Melbourne women film festival was established in 2017, which is a not-for-profit festival. They aim to celebrate and support the work of female filmmakers and creators – from directors, writers and producers to cinematographers, sound designers and editors. The other important thing is to showcase the diversity of women’s perspectives by means of storytelling and conversation.
There is a wealth of research and discourse, both local and global, confirming gender inequality among women on screen and behind the camera. According to a recent study by Screen Australia, women make up 33 percent of producers, 15 percent of directors and 23 percent of writers in Australian feature film production. The lack of opportunities in production and exhibitions is a well-known factor in this imbalance. At the same time, however, there is a high demand within the community for more access to women’s stories on screen. Figures appearing in the audience show that women buy more than 50 per cent of tickets, while women over 35 are the only demographic in the world that continues to grow as the number of moviegoers tends to decline. The evidence also suggests that these moviegoers want to see more stories about women. Unfortunately, less than 25 percent of films in the mainstream market are about women or have female leads. Audiences also often miss out on women’s work in fields like short films, documentaries, experimental films and new online formats.
Looking at the massive size of the women’s film festival in Melbourne 2018, you might not be able to tell that the event is just for students. Compared to some of the most experienced film festivals, MWFF has numerous features and short film screenings, public BBS, expert discussion panels, and impeccable opening and closing night lineups as well as official award ceremonies. Helmed by film critic, writer and scholar Dr Sian Mitchell, the festival is proud to see the growth of her brainchild since it launched last year. She’s been dedicated to supporting women in film, and now she’s ready to see the 2018 race soar.
“I want to do something, first of all to my female students showed that Australian women to work in the movies and do what they want to do, so they can be thought of as an example, especially in cinematography, editing and sound, and other areas of the representative further lower,” Mitchell,one of the creators spoke about the beginning of the film festival.” “another thing I want to do is help promote and expose female filmmakers as they are marginalized in terms of distribution and exhibitions, so this festival is expected to fill in the gaps in our local industry and keep the conversation going on about gender equality in our communities. ” Mitchell explains that women often face closed doors in the film industry. In response to this, she’s determined to highlight the incredible and important work that women filmmakers are doing, and even more so, the diversity of it. To aid this, the team chose to allow submissions in this year’s work to collect the widest possible range of films on display.
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