MQFF Together will be the festival's first in-cinema screenings since the postponement of the 30th festival due to coronavirus.
A selection of 64 films will represent all part of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer communities throughout the festival. Kicking things off on opening night will be 'Dating Amber', a coming out romantic comedy set in Ireland during the mid-90s about best friends in high school who construct a relationship to hide their sexuality, as well as short film 'How To Be Queer', funded through MQFF's Pitch Pleez! film competition.
Then, on closing night, queer rom-com 'Breaking Fast' will screen with the premiere of 'A Big Life', also funded through MQFF.
“Whether you’re looking for a queer angle on a love story, want to see people who are just like you or want to explore the lives of other queer communities both here or overseas you will find stories at MQFF Together,” MQFF Program Director Spiro Economopoulos says.
“Whether you’re looking for a queer angle on a love story, want to see people who are just like you or want to explore the lives of other queer communities both here or overseas you will find stories at MQFF Together,” Spiro says.
Meanwhile MQFF CEO Maxwell Gratton says this year's programme will be the first chance for queer film lovers to get back to the cinema.
“We know that our communities like to watch LGBTQIA+ films with other members of the community, to share in the experience of queer stories,” Maxwell says. “We are working closely with our cinema partners to ensure that we provide a safe and enjoyable experience.”
Screening sizes will be restricted to allow for social distancing, but there will be multiple screenings so there's plenty of opportunities for festivalgoers to see a range of content.
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