MWFF Critics Lab 2019: Meet the critics!

We’re incredibly thrilled to announce the participants in this year’s MWFF Critics Lab.

Critics Lab is an initiative to support the next generation of Australian women-identified critics and to help them develop their skills in a festival setting. The MWFF Critics Lab aims to facilitate critical discussion, celebrate established critics and mentor emerging talent.

Keep an eye out for these fabulous emerging critics at MWFF2019!


Liza Dezfouli

Liza Dezfouli reviews film for ArtsHub. She has a varied background in the arts as a writer, and has written everything from plays to website content. She's occasionally seen on stage and in short films herself. She particularly wants to see older women’s stories portrayed on the big and little screen. Liza is thrilled to be given this opportunity to make the transition from reviewer to critic proper.


Matilda Dorman

Matilda Dorman is a budding screenwriter from the Northern Territory. She is a maker of short films and is currently studying her final year at Victorian College of the Arts, training in Screenwriting.


Annie Junor

Annie Junor is currently in her final year of a Bachelor of Arts at Melbourne University. She is majoring in Screen and Cultural Studies and Criminology. She currently writes for RMITV's In Review and Melbourne University's Farrago.

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Kate MacDonald

Kate MacDonald is a recent graduate of La Trobe University with a Bachelor of Media and Communications. She has a passion for movies with an affinity for classic films and queer cinema.

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