Envisioning a world where a diversity of women's voices, stories and creativity are equally recognised and celebrated.
Established in early 2017, the Melbourne Women in Film Festival is a not-for-profit festival aimed at celebrating and supporting the work of women filmmakers and creatives – from directors, writers and producers to cinematographers, sound designers and editors. Our annual festival promotes the many talented Australian women who work within all areas of screen production, exhibiting works of all styles and genres by women filmmakers and showcasing the diversity of women’s perspectives through storytelling and conversation. We look forward to seeing you at the festival!
To deliver an engaging and accessible annual film festival in Melbourne that showcases and promotes the diverse works of Australian women screen creatives and technicians.
To advocate for gender equality and diversity in the Australian screen industries by facilitating conversation between a community of practitioners, audiences and industry.
WHY HAVE A WOMEN'S FILM FESTIVAL?
There is an abundance of research and discourse, locally and globally, confirming gender inequality both in the representation of women on screen and behind the camera. According to recent research conducted by Screen Australia, in Australian feature film production, women account for 33% of the producers, 15% of the directors and 23% of the writers.[i] Lack of opportunity in production and exhibition is a known factor in this imbalance. Yet, at the same time, there is a high demand within the community for greater access to women’s stories on screen.
Data emerging on audiences shows that women buy more than 50% of all movie tickets and women 35-plus are one of the only demographics that continues to grow worldwide at a time when cinema audience numbers are trending downwards [ii]. Evidence also indicates these filmgoers want to view more stories about women. Unfortunately, less than 25% of all films in the mainstream market are about women or have female protagonists. Audiences are also often missing out on women’s work in areas such as shorts, documentary, experimental film and new online formats.
As a result, we aim make a valuable and meaningful contribution to our local culture by facilitating participation of diverse creative women and audiences in a festival celebrating different stories about women; stories that can make a difference to women’s lives.
[i] Screen Australia analysis of credits of theatrically released Australian feature films shot between July 2010 and June 2015.
[ii] Motion Picture Association of America, ‘Theatrical Market Statistics’, 2013. http://www.mpaa.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/MPAA-Theatrical-Market- Statistics-2013_032514-v2.pdf