The Queer Screen team at MGFF20

Everyone loves a comeback story!

It’s not news that the arts industry was hit hard by the events of 2020.

For us, the closure of cinemas, film festivals and film production was devastating because we believe in the power of stories, in particular queer storytelling.

So we did a few things, that we’ve shared below.

We brought the films
to you

By September 2020, Australia still wasn’t ready, willing or able to return to cinemas, so we took our annual Queer Screen Film Fest online. The good news? We reached a wider audience than ever before!

We supported LGBTIQ+ filmmakers

Thanks to donations we could still assist LGBTIQ+ filmmakers to tell their stories, even in challenging times. We awarded $10,000 in the online Pitch Off and our Completion Fund has granted projects $87,000, with more to come!

We made a festival comeback

We were able to bring LGBTIQ+ stories back to the big screen at the Mardi Gras Film Festival 2021! While 70 percent of films were also online, we did what makes us happiest—giving queer people the chance to watch queer films together.

We set more goals

We want to continue to do more to boost the resilience of LGBTIQ+ filmmakers and, as normality returns, help the recovery of queer storytelling. Our aim? To make it even bigger and better than before!

However, we still need your help. Donations enable us to educate, promote and help many of our LGBTIQ+ community feel less alone.

Help us keep the comeback story going

No-one ever said “no” to more!

Double your donation

Many companies match employee contributions to charitable organisations, with some donating to places where you volunteer. So if you donate $50 or volunteer for eight hours, your workplace matches the value—doubling your gift! Check with HR or Finance to see whether your employer has a similar program, and help us to do more for the community.

View a partial list of employers with programs.

Top 100 ($100+) and True Love ($500+)

Donate at one of these levels and you can be being recognised on our website, on the Mardi Gras Film Festival printed program, across cinema screens, and on our social media (subject to timing). Due to our DGR status, only individuals or persons are eligible for acknowledgement this way.

Queer Screen is a registered charity and a not-for-profit organisation with Deductible Gift Recipient status. Every donation to Queer Screen Ltd from $2 is tax-deductible, and you’re helping keep our screens queer. You can also call the Queer Screen office on 02 9280 1533 to donate over the phone, or via

Thank you to our 2020/21 Donors

Thank You true Love Donors
Thank You Top 100 Donors