Sporting a curated program of the best LGBTIQ content that aims to educate, entertain and celebrate diversity, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) comes to town from 15 to 26 March 2018. With over 120 features and shorts, panels, Q&A sessions, workshops, parties and more, you're invited to celebrate LGBTIQ culture through film and the moving image. Get your tickets online on the session pages or through the app. Download MQFF for Android HERE and MQFF for iOS HERE.
For ticketing FAQs, buying passes, screening venues and other ticketing information, check the website. Choosing which, where, when and what you're in the mood for could not be easier, on the program page.
It's a case of you snooze you lose, with the popular opening night event, Freak Show at ACMI Cinema on Thursday 15 March at 7.30pm. The only way you can get into this sold-out event is by joining the waitlist. A Melbourne premiere, this 91-minute film from the USA has Bette Midler at her boozy best as the party-loving mother of young Billy (Alex Lawther - Departure). Sent off to stay with his dad after his mother checks into rehab, he's not the most popular at school.
Going up against the self-appointed mean girl (the talented Abigail Breslin), he's in direct competition with her for the homecoming queen crown. A comedy that's all fabulous, those who get to see the film have an Opening Night Party to attend after the screening, with tunes by The Outpost's Mr Weir.
If opening night is anything to go by, I'd suggest you race out and get the closing night event ticket for Becks at the ACMI Cinema on Sunday 25 March, 8pm. Another Australian Premiere and again from the USA, this 91 min drama stars Tony award winner Lena Hall as Brooklyn singer-songwriter Becks, and the wonderful Christine Lahti as her mother. Broke and broken-hearted Becks moves back home to live with mum while she works out what to do next with her life. A film inspired by events in the life of singer Alyssa Robbins who collaborated on the films's score, Hall will captivate you with her vulnerability and immense likability.
If you're after a bit of a smorgasbord, the Australian Shorts and Award Night on Sunday 25 March at 5.45pm at ACMI Cinema could be the one for you. Ranging from 5 - 12 minutes each, the 9 screenings on offer is a diverse showcase of queer stories and local filmmaking talent. From a transgender kid's first day at school to an alien abduction, this selection of films are eligible for jury awards which will be presented on the night.
The long and the short of it is that there's a variety of other shorts to enjoy, so dip your toes into the genre you're feeling on the day. Variety is the spice of life! The documentary Transformations on Friday 23 March, 6.15pm at ACMI Cinema1 is also a selection of shorts that explores the lives, loves and achievements of a group of extraordinary and ordinary transgender and gender non-conforming individuals. It'll take you from the catwalks of New York to the sticky carpets of the Aussie queer punk movement.
Unfortunately the immensely popular Queer Filmmaking Workshop on Saturday 17 March, 10am at ACMI Studio 1 has fallen prey to standby queues only. This workshop that empowers real people to share their stories, is one designed for budding filmmakers. Its geared to just a small group where participants will write a short script, draw storyboards, shoot and edit a two-minute film together.
The rather popular Love, Simon has a bonus screening on Saturday 24 March, 11.15am at ACMI Cinema1, and is the Centrepiece Event as well on Thursday 22 March, 8.15pm at ACMI Cinema 1&2. A comedy/drama 109 min long film, Nick Robinson plays Simon with likeable charm, who is your typical American teenager. His loving, supportive parents are played by Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel, who are yet to discover Simon's big secret. This is a funny, romantic feel-good treat based on Becky Albertalli's popular coming of age novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.
There's definitely a diverse range of films to suit everyone to choose from, including Movie Matchmaking, a comedic 60-minute special event on Monday 19 March, 7pm at ACMI Studio 1. Melbourne's very own queen-of-corporate Karen From Finance will be your host and entertainer for the MQFF Match Making extravaganza. In conclusion, the lesson to be learnt here is to get in quick and start booking, so as not to be disappointed. The program conveniently lists fast-selling events to make it easy for you to spot and snap up a ticket before it runs out!