Melbourne Queer Film Festival

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival is regarded as the largest queer film event in the Southern Hemisphere. It is an annual LGBT film festival in Melbourne, Australia. This year, the Melbourne queer film festival is entering its 28th year to showcase the best contemporary queer films from Australia. For 28 years, the Melbourne queer film festival has produced a selection of the best LGBTIQ content for the community, designed to education, entertain and celebrate diversity. This year they launched more than 120 features and short films, panels, question and answer sessions, seminars, parties and many other ways to celebrate LGBT culture through movies and moving images.

As we all know, 2017 has been an incredible year for queer films. It’s booked for two films that are sure to be classics for the future, Moonlight and Call me by your name. In the meantime, we see the theatrical versions of God’s own country, battle of the sexes, professor Marston and wonder woman, handsome devil (MQFF 2017) and Tom in Finland. What we’re seeing is not just the mainstreaming of queer films, but the exciting prospect that more diverse queer stories are being told and that it has a very exciting trickle-down effect that is evident in MQFF’s rich 2018 shows.

Filter formats come and go. In 1992, the festival was renamed the Melbourne lesbian and gay film and video festival to reflect that VHS has become a popular and accessible format for gay and lesbian film-makers. The following year, the festival will be renamed again as Melbourne queer film and TV, featuring The emergence of new strange film movements and movies such as My Own Private Idaho and The Wedding Banquet, as well as queer as a full legalization – including academic terms in the wider LGBTI community. Eventually, the festival will be renamed Melbourne queer film festival in 2001 as a sign of The Times and the decline of VHS. The physical space occupied by the festival has also changed over the years. Starting with the pink triangle, the festival was held at the national cinema since 1993 and will one day become the ACMI as we know it today. Melbourne queer film festival has adapted to the changing landscape and has become the second largest film festival in Melbourne.

MQFF began life in the Prahran house of local filmmaker Lawrence Jonston, who co-directed the first festival in 1991 with the late Pat Longmore. Throughout the 1990s, the LGBTI community and the film industry will see major changes, which is festivals will navigate in exquisite ways. For example, The pink dollar, which began as a monopoly money value. For queer films, dramatic releases are more common, and some achieve great success at the box office, such as , The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of The Desert. As their slogan of the year implies, the festival has truly become “for all film lovers.” The cultural landscape has become an amazing media circus that sees images and stories, as well as social networks, some for the better, some for the worse. It is very important for our lives to be portrayed in contact with all media and all other people on all platforms, education and above all entertainment and presence, not absent or hidden like this historic past.


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