Women Dominating This Year's Queer Screen Film Festival

Written by Staff Writers
Category: TV & Film Published: Monday, 13 August 2018 17:18

The 6th Queer Screen Film Fest hits Sydney screens next month.

The festival takes place at Event Cinemas George Street, and includes a free outdoor Rainbow Families screening of of the animated film 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' at Sydney Park, St Peters on Sunday 16 September in the lead up to the festival.

The festival is proud to showcase a diverse range of stories across narrative features, documentaries and shorts. This year's programme is the largest to date with 29 films from 12 countries, 15 Australian premieres and a huge 55 per cent directed (or co-directed) by women.

Festival Director Lisa Rose says the big presence of female directorial talent is very important.

“I’m incredibly proud that Queer Screen continues to champion the work of female filmmakers. The fact that we have increased our screenings again this year, up from 20 films last year, but have also managed to increase the percentage of female filmmakers is quite exciting," she says.

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'George Michael Freedom: Director's Cut'

"Having a film festival with over half the filmmakers identifying as female is rare. It shouldn't be, but it is and I am honoured that Queer Screen can be seen as doing it’s part to address this in balance.”

There's also a brand new filmmaker initiative this year called the Queer Screen Pitch Off, which will see Australian LGBT+ filmmakers battle it out for $10,000 in short film production funding! May the best pitch win.

Click here for the festival's full programme.

The Queer Screen Film Festival runs from 18-23 September in Sydney.

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