Well, that's a wrap on the second Perth International Queer Film Festival! Over 250 people attended across nine consecutive nights of film, showcasing the very best of International Queer Cinema. Held at the The Backlot Perth, this boutique cinema bought the festival to life with the support of Ian Hale and his team.
For the first time we also had a satellite screening of the Mexican film Velociraptor at Curtin University who sponsored the festival and promoted the films campus-wide.
The festival program included films from across the globe including the USA, India, Italy, France, the UK, Mexico, Iran, Cuba and Germany with seven of the nine feature films premiered in Australia for the first time, including opening night film ‘Discreet’’ which was a sell out.
We were surprised and delighted to have film maker Bryan Nelson fly over with his mum from the USA, for the premiere screening of NIQI - the opening film in our Short Film Night during the festival.
Friends of Indian film maker Deepthi Tadanki, were on holiday from the UK and made sure to make a special visit to Satyavati. They knew first hand the dedication of this director to make a very thought provoking film, which took over three years to produce, and raise funds in India for this tough lesbian topic.
Our closing night film Aeffetto Domino was exciting for Italian film-maker Fabio Massa, who was texting us before, during and after the film - staying up late in Italy - to find out how the audience responded to the Australian debut of his film.
Thank you to everyone who made the event possible, including The Film Collaborative, M-Appeal, Breaking Glass Pictures and a range of young independent film makers, as well as a fabulous team at WA AIDS Council.
We look forward to seeing you next year to do it all again!
Perth International Queer Film Festival Co-ordinator