MGFF21: On-demand home set up and pro tips

MGFF21: On-demand home set up and pro tips

This is the new age darlings! We are online and on-demand! MGFF21 is now available to be streamed at home, in the comfort of your own loungeroom, bedroom, kitchen… or back yard!  Even better, all of our online films are available to stream Australia wide.  There are a few ways to ensure that your on-demand  experience is smooth sailing.

  • On Demand content is just like watching a movie on Apple TV or Netflix, when you are ready to watch, you can watch.  
  • All On Demand Films are available to watch from 7pm 18th February 2021 until 11:59pm 4th March 2021
  • Once you hit play, you have 72 hours to watch the film before it expires from your account.

Pre-test for home screenings

If you would like to test everything out before buying an official online ticket or pass, please purchase a FREE ticket on our testing 2021 Festival Streaming Test page.  Just like a regular On Demand Ticket, this will appear in Your Account.  Simply hit PLAY and you will be given a successful playback if your system meets our requirements.

The geeky stuff: Getting everything connected.

You can watch films on your:

  • Smart TV
  • Laptop
  • Desktop computer
  • Tablet
  • Mobile phone
  • Queer Screen app with your iPhone or iPad

To make sure you run your at home film festival experience smoothly check out the below option for watching on your TV that may work for you.  


If you have AppleTV, you can stream to your television using Airplay. You will need to do this through safari on your iphone, or Mac computer. You can also stream to your TV from the Queer Scren app using your iPhone (not available on Android devices)


You can Chromecast from a Chrome web browser on PC as well as Android devices by selecting the cast button in the bottom right-hand side of the player. You will need to do this on a chrome browser.

HDMI Cable

If you do not have either Apple TV or Chromecast, you can connect your device to your TV with a HDMI connection to view the content. 

How to connect a HDMI cable: 

1) Do you have a HDMI cable that fits both your device and your TV? 

2) find the ports on your computer and TV, plug in the cable 

3) Select ‘input’ or ‘source’ on your remote and scroll through until you find a mirror image of your screen. You can then press play and watch the film.  

** will only work with other devices if you have the appropriate adaptors and hardware


Our Streaming FAQ has all the information you need about streaming films On Demand at Mardi Gras Film Festival.

Free online shorts

Now that the geeky stuff is out of the way, we thought you deserve a little something for all that effort, so how about Free online shorts?  We have six shorts packages in total and two of those are free. Yes, you read us right! Free. Online. Shorts. What a great way to get started with MGFF21.  Get your eyes onto some moving LGBTIQ+ stories in these free shorts on demand! 

Online Pass

See More for less with an Online Festival Pass. We have the option of 3 or 10 Online Pass packages, but if you want to turn full Pro, why not grab our All-in Pass (Online).  Access all your queer film binging desires you need!

Put it in Your Calendar

With so many options to choose from, scheduling your time is so important to make sure that you make the most of our online offering. So make sure to flag all the films you want to watch by making an event in your calendar.  Be a pro and plan ahead! Write it down, flag it in your online calendar, write it in your sexy firefighter of 2021 calendar, whatever it is, we’ve found this helps a lot for those planning on making the most of all the festival particularly because our on-demand films are available to watch anytime you like during the whole festival period, so you don’t want to bank up too many films and realise in the last days you don’t have time to watch them all. 


We can’t wait to see how you all set up a beautiful at-home movie theatre! Want to share it with us? Take a photo and post it to Instagram using #MGFF21.  Time to test your home theatre, call your friends, bring the ottoman to the centre of the room and start dimming those theatre lights! Don’t forget to bring that theatrical energy; the harsh shooshing and reminders to turn off your phones or don’t – it’s your house!  Our films are offered under limited streaming conditions so online ticket availability is limited –  jump in quick. On-demand films can also sell out.  Enjoy MGFF21 on demand.