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Quit Victoria, Melbourne Queer Film Festival and Thorne Harbour Health proudly present QuitFlicks, a short film competition celebrating filmmaking talent and smokefree messaging. With four $6K grants up for grabs, up to $6K in prize money and the winning and runner-up films aired before each screening throughout MQFF 2020, it’s an incredible opportunity to display your talent and support your community.


1. Submit your concept

Read about this year’s THEME Cope and Connect without the Smokes’ and see HOW TO ENTER for more details.  Entries close 8AM EST Monday 21 October 2019.

2. Wait to hear if you’ve won a grant

An expert judging panel will award four filmmakers $6K each to develop their pitch into a campaign pack, including a short film, interview and photo pack. Grant recipients will be announced on Monday 28 October 2019.

3. Grant winner? Congrats! Make your film 

The four awarded filmmakers will have 2 months to produce their short film and complementary assets. Films and assets are due 8AM EST Friday 20 December 2019.

4. The People’s Choice and Runner Up

The films go up for public voting on the QuitFlicks site.  The top-voted film wins $6K and a runner-up wins $3K. Both films will air before each screening throughout the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) 2020! Voting is open to the public 9 January - 2 February 2020.


Cope and Connect without the Smokes

This year, we’re asking filmmakers to show how to ‘cope and connect without the smokes’. 

Smoking rates in the LGBTIQ community are more than double the national average. Quit Victoria's qualitative research with community members showed there are several key reasons for this difference; smoking within the LGBTIQ community is used to cope with social anxiety and smokes are a way to connect with others socially, as well as managing stress in people’s lives.

We want filmmakers to turn these reasons on their head by developing a campaign pack including a short film and complementary assets challenging that the LGBTIQ community needs cigarettes to cope and connect and demonstrating alternative ways of coping and connecting while promoting the benefits of quitting for physical, mental and financial health.

Filmmakers can create their own original concept or take inspiration from existing iconic scenes in popular culture (film, television, music videos).  

To learn more about smoking in the LGBTIQ community, visit Helping people in LGBTIQ+ communities to quit.


Grant winners will create a final campaign pack of assets:

  1. A short film, 60 seconds in length including a 5-second feature of the official QuitFlicks Title Card after the closing credits.
  2. One 2 – 3-minute video interview with an LGBTIQ community member who has quit smoking, in accordance with guidelines to be provided by Quit Victoria.
  3. A full pack of photographic stills in accordance with style specifications provided by Quit Victoria.

The film, interview and photographs must be suitable for a general audience. Quit Victoria and the Melbourne Queer Film Festival will own all broadcast rights to the films, interview and photographs. Entrants will retain all moral rights and creative credit.  See our full terms and conditions.


To submit your concept, simply CLICK HERE to complete the online submission form. You can submit as many concepts as you like. Easy.

Before you enter

Prior to entering please see the terms and conditions to check you're eligible. You must be 16 years or over. By entering the competition you acknowledge you accept the terms and conditions. Submissions must be consistent with the terms and conditions.  Judging criteria is based innovation, creativity, relevance and diversity. Entrants are encouraged to represent diversity in the community, including sexuality, gender, cultural identity and abilities. All submissions must be physically achievable. Technical requirements for the film are available in the terms and conditions.


Deadline for concept submissions – 8AM EST Monday 21 October 2019. Strictly no late entries.
Grant recipients awarded – Monday 28 October 2019
Deadline for films and assets – 8AM EST Friday 20 December 2019.
Public voting – 9 January 2020 - 5PM EST 2 February 2020
Winner and Runner-up announced – Tuesday 11 February 2020


The judging panel comprising representatives from Quit Victoria, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Thorne Harbour Health and creative studio Catch the Bird, will choose four finalists from the concept entries based on criteria including innovation, creativity, relevance and diversity.


“The competition offered me the chance to be more creative as well as the challenge to put my creative side out there. I'd always wanted to be more creative, but it's so hard to sit down and start! The competition gave me the schedule, the subject matter, the platform and the funding. All I needed to bring were my ideas and follow-through. For an amateur, it was exciting that my script didn't have to be in the perfect professional format and that they were just looking for good stories. I was thrilled when I heard I was shortlisted, then immediately terrified at the unfamiliar prospect of finding actors, a videographer, costumes, shooting locations and equipment. But I chipped away at it and filming day was a lot of fun. I got a lot of creative confidence from the process, and that encouraged me to leave my office job and apply for an interstate advertising course, where I created new ideas every day. To anyone thinking of submitting an idea who has zero experience, give it a go anyway, you'll learn a lot just from applying.” - Millie Hayes, The Third Wheel
"Participating in the competition last year was incredibly rewarding. I’ll never forget the exciting and nerve-racking experience of seeing my work shown to huge, sold-out cinemas. As someone who’s just starting out, this competition gave me a huge amount of exposure and opened up opportunities to get involved with the Melbourne queer film community. Opportunities for queer filmmakers can feel few and far between, so I’d encourage everyone to get involved with QuickFlicks for a chance to have their voice heard and their filmmaking skills showcased!" - Sam McGowan, Fume

To read about last year's competition, Keep the Vibe Alive and watch all of last year's fabulous short films, 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.


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: 


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.



Quit Victoria is a partnership between VicHealth, the State Government of Victoria and Cancer Council Victoria. For more information, visit: 



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