ACMI & MWFF present

Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2019

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The 2019 Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates the diverse voices of Australian women filmmakers, delving into the experiences and perspectives of women working on screen and behind the camera.

Join us at ACMI for the opening night event, as well as two insightful panels designed to empower women working in the creative industries. More information on the full festival program can be found on the MWFF website.

Opening Night: Freaky, Fantastic & Feminist

Thu 21 Feb, 6:30pm

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- Storytime, Dir. Jub Clerc, 2006, 9 min

Clerc’s award-winning indigenous horror film is based on her experience of growing up in the Broome region of Western Australia, where she was regaled with stories of the spirit of a woman that lived in the mangroves and stole children. But to Clerc and her Nyul Nyul/Yawuru community, the Gooynbooyn Woman is not just a legend, but a very real creature. 

- This Woman Is Not A Car, Dir. Margaret Dodd, 1982, 23 min

A mother from an outer Adelaide suburb drives her children to a distant beach in a station wagon. When she pulls over at a rural service station, imagination and reality collide through a nightmarish assault by car fetishists. Interweaving fear and fantasy, This Woman Is Not A Car reaches an absurd conclusion that highlights the objectification of women and their role in Australian life.

- On Guard, Dir. Susan Lambert, 1984, 50 min

Four Sydney women team up to sabotage a supercomputer belonging to a disreputable biotechnology firm, while simultaneously making a documentary to send to television stations. Along the way, they must juggle their shared mission with the pressures of work, home, kids and relationships. But when one of the conspirators loses her personal diary, their plans threaten to be derailed.

Leading the Way: Empowering Women's Leadership in the Screen Industries

Public Forum with Film Victoria and Monash University

Thu 21 Feb, 3pm (120 mins)

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Partnering with Film Victoria and Monash University, "Leading the Way: Empowering Women's Leadership in the Screen Industries” engages with the Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2019’s theme of empowerment through storytelling, career building and … leading the way. Research has suggested that women in positions of leadership in the screen industry not only redresses the current gender imbalance, but also broadens the diversity of screen stories. Yet, why is the industry not seeing a significant advancement of women in these positions?

This free public forum brings together screen experts and industry leaders for a timely discussion of this complex issue. What are the broad issues concerning leadership development for women across different areas of the industry? What are the development pathways for women towards positions of leadership? This forum aims to consider these questions and more.

Registration required. Panelists announced soon.

Delightfully Dark

Sat 23 Feb, 12:30pm

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Following the Melbourne Women in Film Festival’s “Dark Delights” program, this panel will explore how women filmmakers engage with darkness—from horror and fantasy to explorations of real-life. Featuring a panel of esteemed filmmakers and critics, we ask: what does the dark side look like for women creatives? And can it be empowering to depict darkness onscreen?

Taking the Leap: From Shorts to Features Panel

Sat 23 Feb, 2:30pm

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Run free of charge, this panel offers MWFF audiences some practical advice on taking the leap towards feature filmmaking. Featuring filmmakers and industry workers, our panel asks: what are the barriers in transitioning from shorts to features? And how can women channel their hard earned skills toward larger projects?

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