[csaa-forum] Inaugural Melbourne Women in Film Festival

Kirsten Stevens kirsten.e.stevens at gmail.com
Thu Mar 2 06:37:46 ACST 2017

Melbourne based colleagues may be interested in this event this weekend:

Melbourne Women in Film Festival, 3-4 March 2017

Treasury Theatre, 1 Macarthur St, East Melbourne

Full Program and Ticket Sales here: http://www.mwff.com.au/festival2017/

Join us for the first Melbourne Women in Film Festival at the Treasury
Theatre on 3 March!

The 2017 Melbourne Women in Film Festival is an event that celebrates and
supports the work of women filmmakers and creatives across all disciplines
in the industry, including directors, writers, producers, cinematographers,
sound designers and editors. MWFF celebrates the great films made by
Australian women and advocates for gender equality in the Australian screen
industry by providing a platform for established and emerging female
filmmakers to exhibit their work to a Victorian audience.

>From Friday 3 March until Saturday 4 March, MWFF offers audiences the
chance to engage with the great work women do behind the camera and behind
the scenes. This year MWFF showcases films from the 1975 International
Women’s Film Festival, offering a mini-retrospective of the Australian
films and filmmakers featured at that event, along with a selection of
contemporary shorts from a new generation of filmmakers.

The festival will also feature two panel sessions dealing with the place of
women within the Australian industry. Topics and speakers include:
Between 1975 and today: what have we learned about women’s filmmaking?

*12:30pm, Saturday, Treasury Theatre, 60mins*

The issues and conversation around gender inequality in the screen industry
is not a new phenomenon. This panel looks back on the similarities faced by
women working in film in the 1970s and asks how far have women come in the
industry since then and where do we go from here?

Panelists include Annette Blonski (filmmaker *And Not Even Cry*), Linda
Blagg (digital filmmaker and creator of *Daddythings*), Dr Suzanne Spunner
(Melbourne co-ordinator of the International Women's Film Festival 1975),
and Victoria Waghorn (filmmaker *Chick Addict *& *Salome's Picnic*).
Moderated by Associate Professor Belinda Smaill (Monash University, School
of Media, Film and Journalism).
Making, writing, doing: Women getting a start in screen culture

*4:30pm, Saturday, Treasury Theatre, 60mins*

Looking at the future of Australian screen culture, how can women get their
foot in the door? This panel explores the pathways into and experiences of
women entering both the industry and the broader cultural activities
supporting screen production, such as film criticism.

Panelists include filmmaker Amie Batalibasi, actress Nyawuda
Chuol, writer/director Nora Niasari, and film critic and Artistic Director
of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia, Cerise Howard.
Moderated by Vy Wijekumar (Human Rights Arts & Film Festival).
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