Brisbane Queer Film Festival is a highlight of the Brisbane queer community calendar. Since becoming independent in 2017, under the direction of Shanon King and Justin Marshman, the festival returns in 2019 to present, indulge and empower LGBTIQA and gender diverse film, filmmakers and screen content. This marks the festival’s twentieth year.
Returning to New Farm Cinema, which, since its reopening has quickly established itself as Brisbane’s premiere location for all things cinema, from festivals, independent, cult and non-mainstream work to blockbuster cinema. There is no better place to create this connection for the Brisbane queer community than New Farm Cinema who has a special history to queer culture with the original site, the heritage listed Village Twin, cited as a gay beat in 70s/80s Brisbane.
Since the festivals’ first outing in the year 2000, at Brisbane Powerhouse, more than 60,000 film-lovers have immersed themselves in the BQFF experience.
The Brisbane Powerhouse was reopened in 2000, an election year for the Brisbane City Council, by then Lord Mayor, Councillor Jim Soorley. Built in a decommissioned power station, the “Centre for the Arts” was one of the culminations of Soorley’s $4 billion Urban Renewal program. It was also a major addition to the Brisbane arts scene. It is of particular interest then, that one of the highest profile events of the Brisbane Powerhouse’s inaugural program was the first screening of the Brisbane Queer Film and Video Weekend - Kelly McWilliam, “We’re Here all Week: Public Formation and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival.” Queensland Review 14.2 (2007).
Presently in its 20th year and now screening at New Farm Cinemas, BQFF continues to be Queensland’s only regular public film festival dedicated to explicitly queer films.
The festival is run by volunteers from the community, and we rely on sponsorship and funding from grants, to produce the festival.
In 20 years we’ve come so far as many communities holding space for ourselves. It’s wonderful to see the rest of society slowly catching up - with more mainstream ways for us to see ourselves represented. With still so much more to be done, we are humbled to still be here and value the past 20 years of holding space that Brisbane Queer Film Festival has offered to the Brisbane queer community and hope you continue to see value in our visibility. We are here for the tender moments of reflection and representation.
Come and join us and share the queer film experience.