Asian flicks to delight at Mardi Gras Film Festival

Asian flicks to delight at Mardi Gras Film Festival

LAST UPDATED // Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:31 Written by // Cec Busby

Mardi Gras Film Festival will shine a light on Queer Asian cinema this year when it plays host to delegates from the Asia Pacific Queer Film Festival Alliance (APQFFA) and screens a range of contemporary and classic Asian feature films, documentaries and shorts.

Founded in 2015 by festival programmers from across the Asia Pacific region, the APQFFA aims to enhance the visibility of LGBTIQ people and cinema in the region.

Co-founder Jay Lin suggests the alliance allows festival programmers and directors to look beyond mainstream and western films and focus on the wealth of films being produced in the region.

"For years as a director and programmer for the Taiwan International Queer Film Festival, I have looked often by default to mostly non-Asian films to fill the line-up, but the reality is that there are many stories originating from the Asia-Pacific that are worthy of sharing with each other,” Lin says.

“I founded the APQFFA, along with other members, to start sharing more resources with each other to find these films, and encouraging mutual communication that will hopefully result in further fruitful endeavours including co-productions, festival exchanges, joint promotions and many wonderful things that can happen when people dream beyond borders, languages, and restrictions”.
Mardi Gras Film Festival Festival Director Paul Struthers said the organisation was excited to partner with APQFFA.  

“We are thrilled to host our colleagues from the Alliance festivals and to hear about their experiences screening LGBTIQ cinema, often in countries that are not as welcoming and inclusive as Australia. We know our audience will be as excited as us to see these quality films”.
The Spotlight on Asia includes:
The APQFF Forum: Delegates from the Alliance will hold an open forum at the University of Sydney to discuss queer cinema and their experiences in presenting queer film festivals in their countries. This exciting conversation will be moderated by guest Kiki Fung, Head Programmer for Australia’s Brisbane Asia Pacific Film Festival. It will be a free event with time for audience questions at the end; a great opportunity to become part of this important conversation. Attending festivals are noted below. Presented with the University of Sydney, SBS, Incredible India, Out & About Travel, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office, Screen NSW, and ACON.
Focus on Asia film strand: Screening across the Festival at Event Cinemas George St and introduced by APQFFA delegates from their countries are: Angry Indian Goddesses,Our Love Story, Out Run, The Wedding Banquet, and the double bill of Irrawaddy Mon Amour, The Priestess Walks Alone and the Australian Premiere of South Korean trilogyOne Night and Two Days.
The APQFF Short Film Screening: A free screening of the best in new, Asian shorts as nominated by the Alliance members and curated by Queer Screen’s Mardi Gras Film Festival. Introduced by Alliance delegates at Event Cinemas George St.  
Tickets for all films are on sale. Please visit or the Mardi Gras Film Festival app to book or call (02) 9280 1533 to become a Queer Screen member for discounted tickets and priority entry.

[main image]  A still from Our Love Story. Supplied.


Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and online editor of

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