Melbourne Queer Film Festival Restarts And Goes Online For 2020

Written by Staff Writers
Category: TV & Film Published: Friday, 10 July 2020 10:54

Originally scheduled for mid to late March but cut short due to COVID-19, Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) will screen five films from its 2020 programme through its website.

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.

HookUp MQFF20

'Hook Up'

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.

XY Chelsea MQFF

'XY Chelsea'

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'.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival's online event is on from 17-19 July. Click here for the full programme.

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