In Sydney, Australia, the 6th Queer Screen Film Fest is winding up next month. The full program runs from September 18th to September 23. Queer Screen Film Fest showcases a diverse range of LGBT stories including narrative features, documentaries and shorts. The 2018 edition is the largest festival to date, with 29 films from 12 countries, including 15 Australian premieres.
Perhaps most exciting for Australian lezzies is that 55 percent of films were directed or co-directed by women.
“I’m incredibly proud that Queer Screen continues to champion the work of female filmmakers. The fact that we have increased our screenings again this year, up from 20 films last year, but have also managed to increase the percentage of female filmmakers is quite exciting. Having a film festival with over half the filmmakers identifying as female is rare. It shouldn’t be, but it is and I am honored that Queer Screen can be seen as doing its part to address this in balance,” said Festival Director, Lisa Rose.
Organizers promise something for everyone under the rainbow umbrella. But there’s also fun for the whole family, kicking off with an outdoor screening of How to Train Your Dragon.
The 6th Queer Screen Film Fest also plans to showcase new filmmakers, and their initiative Queer Screen Pitch Off offers Australian LGBT filmmakers $10,000 in short film production funding.
Opening the festival is Sundance Award Winner And Breathe Normally, about a struggling Icelandic mother and a persecuted refugee from Guinea-Bissau who form a delicate bond. Set amidst the sweeping vistas of an inhospitable Icelandic winter and told through the urgent lens of the global refugee crisis, it is a poignant and vital film.
Check out the full lineup and schedule at the 6th Queer Film Fest website.