My Queer Career, Australia’s largest LGBTIQ film prize, is always one of the highlights of Mardi Gras Film Festival and this year, eight fantastic films will be competing for a prize pool of over $14,000 in cash and support. The winner of Best Film will also be automatically entered into the worldrenowned Iris Prize competition, which has recently turbocharged the careers of three Australian filmmakers.
My Queer Career is a competition for the best films by Aussie LGBTIQ filmmakers, or about LGBTIQ subjects, and has been running for 22 years. We thank the generous support of the Stephen Cummins Film Trust, Spectrum Films, Sydney Film School, Event Cinemas, and JP Media Law.
Join us for a special screening and ceremony to announce the winners of the 2016 competition.
A Private Matter Directed and produced by Kate Halpin
A reserved, young woman returns to her rural hometown. Accompanied by her outgoing girlfriend, they attempt to spend the weekend with her conservative family but their visit has disastrous consequences.
A music video of the song Don’t Cry Those Tears by local artist Jack Colwell.
Followers Directed by Tim Marshall and produced by Christina Radburn
Lynn, a lonely elderly woman, finds solace in an unlikely vision of Jesus on the shorts of a young African man at her swimming class. Convinced God has sent him to her, Lynn befriends the young man.
Little Boy Blue Directed by Nathan Keene and produced by Will Faulkner and Joy Baines
Living on a farm in an isolated community, a lonely girl discovers a little boy held captive and tortured in a neighbouring barn. She forms a friendship with him but first she must face the twisted and bloodthirsty Mr Welch.
Marrow Directed by Stevie Cruz-Martin and produced by Daniel Monks
Marrow is a daring, exciting and poignant film about desire and sexuality. Daniel Monks strips for the camera.
Oasis Directed by Joshua Longhurst and produced by Annmaree J Bell, Craig Boreham
It’s the summer of ’93 and awkward teenager Dale has been dragged along by his parents to a caravan park. One night as he finishes up in the shower block, Dale’s secret crush arrives and strips off.
On Stage Directed by Ben Southwell and produced by Ian Ludwick
Dee (Warren Clements) is a popular, cross-dressing performer who just wants love and acceptance from her parents. On the night of her last performance, Dee receives some unexpected news.
The Summer of ABC Burns Directed by Dannika Horvat produced by Stephanie Westwood
Drew is always kindest to Gem when no one else is around. But when the torturous game of ABC burns sweeps their school, Gem starts to realize there is more to Drew than meets the eye.
Festival Bar (6pm to late): Drinks in the bar from 8.30pm.
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