The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is a not-for-profit festival aimed at celebrating and supporting the work of women filmmakers and creatives – from directors, writers and producers to cinematographers, sound designers and editors. This annual 4 day festival endeavours to promote the many talented women who work within all areas of film production, and to encourage and inspire women with creative aspirations to pursue their passions with confidence.

Our goal is to provide a space and opportunities for screen creatives to exhibit their work to a diverse Melbourne audience. Further, we aim to advocate for gender equality in the Victorian and Australian screen industries, provide opportunities for dialogue and engagement between women working in film, the Australian screen industry and audiences, provide opportunities for emerging filmmakers to exhibit their work, and of course...entertain!

MWFF 2019: DARK DELIGHTS
We welcome submissions of any genre, style or theme from women working within all areas of the Australian screen industry. As part of our 2019 festival, we are especially keen on submissions that match our programming theme: Dark Delights. Gothic, weird, transgressive or noir, we are looking to program women’s films that revel in the darker side of life.

To be eligible, all films must have a woman-identified person in a key creative role (Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, or Sound Designer/Composer) and have a clear connection to Australia. Priority will be given to creative teams of Australian women.

MWFF is committed to celebrating and promoting diversity in the Australian screen industry. We strongly encourage submissions from Indigenous women, women of colour, and LGBTIQ-identified women.

The short film programs are eligible for the following awards decided by an industry jury:
- Best Short
- Best Next Gen Short (student category)
- Critics' Choice

There will also be an audience award for the short film program.

Prizes will be announced soon and will be in the area of future production assistance. Last year's prizes included $10,000 post production services at Soundfirm Post Production (Best Short) and $1,000 voucher from Lemac Film & Digital (Best Next Gen Short).

Submission is open to short films (20 mins max duration) and feature films (120 mins max duration) that have been completed after January 1, 2014. We welcome narrative films, documentaries, animations, and experimental films that fit within these two broad categories. Works-in-progress are not accepted.

In order for a film to be eligible, it must have a woman-identified person in a key creative role (Producer, Director, Writer, Cinematographer, Editor, or Sound Designer/Composer) and have a clear Australian connection. Priority will be given to creative teams of Australian women.

For entry into the Next Gen category, you must currently be studying an accredited screen, film or media production degree at an Australian public or private university, or have graduated one of these programs in the last 12 months. This will be indicated in your cover letter.

Please ensure the following are provided as part of all submissions:
-A cover letter
-Synopsis of the film in both short (50 words) and long (150 words) versions
-Full cast and credits list
-Director’s biography (under 100 words) AND filmography
-3 different stills from the film (at least 300 dpi High Resolution)
-A photo of the director (at least 300 dpi High Resolution)

Note:
Secure online screener is the preferred method of submission. If selected, your exhibition copy is required by November 30, 2018 (exhibition requirements will be sent shortly after acceptance letters).

All entries with dialogue not in the English language must be subtitled in English.

Fees will not be reimbursed for films not selected for the festival.

If you are accepted into the 2019 festival there may be an opportunity to have your film screened at other festival related screenings throughout that year. We will notify you of any opportunities that arise.

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  • Lucinda Horrocks

    Lovely festival with a warm and welcoming vibe. Opening night was great. Really appreciated that filmmakers who were attending were invited to introduce their films in the shorts session.

    March 2018
  • Leticia Caceres

    It was a fantastic film festival. Informative, generous, well organised and inclusive. Would highly recommend.

    March 2018
  • EV Moore

    The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is a stellar festival achieving truly remarkable things, especially given that its only in its second year. The program was lean but comprehensive, which I actually preferred as a filmmaker because I find festivals that are too packed are actually really difficult to make the most of. I went to events every day - the selection of films was outstanding, all very different with a real focus on indie filmmaking, on women who don't seek permission to practise their craft, who just make things. Films screened on huge, beautiful screens in a proper cinema set up all conveniently located in Melbourne's CBD, so you could attend lots of different events. And screening at ACMI? Every filmmaker's dream! But despite being screened in the high-rent facilities, each screening was well-attended, which really says something about the festival's organisation and ability to connect with audiences.

    Networking and panel events were truly inspiring, not to mentioned well-catered for. How many film festivals will you meet Writer/Directors of Cannes Film Festival-winning films, or Producers of Oscar winning films? I met both at the opening night after party!

    Communication was also really robust - it's one of the best organised festivals I've ever been selected for. Program was finalised months ago and emails were responded to promptly.

    Congratulations to Sian and the dedicated team of volunteers who made this festival so special. Really hope I have the honour of attending again some day.

    March 2018
  • Narelle Nash

    We were very honoured to have our film 'The Actor' included in such a stellar line up. Film makers were given the opportunity to speak before the screening and the closing night party offered networking opportunities. Thanks to Sian and MWFF, I hope to participate again :)

    March 2018