Mardi Gras Film Festival 2024 Teaser Programme Launch

15-29 February 2024 In Cinema
1-11 March 2024 On Demand

Queer Screen’s 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival has unveiled a sneak peek at the
incredible cinematic journey awaiting audiences from 15 to 29 February in Sydney, before an on demand
encore 1 to 11 March nationwide. The Festival promises a kaleidoscope of LGBTIQ+ stories showcasing
both Australian and Sydney premieres from across the globe screening at Event Cinemas George Street,
Dendy Cinemas Newtown, Ritz Cinemas Randwick as well as other exciting venues to be announced. The
full festival program will be revealed on 10 January, 2024.

“We are thrilled to be announcing six of the over 100 films that will make up our 31st Mardi Gras Film
Festival”, Festival Director Lisa Rose explained. “It’s such a wonderful time for queer film, with a plethora
of unique and interesting stories being told about the LGBTIQ+ experience both real and imagined. I
can’t wait for audiences to see what is on offer.”
One of the most anticipated highlights of the Festival is the Sydney Premiere of Aristotle and Dante
Discover the Secrets of the Universe. Based on Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s critically acclaimed young adult
novel, this evocative story of friendship and self-discovery brings a feeling of sun-kissed nostalgia to the
classic coming-of-age tale.
Winner of the prestigious Teddy Award for best queer film at Berlinale, the Sydney Premiere of All the
Colours of the World Are Between Black and White is a slow-burn love story between two men as they
explore the streets of Lagos, Nigeria. For fans of Pose and Transparent, transgender actress Trace Lysette
stars alongside screen legend Patricia Clarkson in the Australian Premiere of Monica, whose powerful
performances anchor this intimate and complex exploration of family and forgiveness.
For fashion enthusiasts and fans of iconic cinema we present the Sydney Premiere of Happy Clothes: A
Film About Patricia Field which offers a fascinating glimpse into the remarkable life and fascinating
process of the stylist Patricia Field who gave us “The Devil Wears Prada’s” cerulean sweater and Carrie
Bradshaw’s tutu.
Featuring a Sundance Special Jury prize-winning performance from non-binary heartthrob Lio Mehiel,
Mutt follows twenty-something trans man Feña as he’s thrown into an eventful 24 hours in New York
City where he reconnects with his ex-boyfriend, sister, and father for the first time since coming out.

Internet comedian turned Hacks scene-stealer Meg Stalter delivers a hilarious performance in Cora Bora,
a bittersweet queer comedy about a struggling musician who finds her world thrown off its axis. The film
also features Heather Morris (Glee) and Margaret Cho (Fire Island).
For exclusive presale access from 8 January and discounted tickets consider becoming a Queer Screen
member to support the vibrant world of LGBTIQ+ cinema. Film Fans can also secure their festival passes
at Early Bird pricing, with a Flexi 5 Early Bird pass now just $90 ($70 for Queer Screen members) and the
Flexi 10 Early Bird pass only $170 ($135 for members). Additionally, Queer Screen gift vouchers are
available for the festival, whether online or in-cinema, making them the perfect gift for friends, no
matter where they’re located.
“We’re delighted that Optus is returning as Presenting Partner for the third year in a row.” says Queer
Screen Co-Chair Abs Osseiran. “A huge thanks to all our partners who have helped to grow Mardi Gras
Film Festival into one of Australia’s most successful film festivals and to present so many special
screenings and events for our loyal festival audiences!”
Queer Screen’s 31st Mardi Gras Film Festival is also supported by Major Partners American Express and
Allianz. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available through Queer Screen.

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