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.
Dir: Jenée LaMarque, USA, 2017, 88 mins
In this racy, hilarious ensemble comedy, a group of friends gather for a weekend away to celebrate the impending wedding of Andy and Lu. On the first drunken night the ecstasy pills come out and Lu confesses that she’s never had an orgasm, much to Andy’s dismay.
As the weekend goes on Lu’s admission isn’t the only thing that transpires, as marriages unravel and sexual tensions boil over.
Interspersed amongst all the mayhem are direct-to-camera addresses from the cast recounting their first orgasm (the story from Ever Maynard, who plays Regular Helen in the film, is worth the price of admission alone). Thanks to a wonderful cast who seamlessly swing from wild comedy to pointed pathos, The Feels is a delight from start to finish.
A Moment in the Reeds
Dir: Mikko Makela, Finland, 2017, 107 mins
‘One of the most moving gay romance stories of recent years.'
Mikko Makela’s stunning romantic drama explores the relationship between two men, set against an idyllic Finnish summer. Whilst visiting his estranged father, Leevi meets Tareq, a handsome Syrian immigrant employed to restore the family lake house. Leevi’s father departs for the city, leaving the two men alone in the beautiful remote countryside and enabling them to slowly forge a deep connection. Far removed from their everyday lives, the only immediate threat to the men’s relationship is the eventual return of Leevi’s father. But there’s also Tareq’s complex relationship with his family back in Syria. Makela sensitively explores the perspectives of both men, who long for some human connection, acceptance and a place to call home. With marginalised characters at the forefront of the story, Makela’s film is a very welcome and refreshingly frank portrait of contemporary Finnish society.
The Gospel According to Andre
Dir: Kate Novak, USA, 2017, 94 mins
André Leon Tally has been a fixture in the world of fashion for so long that it’s difficult to imagine a time when he wasn’t defining the boundaries of great style. Kate Novack’s intimate portrait, The Gospel According to André takes viewers on an emotional journey from André’s roots growing up in the segregated Jim Crow South to become one of the most influential tastemakers and fashion curators of our times.
Novack’s film draws fascinating, heretofore unexplored connections, between the elegance of André’s beloved grandmother and the Black Church of his youth and his later iconic, barrier-breaking work at publications like Women’s Wear Daily, W and Vogue. Weaving together a wealth of archival footage from the most glamorous moments in fashion history with André’s poignant reflections on his life and career, The Gospel According to André is a cinematic monument to one of the most unique figures of 20th Century American culture.
Various, Australia, 77 mins
A diverse showcase of queer stories and a celebration of local filmmaking talent. We are proud to present nine new shorts that will transport you inside the Australian Sharpie scene of the 1970s, the grunt and sweat of the Australian Women’s Football League, the inner life of a Melbourne bear, a transgender kid’s first day at school, the alien abduction of a drug addicted drag queen and the rush of getting high and doing crime with your girlfriend.
Allergies Dir: Kirrilee Bailey, 2017, 5 mins
Infidels Dir: Luke Marsden, 2017, 6 mins
Nangs Dir: Sam Rogers, 2017, 9 mins
Stardust Dir: Oliver Levi-Malouf, 2017, 5 mins
Sharps Dir: Clayton Waddell, 2017, 8 mins
Round One Dir: Ella Sowinska, 2017, 4 mins
Mrs McCutcheon Dir: John Sheedy, 2017, 16 mins
Bear in the Bedroom Dir: Albert Koomen, 2017, 7 mins
Nina Dir: Olivia Costa, 2017, 12 mins
Dir: Jennifer Reeder, USA, 2017, 80 mins
‘(A) heartfelt and cleverly constructed multicultural queer romance.’ -Sight & Sound
As a Pakistani Muslim lesbian living in Chicago, Zaynab (played by Fawzia Mirza) is out and proud — to everyone except her newly-moved-in mother. When artfully dodging her mother’s attempts to find her a husband becomes too much, Zaynab copes by taking up Lucha-style wrestling. Her life climbs the turnbuckle when she meets Alma, a Latina bookstore owner, and the two fall head over heels into bed and relationship drama. With the spirit and spunk of ‘90’s New Queer Cinema, Signature Move revitalises the classic lesbian rom-com by crossing cultures and body slamming its way into your heart.
Dir: Robin Campillo, France, 2017, 144 mins
Early 1990s. With AIDS having already claimed countless lives for nearly ten years, Act Up-Paris activists multiply actions to fight general indifference. Nathan, a newcomer to the group, has his world shaken up by Sean, a radical militant.
Winner of the Grand Prix and Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival, BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE) is the exhilarating and passionate new film from Robin Campillo (The Returned, Eastern Boys).
5 STARS - BPM compellingly combines elegy, tragedy, urgency and a defiant euphoria… It is full of cinematic life.
The Fabulous Allan Carr
Dir: Jeffrey Schwarz, USA, 2017, 90 mins
'Garishly colourful, packed with stars, legendary parties, and a wide streak of pathos, it's a singular life story entertainingly recounted.’ Variety
Notorious for his debaucherous parties that were filled to the brim with drugs, sex and stars from both old and new Hollywood, Allan Carr ruled the social scene. The extravagant kaftan-wearing manager-turned-producer was a larger than life personality. A marketing genius, he built his bombastic reputation against the success of hit musical Grease and Broadway triumph La Cage Aux Folles. This all came to devastating crash after he produced the infamous 1989 Academy Awards. Prolific documentarian Jeffrey Schwarz, who brought us Vito I am Divine and Tab Hunter Confidential, details Carr’s rise up the Hollywood ladder through out-and-out grit and fandom featuring interviews with those that knew him dearly, including Bruce Vilanch, Lorna Luft, Marlo Thomas and Steve Guttenberg.