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.

Festival Staff

Chief Executive Officer: Maxwell Gratton

Program Director: Spiro Economopoulos

Finance Manager: Helen Walmsley

Business Manager: Daniel Lancefield

Operations Coordinator: Lili Rojo

Head of Social Media: Patty Abalos

Industry Day Coordinator: Claudia Bailey

Program Assistant: Daniela Caldas

Administration Co-ordinator: Sam McGowan

Digital Co-ordinator: Gabe Astiti

Festival Publicity and Media Enquiries: 

Leah Hubay

Public Relations Director

Studio 3/31 Izett Street,
Prahran, Victoria 3181
P +61 3 9521 5570
M +61 401 002 899
E leah@savi.com.au

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.

  • Scott Herron (President)
  • Molly Whelan (President)
  • Mark Kukanesan (Treasurer)
  • David Morgan (Secretary)
  • David Magdic
  • Gin Masters
  • David Micallef
  • Brian Robertson
  • Jay Longworth
  • Alan White
  • Jasmine Fiegehen

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

Life Members

Our life members have devoted countless hours to ensure the longevity and success of MQFF over the Festival’s colourful 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.