Completion Fund 2024 recipients announced

A winner accepting their novelty cheque on stage at the MGFF24 Program Launch party

Completion Fund 2024 recipients announced

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of round 10 of the Queer Screen Completion Fund 2024.

$20,000 was awarded at the program launch for the 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival held at UTS Great Hall on 25 January, 2024.

Established to provide vital support to Australian LGBTIQ+ filmmakers and storytellers aligned with the organisation’s vision and mission, the fund has become a beacon for fostering creative endeavours that reflect the rich diversity of the community.

Eligible projects have completed principal photography and are heading into post production and require funds to assist with editing, special effects, colour grading, accessibility features, sound design or music composition. The fund is also used for projects almost complete that need financial assistance for distribution and marketing.

Round 10’s jury

Queer Screen would like to thank this year’s jury, whose input and expertise in the areas of storytelling and filmmaking were essential to making the decisions about where and to whom the funds should be allocated.

This year’s independent jury consisted of Dr. Tania Chambers OAM (producer of Invisible Boys and How to Please a Woman), Spiro Economopoulos (artistic director of Europa! Europa Film Festival and former program director of Melbourne Queer Film Festival), and Julie Kalceff (writer, director, and producer of Danielle Laidley: Two Tribes and First Day). They selected two projects to receive funding.

Round 10 Recipients

A man in a green shirt stands next to soldiers in Russia

One Person Protest

Awarded $10,000
Type Documentary Feature
Genre Documentary
Director Christopher Amos
Producer Christopher Amos, Chrysaor
Logline Defying fear in the face of oppression: one person’s unwavering stand in solidarity with the Russian LGBTQ+ community as President Putin intensifies their repression.

Filmmaker Christopher Amos said, “We’re thrilled and immensely grateful for the Queer Screen Completion Funding Grant for One Person Protest. This support is crucial in helping us tell the story of Peter Tatchell’s brave protest against LGBTQ+ persecution in Russia. It’s a powerful affirmation of our mission to shed light on these critical issues. A huge thank you to Queer Screen for believing in our project.”

Two people smile at each other in a video store

Videoland

Awarded $10,000
Type Narrative Webseries
Genre Comedy, Coming of Age
Director Jessica Smith
Producer Jessica Smith, Pikelet Pictures
Logline While working at a video store in the late 90s, 17-year-old Hayley uses movies as her own lesbian how-to guides, but struggles to find any positive queer role models on the shelves.

Filmmaker Jessica Smith said, “We are thrilled to have been awarded completion funding from Queer Screen, an institution that is not only dedicated to celebrating queer storytelling, but one that actually puts their money where their mouth is and year after year provides financial assistance to the filmmakers trying to tell those stories. The importance of queer representation is at the very heart of Videoland and, with Queer Screen’s incredibly generous support, we cannot wait to finish it and share it with the world.”

Since its inception in 2016, Queer Screen has awarded $162,000 to 27 worthy Australian projects.

Round 11 of the Completion Fund will open in late 2024. To be notified and stay up to date, subscribe to our Filmmakers eNews.