The best of the Mardi Gras Film Festival will be showcased in the Blue Mountains and Parramatta.

Queer Screens' 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival continues, showcasing the best of the festival in the Blue Mountains and Parramatta.

Sydney’s run of the festival attracted 16,500 attendees, used eight different venues, and saw an additional 25 sessions. With 24 of the sessions selling out this year and five events for local LGBTIQ film makers, Queer Screens' Mardi Gras Film Festival Director Paul Struthers said, “We really stretched ourselves this year.” He added that this year hosted ten international guests and showcased “a lot more lesbian and transgender films.”

Queer Screen President Giovanni Campolo-Arcidiaco said, “Queer Screen is dedicated to engaging individuals and communities through queer storytelling through film." He added that the Queer Screen team have "absolutely delivered on our mission by showcasing the whole spectrum of queer life and the rainbow of characters within that.”

This year, The Summer of ABC Burns – written and directed by Dannika Horvat – won Best Film in My Queer Career. One of the world’s most prestigious awards for queer short filmmakers, the film was awarded $3,000 cash from the Stephen Cummins Film Trust.

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