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Keep the Vibe Alive 2018-19

In late 2018, Quit Victoria and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) partnered for the first time to run a short film competition, ‘Keep the Vibe Alive’.

Keep the Vibe Alive

We asked filmmakers to challenge the idea that smoking is cool and desirable by developing a short (30-60 second) film to show how smoking can "kill the vibe."

‘Keep the Vibe Alive’ is proudly supported by Minus18 and Thorne Harbour Health.

Watch the finalist films

Chosen by a panel of judges, from over 40 film pitch submissions, the below four finalists were given a $4,000 grant each from Quit Victoria, to develop their concepts. Watch the four finalist films:

*Due to unforeseen circumstances, Annelise and Rainer are no longer able to take part in the competition. We thank them for their creativity and hard work.


Public online voting to determine the winner of the Keep the Vibe Alive film competition were collected between 18 January and 12 February 2019 through the MQFF website. Voters who also shared a promotional tweet or Facebook post were automatically entered in the draw to win one of three 10-pass packs to the 2019 Melbourne Queer Film Festival.

The winners

The winners were announced at the MQFF Program Launch event on 12 February 2019.

It's a draw between: 

Millie Hayes for her fabulous film The Third Wheel, and Sam McGowan for his super smooth film, Fuming

Key dates

Competition opens: Thursday 11 October

Deadline for written submissions:  Monday 19 November

Top 5 finalists announced: Friday 23 November

Deadline for film submissions: Thursday 17 January at 10:00am (AEDT)

Public voting commences: Friday 18 January at 10:00am (AEDT)

Voting closes: Tuesday 5 February at 10:00am (AEDT)

Winner announced at MQFF Program Launch: Tuesday 12 February

Useful documents

Film competition Terms and Conditions


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