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
  • 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