Queer film festival comes to Ballarat

LOCAL cinema-lovers will have the chance to see thought-provoking and powerful movies when the Melbourne Queer Film Festival comes to town.

A first for Ballarat, the festival will present a series of films from this year’s event, at the Museum of Australian Democracy at Eureka.

MQFF director Lisa Daniel said films continued to be screened across Australia even though the festival took place in March.

Ms Daniel, who has directed the festival for 16 years, said the event aimed to provide a safe and welcoming space for the queer community to come together to watch films relevant to their lives.

“It’s an important event in terms of providing visibility of the queer community. There’s really not enough diversity on television or in film, hence the Queer Film Festival,” she said.

“Most people like to go and see films in a safe and welcoming environment.”

The Ballarat program will feature the opening and closing movies from the MQFF, including the award-winning Any Day Now, starring Alan Cumming and Garret Dillahunt, as well as Reaching for the Moon, starring Australia’s Miranda Otto.

“We’re offering audiences fantastic films on a variety of subjects and a variety of narratives,” Ms Daniel said.

“These films have a broad appeal, they’re entertaining and have important message to say about being queer and living a life true to yourself.”

The MQFF started in 1991 and is the largest queer film festival in the southern hemisphere.

M.A.D.E director Jane Smith is gearing up for museum to show movies from the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

M.A.D.E director Jane Smith is gearing up for museum to show movies from the Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

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