Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2020

Melbourne Women in Film Festival is a Victorian-based film festival established in 2017, returning in 2020 for a jam-packed program that showcases the difference and diversity of women’s filmmaking.

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is thrilled to announce its 2020 program with this year’s theme Stories in Colour. The festival runs from 20–23 February 2020.

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Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates Stories in Colour
Vai (2019)

Vai

This year will feature for the first time incredible films made by women from Aotearoa/New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, kicking off for the opening night party with Vai (2019) – a portmanteau feature film created by nine female Pacific filmmakers and filmed across seven Pacific countries. Each of the eight vignettes explores the journey of Vai from a seven-year-old girl to the grand matriarch of her family.

Opening Night
Date: Thursday 20 February 2020
Time: 7pm–11pm
Location: The Capitol
Price: Full $35, Concession $30
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Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates Stories in Colour
Jane Campion Girls own story

An Exercise in Discipline: Jane Campion Retrospective

One of Australia and New Zealand’s most prolific and celebrated filmmakers, Jane Campion has had an extraordinary international career spanning decades. Campion remains the only woman to date to have won the prestigious Palme D’or for her 1993 film The Piano at the Cannes Film Festival. Co-presented with Melbourne Cinémathèque, the Melbourne Women in Film Festival pays homage to her work with An Exercise in Discipline: Jane Campion Retrospective – a showcase of her short films including Girls Own Story and An Exercise in Discipline: Peel (1981) which won the Short Film Palme D’or.

Date: Friday 21 February 2020
Time: 6.30pm
Location: RMIT Kaleide Theatre
Price: Full $18, Concession $15
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Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates Stories in Colour
Births, Deaths and Marriages (2019)

Births, Deaths and Marriages

A slice of Kiwi comedy about life, death and everything in between, Births, Deaths and Marriages (2019) makes its Australian debut at the festival. Featuring the work of 75% women in front of, and behind, the camera, director Bea Joblin’s debut indie feature blends witty dialogue with heartfelt, smart performances in a story told through the nostalgic lens of a 90s home movie.

Date: Friday 21 February 2020
Time: 8.30pm
Location: Kino Cinemas
Price: Full $18, Concession $15
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Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates Stories in Colour
Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction

Stranger than Fiction is a package of documentaries that dig beneath the surface of Australian society, bringing to light issues that often remain buried – YouTube rap sensations, fighting for reproductive rights, dumpster diving, and the next generation of WAFL footballers.

Date: Sunday 23 February 2020
Time: 12pm
Location: RMIT Cinema
Price: Full $18, Concession $15
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Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates Stories in Colour
She Who Must Be Loved

She Who Must Be Loved

She Who Must Be Loved tells the epic life story of Alfreda Glynn, the 78-year old Kaytetye woman, stills photographer, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), and Imparja TV. Both social history and detective story, this film investigates the mystery behind Glynn’s grandmother, who was killed in a massacre. Directed by Glynn’s daughter, filmmaker Erica Glynn, the film is an affecting portrait of an iconic figure in Australia’s media history. It screens with Romaine Moreton’s short film, The Farm, which tells the story of a girl who sees her ancestors, and of her mother’s efforts to avoid revealing the truth about the past.

Date: Saturday 22 February 2020
Time: 6.30pm
Location: Kino Cinemas
Price: Full $18, Concession $15
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Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates Stories in Colour
What if it Works?

What If It Works?

Winner of the Best Australian Indie Film award at the Gold Coast Film Festival in 2017, What If It Works? is a colourful romantic comedy about having the courage to love and be loved. Adrian, an irrepressibly chirpy tech nerd with OCD meets Grace, a beautiful street artist who has Multiple Personality Disorder. As new neighbours in an edgy, graffitied suburb of Melbourne, they find themselves in therapy with the same psychiatrist and crash into each other one afternoon. It screens with the short Amar (Moon), about a 28-year-old Muslim woman with Down syndrome who is secretly planning the wedding of her dreams…without a groom. This session features a post-screening panel with filmmakers discussing the representation of disabilities on screen.

Date: Saturday 22 February 2020
Time: 6pm
Location: Kino Cinemas
Price: Full $18, Concession $15
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Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates Stories in Colour
Emu Runner

School Screening: Emu Runner + Workshop

Emu Runner tells the story of Gem (Rhae-Kye Waites), a nine-year-old girl dealing with the death of her mother in an isolated community in western NSW. Gem copes by forging a bond with a wild emu, her mother’s traditional totem animal. After the film, a workshop for students will focus on the representation of women and girls in front of and behind the camera.

Date: Friday 21 February 2020
Time: 10.30am
Location: Lido Cinemas
Price: $5 per student, Teachers free
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Melbourne Women in Film Festival celebrates Stories in Colour
Next Gen

Next Gen

As in previous years of MWFF, there is a huge selection of shorts on offer: Freshly Squeezed Shorts 1 & 2, Next Gen Shorts and Global Perspectives Shorts – a unique series of shorts by women that celebrate our global citizenship. These films embrace our world and its peoples, telling stories of migration, travel and life in other lands. It will be followed by a Q&A discussion with the filmmakers about what it means to be a global woman storyteller.

Date: Saturday 22 February 2020
Time: 4pm
Location: RMIT Cinema
Price: Full $18, Concession $15
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For full program details and bookings go to mwff.org.au

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