Mardi Gras Film Festival reveals 2021 progam

This year's festival will offer both in-person and online screenings

Mardi Gras Film Festival organisers have announced the program for its 2021 season, which will take place through both socially distanced in-person screenings in Sydney and – for the first time – online, on-demand viewings.

This year’s festival will run between February 18 and March 4 and offer 94 feature, documentary, short and episodic films. 70 per cent of those will be available on-demand. The program includes three world premieres, 60 Australian premieres, and 15 Sydney premieres.

Films set to be screened as part of this year’s festival include the David Freyne-directed Dating Amber, which will screen on opening night, February 18. Rūrangi, a film starring, written and produced by members of New Zealand’s queer, Māori and gender-diverse communities, will close out the festival on March 4.


Other films that will screen as part of this year’s program include the acclaimed Supernova. Written and directed by Harry Macqueen, the film stars Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as Sam and Tusker – a long-partnered couple who take to the road after Tusker (Tucci) is diagnosed with early-onset dementia.

Bring Down the Walls, an exploration of the legacy of Black, Latinx and queer culture on 1980s house music and its connection to the US prison industrial complex will receive its Sydney premiere as part of the festival.

World premieres include Man with the Answers and The Greenhouse, with Australian premieres for the likes of the Rosa Ramírez Ríos-starring Forgotten Roads and Saint Narcisse, a new film from iconic queer director Bruce LaBruce.

See the full program and purchase tickets here.