Melbourne Queer Film Festival launches mini program

Some 12 features and documentaries will screen this month for MQFF Mini.
Fragrance of the First Flower will enjoy its Australian premiere at the MQFF Mini Festival. Image: Portico Media.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival returns to the big screen this April with a mini film festival screening from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May 2022. 

The Melbourne Queer Mini Film Festival (MQFF Mini), supported by VicScreen, will show 12 features and  documentaries at Cinema Nova in Carlton, showcasing the latest award-winning films that celebrate LGBTQIA+ stories.

The line-up features three Australian premieres, including Fragrance of the First Flower, a Taiwanese series that has been described as ‘a milestone in queer representation for its sensual and tender exploration of female sexuality and desire’; and Shall I Compare You to a Summer’s Day?, a modern queer musical that joyfully mixes Arab folktales and Egyptian pop music.  

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Seven films will enjoy their Melbourne premiere, including The Perfect David, a striking and confronting examination into toxic masculinity and  repressed queerness, and Sediments, a Spanish docu-drama that explores the lived  experiences of six trans women actresses, blurring the lines between reality and fiction through an innovative exploration of their stories. 

‘From Canada to Egypt, France to Taiwan, and Argentina to Ireland, the Melbourne Queer  Mini-Film Festival will immerse our audience in a world trip of queer storytelling,’ said Melbourne Queer Festival CEO David Martin Harris  (they/them).  

‘The films at our mini-festival represent some of the latest and best films that share the  experiences of LGBTIQA+ communities, with the majority of films never seen before on  Victorian or Australian screens.  

‘Capacity for these screenings will be limited and we are urging everyone to book early  and not miss out on experiencing these award-winning stories.’

MQFF – an annual festival held in November – is Australia’s oldest and largest queer film festival, attracting tens of thousands of cinemagoers each year. Housed at the Victorian Pride  Centre, MQFF is recognised internationally as one of the world’s most important platforms for queer cinema.

Tickets for MQFF Mini are on sale now for MQFF members, and from 6 April 2022 for the general public. Visit the MQFF website.

Paul Dalgarno writes novels: A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); memoir: And You May Find Yourself (2015); and creative non-fiction: Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. Twitter: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @narrativefriction