2024 MQFF | 14–24 NOV

Pitch, Pleez!


All applicants will be contacted with an outcome of their submission by Friday 26 April.


Since 1991, MQFF has proudly supported local queer filmmakers through its various awards and prizes.

In 2019, we launched an exciting initiative; our pitch competition called Pitch, Pleez!

This prize offers Australian LGBTIQ+ filmmakers the opportunity to create original content by assisting the production of a short fiction, documentary or web series pilot. The winning pitch will address MQFF’s central values of celebrating and showcasing proudly different queer stories in an Australian context.

Applications for Pitch, Pleez! 2024 have closed! The selected individual or team will then be required to participate in an open session pitch-off event to be held in front of a jury of industry experts and a live audience on Thursday, 9 May*.


*Subject to change.


Winners of Pitch, Pleez!



2019 Hook Up

by Laura Nagy & Sarah Christie



A Big Life

by Ana Brownfield


How to be Queer

by Clare Cavanagh & Alexandra Morgan


We’re Doing Well

by Andrew Mills



Graveyard Shift

by Morgan Flint & Jamie Tram



by Sophie Saville


While We Still Have Time

by Ava Grimshaw-Hall & Jasper Caverly




The winning team or individual will be awarded the following:


  • • $10,000 cash prize to help fund the project
  • • Premiere status at the Opening Night of MQFF34
  • • All-In-Pass to the 2024 Melbourne Queer Film Festival (Nov 14–24)


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Application Criteria

Your completed application form must address the following requirements:


  1. 1. Types of projects being considered – short fiction film, documentary or web series pilot
  2. 2. Project length 15 mins maximum
  3. 3. The project must have relevant LGBTQIA+ themes and subject matter
  4. 4. Must identify LGBTIQA+ people working on the project
  5. 5. The applicant or applicants must be over 18 and Australian residents to apply
  6. 6. A current draft of the script formatted to industry standards
  7. 7. A synopsis (200 words or fewer)
  8. 8. Applicants must own the rights to the story they are pitching
  9. 9. A detailed budget breakdown (if the project exceeds $10,000, evidence of where the additional funds or in kind support will come from)
  10. 10. Screener links to any of the director’s or key team member’s previous projects
  11. 11. Relevant CVs for all the applicants
  12. 12. Agreement to MQFFs terms and conditions


MQFF strongly encourages diversity in front of and behind the camera, so please keep this in mind when creating your pitch.




View the terms and conditions for Pitch, Pleez! competition here

Terms & Conditions



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