MQFF is a non-profit organisation governed by a voluntary Board of Management, staffed by a small team of committed professionals and supported by an army of generous volunteers. MQFF is further supported by our Sweethearts who are members of our Private Giving Program. We couldn't do it without our Team Players - all of the Festival Sponsors and Partners who support the Festival each year.


The Festival is staffed by a small team - an Executive Director and Program Manager work behind the scenes throughout the year and are supported by a Finance Manager. In the lead up to the Festival two operations staff round out the team - a Festival Operations Manager and Operations Coordinator. All roles are part-time. Various projects are supported by interns.

Executive Director: Maxwell Gratton

Program Director: Spiro Economopoulos

Finance Manager: Helen Walmsley

Festival Operations Manager: Yun Bond

Festival Operations Manager: Thomas Quirk (until December 2017)

Festival Operations Coordinator: Bonnie Perry

Festival Publicist: Annette Smith, Ned and Co.


Marketing & Digital Content Interns: Tess McArthur-Dowty, Rachel Brown


As a non-profit organisation MQFF is governed by a Board of Management. All Board Members volunteer their time.

Scott Herron (Co-Convenor)

Cathy Anderson (Co-Convenor)

Andrew Fisher (Treasurer)

David Morgan (Secretary) 

Paula Commins

Molly Whelan

Brian Robertson

Patrick Fitzgerald 

David Magdic

Gin Masters


Principal and Major Partners

Principal Partner City of Melbourne

Cultural Partner Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)



Ticketing and Smartphone Apps Ferve Tickets

Distribution and Promotion Step Right Up

Publicity Annette Smith, Ned and Co.

Website Hosting Connexus

Website Design Rhombus Digital



Rowland Thomson, Crusader Hillis, Madeleine Swain, Suzie Goodman, miss jan horstman, David McCarthy, Richard Watts, Suzy Green, Rowena Doo, Luke Gallagher, Alex Green, Paul Tonta, Leanne Sumpter, Roberta Armitage, Colin Billing, Claire Jackson, Lisa Daniel, Paul Clifton.



The Festival is supported by a generous group of individual private donors - our Sweethearts. Thank you to all of our Sweethearts for their commitment and kindness!