THE Melbourne Queer Film Festival is bringing back the popular filmmaking project that pairs younger and older LGBTI people to make short documentaries about the experience.

Last year the MQFF Community Film Project paired LGBTI individuals, one aged 18–25 and one aged 50 or over, and gave them a crash course in filmmaking from industry mentors. Participants interviewed each other and made short documentaries based on the interviews, which were screened for the public during the festival.

One of last year’s mentors Grant Scicluna said the project was fundamentally about LGBTI people telling their own stories.

“The reality is that everybody has a story—everybody knows how to tell a story and how to engage with another person. Really that’s what the whole project is about…stories of real people in their community and stories of people who may not have had a chance to tell their stories before,” Scicluna said.

To apply to be part of this year’s Community Film Project, visit www.mqff.com.au and download the application form. Applications close 7 February.

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