The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is back with an array of diverse films and talks by Australian women. This year's festival celebrates the independent spirit of Australian women's filmmaking and explores the creativity of women working across film and music.
Over four days, Melbourne audiences are treated to screenings of Australian dramas, comedies, documentaries, retrospectives, and music-inspired films across Melbourne's CBD. Hear from inspiring, established and emerging filmmakers in Q&As, forums, panel discussions, and a symposium on women working across screen and music co-presented with Monash University.
The festival's opening night showcases the classic Australian black comedy, Love Serenade (1996), introduced by the film's writer/director Shirley Barrett and producer Jan Chapman. The screening is followed by an after-party with drinks, nibbles and DJ Petty Crimes spinning some funky tunes.
Other festival highlights include AACTA nominated feature film Don't Tell (Tori Garrett, 2017), documentary feature The Silences (2015) featuring a Q&A with filmmaker Margot Nash, Australia's first indie 'mumblecore' film Pretty Good Friends (Sophie Townsend, 2015), a special Music in Motion session screening including Rachel Perkins' One Night the Moon (2001) and Soda_Jerk's The Was (2016), short film screenings, a low-budget filmmaking forum, and a panel exploring gender division in screen and music industries. Something for everyone!
Closing the festival is Sophie Mathisen's crowd-funded feature debut Drama (2015), followed by the festival's inaugural shorts awards and celebration with prizes totalling $11,000 for winners.
Melbourne Women in Film Festival runs 22 – 25 February 2018 at ACMI, Hoyts Melbourne Central and RMIT Cinema, City Campus. Further information on sessions, tickets and venues can be found at mwff.org.au.
The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is proudly supported by Film Victoria, City of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, ACMI, Hoyts, SAE Creative Media Institute, Soundfirm Post Production, Lemac Film and Digital, Radical Yes, and Bird on a Wire Wines.