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Queer Screen’s 30th Mardi Gras Film Festival

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The first 8 films are on sale now, and the full program will be announced on January 11.

Queer Screen’s 30th Mardi Gras Film Festival

Wed Feb 15 - Thu Mar 2

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Wed Feb 15 - Thu Mar 2

Wed Feb 15 - Thu Mar 2

Presented by Queer Screen

Event Cinemas George Street, Randwick Ritz Cinemas, Dendy Newtown and other venues across Sydney, plus On Demand Australia-wide.

With compelling romances, hilarious comedies, insightful documentaries, riveting dramas and everything in between, Queer Screen delivers its historic 30th Mardi Gras Film Festival, showcasing an exciting array of films that explore the diversity of the LGBTIQ+ experience.

The 2023 festival will be bigger and better than ever, featuring some of the most exciting premieres from across the globe in cinemas, on demand and outdoors.

This includes coming of age romance You Can Live Forever, about a teenage girl who falls for the daughter of a prominent elder in a small Jehovah’s Witness community – part of our focus on Canada, celebrating the high-quality cinematic output of our Commonwealth cousins.

Another key program strand is a spotlight on the Asia-Pacific region, with films from neighbouring countries and closer to home, including Australian drama Lonesome about the sexually-charged (mis)adventures of an isolated country boy who escapes to the big city.

Other highlights include Uýra: The Rising Forest, about a trans indigenous artist’s journey of self-discovery through the Amazon using performance art to confront racism, transphobia and environmental destruction, and In from the Side, about a scandalous love affair between two members of a British gay rugby club.

The program also features a number of celebratory retrospective titles, including a one-in-a-lifetime screening of camp 1991 sci-fi drag classic Vegas in Space, joined by co-stars and preceded by live performances and an exclusive out-of-this-world after party. Not to mention an honorary screening and gala presentation of some of the works and memories of filmmaker and Queer Screen co-founder Stephen Cummins.

The first 8 films are on sale now, and the full program will be announced on January 11.

From $10, plus some free events

Some films are screened with Open Captions, Close Captions and Audio Description

Wheelchair Accessible

Images: Uýra: The Rising Forest

Tickets from: $10
Multiple locations Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia
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Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people come from many different clans and communities across Australia & in 2023 will come together as one, to celebrate with our global LGBTQIA+ community.