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Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Thursday, 15 February 2018 until Thursday, 01 March 2018

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.


 

2018 films...

Ideal Home

Kiss Me

Against the Law

Beach Rats

A Womb of Their Own

Filmmaker Masterclass: Writing and Directing Improvisational Drama

The Gospel According to Andre

Queer Screen's Top 25 Films of All Time!

The 34th

Rebels on Pointe

Desert Hearts

They

The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin

Signature Move

BPM

Rift

Pulse

Team Hurricane

Young Soul Rebels

Body Electric

It's Not Just Me

Nobody's Watching

Boys For Sale

Susanne Bartsch: On Top

Hello Again

Saturday Church

Montana

Call Me By Your Name

Dating My Mother

My Queer Career Retrospective

Sensitivity Training

A Moment in the Reeds

100 Men

Jade of Death

4 Days in France

The Ring Thing

The Carmilla Movie

My Wonderful West Berlin

Just Charlie

McKellen: Playing The Part

The Cakemaker

Stumped

Zootopia

Witches and Faggots, Dykes and Poofters

I Dream in Another Language

One Last Thing

Evening Shadows

In Between

Die Beautiful

Al Berto

Love, Simon

The Book of Gabrielle

Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

Black Divaz

The Substitute

Freak Show


Short films...

Transgender Shorts

Mathias

Directed by Clara Stern | 30 mins

Mathias is transgender. Although he is more than sure about his decision to live as a man, he still has to find his way in his new identity and especially in his new job. And also his relationship with his girlfriend seems to have changed due to the transition.

 

Umbrella

Directed by Rhys Ernst | 16 mins

Umbrella tells the story of four transgender individuals across America who are fighting for rights and representation in a challenging and changing world.

 

Get the Life

Directed by Ozzy Villazòn | 12 mins

Alex, a transgender youth, has been struggling with a secret pregnancy.

 

The Women's Bathroom Project

Directed by Zachery Clarence | 6 mins

A little girl's illuminating conversation with a trans woman in a restaurant bathroom.

 

Dusk

Directed by Jake Graf | 15 mins

Growing up in 1950s England in an intolerant and uninformed world, young Chris Winters struggles to fit into the gender roles dictated by wider society.

 

Swim

Directed by Mari Walker | 12 mins

As summer draws to a close, a young trans girl finds freedom in a secret midnight swim.

Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance

 

Cocoon

Directed by Liying Mei | 25 mins

China, 1997. An unhappy marriage, a love affair and a child who holds all the secrets.

 

Sisak

Directed by Faraz Ansari | 16 mins

Set in the fast-paced environs of the usually bustling Mumbai local train system, Sisak details a romance that develops slowly and intoxicatingly, nestled in the silences and quiet comforts of the end-of-day train journeys between two men.

 

Goodbye Mr B Hello Miss B!

Directed by Beatrice Wong | 15 mins

An autobiographical documentary about director Beatrice Wong’s experiences as a transgender woman, her childhood and adolescence, her relationship with her mother, and her hopes and aspirations for the future.

 

Where to Go

Directed by Ruei Chung | 19 mins

For Mitchell and Miles, building up a relationship is like learning a new language and practicing the grammar of love in order to communicate and understand each other. A free trip to exotic places arouses their imagination and passion. The disputes and pressure from daily life, however, have worn them out.

 

Momo

Directed by Yun Joo Chang | 16 mins

Sohee takes custody of Momo, the cat she shared with her ex. But her current girlfriend sees Momo as a reminder of her ex.

 

What if...? Shorts

 

Pool

Directed by Leandro Goddinho | 30 mins

On a quest to understand her grandmother's past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who's created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool.

 

Away From Me

Driected by Francesca Fowler, Duncan Roe | 18 mins

Away From Me is about what love does when backed into a corner. Torn between the love for her girlfriend and the need to start again, Abi is forced to make the hardest decision of her life.

 

Waffles

Directed by Foster Wilson | 4 mins

A young, gay millennial discovers she's slept with the enemy and has to choose between swallowing her pride and standing by her principles.

 

Apart From Everything

Directed by Ben Lewis | 19 mins

After a two-year absence and a recent stint in rehab, Fran (Emmy-winner Tatiana Maslany, Orphan Black) returns to face the emotional fallout of her disappearance and make amends with the girlfriend and the brother she left behind.

 

B.

Directed by Kai Stänicke | 15 mins 

Torn between a cold relationship with K. and her feelings for another woman, shy and insecure B. is heading for a disaster. For too long she has suppressed her desire and lived a lie. But is it really too late for B. to follow her heart?

 

Hot Boys Shorts

 

Cas

Directed by Joris van den Berg | 48 mins

Pepijn and Sjors have been together for seven sweet and satisfying years. When they invite Cas, a sexy young student who is new to Amsterdam, to sleep on their couch, their relationship is thrown off balance. Is Cas’s presence endangering the couple’s relationship or is he actually a blessing in disguise?

 

Heavy Weight

Directed by Jonny Ruff | 13 mins

When a talented new arrival begins using the local boxing club, Paris, a skilled fighter, is forced into an unexpected struggle with himself. A film about vulnerability in a hyper-masculiine world that doesn’t allow for it.

 

The Daytime Doorman

Directed by Fábio Leal | 25 mins

After exchanging glances between "good mornings" and "good afternoons", Marcelo realizes it’s time to try to go further with Márcio, the doorman in his building. Two worlds will collide through these men’s bodies.

 

Queerability Shorts

 

Picture This

Directed by Jari Osborne | 34 mins

In Picture This, a new documentary by Jari Osborne, we follow Andrew Gurza, a self-described "queer cripple," as he plans the second edition of Justify My Love—a sex-positive play party that the international media was quick to call a "handicapped orgy" when it launched in Toronto the year before.

 

Afterglow

Directed by Akira Kamiki | 12 mins

Afterglow is a sensorial movie about finding the joy of living again, going through a day in the life of a gay couple suffering from depression.

 

Dawn of the Deaf

Directed by Rob Savage | 12 mins

When a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, a small group of Deaf people must band together to survive.

 

Marrow

Directed by Stevie Cruz-Martin | 4 mins

Marrow is a daring, exciting and poignant film about desire and sexuality. Daniel Monks strips for the camera.

 

Sign

Directed by Andrew Keenan-Bolger | 15 mins

Using silent vignettes, music, and sign language, Sign uniquely tells the story of a relationship between Ben, a hearing man, and Aaron, who is deaf.

 

QueerDocs Shorts

 

Bayard and Me

Directed by Matt Wolf | 16 mins

Bayard & Me is a short doc about how the openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King Jr., and his partner Walter Naegle. In this story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system decades before gay marriage was legalized.

 

Love the Sinner

Directed by Jessica Devaney & Geeta Gandbhir | 17 mins

Love the Sinner is a personal documentary exploring the connection between Christianity and homophobia in the wake of the shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

 

Better Known as Peaches Christ

Directed by Jeff Dragomanovich | 4 mins

Drag icon Peaches Christ offers a rare, intimate glimpse into her process of transformation, and describes the path from stifled teen to brazen cult hero.

 

The Streets are Ours: Two Lives Cross in Karachi

Directed by Michelle Fiordaliso | 17 mins

When Fawzia Mirza, an American actress meets Sabeen Mahmud, a world-renowned Pakistani activist and founder of a progressive cafe (T2F) in Karachi, Mirza’s life changes forever.

 

Muxes

Directed by Ivan Olita | 10 mins

Muxes documents the far reaches of the southern state of Oaxaca where, in the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán, the world is not divided simply into males and females. The local Zapotec people have made room for a third category, which they call "muxes" - men who consider themselves women and live in a socially sanctioned limbo between the two genders.

 

Still Burning

Directed by Nick Rowley | 9 mins

Voguing has come a long way since 1990’s seminal documentary Paris Is Burning. It is experiencing a renaissance in Europe, with the heart of the scene in Paris. Sky Ninja is a part of the new generation keeping the torch burning and helping pass it on to the next.

 

Little Potato

Directed by Wes Hurley | 14 mins

An autobiographical documentary short about a gay boy growing up in the Soviet Union, his mail-order-bride mom and their adventurous escape to America.

 

My Queer Career

 

Devil Wears a Suit

Directed by Eli Mak | 20 mins

Devil Wears a Suit is a confronting high-concept drama/scifi about a Jewish boy who must decide whether to ‘cure’ his homosexuality with an injectable 'treatment' or be ostracised from his community forever.

 

First Day

Directed by Julie Kalceff | 18 mins

It’s Hannah’s first day of high school. It's also the first day she’ll wear a girl’s school uniform and go by her chosen name rather than the boy’s name she was given at birth.

 

Cake

Directed by Jacinthio Muinos | 16 mins

A middle-of-the-night hookup between an unlikely pair runs overtime and awkwardly transitions into a neighbourhood BBQ.

 

Paradise

Directed by Stephanie Stretton | 12 mins

George is released from prison for an unknown crime. She is treated with hostility by her small town, but finds comfort in her family and new friend, Alice.

 

Transitioning at Work

Directed by Mat Govoni & Monique Schafter | 6 mins

Warner has worked in IT at the same company for seven years. A year ago he faced his fears and came out to his colleagues as transgender. His physical appearance may have changed but as his colleagues discover, Warner's still Warner.

 

Tasty

Directed by Meaghan Palmer | 15 mins

A queer teenager finds pride in his newly discovered sexual identity during the midst of a drug in a Melbourne gay nightclub in 1994. Based on a true event...

 

Wild Dances

Directed by Bina Bhattacharya | 15 mins

When Ruslana wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine in 2004, it sets off an unbelievable chain of events on the other side of the world.

 

Sweet Dreaming

Directed by Katy Escane | 13 mins

A sprightly musical about Penny, a young shop girl who must make the choice between love and ambition.

 

See Us, Hear Us Shorts

 

BobbyAnna

Directed by Jackon Kroopf | 20 mins

A contemporary interracial love story between two young women gets interrupted when street singer Bobby loses her home.

 

Muxes

Directed by Ivan Olita | 10 mins

Muxes documents the far reaches of the southern state of Oaxaca where, in the indigenous communities around the town of Juchitán, the world is not divided simply into males and females. 

 

The Devil is in the Details

Directed by Fabien Gorgeart | 20 mins

Set in mid-19th-century France, this short follows Alexina, a trainee school teacher in a young girl’s convent, who suffers unbearable pains. After examination by a doctor who questions Alexina’s gender and subsequently decides that masculinity prevails, Alexina works to find their own path forward.

 

All of Me

Directed by Daphne Schmon | 14 mins

A faces late stage Leukemia that threatens the life she’s built in London. Her best hope is a bone marrow transplant from her estranged family, but reconnecting means confronting a difficult past.

 

My Own Wings

Directed by Katia Repina & Carla Moral | 9 mins

A documentary project that aims to explore the intersex identity thought stories of intersex people in USA, Spain and Ukraine.

 

We Love Moses

Directed by Dionne Edwards | 15 mins

When Ella was 12, she had her first fight. And when she was 12, she discovered sex. Now 18, Ella reflects on how her obsession with her brother's best friend Moses left her with a secret she still carries.

 

Hello & Goodbye Shorts

 

BobbyAnna

Directed by Jason Kroopf | 20 mins 

A contemporary interracial love story between two young women gets interrupted when street singer Bobby loses her home.

 

Encuentro

Directed by Florencia Manovil | 16 mins 

Claudia's night out with friends is disrupted by an encounter with the captivating Isabel.

 

Pussy (Cipka) 

Directed by Renata Gasiorowska | 8 mins 

A young girl spends the evening alone at home. She decides to have some sweet solo pleasure session, but not everything goes according to plan.

 

Momo

Directed by Yun Joo Chang | 16 mins 

Sohee takes custody of Momo, the cat she shared with her ex. But her current girlfriend sees Momo as a reminder of her ex.

 

Post-Apocalyptic Potluck

Directed by Guinevere Turner | 11 mins 

Three friends' get together is spoiled by the end of the world.

 

Our Second First Date

Directed by Emi Schaufeld | 12 mins

A woman is magically forced to repeat the same date over and over again until she can make it go perfectly.

 

Waffles

Directed by Foster Wilson | 4 mins 

A young, gay millennial discovers she's slept with the enemy and has to choose between swallowing her pride and standing by her principles.

 

Seniors Shorts

 

Pool

Directed by Leonardo Goddinho | 30 mins

On a quest to understand her grandmother's past, Claudia meets Marlene, an old woman who's created an homage to her memories inside an empty pool.

 

Bayard and Me

Directed by Matt Wolf | 16 mins

Bayard & Me is a short documentary about openly gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, best known for organizing the March on Washington and advising Martin Luther King Jr., and his partner Walter Naegle. In this story, Walter remembers Bayard and how they had to work around the system decades before gay marriage was legalized.

 

First Love

Directed by Ji-Sook Kang | 29 mins

Based on a true story from South Korea, First Love depicts two young girls who fall in love, and even though they’re not out to the world, their relationship endures for forty years. They live a harmonious life until, one day, something happens that challenges their long-term bond.

 

Older Than What

Directed by Steen Starr | 13 mins

Older Than What? brings LGBTQ elders sharply back into focus with humour, frankness, wit and charm. Filmed interview-style, twelve (12) seniors respond to ten (10) questions about aging and share stories about how they made history.

 

Elwood Takes a Lover

Directed by John Palmer | 17 mins

A dying woman suspects her husband is a closeted homosexual and decides to track down the man she thinks was his original love.

My Queer Career Retrospective

            Genderfuck (MQC 1994) directed by Sveta Gilerman

            Two Girls and a Baby (MQC 1999) directed by Kelli Simpson

            Ex (MQC 2004) directed by Julie Kalceff and Andrew Soo

            Two Nights (MQC 2006) directed by Rolmar Baldonado

            My Last Ten Hours With You (MQC 2008) directed by Sophie Hyde

            Disarm (MQC 2010) directed by Nathan Keene

            Neon Skin (MQC 2011) directed by Grant Sciciuna

            Drowning (MQC 2011) directed by Craig Boreham

            Summer Suit (MQC 2013) directed by Rebecca Peniston-Bird

            Clan (MQC 2014) directed by Lara Lavarch

            MyMy (MQC 2015) directed by Anna Helme 

            Like Breathing (MQC 2015) directed by Liz Cooper 


 

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