February Events...

  • Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF)
  • Australian International Documentary Conference
  • Belgrade International Film Festival
  • Festival des Images aux Mots
  • Glasgow Film Festival
  • Human Rights Watch Film Festival
  • LesFlicks LGBT History Month
  • Magnolia Independent Film Festival
  • Mardi Gras Film Festival
  • Palm Springs International Film Festival
  • Pride: Bloomington's LGBTQ Film Festival
  • Queer Film Festival: University of Oregon
  • Queer Lens
  • Rotterdam International Film Festival
  • Salento Rainbow Film Fest
  • Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival
  • Tag! Queer Shorts Festival!
  • Tels Quels Festival
Mardi Gras Film Festival

Mardi Gras Film Festival

Thursday, 18 February 2021 until Thursday, 04 March 2021

There have been lesbian and gay film festivals in Sydney since 1978. Initially these were run by the Australian Film Institute.  In 1986, the AFI partnered with what was then theSydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, to present an annual ‘Sydney Gay Film Week’during the Mardi Gras festival.  The film festival was taken over by commercial concerns in 1991, but still screened as a highlight of the Mardi Gras season.

In 1993, a group of queer Sydney filmmakers, students and others approached Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras with a view to establishing an independent organisation whose primary focus was queer film and screen culture.  This organisation, Queer Screen, had the central aim of reclaiming Sydney’s GLBTIQ film festival as owned and operated by the community.  From that time, Mardi Gras was the principal funding body of Queer Screen, initially with a five-year funding agreement, followed by a three-year agreement in 1998. This agreement came to an end with the 2001 Mardi Gras Film Festival.

The Mardi Gras Film Festival has grown considerably since 1993. It is now one of Australia’s largest film festivals of any kind, and one of the top five queer film festivals in the world. It is highly regarded by filmmakers all over the world, and is the most important avenue for promoting gay and lesbian titles to distributors and exhibitors in this territory.


2021 films...

5 Minutes Too Late



Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance Shorts...

The Song We Sang

A Cohabitation

The Rogers

Soba-chan's Morning

Stray Dogs Come Out at Night

The Lonely Prince

Bring Down The Walls

The Bubble

The Capote Tapes



Dating Amber

Days (Rizi)

The Dilemma of Desire

Dry Wind

Forgotten Roads (La Nave Del Olvido)

Gay Shorts...

Offline (Desconexo)

Beauty Boys

Good Night


Escaping the fragile planet

The Goddess of Fortune

Goodbye Mother (Thưa Mẹ Con Đi)

The Greenhouse

I Carry You with Me

La Leyenda Negra

Lesbian Shorts...

Julka and Julie





Feeling Flush

Leo & Alex in the Middle of the 21

Love, Spells and All That


Make Up

The Man with the Answers

March for Dignity


Mixed Shorts...


Team Marilyn

Eyes Down


The Fabric of You

Swipe Up, Vivian!


Hey Stranger

My Fiona

My First Summer

My Queer Career...

Why Did She Have to Tell the World?

Call History


A Rare Breed

The Test

Her Own Music

No Hard Feelings

No Ordinary Man

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson

P.S. Burn This Letter Please

The Prince (El Príncipe)

QueerDoc Shorts...

Where My Girls

My Aunties


To Be Heard (Hazte Sentir)

Perfectly Frank

êmîcêtôcêt: Many Bloodlines




Suk Suk



Taiwan Equals Love

These Thems

The Thing About Harry

Through the Glass Darkly

Time Off


The True Adventures of Wolfboy

Two of Us (Deux)

Under My Skin

The World to Come

Yossi & Jagger