MQFF is a non-profit organisation governed by a voluntary Board of Management, staffed by a small team of committed professionals and supported by an army of generous volunteers. MQFF is further supported by our Sweethearts who are members of our Private Giving Program. We couldn't do it without our Team Players - all of the Festival Sponsors and Partners who support the Festival each year.


The Festival is staffed by a small team - an Executive Director and Program Manager work behind the scenes throughout the year and are supported by a Finance Manager. In the lead up to the Festival two operations staff round out the team - a Festival Operations Manager and Operations Coordinator. All roles are part-time. Various projects are supported by interns.

Executive Director: 

Program Director: Spiro Economopoulos

Finance Manager: Helen Walmsley

Festival Operations Manager: Thomas Quirk


Arts Administration Intern: Rosie Pavlovic

Marketing & Digital Content Interns: Tess McArthur-Dowty, Rachel Brown

Partnerships Coordinator: Gregory Frank

Private Giving Intern: Patrick Fitzgerald


As a non-profit organisation MQFF is governed by a Board of Management. All Board Members volunteer their time.

Scott Herron (Co-Convenor)

Andrew Fisher (Treasurer)

David Morgan (Secretary) 

Cathy Anderson

Paula Commins

Molly Whelan

Brian Robertson

Serena Chow

Patrick Fitzgerald 


Principal and Major Partners

Principal Partner City of Melbourne

Cultural Partner Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

Industry Partner J. Walter Thompson

Principal Media Partner The Saturday Paper



Ticketing and Smartphone Apps Ferve Tickets

Distribution and Promotion Step Right Up

Publicity Asha Holmes Publicity

Website Hosting Connexus

Website Design Rhombus Digital



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The Festival is supported by a generous group of individual private donors - our Sweethearts. We thank the 2016 Sweethearts who have contributed to the 26th Melbourne Queer Film Festival.