Director: Katie Found
80 minutes
Unclassified 15+

“There are so many young women out there, sleepless with worry, searching for a film that brings them joy, comfort, and most of all, hope.” (Katie Found)

16-year-old Claudia has grown up in isolation from the outside world. Stranded on a remote property after her mother's death, she is shocked when Grace, a spirited local teen, appears in the garden like a mirage, a breath of fresh, sugary air. The pair find in each other the support, love and intimacy they need, and teach each other the restorative power of human connection. But their idyllic peace is a fragile one as the adult world closes in and threatens their secret summer love. Headlining some of Australia’s brightest young talent, Markella Kavenaugh (Romper Stomper) and Adelaide’s own Maiah Stewardson (Windmill, STC, Patch), My First Summer takes girls seriously and sensitively.

Please note: Audio Description will be available for all screenings of My First Summer. Please contact before the film if you require Audio Description. 

Film Type Feature Fiction
Program Strand Australian Indie
Premiere World
Language English
Director Katie Found
Producer Alisha Hnatjuk, Jonathan auf der Heide
Screenwriters Katie Found
Cinematographer Matthew Chuang
Editor Annabelle Johnson
Music Kyle Morton
Cast Markella Kavenagh, Maiah Stewardson
Genre Coming of Age, Gay/Lesbian

Screens with: Crush

Director: Leela Varghese
7 minutes
Unclassified 15+

A distressed Lizzy hopes she can ask out the girl of her dreams, a gorgeous retail worker, before she buys an entire stores worth of novelty candles in this Tropfest Award-winning comedy.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Queer as Film, Shorts Before Features
Language English
Director Leela Varghese
Producer Leela Varghese
Screenwriters Leela Varghese
Cinematographer Michael Tessari
Editor Pip Hart
Cast Shabana Azeez, Erin Patterson, Leela Varghese
Genre Comedy, Gay/Lesbian