Taking the Leap: From Shorts to Features
Panel (60 mins)
ACMI, Saturday 23rd February, 2:30pm
Women are great at making short films, but what happens when they want to make a feature? Success in shorts does not always translate to a career in full-length cinema... Run free of charge, this panel offers MWFF audiences some practical advice on taking the leap towards feature filmmaking. Featuring filmmakers and industry workers, our panel asks: what are the barriers in transitioning from shorts to features? And how can women channel their hard earned skills toward larger projects?
Angie Black is a multiple award-winning director and independent filmmaker who supports the promotion and visibility of women on and behind the screen through her production-company Black Eye Films. Her debut feature film The Five Provocations (2018), along with an extensive body of short films, including disnature (2012) and Birthday Girl (2008), have screened at festivals around the globe. She is a recipient of the ‘Film Victoria’s Independent Filmmaker Fund’ in which she directed Bowl Me Over (2000), winner best comedy St Kilda Film Festival and distributed by Palace films. Black has directed television commercials, both locally and abroad and is a lecturer in screen production at La Trobe University.
Jessica Leski’s debut feature I Used to be Normal: A Boyband Fangirl story had its World Premiere at Hot Docs in 2018 and has been screening at festivals around the world since, including London Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival and Rotterdam Film Festival. I Used to be Normal was released in Australian cinemas in November 2018 by Madman Entertainment and will be released for home entertainment in March 2019. Jessica directed and co-produced The Ball with Princess Pictures for ABC TV. The Ball was nominated for an AACTA in 2012 for Best Documentary under an hour.
Alena Lodkina is a filmmaker based in Melbourne. She has made fiction and documentary short films that have been screened around the world, and her debut feature Strange Colours premiered at Venice Film Festival 2017.
Dr Radha O’Meara - Moderator
Dr Radha O’Meara is lecturer in Screenwriting in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne. She combines creative practice in screenwriting with research into screen cultures, screen industries and screen aesthetics. Her research focuses on serial narrative in contemporary film and television. She has published on soap operas, superheroes and cat videos.