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Take your seats for BrisbaneQueer Film Festival

The most talked about Queer Film Festival in Brisbane’s history is finally here.

The 2014 Brisbane Queer Film Festival is celebrating its 15th anniversary, making headlines this year when one of its promotional posters was deemed “too confronting” and was banned from being used in public places.

According to to festival producer Troy Armstrong, this year’s festival is about celebrating love in all its forms. To showcase that the festival gave iconic films such as Gone with the Wind, Roman Holiday, and From Here to Eternity a bit of a queer makeover. However it was the below image featuring Jake Harrison from My Kitchen Rules that caused quite a stir with Brisbane City Council.

After 15th years, there is no denying that the annual queer festival has become a popular favourite to attend, each year showcasing an outstanding selection of the most engaging, inspiring and entertaining LGBTIQ films from around the globe.

This year’s lineup includes a few extra exciting new events like Camp Out!, Dragathong Closing Night Party and even a Q&A with out Olympian Matthew Mitcham.

Tonight the festival kicks off with a screening of Out in the Line-Up, a documentary uncovering the taboo of homosexuality in surfing.

“After 20 years of silence, former surf state champion David Wakefield feels ready to reveal a secret that could turn his life upside down; he’s gay,” say the filmmakers. “At the same time, on the other side of the world, Thomas Castets is setting up the world’s first online community for gay surfers. The two meet and, for the first time, David connects with someone who understands the burden he’s carried for so long.”

David and Thomas travel around the world and meet people from all corners of the surfing community. Follow them on their journey to create change in surf culture by looking to surfing’s grassroots values of freedom of spirit, open mindedness and love for the ocean.

To celebrate the Queensland premiere of Out In The Line-Up and opening night of the festival, the Powerhouse is throwing the Love Shack Beach Party, featuring special guest performances by Ellen Reed, Vollie La Vont, Oscar Theatre Company and DJs Ish and Harry K working their tracks on the turntable.

If you can’t make it to opening night, don’t stress because organisers have gone all out in making this year’s festival a must attend event with something for everyone.

Keen to attend a festival screening? We suggest checking out the program and booking tickets now while there’s still some available because a lot of the sessions and events will sell out.

Check out the Brisbane Queer Film Festival’s website here to see what’s on.

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