Charles Sturt celebrates queer films from around the globe

31 AUGUST 2023

 Charles Sturt celebrates queer films from around the globe

Charles Sturt returns as a regional partner for the Queer Screen Film Festival – Best of the Fest.

  • Charles Sturt continues to advocate for the LGBTIQA+ community as a regional partner of Queer Screen for Queer Screen Film Festival – Best of the Fest

Charles Sturt University continues to be loud and proud in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer community (LGBTIQA+), returning as a regional partner for the Queer Screen Film Festival – Best of the Fest.

The University will host screenings at various campuses at Charles Sturt in Port Macquarie, Bathurst and Dubbo during September and October, featuring seven of the best and brightest queer films from this year’s festival, curated by Festival Director Ms Lisa Rose.

Charles Sturt Director of External Engagement in Port Macquarie Ms Kate Wood-Foye said Charles Sturt was a proud advocate of the Queer Screen Film Festival.

“We wholeheartedly embrace the festival each year and are delighted to be supporting it again on its 10th Anniversary,” Ms Wood-Foye said.   

“This is the second Queer Screen Festival we will be hosting in the Port Macquarie community. It’s great to be partnering with Headspace Port Macquarie and Out Loud & Proud Port Macquarie to deliver such an important event.

“It’s a chance for the public to come along and celebrate stories from the LGBTIQA+ perspective, while highlighting the importance of sharing queer stories with communities outside of the traditional metropolitan audiences.

“Sharing stories starts conversations and saves lives. Everyone deserves to know there is a place for them to grow and flourish and that includes in a regional community and while at university.”

The festival is held Australia-wide and the University will host exclusive sessions on the following dates at Charles Sturt campuses from 6:00pm until 8:45pm (doors open at 5:45pm).

  • Port Macquarie on Thursday 21 September
  • Bathurst on Thursday 21 September
  • Dubbo on Thursday 12 October

Queer Screen Film Director Ms Lisa Rose welcomed Charles Sturt as the regional partner for the 2023 festival.

“I am thrilled that Charles Sturt is our regional partner again because getting queer stories out to regional areas is such an important thing to do,” Ms Rose said.

The selection of films will cover heart-warming tales to powerful narratives exploring a variety of genres, including drama, comedy, romance, and more, all while celebrating the vibrant and diverse LGBTIQA+ community.

Festival tickets are available for $12 each, with $10 of every ticket sale going towards the Charles Sturt University Ally Network to fund LGBTIQA+ initiatives.

Tickets can be purchased here:

Charles Sturt University is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion.

The University was one of the first Australian universities to receive an Athena SWAN Bronze Institutional Award. Charles Sturt is also an Employer of Choice for Gender Equality from the Commonwealth Workplace Gender Equality Agency.


Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Ms Kate Wood-Foye, contact Trease Clarke on 0409 741 789 or via

Photo caption, L  R: 

Charles Sturt Community Relation Officer Ms Halima Kramel, Out Loud & Proud Port Macquarie Founder Ms Racquel Robinson, Charles Sturt Ally Network Campus Lead Ms Deanne Tilden, Port Macquarie Headspace Community Engagement Officer Ms Emily Lawson, and Charles Sturt Director of External Engagement Port Macquarie Ms Kate Wood-Foye.

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