Mardi Gras Film Festival 2017 - It's a Wrap

The 24th Mardi Gras Film Festival has come to a close, and what a fabulous 16 days it was!

2017 was the biggest year in recent Festival history with 21,000 attendees - a 23 per cent increase from last year - and 100 screenings and events. We can't say thank you enough to you, our dedicated audience, and our absolutely outstanding volunteers.

We warmly welcomed international guests to 40 (quadrupled from last year!), including filmmakers, activists, advocates, GLAAD and festival directors from the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance. It was amazing to be able to share ideas in the international community - but even moreso, it was just plain fun with so many parties, panels and the Opening and Closing Night Galas.

Thanks for supporting Queer Screen - but we're not quite done yet. We're now gearing up to head on tour, bringing the best of the festival to the Blue Mountains, Parramatta and Canberra.

Photos from throughout the festival are available at The Aperture Club.


2017 Audience Award Winners

Audience Award for Best Narrative Film
Winner: When We Rise
Written by Dustin Lance Black, this epic four part series recounts the history of the LGBTIQ rights movement in the US with enthralling performances by Guy Pearce, Mary Louise Parker and Rachel Griffiths to name a few of the stellar cast.

Runners Up:
(2) Handsome Devil
(3) Family Commitments
(4) Bear City 3
(5) Angry Indian Goddesses


Audience Award for Best Documentary Film

Winner: Suited
Suited follows bespoke Brooklyn tailors Bindle & Keep as they clothe their transgender clients in suits that not only fit, but are befitting of who they are and how they want to be seen in the world. Powerful and emotional.

Runners Up:
(2) Political Animals
(3) Real Boy
(4) Out of Iraq
(5) The Freedom to Marry

2017 My Queer Career winners

Winner Best Film
Directed by Brendon McDonall and produced by Grant Vidgen
This film won $3,000 cash from the Stephen Cummins Film Trust, $2,000 in support from JP Media Law, and an automatic entry into the world renowned Iris Prize.

Winner Emerging Filmmaker Award
Directed by Jamieson Pearce and produced by Liam Heyen and Cyna Strachan.
This film won $3,200 worth of courses at Sydney Film School

Winner Best Screenplay Award
You Deserve Everything
Directed and produced by Goran Stolevski
Winning $500 cash from GU Filmhouse

Winner Audience Award
Directed by Brendon McDonall and produced by Grant Vidgen
Prize: $3,500 worth of support from Spectrum Films