve to escape her small town life begins to falter as she dreams of a future with Rayna. Deb Shoval’s feature debut is a tender exploration of the intensity of first love constrained by rural poverty.
Dir: Deb Shoval, USA, 2016, 85 mins, U18+
Audience Award for Outstanding Narrative Feature – Outfest 2016
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 than to try for a sports scholarship to pay for University. His prayers are answered after he discovers a Volleyball scholarship only to face backlash from small town folk who don’t want a boy playing on a women’s only team. This heartwarming comedy features newcomer Tim Broadman and Molly Shannon as his eccentric, devoted mother, with cameos from Yeardley Smith (The Simpsons) and Annie Golden (OITNB).
Dir: Nathan Adloff, USA, 2016, 87mins, U15+
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. Exploring how our bodies shape who we are and how we are perceived, Pulse is a modern day parable for the young, the queer, the disabled and for anyone who has ever struggled with their sexuality, their desires, and essentially, themselves.
Dir: Stevie Cruz-Martin, Australia, 2016, 84 mins, U18+
A kaleidoscopic and vivid rendering of a world that is larger than life, flamboyant but ultimately fragile' - The Guardian
Best Documentary Teddy Award - Berlin International Film Festival 2016
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 film maker Sara Jordenö’s draws a fabulously frocked line between Jennie Livingston's 1991 documentary, Paris is Burning, and her film, Kiki. Developed hand in hand with some of the key players on the scene, primarily Twiggy Pucci Garçon, founder of the Opulent Haus of PUCCI, Kiki delves into the lives of these young-people-of-colour growing up queer and trans*. Their stories, while sometimes heartbreaking, never fail to inspire. The future is in good hands. And it can vogue.
Dir. Sara Jordenö, USA/Sweden, 2016, 94 min, U18+
This spotlight celebrates local queer filmmaking. The Melbourne Queer Film festival is 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 break up, there is something for everyone.
Total run time 95 mins. U18+
Dir: Renée Crea, 2015, 6 mins
Cara has a truth bomb for Gramps; she doesn't expect him to return fire. But, come on, Gramps lived through the war... Cara and her Gramps fall down the generation gap in this sweet and salty comedy.
Dir: Patrick McBain, 2015, 10 mins
Recently dumped Harry has shut himself away in the family beach house, where he's spending his time wallowing in drunken despair and hanging out with a giant slug that lives in his room.
Dir: Glynn Urquhart, 2016, 6 mins
In the same way a virus infects its host, an infectious romantic relationship between two men develops. An animated film about the rules of attraction.
Dir: Laura Dudgeon, 2015, 13 mins
A sexually inexperienced and lonely young woman downloads a dating app on her birthday and seeks out an encounter with another woman.
You Deserve Everything
Dir: Goran Stolevski, 2015, 19 mins
A doctor's budding romance with the hospital's Arabic interpreter is evolves into something deeper. But everything is not as it seems.
Dir: Brendon McDonall, 2015, 16 mins
Two lifelong elderly men visit the monolithic dam that defined their young lives and are confronted by feelings that were impounded long ago, but cannot be contained any longer.
Dir: Jamieson Pearce, 2016, 12 mins
A woman walks into an adult store...Based on the short story 'Porn 1' by Christos Tsiolkas, Adult is a moving drama about motherhood, sexuality and grief.
Dir: Katie Escane, 2016, 13 mins
A sprightly musical about Penny, a young shop girl who must make the choice between love and ambition.
Make politics fierce
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 an easy feat. Mobilizing working-class trans* hairdressers, beauty queens and sex workers, the dynamic leaders wage a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress. Stirring, exciting and inspirational, Out Run will have you on the edge of your seat as this phenomenal political group edges closer to election day and a shot at changing their country.
Dir: Leo Chiang & Johnny Symons, USA, 2016, 75 mins, U18+
WOMEN WHO KILL
Winner Best Screenplay - Tribeca Film Festival 2016
Whip-smart... offers a wry snapshot of self-involved New York lesbians that's both enjoyably smarmy and unsettling in equal doses – Indiewire
Brookylnites Morgan (Ingrid Jungermann) and her ex, Jean (Ann Carr), are true crime podcasters obsessed with female serial killers. As Morgan plunges into a new relationship with the beautiful and mysterious Simone (Sheila Vand, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night) from the local food co-op, Jean’s jealously leads her to investigate. As suspicions emerge, together they ask, could Simone be a murderer or is Morgan just afraid of what it means to be in a relationship? Writer/Director Ingrid Jungermann (best known for acclaimed web series Park Slope and F to the 7th) challenges modern relationship fears of intimacy and commitment in this dark comedic psychological thriller.
Dir: Ingrid Jungermann, USA, 2016, 93 mins, U18+