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The largest Queer Film Festival in the Southern Hemisphere
Images - Melb Queer Film Fest 2019
In its 29th year, MQFF is the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. Showcasing the finest, contemporary queer cinema from Australia and beyond, screenings will run from 14 - 25 March 2019 at 3 venues; Jam Factory - South Yarra, ACMI - Melb CBD & Cinema Nova - Carlton.MQFF will present over 100 sessions of Australian and International features, documentaries and shorts, including World Premieres, Australian Premieres and Melbourne Premieres.
It's an engaging, curated program of the best LGBTIQ content that educates, entertains and celebrates diversity. Celebrating LGBTIQ cultures through film and moving image, there'll be panels, Q&As, workshops, parties and more. Get your Festival FAQs here and don't miss out by getting in early for TICKETS.
Opening Night kicks off with Papi Chulo from Director John Butler starring Matt Bomer, perhaps best known for his role as the charming criminal Neal Caffrey in the television series White Collar. In Papi Chulo Matt stars as Shaun, an LA weatherman who has a very public meltdown live on air. Forced to take leave, he's lost in LA when he comes across Mexican migrant worker Ernesto. Engaged to paint Shaun's deck, the awkward duo with little to no language in common, form an unlikely couple. This is a surprising comedy that's funny and tender, brimming with compassion and empathy as Shaun is still grieving the end of his relationship with Mexican boyfriend Carlos.
Following the film screening at Village Jam Factory, your opening night ticket gives you access to the afterparty at the Emerson to usher in 12 days and nights of world-class queer cinema. There'll be finger foods, beverages and an awesome DJ with plenty of fun. You can also download the MQFF app from the App Storeand start planning your 2019 MQFF. If you're a movie buff, one film is never enough, so why not get a Pass and save. You can get a 2, 4, 7 or 10 day pass (find out more here) or an All-In-Pass which is available to Members Only, so why not become a Member and reap the benefits and be privy to Members Only Screenings and their guests.
Pitch, Pleez! is an exciting new initiative and prize, a pitching competition at the MQFF. It's a special event, a panel discussion and workshop that goes for 2 hours on 17 Mar from 2.20pm at Village Jam Factory . It offers Australia LGBTIQ plus filmmakers the opportunity to create original content by assisting the production of a short fiction, documentary or web series pilot. The winning pitch will continue to address MQFF's central values. The selected individual or team will be participating in an open session pitch-off event to be held in front of a jury of industry experts and a live audience,so come and cheer on the finalists.
The Australian Shorts & Awards is the jewel in the crown with yet another exciting collection of films showcasing new and returning Australian filmmaking talent. It takes on subjects that are diverse, from coming out and running away from a dangerous cult, a confidant that is very 'fishy', a feminist protest in a small country pub and a young man grappling with an evangelical church and his emerging desire for men. Screening on 24 March 5.15pm at ACMI, it runs for 91 mins with Jury awards being presented after the screening. It's a great way to enjoy a range of short films and various directing styles.
There are some amazing documentaries like Making Montgomery Clift. A Hollywood matinee idol loved by women for his sultry good looks and piercing eyes. He was, in reality, a tortured and tragic figure unable to live with his homosexual desires that eventually drove him to drink and an early grave. How tragic! This doco features an incredible archive of material mostly from Clift's brother and a must-see for film buffs and anyone interested in queer Hollywood history. This is just one of many others that include Becoming Colleen. A former police officer she's an 85 year old with a sparky sense of humour and an impressive collection of high heel shoes who transitioned late in life. It's a heartwarming story of community spirit as family and friends readjust to her new (to them) identity. There's a short that goes with this doco and a special Q&A event.
If panel discussions are what grabs your attention there's a few like SmokeScreen which explores the links between queer art, film and culture, and our health and human rights. Or, you could go for episodic formats, workshops or the one and only Youth Shorts. It's a collection of inspiring and heartfelt shorts that celebrates a diverse cross-section of queer teens and kids as they navigate a difficult and at times perilous but wonderful journey to adulthood. There's something for everyone, so start checking out the program and get cracking, planning. Head to the Facebook page for running updates and individual upcoming events.