Our Vision To facilitate a high quality film and arts event engaging the queer and wider community.
To be the premier rural queer film and arts festival in Australia.
To showcase and celebrate queer culture by providing diverse, accessible and quality events.
To present and promote regional artists.
Integrity Creativity Inclusivity
Who are we? The Bendigo Queer Film Festival was founded in 2004 by Chris Walters in collaboration with the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF), who are the key sponsor and program the films for the Festival.
The Bendigo Queer Film Festival attracts people from all over Victoria and interstate.
We are proud to be one of the few regional centres Australia wide, which hosts its own queer film festival. BQFF provides cultural and artistic opportunities to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQA+) people living in Central Victoria. BQFF is recognised as a significant event by the LGBTIQA+ community and by the City of Greater Bendigo. We are proud of this special event, which showcases queer talent and attracts interstate and international visitors to our region.
What are we? BQFF is a not-for-profit community group auspiced by Women's Health Loddon Mallee (WHLM). WHLM are the governing body for the Festival, they provide organisational governance and support which enables the BQFF to keep overheads low and stay fabulous.
2017 Committee Convenor - Suellen Pepperell Queer Country Curator - Noel Hourigan Secretary - Gayle Freemantle Treasurer - Daniel Borton Sponsorship Coordinator - Daniel de Vries Volunteer Coordinator - Debra Miller Community Committee Members - Maxwell Clarke, Tashara Roberts Publicity - Joseph Crofts
Film Curator - Spiro Economopoulos, Melbourne Queer Film Festival
Why do we need events like the BQFF? Research has proven that people in rural communities, are more likely to suffer isolation, depression, self-harm and suicide.
BQFF offers a space for rural lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex people, their families and friends, to connect with and support each other through common stories and lessen the feeling of isolation.
Are you, or is someone you know, in need of help? Professional, confidential services are available. Be safe, take care and know that you are unique, special and loved for being true to your sense of self. You are never alone.