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.
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!
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 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 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org