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 our valued Festival Sponsors, Partners and Providers who help us to produce a first-class Festival each year.
The Festival is staffed by a small yet incredibly hardworking 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. The Festival is also supported by several interns in the areas of office administration, marketing, digital content and sponsorship.
Executive Director: Maxwell Gratton
Program Director: Spiro Economopoulos
Finance Manager: Helen Walmsley
Business Manager: Daniel Lancefield
Festival Publicist: Annette Smith, Ned and Co.
Marketing & Digital Content: Jaq Avery
Arts and Administration: Zoe Smith
Board of Management
As a non-profit organisation MQFF is governed by a Board of Management. All Board Members volunteer their time throughout the year.
Cathy Anderson (Co-Convenor)
Scott Herron (Co-Convenor)
Andrew Fisher (Treasurer)
David Morgan (Secretary)
Principal and Major Partners
Principal Partner: City of Melbourne
Cultural Partner: Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)
Festival Sponsors, Presenters and Providers
MQFF is very fortunate to be supported by a range of incredibly generous organisations, community groups, cinemas, government departments and businesses each year. We love working with our Partners and Sponsors who celebrate difference and together share a commitment to support the LGBTIQ+ community and the arts in Melbourne.
To see a full list and to enquire about joining them, visit our Sponsors page:MQFF Sponsors
Our life members have devoted countless hours to ensure the longevity and success of MQFF over the Festival’s 28-year history. They are a much-loved and valued part of our community.
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, Colin Billing, Claire Jackson, Lisa Daniel, Paul Clifton, Roberta Armitage.
2018 Festival Sweethearts
The Festival is supported by a generous group of individual private donors – our fabulous Sweethearts. Thank you to all of our Sweethearts for their commitment and kindness!
Gold: David Owen
Diamond: David McCarthy
Emerald: Serena Chow, Ayan Dasvarma, Tim Hoffman, Myrashel, Daniel Neal
Ruby: Cathy Anderson, Colin Gunther, James Houghton, Richard Laslett, Samuel Murray, Gail Veal, Athol Willoughby OAM
Sapphire: Patrick Fitzgerald, Duncan Hewitt, Kirsten McLean, Maureen Reedy, Lan Wang, Leonard VaryBecome a Sweetheart Today