The Melbourne Queer Film Festival is the oldest, largest and most successful queer film festival in Australia. We screen around 100 sessions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex films over 12 days running through March and April.
Each year MQFF screens over 120 features, shorts and documentaries from Australia and around the world. With an annual audience of 20,000 MQFF is a highlight of Melbourne's busy cultural calendar and screens across three venues including the state of the art Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).
Dir: Amy Xu, 2016, USA, 3mins
A tender and sweet animated documentary chronicling the childhood romance between two girls.
Dir: Honami Yano, 2017, Japan, 5 mins
An ex-couple in a café, a girl sucking on her girlfriend’s hair, a running woman, a fleeing town, a little girl walking along the river. In this world, there are as many forms of love as there are people.
Hi, It’s Your Mother
Dir: Daniel Sterlin-Altman, 2016, Canada, 5 mins
A shocking tragi-comedic stop motion short about family and blood(y) ties.
I Like Girls
Dir: Diane Obomsawin, 2016, Canada, 8 mins
First love is an intoxicating experience, but with it can come excruciating awkwardness, unrequited emotions, and confusing issues of identity. Cartoonist and animator Diane Obomsawin adapts her latest graphic novel for the screen.
The Fish Curry
Dir: Abhishek Verma, 2017, India, 12 mins
Lalit is in a romantic relationship with his roommate and has always been hesitant to come to his parents. But today Lalit’s father is paying a visit and he plans to cook his father’s favourite dish and come out. Will the fish curry be tasty enough?
Hindi with English subtitles
Dir: Aharonit Elior, 2017, USA, 5 mins
In this gentle and sweet animation, a girl finds someone to spark her flame.
Dir: Louisa Bertman, 2016, USA, 5 mins
A stirring animated music video for Greg Holden’s Boys In The Street.
Dir: Louisa Bertman, 2015, USA, 5 mins
Femininity and adulthood collide in this intimate animated memoir.
Dir: Karleen Pendleton Jiménez, 2017, Canada, 5 mins
A butch lesbian tells the story of her queer body with the help of her mother and the Aztec goddess Coyolxauhqui.
Venus – Filly the Lesbian Little Fairy
Dir: Sávio Leite, 2017, Brazil, 6 mins
In this animated fairy tale, Filly, a lesbian fairy seduces women by day, dressed as a boy. But at night something strange happens…
Portuguese with English subtitles
Steps to Balance 1-5
Dir: Molly Garrett, 2017, USA, 3 mins
Two women attempt to balance through five choreographed steps.
Dir: Philip Watts, 2017, Australia, 2 mins
A citizen needs rescuing. Luckily there’s a superhero on hand. He just needs somewhere to change into his costume.
Dir: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, 2017, Tonga, 11 mins
A brave transgender woman sets off on a journey to become her true self in the conservative Pacific Island Kingdom of Tonga – with a little inspiration from Tina Turner along the way.
English and Tongan with English subtitles
Dir: Liying Mei, 2017, China, 26 mins
An unhappy marriage, a love affair and a child who holds all the secrets.
Chinese with English subtitles
Dir: Leung Man Kei Maggie, 2017, Hong Kong, 20 mins
Alan and Ben click right away at their first encounter. They leave to look for an hourly hotel to have sex but with it being Saturday night, those hotels are busy.
Cantonese with English subtitles
Dir: Karishma Dube, 2017, India, 13 mins
Set in New Delhi, a closeted lesbian risks tradition and social boundaries as she pursues her attraction towards her household maid, Devi.
Bengali & Hindi with English subtitles
Dir: Faraz Ansari, 2017, India, 15 mins
Set in the fast-paced environs of the bustling Mumbai local trains, a wordless romance develops between two men.
Dir: Kirrilee Bailey, 2017, 5 mins
Catt breaks out in a rash and thinks she might have become allergic to her long-term partner.
Dir: Luke Marsden, 2017, 6 mins
Three men. An apartment at midnight. Things unspoken.
Dir: Sam Rogers, 2017, 9 mins
Lovers Ola and Kathleen spend their days getting high off Nangs and practicing their DJ skills until Kathleen starts to question their purpose.
Dir: Oliver Levi-Malouf, 2017, 5 mins
During a mental breakdown, Christian – a drug addicted drag queen – is abducted by a lonely and mysterious alien.
Dir: Clayton Waddell, 2017, 8 mins
When Posty returns from jail, his relationship with Mick and the gang slowly unravels.
Dir: Ella Sowinska, 2017, 4 mins
Round One creates a portrait of Nicola Stevens, who played in the first professional Australian Football League women’s game in 2017.
Dir: John Sheedy, 2017, 16 mins
A heartfelt coming-of-age story about Tom, a 10-year-old who prefers the name Mrs McCutcheon.
Winner Best Australian Short – MIFF 2017
Bear in the Bedroom
Dir: Albert Koomen, 2017, 7 mins
As he dresses, a bear reveals more than just a hairy chest – he talks about the highs and lows of his life and the healing power of love.
Dir: Olivia Costa, 2017, 12 mins
A young sex worker drifts through life: Nina finds herself stretched between a boy short on cash, a girl she might like, and her young neighbours who wear candy bracelets.
Men Don’t Whisper
Dir: Jordan Firstman, 2017, USA, 22 mins
After being emasculated at a sales conference, gay couple Reese and Peyton set out to do the most masculine thing they can think of – sleep with some women.
Dir: Bina Bhattacharya, 2017, Australia, 14 mins
A closeted gay boy and a spirited Ukrainian-Australian teenage girl bond over their shared love of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo – Ep 4
Dir: Brian Jordan Alvarez, 2016, USA, 17 mins
A wondrous story of the complexities of relationships, friendly and romantic.
Dir: Francy Fabritz, 2017, Austria, 14 mins
An accidental meeting in an elevator leads two women to explore their limits once the elevator gets stuck.
Lesbehonest: I’ll Be All Right
Dir: Jana Heaton, 2017, USA, 19 mins
After impulsively breaking up with her girlfriend, Blaire moves back in with her gay best friend, Michael. Reunited in the homotopia of Brooklyn, they sift through booze, babes, and absurd life decisions.
Bayard and Me Dir: Matt Wolf, 2017, USA, 17 mins
Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin adopted his younger boyfriend Walter Naegle to obtain the legal protections of marriage. In this intimate love story, Walter remembers Bayard and a time when gay marriage was inconceivable.
The Streets are ours: Two lives Cross in Karachi Dir: Michelle Fiordaliso, 2017, USA, 16 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.
Little Potato Dir: Wes Hurley, Nathan M. Miller, 2017, USA, 14 mins
An autobiographical short about a boy growing up gay in the Soviet Union, his mail order-bride mom, and their adventurous escape to America.
Fay Presto, Queen of the close up Dir: Hanna Aqvilin, 2017, UK, 17 mins
A portrait of the legendary Fay Presto; the UK’s most in-demand close-up and cabaret magician who would rather die on stage than quit performing.
Two Minds Are Better Than One Dir: Felix Guerra, 2017, Australia, 10 mins
Wayne McMillan and Mark Gage are two Melbourne pavement artists who have a unique relationship and collaboration that allows them to flawlessly combine their ideas to create fantastic original art works.
Bootwmn Dir: Paige Gratland & Sam McWilliams, 2015, USA, 11 mins
A heart-warming, intimate and at times funny portrait of the queering of a traditional art form.
More Than God
Dir: Kev Cahill, 2015, Ireland, 9 mins
A pious Doctor is forced to deal with a family matter whilst hiding under the bed of a stranger.
Apart From Everything
Dir: Ben Lewis, 2017, Canada, 19 mins
After a two-year absence and a recent stint in rehab, Fran (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.
Dir: Louise Marie Cooke, 2017, UK, 8 mins
Lucy suspects that Cara has feelings for girls rather than boys and she is determined to get the truth out of her. Even at the risk of damaging their friendship.
Dir: Yun Joo Chang, 2016, South Korea, 16 mins
Sohee meets up with her ex-girlfriend Areum who is about to set off to live abroad in Germany. Sohee takes custody of Momo, the cat they once shared. But Sohee’s current girlfriend Yujin sees Momo as a reminder of Areum and the three women are forced to re-examine their relationships.
Dir: Brianna Frekleton, 2017, Australia, 6 mins
Two teenage girls are forced to confront who they are and who they can choose to be when an incident during their football match threatens to change everything.
My Gay Sister
Dir: Lia Hietala, 2017, Sweden, 15 mins
10-year old Cleo joins her lesbian sister Gabbi and her girlfriend to their families’ summerhouse, testing the bond between the two girls.
The Mess He Made Dir: Matthew Puccini, 2017, USA 11 mins
Awaiting the results of a rapid HIV test, Jude wanders a sexual health clinic
Assessing the life choices he’s made. This could be the longest 15 minutes of his life.
1992 Dir: Anthony Doncque, 2016, France, 25 mins
It’s 1992. Martin is 17 and he films his daily life with his Hi8 camera. He films anything and everything including his current crush Dominique, his 23-year-old high school teacher.
French with English subtitles
Alex and the Handyman Dir: Nicholas Colia, 2017, USA, 14 mins
A precocious nine-year-old boy develops a crush on a moody twenty-five year old handyman working in the mansion where he lives.
Heavy Weight Dir: Jonny Ruff, 2016, UK, 13 mins
A boxer finds his world turned upside down with the arrival of a new boxer at his training club.
Pedro Dir: André Santos & Marco Leão, 2016, Portugal 20 mins
Pedro’s lonely and demanding mother drags him to the beach. Once there however the teen stumbles upon a hidden sexual playground amongst the bushes.
Call Your Father Dir: Jordan Firstman 2016, USA, 20 mins
On Josh and Greg’s first date, they quickly realize that the generational divide between them is the least of their worries.
Herculanum Dir: Arthur Cahn, 2016, France, 21 mins
Three meetings. Two men. A rumbling volcano.
French with English subtitles
Jamie Dir: Christopher Manning, 2016, UK, 9 mins
Jamie, a shy and quiet loner, spends the afternoon with Ben after meeting him on a dating app. As they chat, Jamie finds himself opening up and letting loose his hopes and fears in an unexpected awakening.
Just Past Noon on a Tuesday Dir: Travis Mathews 2018, Brazil, 22 mins
Two strangers visit the penthouse of a recently deceased lover, only to find themselves learning more about each other.
Portuguese with English subtitles
Thirst Dir: Eoin Maher, 2017, UK, 8 mins
Drew leaves another disappointing gay hook up and wonders why he feels so alone. This revealing monologue delves deep into the mind of a lonely gay man. His desires, his insecurities and his wavering belief he’ll find love.
TommyTeen18 Dir: Vincent Fitz-Jim, 2017, Netherlands, 16 mins
Longing to experience a sexual encounter with a man, 15-year-old Tommy discovers a popular gay dating app that might offer the only solution. But in the difficult grey area between childhood and maturity everything strains.
Dir: Andrew Lee, 2016, Australia, 10 mins
An uncertain future dawns upon two young best friends as one of them is moving away from their coastal hometown.
Dir: Volker Petters, 2017, Germany, 16 mins
Phil is too small for his age. This makes him an easy target for bullies. When Phil unexpectedly receives support from lesbian girl Jo, an unexpected friendship develops.
Turn it Around
Dir: Niels Bourgonje, 2017, Netherlands, 9 mins
When the fifteen year old Bram meets Florian at a house party, he immediately falls for him. There’s only one problem: nobody knows Bram is gay.
Dir: Gail Hackston, 2016, UK, 10 mins
Jane, a young tomboy, goes to an ice rink to catch a glimpse of the girl she has a crush on. When the girl challenges Jane to get her a slushie, Jane must put her heart – and herself – on the line to ensure she gets it.
Mother Knows Best
Dir: Mikael Bundsen, 2016, Sweden, 13 mins
A woman gives her teenage son some friendly advice on their way home from having met her son’s boyfriend for the first time.
Winner of the 2017 Iris Prize for Best International Short.
Swedish with English subtitles
Dir: Julie Kalceff, 2017, Australia, 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.
Dir: Liz Cardenas Franke, 2017, USA, 10 mins
The courageous, life-altering decision to never let anyone treat him badly ever again – not even his own father – leads a 15-year-old gay teen to fully embrace who he is.