The Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) is all about seeing more films made by Australian women on our cinema screens. We celebrate these unique voices in a yearly program of short and feature films, Q&As, panels and forums, workshops, and special events, showcasing the work of local women filmmakers and advocating for more diverse representations on screen and off.
In 2019, the festival revels in its theme of ‘Dark Delights’, putting the spotlight on films exploring the concept of darkness and empowerment in personal, fantastical and highly innovative ways. Over 4 days, February 21-24, 2019, MWFF creates a festive space for social inclusion, screen culture and greater opportunity for diverse film exhibition. There is limited opportunity to see the variety of women’s screen stories, particularly those reflecting underrepresented communities. MWFF provides its audiences with the perfect opportunity to discover these screen gems in an entertaining and thought provoking atmosphere.
Underrepresentation of culturally diverse women on screen and behind the camera means we aren’t seeing enough of the distinct women’s perspectives and experiences on our screens. With women buying more than 50% of all movie tickets, where are the stories they can relate to? MWFF makes a valuable contribution to our local culture by facilitating participation of diverse creative women and audiences and celebrating the uniqueness of women’s stories; stories that can make a difference to women’s lives.
With its first festival in 2017 and doubling in size for its 2018 edition, MWFF has shown more than 70 films by women from all different backgrounds, ages and areas across Australia. In 2019, we’re including a school screening, retrospective screenings of THE WELL, with director Samantha Lang in conversation, and Rachel Perkins’ BLACK PANTHER WOMAN, a special ‘Late Night Screaming’ horror event, and a public forum on ‘Leading the way: empowering women’s leadership in the screen industries’.
As a young not-for-profit festival, it takes a bit of juggling the finances to bring the festival to life. While we are a volunteer lead and run organisation, we would put any generous donation to good use in paying for screening fees, exhibition spaces, catering, and insurances. As we are all about supporting the community of women screen practitioners, we would also like to put any monies towards subsidising our visiting filmmakers, especially those travelling with their films from interstate. This is in the form travel and accommodation for festival guests and offering complimentary festival passes to all the filmmakers we’re screening. After all, we’re doing this for them!
Our program and further info about who we are and what we do can be found on our website (http://mwff.org.au). Updates on our progress will be on our Facebook and Instagram, as we march ever closer to our February deadline. See you at the festival!