Film Submissions

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 Melbourne Queer Film Festival.


Submissions for the 2018 festival are now closed.


Each year MQFF screens over 120 features, shorts and documentaries from Australia and around the world. With an annual audience of 20,000 MQFF is a highlight of Melbourne's busy cultural calendar and screens across three venues including the state of the art Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI).

MQFF recognises local and international filmmaking talent through our Awards Program which includes prizes for Best Australian Short Film and Best Feature. In 2017 we awarded the following:



City of Melbourne Award for the Best Australian Short Film - $3,000: Goran Stolevski - You Deserve Everything(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 - $1,000: Jamieson Pearce - Adult.

Shaun Miller Lawyers Award for Emerging Australian Filmmaker - $500: Brendon McDonall - The Dam



MQFF Life Members Award for Best Feature (Australian or International) - $2,500: Ingrid Jungermann - Women Who Kill

David McCarthy Award for Best Documentary (Australian or International) - $2,500: Deborah S. Esquenazi - Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four



Step Right Up Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film - $500: Brendon McDonnal - **Spoilers**

twenty21 Audience Choice Award for Best Feature, Narrative or Documentary - $1,000: Darren Thornton - A Date For Mad Mary