Quit Victoria, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Thorne Harbour Health proudly present QuitFlicks, a series of short films celebrating filmmaking talent and smokefree messaging in LGBTIQ+ communities.
FILMS THAT EMPOWER
Viewers of films with LGBTIQ+ themes are exposed to depictions of smoking once every 15 minutes. With smoking rates in LGBTIQ+ communities more than double the national average, Quit, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Thorne Harbour Health partnered to create a platform through which scripts could be turned on their head and used to empower LGBTIQ+ communities to live smokefree.
QuitFlicks are short films made by and for LGBTIQ+ communities. They tackle misconceptions and explore smokefree living.
"The stat that smoking rates are more than double for LGBTIQ+ people is hard to hear because I want us to thrive. We've all got our coping mechanisms to deal with stress, but the unhealthy ones are so hard to change. If someone is in the frame of mind to quit smoking, I want to make an empathetic and playful film that shows them they're not alone. Maybe it'll land, maybe it won't, but hopefully it adds to their sense of support and encouragement from their rainbow community." - Millie Hayes, QuitFlicks filmmaker
"QuitFlicks is such a fun initiative to address a pretty universal issue in the LGBTIQ+ community. I think our queer community has a wicked sense of humour and I'm excited to create a film which tackles a serious issue in a camp way." - Rosie Pavlovic, QuitFlicks 2020 Winner
QUITLINE IS A CULTURALLY SAFE SPACE
In January 2019, we worked with LGBTIQ+ communities to continue to make Quitline an inclusive and a culturally safe space. Quitline counsellors can chat to LGBTIQ+ communities in a culturally appropriate and accessible way.
LGBTIQ+ peers also work in the service.
Since this recent collaboration, calls to the Quitline from LGBTIQ+ communities have increased.
Quitline counsellors offer personalised support over your quitting journey. They can help plan, make and sustain your quit attempt.
Calling Quitline — 13 7848 or request a callback — increases the chance of quitting.
SMOKING IN LGBTIQ+ COMMUNITIES
To learn more about smoking in LGBTIQ+ communities, visit Helping people in LGBTIQ+ communities to quit.
To find out more about the QuitFlicks short film competition, click here.
QuitFlicks is an Australian short film competition run by Quit Victoria in partnership with the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Thorne Harbour Health. Now in its second year, the competition is designed to highlight the disproportionately high smoking rates within the LGBTIQ+ community and engage community members in improving the wellbeing of the community by promoting the smokefree message.
ABOUT MELBOURNE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL
Melbourne Queer Film Festival is Australia’s oldest and largest LGBTIQ film festival and celebration of the moving image. For more information, visit: mqff.com.au
ABOUT THORNE HARBOUR HEALTH
Thorne Harbour Health is a community controlled organisation, governed by our members, and working for our sex, sexuality and gender diverse communities. thorneharbour.org
ABOUT QUIT VICTORIA
Quit Victoria is a partnership between VicHealth, the State Government of Victoria and Cancer Council Victoria. For more information, visit: quit.org.au