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Eight things you need to see at Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Where do you find Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Danny DeVito and Zachary Quinto this March? At the Melbourne Queer Film Festival! Opening on Thursday 16 March with an exciting program of films from around the world, here are some of the must-sees.
Opening night – I am Michael
Don’t miss this compelling and controversial film based on the life of Michael Glatze (James Franco), which will open the festival. A celebrated gay activist turned anti-gay Christian pastor, Glatze questions his life and sexual orientation after a serious health scare. Director Justin Kelly will be in attendance at the film.

Still from opening night film I am Michael - two men sitting on stairs

Melbourne Queer Film Festival opening night film I am Michael, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto. Director: Justin Kelly

Out of the Closet, Into the Streets
Out of the Closet, Into the Streets is a documentary short film exploring the history of the gay liberation in Melbourne. Stick around after the credits for a dynamic discussion with a panel of filmmakers and LGBTIQ activists. Free.
Adult: an experiential screening
Based on the story Porn 1 by Christos Tsiolkas, Adult is a short film that touches on motherhood, sexuality and grief. It will be screened in a purpose-built installation at Testing Grounds, designed to heighten the audience experience. Free.
Australian shorts and awards
A festival favourite, the Australian shorts and awards night celebrates queer filmmaking in our home city. Eight shorts will feature ranging from animations, drama, comedy and light-hearted musicals. Awards will also be presented following the screening.
A man in a tuxedo, looking back over his shoulder.

You Deserve Everything is screening as part of the Australian shorts program at the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Director: Goran Stolevski

A heart-warming coming-of-age film, follow Miles’ journey to win a volleyball scholarship to pay for his university fees in Chicago. Desperate to leave his hometown, he joins the women’s-only volleyball team and faces backlash from the narrow-minded townsfolk.
The Intervention
Sharp-witted and endlessly clever, The Intervention touches on friendship, love and life.  A group of friends gather for a weekend getaway with the intention of intervening in a bickering couple’s dysfunctional marriage.
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The Intervention is screening as part of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival. Director: Clea DuVall

Youth Shorts
Youth Shorts explores what it means to be young and queer. From a Muslim girl experimenting with gender roles to the queer hip-hop movement, there is a story for everyone.
Movie matchmaking
Looking for that someone special to share your popcorn with? The festival’s much-loved movie matchmaking is back for another year on Monday 20 March.­­­­­
Melbourne Queer Film Festival runs from 16 to 27 March 2017 at ACMI, Kino Cinemas and Cinema Nova. The Festival Lounge, located at ACMI Café & Bar, is the perfect place to grab a bite and drink in between films.