The QUEER SCREEN FILM FESTIVAL lineup has been announced and it will feature 20 films from four continents, including 16 Australian premieres, puts the diversity of LGBTIQ experience and Queer strength on screen in Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

There are screenings at the Mt Vic Flicks, Event Cinemas and thanks to a partnership with City of Sydney, Queer Screen Film Fest will also present three free film events for the whole community.

There is an outdoor family screening of Moana at Sydney Park, a seniors (and friends) viewing of the moving documentary The Lavender Scare, complete with afternoon tea. In addition there is a youth event featuring Behind The Curtain: Todrick Hall, a high energy documentary following the titular YouTube and Rupaul’s Drag Race sensation.

“Being able to give back and reach out to the community is something Queer Screen views as vitally important, and through our strong relationship with City of Sydney we are again able to provide free entertainment that focuses on three pillars of the LGBTIQ community: families, seniors and youth” says Festival Director, Lisa Rose.

The 2017 Queer Screen Film Fest runs from 19 September – 24 September. The Opening Night Film is the Australian Premiere of After Louie. With an all-star queer cast, including Alan Cumming, Zachary Booth, Justin Vivian Bond and Wilson Cruz, it is a film which addresses the volatile compatibility of different political mindsets of generations of gay men.

The Closing Night Film, another Australian Premiere, has been called the lesbian Bridesmaids. Constance Wu (Fresh Off The Boat) and her bride to be are on a lesbian bachelorette weekend away in the sweet, sexy and hilarious romp The Feels.

There is also history on the agenda with the documentaries such as The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson and Chavela. Comedy too with the inaugural collection of Comedy Shorts. Fluidity, youth, cultural diversity are part of the program with the films: Seventeen; Screwed and Sisterhood. And, of course, love stories and sex stories also feature with Princess Cyd and Tom of Finland sure to be highlights.

Something for everyone Queer Screen Film Fest will “inspire, move and enlighten”. The program and tickets, including Grab a five-ticket flexi-pass, are available on the Queer Screen site http://queerscreen.org.au/queer-screen-film-fest-2017/