Film Submissions

Thank you for your interest in the 2020 Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Submissions for the 2020Festival will open on 12 August and will close on 6 December 2019.

Each year MQFF screens more than 140 features, shorts and documentaries from Australia and around the world, and presents numerous panels, filmmaker workshops and special events. With a record breaking audience of 26,000 in 2019, MQFF is a highlight of Melbourne’s busy arts and cultural calendar. In 2020, MQFF will screen at venues in the Melbourne CBD and surrounds.

In 2019, MQFF proudly awarded ~$50,000 cash and prizes to LGBTIQ+ filmmakers and creatives as part of its growing offering.

MQFF proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.

Films submitted for MQFF 2020 should be of interest to the LGBTIQ community (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, questioning/queer).

Submission is free for Australian entrants only. Australian entrants please email for waiver code.

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. To see a full list of the 2018 winners, visit our Awards page.

2020 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 Best Screenplay – $500

Blackmagic Design Award for Best Cinematography (BMD Pocket Cinema Camera 4K – $2000)


MQFF Awards

Award for Best First Feature Narrative – $2500

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

Step Right Up Award for Best Short Film – $500

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


Pitch, Pleez!

$10,000 thanks to Film Victoria and Matthew Lee