MQFF Announce New ED – Maxwell Gratton

Big news from camp Melbourne Queer Film Festival – check out the presser below!



The Board of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival (MQFF) is delighted to announce the appointment of Maxwell Gratton as Executive Director. He is an award-winning senior Executive with extensive experience in the not-for-profit and commercial industries.

In announcing the appointment, MQFF Co-Convenor Scott Herron said “The MQFF is delighted to have Maxwell on board. He is someone who brings with him a strong business nous and in equal measure a passion to make a significant contribution to the LGBTIQ community. The Board, and I, look forward to working closely with him to develop and further advance the Festival.”

Maxwell’s professional experience includes, amongst others:

  • Chief Executive Officer – Football Federation Victoria
  • Chief Executive Officer – Basketball ACT
  • Manager – Community Engagement – ComfortDelGro Cabcharge (CDC) Victoria
  • Operations Manager (Special Projects & Discipline) – Football Federation Victoria
  • Tribunal and Disciplinary Manager – Football Federation Victoria
  • Tennis Competitions Coordinator – NetSports Management Pty Ltd

Under Maxwell’s leadership, he advocated for and promoted LGBTIQ inclusion and empowerment at Football Federation Victoria and Basketball ACT.

Boards and Committees Maxwell has sat on includes, amongst others:

  • National Vice President – Graduate Management Assoc. of Australia (GMAA), current.
  • Chairperson – Victoria University Alumni Advisory Group, current.
  • Board Member and Treasurer of the Minus18 Foundation, previous.

Maxwell has a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts from Victoria University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, a Member of the GMAA, and was awarded the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) Leadership Excellence Award

State Winner – ACT, for the Not-For-Profit category in 2016, and the Victoria University Young Achiever Alumni Award in 2015.

Maxwell has successfully led not-for-profit organisations within the sport business context that managed and offered competitions and events for thousands of players/members, registrations, and development programs. He has extensive experience in managing strategic and operational plans, finances including budget preparation, management and reporting, and has a strong track record of stakeholder and volunteer engagement, community consultation, marketing and communication, business development, and sponsorship management.

“I am fired with ambition to lead, and develop, the Festival in the times ahead. Having made an impact for the LGBTIQ community within sport, I give my commitment to do the same in the arts. With an annual audience of over 20,000, MQFF is a highlight of Melbourne’s busy cultural calendar. I am honoured to be the MQFF’s new Executive Director,” said Maxwell.

Maxwell will commence on 8 November 2017.

The Melbourne Queer Film Festival is the biggest/oldest queer film festival in Australia, screening the best Australian/International queer films.

The 2018 Festival will be held from 15 March to 25 March inclusive.