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Queer Screen’s 26th Mardi Gras Film Festival showcases a diverse range of LGBTIQ stories from around the world, with the first 10 ‘teaser’ films announced today. Tickets for these films at the festival, which runs from February 13 to 28, 2019 are now on sale at

Festival director Lisa Rose said: “Our ten teaser films are just the tip of the iceberg for what will be a bumper festival for Sydney audiences come February. 70% of our teaser films are Australian premieres and I’m thrilled that these ten films already cover a diverse range of stories, people, genres, sexualities and gender identities.”

In a first for the festival, the middle Wednesday will feature a Documentary Centrepiece film and party, with Audience Award winner at SXSW Film Festival ​TransMilitary ​ having the honour. “Adding a documentary centrepiece to the program this year was born out of the desire for TransMilitary ​ to be seen by the widest audience possible. It’s a little known fact that whilst Trump is trying to ban transgender people from the military, the military is in fact the largest employer of transgender people in the US, with 15,000 people choosing to serve their country. TransMilitary ​ is a changemaker,” festival director Lisa Rose said. Other highlights include the hotly anticipated​ Sauvage ​ , a powerful portrait of a gay hustler on the streets of France that sent shockwaves through the Cannes Film Festival for its unrelenting and visceral imagery. Sundance Award Winner ​Night Comes On ​ is a beautifully compelling film which follows Angel as she reenters the world from prison seeking a revenge she hopes can bring her peace. Snapshots ​ will transport you back to the 60s and a sexy secret love affair between two women, whilst ​Freelancers Anonymous ​ fills the screen with a fabulous, mostly female cast in a hilarious screwball comedy without the heteronormativity. A moving drama from Hong Kong about a teenage romance rekindled in adulthood ​I Miss You When I See You ​ is partially set in Sydney, and ​Kanarie ​ is a refreshing, funny and achingly insightful coming-of-age tale set in 1980s South Africa.

One of the many documentary highlights comes from Tonga, as we meet the incredible ​Leitis In Waiting ​ and their spirited fight for equality; along with ​Silvana ​ about a lesbian rapper and pop singer who became a queer powerhouse duo and symbol for youth in the face of a frightening neo-fascist revival in Sweden; and the sparkling documentary ​Every Act Of Life ​ that raises the curtain and shines a spotlight on acclaimed playwright and LGBTIQ activist Terence McNally. Queer Screen’s 26th Mardi Gras Film Festival is proudly supported by ​AGL Energy, Event Cinemas George Street, Create NSW, SBS, ACON and the Star Observer.

The full festival program will be announced on 9 January, 2019.

Tickets for the first 10 films are on sale now including flexi passes to 5 or 10 films. Queer Screen members receive discounted tickets and priority entry to movies. To become a member or to book tickets visit or call (02) 9280 1533.

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