The competiton is fierce for My Queer Career 2016
Queer Screen's Festival Manager, James Woolley, talks to Screen NSW about its talent unearthing competition, My Queer Career.
We’re very lucky in Australia to have so many talented filmmakers – Queer Screen can do a callout for a niche genre like LGBTIQ short films and receive dozens of entries every year. In fact there are so many good films that it is a painful exercise selecting the finalists. There is nothing we hate more than rejecting a decent film from our competition because we really want to support every LGBTIQ filmmaker in Australia, but competitions have this evil dark side to them – someone has to be rejected – and picking only the very best does keep the competition’s reputation in check. We have emerged with eight fantastic finalists for the 2016 competition, to be held at Event Cinemas George Street later this month, and think every NSW film lover should come and support these emerging talents.
My Queer Career was established in 1994 to showcase the best in Australian and New Zealand queer short films (New Zealand was later dropped from the competition – sorry Kiwis). Over the years it has grown into a prestigious competition and in 2016 year we are giving away over $14,000 worth of cash and support to the best films. I must thank the very generous support of the Stephen Cummins Film Trust, Spectrum Films, Sydney Film School, Event Cinemas, and JP Media Law for their contributions.
Of course we are also very proud of the alumni from past competitions. In just the upcoming Mardi Gras Film Festival we have three feature films from My Queer Career finalists. Very few film festivals worldwide could claim such an honour. Downriver is by Grant Scicluna, who won the Queer Perspective Award in the 2013 competition with The Wilding. Whereas Starting From Now! is a Screen NSW supported web-series, which we are debuting Season 4, and director Julie Kalceff was the Best Film winner in 2004 for Ex. Lastly. The award-winning feature documentary Remembering the Man about the men behind the memoir Holding the Man is by Nickolas Bird and Eleanor Sharpe. Nickolas Bird was a My Queer Career finalist in 2012 for The Last Waltz.
We love the 2016 line-up and can’t wait to see who takes home the prize. Have a look the 2016 finalists here.