This is a first for the 30 year event, and attendees will be able to purchase the films and watch them at their leisure over the weekend (of 17-19 July), or screen them at select times to watch with other queer film-goers!
“While we may not currently have the opportunity to get together in Melbourne or at regional film venues to celebrate these stories, there are great opportunities to enjoy them online,” MQFF CEO Maxwell Gratton says.
Maxwell believes the decision to take the films online is in keeping with the festival's mission to continue to engage the community with LGBTQIA+ content that helps to educate, entertain, and celebrate diversity.
Interviews and introductions with local and international filmmakers are also currently being recorded to run exclusively as part of the festival.
The films being exhibited are: the Australian Shorts Package (including a range of short films from local filmmakers); 'XY Chelsea' which follows Chelsea Manning's release from prison; 'Walking With Shadows' exploring the conflict between homosexuality, religion, love and community; 'Billie And Emma' presenting a fresh perspective on first love in the Philippines; and the out-of-this-world Argentinian film 'Brief Story From The Green Planet'.
What do you do in your day-to-day life?I work in retail at Lovisa, I’ve ranged from a casual all the way up to assistant manager, but now I’m settled part-time. Besides that, I’m always planning performances for the future, and also supporting my fellow performers. And eating. Ooft!Read more: