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Australian Shorts & Awards

Australian Showcase | Awards | Gay | Lesbian | Queer | Regional Screening | Shorts | Unclassified 18+ | 92 | Australia |


Join us in celebrating some of the brightest queer voices and filmmaking talent Australia has. This collection of adventurous, thought provoking and unmissable shorts will transport you to the birth of the Australian gay liberation movement, a clandestine and dangerous rendezvous at a secluded beach in the Mediterranean and to the back beaches of NSW where a black market abalone farmer experiences a sexual awakening. This year MQFF is thrilled to also include the winning film of last years Pitch, Pleez! competition, Hook Up.

MQFF and the City of Melbourne are proud to present this selection of Australian shorts, all of which are eligible for the following Jury Awards that will be presented after the screening.

The winner of the City of Melbourne Best Australian Short will also qualify as MQFF’s official selection for the Iris Prize – the largest prize for LGBTI+ short film in the world.

  • The City of Melbourne Award for Best Australian Short ($5,000)
  • Film Victoria Award for Best Director Australian Short Film ($2,500)
  • ME Bank AWARD for Emerging Filmmaker ($2,500)

Backing Up Bilitis Dir – Abbie Pobjoy, 2019, 12 mins

Seventeen-year-old closeted Jane creates an underground event in the basement of her suburban home, all on the brink of Melbourne’s first gay liberation movement.

Black Lips Dir – Adrian Chiarella, 2019, 15 mins

A lonely abalone trader is awakened by a longing he’s never explored before.

Kids On Fire Dir – Tommy Hart, 2018, 7 mins

A nine-year-old closeted evangelical christian tomboy must prove her faith by vandalising an LGBTIQ+ sex shop.

The Fall Dir – Shannon Anderson, 2019, 12 mins

Upon the retelling of his first relationship as a teenager, an older man reflects on the strength and vulnerability required in both boxing and in relationships.

Hook Up Dir – Laura Nagy, 2020, 15 mins

Shy Lucy is keen to please her enigmatic best-friend Alice, but when a double tinder date with two older men turns ugly, she must fight to protect Alice and in the process recognises deeper feelings she has for her.

We’re Not Here Dir – Bonnie Moir, 2019, 11 mins

When tragedy interrupts their seaside tryst, the prospect of going public brings two men to a stand off

Strangers Dir – Jamieson Pearce, 2019, 13 mins

An emotional exploration of the complexities of ageing. Adrienne and Stewart must care for their ailing mother in the face of an apparent sexual awakening and a strict nursing home policy.

This Perfect Day Dir – Lydia Rui, 2018, 7 mins

Jules walks into a music store. This could be the day that changes their life.

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