Thinking about the Melbourne Women in Film Festival: the status of women in the field of film work

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival was officially launched at the beginning of 2017 and is a very young film festival. And this film festival organization team has only four people, one is a festival director, one deputy festival director and two festival co-ordinators. And Melbourne Women in Film Festival is a non-profit organization, is the purpose of this film festival started by promoting have different ideas of women and the audience participate in celebration of women’s contribution in the film industry, and for the local culture contributed a valuable and meaningful, the founder of women hope to Melbourne Women in Film Festival can change women life and expanding industry field. So the Melbourne Women in Film Festival’s mission is to host a fascinating annual film festival in Melbourne to showcase and promote Australian women’s work, screening creatives and technicians. And promote gender equality and diversity in the Australian screen industry by promoting dialogue between practitioners, audiences and industry communities in the film industry. This film festival is a film festival that is given importance.

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Logo of Melbourne Women in Film Festival

It is understood that there is a wealth of research and discourse, both local and global, confirming gender inequality in 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. And the lack of opportunities to create and display works is a well-known factor in this inequality. However, there is a high demand for women’s stories in this industry, so the launch of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival is necessary and a new turning point in the film industry.

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Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2018

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is supported by the government and is also supported by large chain cinemas, which means that the creation of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival is the right choice. Although the Melbourne Women in Film Festival was not a long time to start, it still attracted widespread attention and was supported by women. Therefore, the 2018 Melbourne Women in Film Festival was very successful. Each Melbourne Women in Film Festival will have different film festival themes, and many talented female filmmakers will be recruited online. They can submit their own works, and someone can award outstanding works. This is an encouragement for female filmmakers and a platform for these hardworking and talented female filmmakers to showcase themselves.

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Melbourne Women in Film Festival staff

Another highlight of the Melbourne Women in Film Festival is that the films shown are all shot around women, showing women’s lives from different perspectives, enabling women to appear more on the screen, and letting the audience know more about women and women’s lives and work. Therefore, I hope that the Melbourne Women in Film Festival will be better and better, and strive for an international film festival, so that more female filmmakers can become more equal in the film field. At the same time, I hope that more women will join the film industry and contribute to the development of the film industry.

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Melbourne Women in Film Festival

 

Reference:

The mission of Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2017, About MWFF, Melbourne Women in Film Festival, viewed 2017 http://mwff.org.au/mission/

 

Author: Haomeng Dong 27559009

Looking back at history, thinking about the present – is the Venice International Film Festival growing all the way?

Founded in 1932, Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica di Venezia (the Venice International Film Festival) is the world’s oldest international film festival, known as the “mother of the International Film Festival”. It is held in Lido Island, Venice, Italy from August to September each year. The highest award is the Golden Lion Award. The Venice International Film Festival and the Cannes International Film Festival in France and the Berlin International Film Festival in Germany are also known as the three major international film festivals in Europe. Venice International Film Festival has a long history, but its development is also very hard, had not held because of world war ii, has been repealed film awards system for political reasons, so the Venice International Film Festival can hold to now is very not easy, you can imagine the Venice International Film Festival for the international movie field development has very important influence.

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Logo of the Venice International Film Festival

With the changing times and the continuous development of the film industry, the Venice International Film Festival has gradually formed its own unique tradition: it focuses on film experimenters in different countries and encourages them to shoot films with novel forms and unique techniques. Even if there are some defects, as long as there is innovation, it can be accepted by the festival. Therefore, the film festival’s aim is “film is a serious art service”, each year put forward different slogans, and the criteria for judging is pure: artistic. In the 1960s and 1970s, the Venice Film Festival unearthed a large number of emerging European filmmakers. Although the film chosen by it is not necessarily the best work of the director, it is always leading the development trend of European art films.

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75th Venice International Film Festival

The 75th Venice International Film was held in Venice, Italy from August 29th to September 8th, 2018. A total of 21 films competed for the Golden Lion Award. In the end, the film “Rome” directed by Mexican director Alfonso Caron won the Golden Lion Award for Best Film. However, as the market regulation of film trading becomes more and more obvious, the development of the Cannes International Film Festival has opened a gap with the development of the Venice International Film Festival, and the Toronto Film Festival is also growing, so the Venice International Film Festival faces considerable pressure. The films selected this time are more or less controversial because of the story. Hollywood stars on the red carpet have become the biggest highlights, and even many of the selected films are Hollywood regulars. The purpose of the Venice International Film Festival itself is that it is highly supported by people and that many film festivals should be studied. I hope that the Venice International Film Festival will adhere to its own purpose and reward outstanding directors and actors for artistic creation. Creative and artistic works are what filmmakers really should pursue. The role of the festival is not only to discover more talented young filmmakers, but more importantly, to be able to truly develop the film industry, develop and innovate more filmmaking techniques, and make the film industry develop better.

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Golden Lion Award-winning film “Roma”

Reference:

75th Venice International Film Festival 2018,About The Venice International Film Festival, viewed 2018 http://www.labiennale.org/en/cinema/2018

 

Author: Haomeng Dong 27559009

The film road needs a steady stream of young film workers to support

Every time a film festival is held, many film workers need to contribute their time and ideas. And with the changes of the times, the film industry needs more and more young people. Therefore, the Beijing International Internet Film Festival provides a platform for young filmmakers to show their talents and realize their dreams.

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The logo of Beijing International Internet Film Festival

Beijing International Internet Film Festival, also the predecessor of Beijing International Micro Film Festival, was founded in 2011. The film festival was founded to support new film workers, promote the diversification of China’s online film and television, and create an international film exchange platform. The main types of films include brand microfilm, short video (30s-180s), documentary, microfilm and so on. At present, 7 festivals have been successfully held, and the total number of broadcasts reached 1.5 billion. Especially in the 6th Beijing International Internet Film Festival held in 2016, the Beijing International Internet Film Festival, which represents China’s young new fashion and new forces, has deep exchanges and cooperation with traditional film festivals such as Nashville, Berlin Chinese Film Festival and European Vientiane. Let more Chinese young directors embark on the international stage. The scene announced 26 best awards such as micro-movies and online movies. The micro-film “The Most Beautiful Arc” won the best film, “We” won the jury award, and “Red Temperament” won the best documentary award. In addition, there are many excellent works, such as “Craftsman”, “Tuina” and so on.

Excellent works of Beijing International Internet Film Festival

Through the research and understanding of the Beijing International Internet Film Festival, I realized that the success of the Beijing International Internet Film Festival was mainly due to the country’s strong support for the film industry. China’s major portals provide a platform for new young filmmakers to showcase their work. In addition, the Beijing International Internet Film Festival also established the Light Year Award, which recognizes the creators of film daring to pursue their dreams, and in the form of micro-movies, it further demonstrates the spirit of hard work. Director Ping Jiang, the general counsel and diof the Beijing International Internet Film Festival, once said: “Microfilm, let us realize the dream of film together.”

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Ping Jiang’s speech to the Beijing International Internet Film Festival

Therefore, I believe that the Beijing International Internet Film Festival is a good platform to advocate young film creators to start with micro-movies, to improve their professional skills one by one, and to realize their own movie dreams step by step. At the same time, these young film creators have also had the opportunity to conduct more in-depth exchanges with some traditional film festivals abroad through the Beijing International Internet Film Festival, so that Chinese young film creators can learn different cultures and further realize the globalization of film culture. This film festival is a platform for young filmmakers to realize their dreams. It is also a platform for young filmmakers to learn more knowledge and experience and make up for their own shortcomings. Regardless of the size of the screen, whether it is a large screen or a small screen, as long as there is a dream and action, there is a day for young filmmakers to develop from microfilm to cinema.

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The 7th Beijing International Internet Film Festival Awards Ceremony

 

References:

Beijing International Internet Film Festival (2016). Retrieved  from http://www.bjimff.com/index.php?s=/Home/Article/index/category/dyj

Film Panorama (2017).  Retrieved  from http://www.bjimff.com/index.php?s=/Home/Article/lists/category/bjzp

 

Author: Haomeng Dong 27559009

Thinking after attending the Melbourne International Film Festival

At 6 pm on Wednesday, August 8, 2019, I joined a few friends at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) in Melbourne. This is my first time to participate in an international film festival. The film festivals I have known in the past are all through TV and the Internet. The MIFF was held on August 2, 2019, and it was closed on the 19th. The movie I watched with my friends was UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY, which was released by award-winning director Nicholas Wrathall. The main content of this film is that large mining and pastoral areas not only cause the original environment. Threats also threaten the sacred connection between Aboriginal people and the state. And Australia has the highest proportion of Aboriginal people living in Australia, so this film is shown in Australia. For me studying in Australia, this documentary is representative.

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         The Film : UNDERMINED: TALES FROM THE KIMBERLEY

Before I joined MIFF, my impression of the film festival only stayed on the red carpet of stars or filmmakers. However, after attending MIFF this time, I learned that not only those red carpet events, but also a large number of high-quality films are available for audience to enjoy. Besides, audiences can not only enjoy the films, but also meet and communicate with the main staff of the film before the release. The film creators will introduce the film concisely. After the movie is over, there will be a question-and-answer session between the audience and the film creators. It is very different from the previous audiences simply going to the cinema to watch the movie.

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After the film is over, the question and answer session between the filmmakers and the audience

In addition, the venue of the festival is extremely important. The film I watched was held in a theater in Melbourne CBD, and the design in the theater is very pleasing.

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Theater corridor for film festivals

It is also important to point out that by looking at the movie playlist of MIFF this time, I found that not all movie types are exactly the types and hobbies of movies that are shown in the cinema. Most of the films exhibited at the festival reflect more of a certain social problem and have practical significance. Maybe such a movie is more boring than a science fiction movie or other movie, but this is the movie that the festival should show. Filmmakers use the form of film to reflect the problems of society and the world. This way is more intuitive and more convenient for communication with the audience. Through the art form, the existing problems in the real society are shown, which is not only ornamental, but also can arouse the audience’s enthusiasm to participate in it. In addition, different countries have different cultures. Showing films through international film festivals can also promote cultural exchanges between different countries.

After I participated in MIFF this time, I got a better understanding of the film festival. The film festival is not only a platform for filmmakers to display their works, but also a platform for communication between filmmakers and audiences. It is also a platform for reflecting reality through movies. Moreover, the Melbourne International Film Festival shows films from different countries, and it also represents the gradual development of the globalization of film culture.

 

References:

Melbourne International Film Festival (2018). Retrieved from http://miff.com.au/

Undermined: Tales From The Kimberley (2018). Retrieved from http://miff.com.au/program/film/undermined-tales-from-the-kimberley

 

Author: Haomeng Dong 27559009