MQFF isn’t just about fantastic films; it’s also a great time to catch up with friends and fellow cinephiles in the Festival Lounge. 

Drop in for a quick hello and a bite to eat, talk film for hours or find a comfy couch to soak up the Festival atmosphere in Optic Kitchen + Bar at ACMI.

We’ll be serving delicious meals as well as quick snacks and coffee. You can also enjoy a beer or cider from Mountain Goat Brewery or a glass of wine.

Optic Kitchen + Bar is located at ACMI Entry Level
Opening Hours
Monday – Friday 8.30am – late
Saturday & Sunday 9.30am – late


It's A Girl Thing
MQFF celebrate the women in our community with a brand new film and social event It’s a Girl Thing. On Saturday March 21, we’ll be screening two lesbian feature films The Foxy Merkins and GirlTrash: All Night Long, and all ticket holders are invited to present their session tickets at the door of the ACMI Studio for free entry into It’s a Girl Thing from 7pm-midnight, a party space with female DJ’s. Leave the cat on the couch, see a film, compare notes over a drink afterwards, have a dance and meet new friends. The gals of the MQFF will be your hosts. 

Speed Dating
After a sell-out season in 2014, MQFF speed dating returns to help introduce you to Mr or Ms Right (or at least Right-Now).

Lesbian Speed Dating - Monday 23 March, 6.30-8pm

Gay Speed Dating - Monday 23 March, 8.30-10pm

Free Events

Queer, Camera, Action! Film Industry Day!
Want to know more about the ‘biz’ in film ‘biz’? Our free Film Industry Day will use a new Australian feature film as a case study for learning more about a film’s journey from page to screen.

VCA Filmmaker’s Workshop - From Script to Screen
Want to learn how a film set operates? This free one-day practical workshop will cover bread and butter side of film making from preparing to shoot your film to running a film set. Sixteen lucky participants will gain hands-on experience through breaking down a scene, directing actors and shooting a scene using cameras on a mock film set. Get in quick while places are still available.