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Melbourne Queer Film Festival announces new venue partners Palace Cinemas and RMIT: The Capitol

The 33rd annual Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) will proudly open on Thursday 9 November following the relocation of screenings from ACMI and the addition of two new venue partners Palace Cinemas and RMIT: The Capitol.

MQFF will be moving all screenings that were originally scheduled to take place at ACMI into other cinemas as Australia’s national museum of screen culture takes steps to secure a liquor licence and introduce a new onsite hospitality operator. MQFF and ACMI intend to resume their partnership in 2024.

The Opening Night and Closing Night events have been moved to the fabulous Art Deco theatre, The Astor in St Kilda, a historical return to where MQFF held its opening night screenings from the turn of the century, for 11 years. Remaining screenings that were due to take place at ACMI will now take place at The Capitol and Palace Cinemas – The Kino, in the CBD, to ensure the best joy-filled experiences for audiences.

MQFF venue partners now include The Astor Theatre, The Capitol, Palace Cinemas – The Kino, Village Cinemas Jam Factory, Cinema Nova, and the Victorian Pride Centre Rooftop, where MQFF will be holding an outdoor cinema.

The full MQFF program is available from 9 October at

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) is the biggest and longest-running queer film festival in Australia, screening the best Australian/International queer films. MQFF aims to engage the community with the best LGBTQIA+ content in order to educate, entertain and celebrate diversity. MQFF is proudly supported by government partners: The City of Melbourne, The City of Stonnington, Department of Families Fairness and Housing, and VicScreen; as well as major partner: ME Bank.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF)
Opening Night: The Astor Theatre on 9 November
Festival dates: 9 – 19 November 2023

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