The Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) has announce its 2018 festival program.
Taking place from 22 to 25 February at venues across Melbourne’s CBD including ACMI Federation Square, Hoyts Melbourne Central and RMIT University, MWFF celebrates and supports the work of women screen practitioners across all disciplines in the industry, including directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, sound designers and editors. The festival’s vibrant program includes over 30 films including new releases, Australian screen classics, short films as well as a series of panels and Q&As.
“This annual festival advocates for gender equality in the Australian screen industry and provides a platform for emerging female filmmakers to exhibit their work to Melbourne audiences,” says Festival Director Sian Mitchell. “We are truly excited to bring these incredible films to the big screen.”
MWFF’s four-day program opens with the Australian screen classic, Love Serenade. Winner of the Golden Camera (Shirley Barrett) at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 2 AFI Awards, Love Serenade stars Miranda Otto and features a behind the scenes, all-female creative team in Shirley Barrett (writer/director), Jan Chapman (producer), Mandy Walker (cinematographer), and Denise Haratsis (editor).
Barrett, who will be introducing the film, said “I’m so delighted that Love Serenade is opening MWFF 2018. With the exception of our production designer, Steven Jones-Evans, all the key creative positions were filled by incredibly talented women. It was my first film but as you can see, I was in very good hands!” The screening will be followed by a ‘Love Songs and Dedications’ after-party where audiences can send their own messages to the ones they love while chilling to some smooth tunes.
Closing the festival is emerging filmmaker, Sophie Mathisen’s, debut feature film Drama. Primarily financed through crowdfunding, the film was created by a predominantly female crew including Mathisen as star, writer, director, and producer, and her sister Dominique Mathisen as co- producer. MWFF’s closing night finishes with a post-screening short film awards ceremony and celebration.
Other highlights include the 2017 AACTA nominated film, Don’t Tell, directed by Tori Garrett and starring Jack Thompson, Aden Young, Rachel Griffiths, Susie Porter, Gyton Grantley, and Sara West. Based on a true story, this dramatic film sees young woman, Lyndal (West), a victim of sexual abuse helped by lawyer, Bob Myers (Thompson), to prosecute the crime 10 years later.
The ‘Music in Motion’ program contains a series of films where music is more than the soundtrack including director Rachel Perkins’ One Night the Moon (2001) starring musician Paul Kelly, and The Was (2016), Soda Jerk’s collaboration with Aussie musos The Avalanches. The moving and personal documentary, The Silences (2015) by Margot Nash, explores family secrets and the ties of love, loss and kinship between a mother and daughter, and is followed by a Q&A with Nash.
Alongside the feature program are a series of three short film sessions from established, emerging and next generation student filmmakers. Films selected for the shorts programs are eligible for MWFF’s inaugural short film competition. Established and emerging filmmakers compete for the Best Short Film Award with a chance of winning $10,000 worth of post-production services from Soundfirm. Student entrants are eligible for the Best Tertiary Short Film Award with a prize of $1,000 in rental equipment from Lemac Film and Digital.
MWFF Festival Dates: 22-25 February 2018
Venue: Various venues across Melbourne’s CBD including ACMI Federation Square, Hoyts Melbourne Central and RMIT University.
Further details about the Melbourne Women in Film Festival can be found here.