THE 23rd Mardi Gras Film Festival is set to be the most ambitious and diverse festival in years after its full program was officially launched in Sydney last night.

Festival director Paul Struthers told a packed room at Star Event Centre that this year’s festival will feature more lesbian and trans-themed films.

[showads ad=MREC] Running from February 18 to March 3, the 2016 MGFF will have 20 additional screenings, screenings at four new venues including in Parramatta and the Blue Mountains, and a number of Australian premieres.

“Every year we aim to be bigger and better than before and this year we have nailed it,” Struthers said.

“We have more diversified content including a lot more lesbian films, more transgender films, more documentaries, more international guests, more masterclasses and more screenings at more venues including two free community screenings.

“There is absolutely something for everyone in this year’s line-up and we are really excited to launch the full program.”

For the first time ever MGFF will have a smartphone app for people to view the program and buy tickets.

Some standout films include the hard-hitting Chemsex, the Maggie Smith comedy The Lady In the Van, period drama The Girl King, closing night film 4th Man Outthe documentary The Amina Profile and Girls Lost from Sweden.

The Australian content in this year’s MGFF includes, among others, Downriver from My Queer Career alum Grant Scicluna.

The festival will also host the world premiere of season four of Australian web series Starting From… Now! which has notched up more than 20 million views from around the world.

To view the full program visit the MGFF website or flick through the guide below:

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