MQFF is proud to support local emerging filmmaking talent through innovative workshops, exclusive industry labs for selected filmmakers and festival prizes. The support for local and international filmmaking talent is made possible by our award sponsors and donors.

2019 MQFF 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.)

Joy Boy – Director: Stef Smith

Film Victoria Award for Best Director, Australian Short Film – $1000

Jupiter – Director: Michael Zito

Shaun Miller Lawyers Award for Best Screenplay – $500

Cherry Season – Writer: Tim Spencer

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

Jupiter – Cinematographer: Amy Dellar


MQFF Awards

Jury Award for Best First Feature Narrative – $2500

Night Comes On – Director: Jordana Spiro

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

Man Made – Director: T Cooper

Step Right Up Award for Best Short Film – $500

Thomas Banks’ Quest for Love – Director: Pip Kelly

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

Becoming Colleen – Director: Ian W Thomson

Award for Best International Short Fiction or Documentary – $1000

The Things You Think I’m Thinking – Director: Sherren Lee


In 2019, MQFF was delighted to introduce Pitch, Pleez! This was an exciting opportunity for creatives and filmmakers to pitch their concept for a new LGBTIQ+ short film or web series to an expert panel. The winner receives a $10,000 prize thanks to Film Victoria and Matthew Lee.

The winner of the inaugural Pitch, Pleez! was Hook Up – Director: Laura Nagy, and Producer: Sarah Christie