The Melbourne Queer Film Festival is the oldest, largest and most successful queer film festival in Australia. Our main festival screens over 140 sessions of LGBTIQ+ films over 12 days running through November.

We also run a smaller festival in April, special events, members screenings and activations throughout the year.

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
  • I was very happy my documentary Is this Queensland in the 20s? was a Finalist at your Festival for March and hoping to be considered to be screened at your next festival in October.

    March 2021
  • Jessica Smith

    So honoured to be a part of MQFF. It was wonderful to be back in cinemas and to have the opportunity to speak in front of the Comedy Shorts program audience. This is such a wonderful festival with a great program each year. Excellent communication and inclusion for filmmakers.

    March 2021
  • Gisela Chicolino

    We were finalists but not selected. so we keep trying because we love the festival programation.

    March 2021
  • siobhan fahey

    Thank you for hosting our Australia (almost world) Premiere and our first time in front of a live audience. It is actually unbelievable that this is a mainly volunteer run festival. Completely helpful, responsive and fun. Wish we could have been there to see the Melbourne Dykes on Bikes arrive. Hope to have a feedback email, phone call to understand the P & I interest. Beyond that, great fun, and recommended.

    March 2021
  • Andrew Blogg

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

    May 2020