The Melbourne Queer Film Festival started off with its 26th season last night. The event began with a screening of the intimate feature “That’s Not Us.”

Earlier, Melbourne Queer Film Festival had announced to be in solidarity with LGBTI people in Russia. The festival invited them to join the opening night live online.

The opening night of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival was streaming live on Periscope @MQFF on Thursday March 31 from 12 p.m. Moscow time. A party was organised at the Atrium at Federation Square, says Same Same.

The party was documented and sent to Russia with Love through Periscope.

Opening Night is almost here… Russia are you ready? #russialove #mqff2016

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This is the largest queer film festival in Australia, which will be featuring 128 films from 22 countries. The films include 38 features, 16 documentaries, 74 shorts, 11 Australian premieres, 28 Melbourne premieres, 12 special events screenings and forums.

The whole act will take place in three cinemas encompassing two suburbs.

“What I like about MQFF is seeing people I know on screen,” said Paul McMahon, a member of the audience.

“Seeing my community on screen is fantastic. I try my best each year to see as many films as possible. Here I get to watch films that deal with issues that affect people I know and love.”

He added that he never comes across these stories in any other festival he had gone to.

Here are few major films to be shown this season.

Remembering the Man

It is a documentary film that casts light on the love story of John Caleo and Tim Conigrave. The love story has been explored as the memoir, play and film, “Holding The Man.”

Regarding Susan Sontag

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According to The Sydney Morning Herald, the film revolves around author Susan Sontag’s influential written works. It also focuses on her personal life through interviews with lovers and friends.

Mala Mala

A story about nine members of Puerto Rico’s trans community, this movie explores “vivid, candid stories of aspiration, activism and survival.” However, the outcomes are different.

Deep Run

The Australian premier of Deep Run features young trans man Cole’s resurrection and bravery within America’s conservative Bible Belt. In this film, Cole reconciles being trans with his family, girlfriend and the church.

It has a vibrant portrait of contemporary trans life.

The Duke of Burgundy

My new favourite film #dukeofburgundy

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The story of this film takes place in a world of lepidoptery (study of moths and butterflies). The film shows dominant-submissive relationship between a maid and her employer. The ordeal takes some intriguing turns.

Melbourne Queer Film Festival brings diverse ages, genders, sexualities, spiritualities and more to the screen.