Melbourne celebrates women in film


1 Feb 2018




Melbourne celebrates women in film

1 Feb 2018

Pictured: SAE Melbourne film student Lucy Campbell on work experience at Falls Festival Lorne 2018

From February 22-25, the Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) returns for its second year,
showcasing a range of short films and full-length features supported by a suite of forums, panels and
mentorship programs, all with the focus of celebrating women in film.

The event is supported by global education partner SAE Creative Media Institute and was co-founded
in 2017 by SAE Melbourne film lecturer Dr Sian Mitchell, who now acts as festival director.
According to Dr Mitchell, the festival was designed to highlight the valuable contribution of
Australia’s emerging and established women in industry, something she felt had been missing prior.

“Teaching the next generation of female film makers has shown me the importance of celebrating
women who are already paving successful careers in our Industry.”
“We all need mentors, someone to aspire to, and the festival is a platform for women to exhibit their
work and demonstrate the opportunities for those with a story to tell.”

MWFF will be hosted in various venues throughout Melbourne, promoting the many talented
women who work within all areas of film production, including film students.
Encouraging women with creative aspirations to pursue their passions with confidence is a
commitment of education partner SAE Institute, says the General Manager of SAE Southern
Hemisphere, Mr Lee Aitken.

“SAE is committed to supporting women in all creative media disciplines, and we’re always looking
for ways to open doors for our students and staff to career opportunities, and to showcases their

“We’re proud of the many female staff in film who lead the way across our six Australian campuses,
including Mairi Cameron from Brisbane, Sydney’s Renee Brack, Byron Bay’s Anne Chesher and
Melbourne’s Sian Mitchell.”

“Our film students benefit from the incredible experiences of our talented academic staff, many of
whom have carved their own successful careers locally and abroad,” he said.
“We’re also really excited to see that film is growing as a career of choice for many women in
Australia and overseas, and this has translated into more female students in our courses in recent

SAE Institute is one of the world’s leading educators in creative media, delivering government
approved courses at 53 campuses in 28 countries. SAE offers diploma and degree programs in film,
audio, animation, design, games and web & mobile.

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