The Melbourne Queer Film Festival is the oldest, largest and most successful queer film festival in Australia. Our main festival screens over 100 sessions of LGBTQIA+ films over 11 days running through November.
The 2023 Melbourne Queer Film Festival will run from Nov 9 – Nov 19.
MQFF supports local and international filmmaking talent through our various Jury and audience choice awards. This includes the City of Melbourne Award for Best Australian Short which automatically qualifies the recipient for our nomination in the Iris Prize - the largest prize for a LGBTIQA+ short film in the world.
MQFF supports emerging local queer filmmakers through its Pitch, Pleez! competition. The $10,000 prize offers Australian LGBTIQA+ filmmakers the opportunity to create original content by assisting with the completion of a short film.
Films submitted for the annual Melbourne Queer Film Festival should be of interest to the LGBTQIA+ community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual).
Short films submitted, if selected, may be programmed at the festival's discretion as part of MQFF's streaming on-demand offering, MQFF+, as well as in one or more of its in-cinema shorts programs. MQFF+ will only be accessible to Australian audiences.