My Queer Career

My Queer Career

My Queer Career, Australia's largest LGBTIQ film prize, is always one of the highlights of the Mardi Gras Film Festival. This year, ten fantastic films will be competing for a prize pool of over $12,000 in cash and support. The winner of Best Film will also be automatically entered into the world-renowned 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 is in its 23rd year. We thank the generous support of the Stephen Cummins Film Trust, Spectrum Films, Sydney Film School, GU Filmhouse, Artful Coaching, and JP Media Law. 

2017 finalists
This year's finalists include 10 very impressive films, all listed below. Click on the title for more information on each film.

Please note: some films screen on other dates, but are still eligible for all prizes

Directed by Jamieson Pearce and produced by Liam Heyen and Cyna Strachan | 12 min

Coming Home
Directed by Summer DeRoche and produced by Andrea Distefano | 5 min

The Dam

Directed by Brendon McDonall and produced by Ilana Lazar | 16 min (Screening before Lazy Eye)

Dance Card
Directed by Renée Crea and produced by Renée Crea and Bianca Ritchie | 7 min

Fight for Rainbow
Directed and produced by Tanuj J. Narula | 20 min

Directed by Laura Dudgeon and produced by Stacey Kwijas | 13 min

Prasizzler Queen of the Dessert
Directed and produced by Coco Wertheim, Maximilian Mein, Robert Ten Eyck, and Emmett Aldred | 16 min (screens in Gay Shorts)

Directed by Brendon McDonall and produced by Grant Vidgen | 22 min

St Elmo
Directed by Emily Dynes and produced by Brooke Guy | 18 min

You Deserve Everything
Directed and produced by Goran Stolevski | 19 min


Awards & Prizes

Best Film
$3,000 cash - Stephen Cummins Film Trust
$2,000 support - JP Media Law

Emerging Filmmaker
$3,200 - Sydney Film School
$350 - Artful Coaching

Screenwriting Award
$500 GU Filmhouse

Audience Award
$3,500 Spectrum Films



Screens with: Adult, Coming Home, Dance Card, Fight for Rainbow, Happy, Spoilers, St Elmo, You Deserve Everything
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Classification: Over 15
Runtime: 116 mins
Year: 2017
Country: Australia
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