One of the world’s oldest, largest and most respected queer film festival – the Melbourne Queer Film Festival – is celebrating it’s 25th year in 2015.
We’ve seen countless incredible narratives over the years about the HIV/AIDS crisis, coming out, dating, breaking up, stories of transition, equal marriage, homophobia, religious bigotry, violence against queers the world over, as well as many stories about the triumph over inequality and adversity, to name but a few of the stories we’ve put on the MQFF screens over the years.
There’s some incredible films to be seen at this year’s MQFF, put together on a very limited budget and few resources. From the opening night film, Brazil’s entry into the Academy Award foreign language category, The Way He Looks, to our wacky but heartfelt closing night film, I Feel Like Disco, this year’s program highlights the best in contemporary queer cinema from around the world.
Running just over 10 days in March from the 19th-30th, you will explore the other side of Greece, Senegal, Iran, The Philippines, Mexico, Portugal, El Salvador and Sri Lanka, and with four new Australian features including the 25th anniversary screening of seminal Australian film Night Out.
We have an amazing selection of Special Presentations, including a panel discussion about gay gamers with the documentary Gaming in Color; a much anticipated session on lesbians in horror films which will accompany a screening of contemporary lesbian horror film Lyle (starring Gaby Hoffman), and a dual session co-presentation with the Melbourne Cinematheque.
If documentary is more your thing, you can see the Melbourne premieres of Alex and Ali, Derby Crazy Love and Peter De Rome: Grandfather of Gay Porn just to name a few.
And if you have a short attention span, then take look at one of the 17 shorts packages that cover as much of the GLBTIQ alphabet as the filmmakers can muster!
The 25th Melbourne Queer Film Festival runs from March 19-30.
Details available on the official festival website.