Film Submissions

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Submissions for the 2018 Festival are now closed and will reopen for 2019 around August.

Each year MQFF screens more than 120 features, shorts and documentaries from Australia and around the world and presents numerous panels, filmmaker workshops and special events. With an annual audience of 20,000, MQFF is a highlight of Melbourne’s busy arts and cultural calendar and screens across three venues including the state of-the-art Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Cinema Nova and Palace Kino.

MQFF recognises local and international filmmaking talent through our Awards Program which includes prizes for Best Australian Short Film, Best First Feature and Best Documentary. The 2018 award winners will be announced at the conclusion of the Festival. To see a full list of the 2017 winners, visit our Awards page.

2017 Award Winners

MQFF Australian Short Film Awards

City of Melbourne Award for the Best Australian Short Film – $3000

(Recipients of the City of Melbourne Award for Best Australian Short Film are automatically qualified to be nominated for The Iris Prize – the largest prize for a gay or lesbian short film in the world.)

Film Victoria Award for Best Director, Australian Short Film – $1000

Shaun Miller Lawyers Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker – $500

Blackmagic Design Award for Best Cinematography (a URSA Mini 4K EF Digital Camera valued at $4155)


MQFF Awards

Matthew Lee Award for Best First Feature Narrative – $2500

David McCarthy Award for Best Documentary (Australian or International) – $2500


Audience Choice Awards

Step Right Up Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film – $500

Audience Choice Award for Best Feature, Narrative or Documentary – $1000


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