Jan 31, 2017



3-4 March, 2017 
Treasury Theatre

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) is excited to launch its inaugural event at The Treasury Theatre in East Melbourne on 3 March. MWFF celebrates and supports the work of women filmmakers and creatives across all disciplines in the industry, including directors, writers, producers, cinematographers, sound designers and editors. This annual festival advocates for gender equality in the Australian screen industry and provides a platform for emerging filmmakers to exhibit their work to a Victorian audience.

2017 Festival Program

MWFF launches with a mini-retrospective of the 1975 International Women’s Film Festival. From the Australian films screened in '75, MWFF have curated a program to revisit the aims of the original festival in challenging industrial gender imbalance, exploring the representation of women’s bodies and the diversity of women’s perspectives, and providing a space for self-determination and empowerment through creativity. 

Opening night sees a classic of Australian filmmaking on the big screen. The Cheaters (1929) directed by Paulette McDonagh working with her two sisters Phyllis and Isabel. The screening will be followed by an after-party, included in the Opening Night ticket.

1970s films from Jeni Thornely and Dasha Ross, Linda Blagg, Patricia Edgar, Annette Blonski and Gillian Armstrong screen with a selection of contemporary shorts by Victoria Waghorn, Clare Ferra, The Kingpins, Hanna Chetwin, Emily O’Connor, Natalie Randall and Soda_Jerk.

Also featured are two panel discussions exploring the position of women in screen culture and getting a start in the industry.

For details on our full program and to purchase individual tickets or passes, click the link below.


See you at the festival!

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Image credits:
1. Still Life (Jeni Thornley & Dasha Ross, 1974)
2. After the Rainbow (Soda_Jerk, 2009)
3. The Cheaters (Paulette McDonagh, 1929)
4. Love Oscillation (Clare Ferra, 2012)
Sian Mitchell