The Melbourne Queer Film Festival is the oldest, largest and most successful queer film festival in Australia. We screen over 120 sessions of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex films over 12 days running through March.

We also hold a 2nd festival in October (dates TBC) which your project will be automatically eligible for if not selected for March.

MQFF supports local and international filmmaking talent through our various Jury & 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 gay or lesbian short film in the world.

Films submitted for MQFF 2021 should be of interest to the LGBTIQ community (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning/queer).

Overall Rating
  • Andrew Blogg

    MQFF was closed 4 days after the festival opened due to the Covid 19 pandemic.

    May 2020
  • Jay Russell

    Sadly I was unable to attend this festival but the communication and all the literature online was terrific and it seems like a really organized and enthusiastic festival to be apart of. Just wish it wasn't so far away. Got a lovely email post festival about the reception of my film which meant a lot to me. It's my first short and it's strange(and exciting) to play at festivals around the world but not be able to be there to see how it goes over. I hope to be included in a future festival in Melbourne and be able to attend the next time.

    April 2019
  • Ian Thomson

    We are honoured and thrilled to have won the Audience Award for Best Film at the MQFF 2019. Thanks to Spiro and his team for the support.

    April 2019
  • Felix Guerra

    It was a fantastic experience. I enjoyed seeing great queer films from around the world.

    April 2018
  • Lucinda Horrocks

    A great festival, really well run with a friendly, welcoming & laid back vibe. Great value for Melbourne based film makers to get exposure. Wonderful people and a beautiful audience. Would be back again in a heartbeat.

    April 2017