Still from Women who kill
Still from Women who kill

The newly independent film festival has a sexy, stylish, and diverse line-up.

The newly independent Brisbane Queer Film Festival (BQFF) has a sizzling selection of the best and most diverse queer films from Australia and around the world.

Screening in Brisbane from 10-19 March 2017’s brilliantly bold program has been carefully curated by new directors Shanon King and Justin Marshman to embrace the full range of queer cinema. This includes lesbian, gay, bi, trans*, gender diverse and multigenerational films along with special picks for niches and allies of Brisbane’s queer community.

Marshman said, “This year the festival celebrates its 18th birthday. Like all 18-year-olds BQFF has moved out of its childhood home, Brisbane Powerhouse, and is now ready to party as an independent festival. We are thrilled to lead this exciting new episode of Brisbane’s much loved queer arts festival.”

Included in the 18 sessions of this year’s program are 16 features, two shorts sessions, five documentaries and a special binge screening of Brazil’s stylish four-part series The Nest, covering everything from poignant coming-out tales to groundbreaking films at the vanguard new-wave queer cinema.

King added, “It is very important for us that BQFF screen films that reflect modern queer life and contemporary forms of storytelling: from opening night’s dazzling NYC vogueing documentary KIKI, French Paris 05:59: Theo and Hugo, and dark comedy Women Who Kill to the delightfully divisive Tomcat.”

BQFF will also launch and premiere Brisbane local Mary Duong’s new web series Two Weeks which will be screened across the festival and featured in the queer shorts sessions.