September Events...

  • (S)exhibitions
  • Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival
  • Calgary International Film Festival
  • Champs d'Amours, 100 ans de cinéma arc-en-ciel
  • Cinema Diverse!
  • Cinema Queer International Film Festival
  • D'un bord à l'autre
  • DC Shorts Film Festival
  • Dinard Festival of British Cinema
  • DiversidArte: Festival de Curtas
  • Durban Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
  • Edmonton International Film Festival
  • Encounters
  • Fabulous Independent Film Festival
  • Fantastic Fest
  • Fargo-Moorhead LGBT Film Festival
  • Fresno Reel Pride Film Festival
  • Great Lakes International Film Festival
  • Gulf Coast Film and Video Festival
  • Hong Kong Lesbian and Gay Film Festival
  • Jewish Film Festival Berlin
  • Kansai Queer Film Festival
  • Kaunas International Film Festival
  • London Spanish Film Festival
  • Netherlands Film Festival
  • New York Film Festival
  • New York No Limits
  • Niagara Falls International Film Festival
  • Nordisk Panorama - 5 Cities Film Festival
  • Oslo/Fusion Filmfest
  • Out on Film
  • Pink Season
  • Polish Film Festival
  • Portland Queer Film Festival
  • Premio Sebastiane
  • Queer City Cinema
  • Queer Lisboa
  • Queer Screen Film Fest
  • QueerFest
  • Raindance Film Festival
  • Reeling Filmfest
  • Reykjavik International Film Festival
  • Sacramento Film & Music Festival
  • San Sebastián International Film Festival
  • Some Prefer Cake
  • Taiwan International Queer Film Festival
  • Thessaloniki International LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Trans Stellar Film Festival
  • Urbanworld Film Festival
  • Vancouver International Film Festival
  • ZE Festival
  • Zurich Film Festival
Queer Screen Film Fest

Queer Screen Film Fest

Wednesday, 18 September 2019 until Sunday, 22 September 2019

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.

For 10 years, Queer Screen’s documentary festival, queerDOC, was the first and only GLBTIQ documentary festival in the world, and the annual My Queer Career competition pioneered queer short film competitions exclusively for locally produced work. Both events are now part of the Mardi Gras Film Festival.

In recent years, new initiatives have grown to include special events and curated programs right across Australia, making Queer Screen one of only a handful of GLBTIQ film organisations world-over to operate a national slate of events throughout the year.

Since 2013, a new film festival, the Queer Screen Film Fest, has become a major event that delivers the latest GLBTIQ movies to the Sydney’s screens in the month of September.


2019 films...

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Our opening night film is a tour de force 18th-century lesbian romance that celebrates the female gaze like few before it.

Pain and Glory

Pedro Almodóvar's trademark vibrant imagery and humour permeates Pain and Glory, about chronic pain-suffering filmmaker Salvador who looks to his past to rediscover the glory of life.

A Luv Tale: The Series

A steamy one-night stand between a struggling Harlem artist and a married older woman leads to an illicit affair in Sidra Smith’s stylish, sexy, modern melodrama.


As Jakob explores a connection with a beautiful man he met online, his sense of fantasy and reality begin to blur.

End of the Century

This sensual film explores the role of fate and chance in our sexual encounters and relationships. Is this just a summer fling or are Ocho and Javi meant for each?

Same But Different: A True New Zealand Love Story

True love beckons for an attractive Kiwi odd couple in this funny, moving, cross-cultural romantic comedy based on the real life romance of director Nikki Si'ulepa.

Gay Shorts

Break Me

Mansour’s love for his best friend Andreas is put to the test when his strictly religious father decides to take him to their home country to get married.

The Distance Between Us and the Sky

Two strangers meet for the first time at an old gas station.

Dante vs. Mohammed Ali

Wolf tries to convince Alexander to join him leaving the village, but his overly romantic message runs into a wall.


As he moves from one casual engagement to the next, Francisco struggles with his body image.


Victor, a young, gay youtuber, is answering questions from his fans, and Alicia has a very important thing to say to him.


Lavender is a tender, poignant look at an unconventional relationship as it blossoms and ultimately unravels.

Matt & Dan: Zombie Ex

Things get complicated when Luke runs into a hungry zombie bent on eating his brains, who also just so happens to be an ex boyfriend...


Patricia goes to Wyatt’s house for dinner.

Killing Patient Zero

Killing Patient Zero is an enthralling documentary that vividly tells the story of Gaëtan Dugas, the Canadian man falsely accused of introducing AIDS to North America. A powerful cinematic...

You Don't Nomi

Don your finest “Versayce” for a Showgirls night you won’t forget – doco You Don’t Nomi revels in this camp classic and then we’re showing the film straight after!

Vita & Virginia

Vita & Virginia is a surreal biographical romance that poetically recreates the incendiary affair between socialite and popular author Vita Sackville-West and literary icon Virginia Woolf.


Don your finest “Versayce” for a Showgirls night you won’t forget – doco You Don’t Nomi revels in this camp classic and then we’re showing the film straight after!


A moving and insightful documentary about one trans man’s pioneering quest to start his own family, by birthing his own child. Open Captioned screening.

Lesbian Shorts

Are We Good Parents

When Lauren and Bill’s 14-year-old daughter says she’s going to her first dance with her classmate Ryan, they question their preconceived notions of her sexuality and their openness as parents.

Yulia & Juliet

A modern love story loosely based on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

Forget Me Not

Irene and Luisa, two 70-year-old women go to a cemetery to visit their deceased relatives. A series of strange coincidences causes their paths to cross.

Girls Weekend

Directed by Kyra Sedgwick and starring Ali Liebegott, Girls Weekend centers around a reunion between an estranged lesbian and her not-so-accepting family back home.

Home Girl

Roya pushes away the woman she loves but what if she doesn’t have to hide anymore?

Shelby's Vacation

Shelby sets out from LA on a much-neede


This witty and sharply observed British film follows a socially awkward young film director as he pursues a cute musician – can love prevail when you’re on the promo trail?