Closing Night: Drama + Shorts Awards
Feb
25
6:30 pm18:30

Closing Night: Drama + Shorts Awards

Drama (2015 / 96 mins)

It’s over a year since Anna split with John and life in London seems only to be getting harder. She isn’t landing auditions and the pressure from family to make it work or call it quits is ever increasing. Dreading a future as uncertain as the present, Anna travels to Paris and to the home of her best friend Jean.

Life for Jean seems stable. He’s given up acting and is settling down with his French partner Philippe. The timing of Anna's arrival isn’t great however; Philippe’s mother is dying and it’s taking its toll on them both. Thankful for an excuse to escape, Jean dedicates his time and attention to Anna who herself is devoted to another task entirely.

Writer / Director / Producer - Sophie Mathisen

Producer - Dominique Mathisen

Ticket to Closing Night also includes entry into the Shorts Awards presentation and afterparty.

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Don't Tell
Feb
25
12:30 pm12:30

Don't Tell

Don't Tell (2017 / 110 mins)

Don’t Tell is the powerful true story of a young woman’s courageous battle for justice as she takes on the institutions that denied she had endured sexual abuse at a prestigious private school. 

Director - Tori Garrett

Producer - Scott Corfield

Writers - Anne Brooksbank, Ursula Cleary, James Greville

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Music in Motion
Feb
24
7:00 pm19:00

Music in Motion

Wild Dances (2017 / 14 mins)

In 2004, Ruslana wins the Eurovision Song Contest for Ukraine. On the other side of the world, through an unbelievable chain of events, this fuses the lives of a shy, closeted, gay boy and a spirited Ukrainian-Australian teenage girl who just want to be their wild selves and dance…

Writer / Director / Producer - Bina Bhattacharya

Producer - EV Moore

The Was (2016 / 14 mins)

Unlike anything you've ever seen - part music video, part experimental film, but fully awesome, The Was is a result of Soda_Jerk and The Avalanches coming together and making magic. A remix flick full of nostalgic collages of your favourite film, animation and pop culture icons.

Creators - Soda_Jerk & The Avalanches

One Night the Moon (2001 / 57 mins)

In 1932, Emily, a young girl, goes missing in the Australian outback after becoming enchanted by the sight of the moon from her bedroom window. The police suggest aboriginal tracker Albert lead the search to find her, but the father Jim revolts - insisting - no black-fella is to set foot on my land. Albert can only watch helplessly as the band of white men destroy any trace of her. With her daughter still missing, Rose takes matters into her own hands and goes to find Albert...

Writers - Rachel Perkins, John Romeril

Director - Rachel Perkins

Producers - Paul Humfress, Kevin Lucas, Aanya Whitehead

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Pretty Good Friends + The Gallant Captain
Feb
24
4:00 pm16:00

Pretty Good Friends + The Gallant Captain

Pretty Good Friends (2015 / 77mins)

Jules (Jenni Townsend) moves back to her home city of Melbourne and in with her old childhood friend, Sam (Rain Fuller). Hoping to start a fresh, Jules struggles to maintain her old friendship while a new emerges with Sam’s boyfriend, Alex (Nathan Barillaro).

Set against the backdrop of Melbourne’s inner city, Pretty Good Friends has been labelled Australia’s first ‘mumblecore’ film, establishing itself as a truly independent venture exploring the ups and downs of close relationships and self-discovery.

Director / Writer / Producer - Sophie Townsend

Writer / Producer - Nathan Barillaro

Producers - Rain Fuller, Tom Swinburn

 

The Gallant Captain (2013 / 8mins)

When Will discovers a box of memories in his father's wardrobe, he embarks on a fantastic seafaring voyage. With his trusty first mate Cat in tow, Will's vivid imagination begins to unravel. Faced with certain peril, Will must learn to become The Gallant Captain.

The Gallant Captain was written and developed by Graeme Base in collaboration with Katrina Mathers and Melbourne animation studio The Lampshade Collective; the production company that previously made the multi-award winning short animated film Nullarbor.

Directors - Katrina Mathers, Graeme Base

Producers - Katrina Mathers, Merrin Jensen, Daryl Munton, Patrick Sarell

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Side by Side: Gender Equity in Film and Music
Feb
24
2:00 pm14:00

Side by Side: Gender Equity in Film and Music

From filmmakers to musicians, directors to DJs, women are vital players in the creative industries. So what can women learn from one another as they negotiate their careers? This panel explores women’s participation as creators and producers across the sound and cinema spectrum. Featuring several talented artists from the Melbourne film and music scene, we ask: how does sound intersect with cinema, and what are women’s shared experiences in the creative industry?

Panellists

Anna Laverty: Producer/Mixer/Engineer/Writer

Claudia Sangiorgi-Dalimore: Multi-disciplinary Creative Artist

Michelle Grace-Hunder: Photographer/Radio Host

Triana Hernandez: Filmmaker/Music Journalist

Moderated by: Dr. Maura Edmond (Monash University)

PANELLIST BIOS

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Money Matters: Making a Film on a Micro-budget
Feb
24
12:00 pm12:00

Money Matters: Making a Film on a Micro-budget

Gender matters, but so does money. In this panel, filmmakers and funding body representatives share their experiences, anecdotes and advice on how to make a great film on a budget. How and where to get funding? What’s the secret to a successful crowdfunding campaign? Our panellists will confront the challenges – and unexpected advantages – to budget-conscious filmmaking for women in the industry.

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The Silences + Q&A
Feb
23
6:30 pm18:30

The Silences + Q&A

The Silences (2015 / 73 mins)

The Silences is a personal essay documentary about the tangled bonds, secret histories and unspoken traumas of family life that stretches from New Zealand to the Australian suburbs. It is an exploration of early childhood and the “silences” of the past that resonate in the present. It draws upon a wealth of photographs, letters, oral histories, documentary footage and clips from the filmmaker’s previous work. It unfolds a mother’s story of lost opportunities, lost love and grief; a father’s story of work, mental illness and war; and a daughter’s story of trying to piece together a more complex picture of the confusing ties of love, loss and kinship between a mother and daughter.

The Silences is part memoir and part meditation on memory, history and photographyIt investigates family secrets through an excavation of the repressed and hidden histories in my family, in particular the history of trauma and mental illness. It draws on family photographs, oral histories, my parents’ letters, documentary video footage Nash shot over a seven-year period and clips from her own body of work as a filmmaker. It is the winner of the Australian Writers' Guild 2016 AWGIE Award: Documentary Broadcast or Exhibition,  nominated for Documentary Feature at the 2016 Australian Directors Guild (ADG) Awards, and nominated for Documentary Biography at the 2015 Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Awards.

Writer / Director / Producer - Margot Nash

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Opening Night: Love Songs and Dedications
Feb
22
7:00 pm19:00

Opening Night: Love Songs and Dedications

Love Serenade (1996 / 101 mins)

Dimity (Miranda Otto) and Vicki-Ann (Rebecca Firth) living in the quiet small town of Sunray. That is until Ken Sherry (George Shevtsov), smooth talking Brisbane DJ, comes to town causing Dimity and Vick-Ann to compete for his affection with some catastrophic results.

Winner of the Camera d'or at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival and nominated for 2 AFI Awards, Love Serenade features an all-female creative team in Shirley Barrett (writer/director), Jan Chapman (producer), Mandy Walker (cinematographer), and Denise Haratzis (editor). 

Following the film is a ‘Love Songs and Dedications’ after-party. You can send your own messages of love while chilling to some smooth tunes and a few drinks.

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