Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2019


22 Feb 2019




Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2019

22 Feb 2019

Celebrating the hardworking women of film, The Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) held it's opening party last night, returning for its third year bigger than ever with the theme of ‘Dark Delights’. The festival programme will also be filled with all things film - documentaries, features, short films, student workshops and Q&A sessions with filmmakers and film professionals.

SAE is a proud sponsor of MWFF and SAE lecturers, student interns and alumni are all involved with the event. Here we get to know a few of the SAE CREW helping make MWFF realise it’s mission of diversity and inclusivity. 

Dr Sian Mitchell

Festival Director, SAE Melbourne Film lecturer and SAE Masters of Creative Industries mentor. Sian’s passion for film and equality led her to found MWFF in 2017. 

This year Sian is also running Visualise Your Voice*, a workshop engaging with culturally diverse young women aged 15-19 years. The workshop is an extension of MWFF’s broader objectives to ensure representation within film transcends more than gender alone.

With a focus on storytelling, the participants will learn under the guidance of professional screen industry practitioners and educators, having the opportunity to experience different creative roles and use industry-standard equipment. 

Mairi Cameron 

Mairi Cameron is former Department Coordinator of Film at SAE Brisbane and current SAE Master of Creative Industries mentor. Mairi’s debut feature film The Second stars Rachael Blake (Lantana), Susie Porter (Wentworth) and Vince Colosimo (Chopper). 

The Second is the first feature film recipient to be awarded a $1-million-dollar production budget from Screen Queensland in partnership with Australian streaming service, Stan. The 'Queensland Originals Fully Funded Features' is the first program of its kind in Australia. The psychological thriller was also produced with the assistance of SAE student interns. 

The Second will be screening as part of the festival programme on Sunday 24th February 2019.

Taival Films

Heidi Ylä-Ajos, Melisa Visca and Chris Michael and audio graduate Bianca Molini are four SAE alumni who have founded their own production company Taival Films after they graduated.

Taival Films will be rolling out the next stage of their Future Creatives Initiative at this year’s MWFF. The Future Creatives Initiative was created to support more women to get into the film industry. The Initiative is looking for the next up-and-coming Screenwriter in in Victoria - submissions are now closed but the next stage of the Initiative will be rolled out during this week's MWFF festival. Heidi says the response to Future Creatives Initiative has been amazing and the team is blown away with the quality of the scripts they have received.

On the final day of MWFF, the now shortlisted writers will attend a pitch event, where they will pitch their scripts to the Initiative’s Mentors. The same evening, at the awards ceremony, the three finalists chosen for the Mentorship Program will be announced. 

The Initiative is now open for Crew applications. One of the three final scripts will be developed into a film by Taival Films and they are looking for passionate filmmakers to join the crew for making an outstanding short film during 2019.

SAE Alumni films

Two SAE Alumni films have also been included in the festival programme

Ladies Lounge by Writer / Director Monique Bettello and Producer Gokce Sel will be showing as part of Freshly Squeezed Shorts 

And Unashamed from Writer / Director Ana Carolina Lima and Producers Annemaree Krane and Brooke Andrews is part of the the Stranger than Fiction documentary showcase

Ana Carolina says she is proud to have her film Unashamed screened at MWFF 2019. 

“I attended the opening night last year and it was fantastic. It's a great exhibition of women's work and a chance to meet these filmmakers, which is very exciting for me.”

“Unashamed is a story among thousands, that happen every day, and I'm glad it will be seen along with fantastic documentaries,” Ana Carolina said. 

SAE Student Interns 

Six SAE film students have also been given the opportunity to gain invaluable work experience at MWFF 2019, acting as videographers for key MWFF events (opening and closing nights, interviews and panels).  The experience is a backstage pass behind one of Australia’s most important film festivals.  

*Please note that this event is fully booked. 


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