Welcome to Midwinter SAGA WIFF!
We are a small, grassroots film festival that - has survived the worst of Covid and - creates a platform for women and girls to tell their own stories, to shape their own narratives and to define themselves before they are defined by others.
From 2023, SAGA will be held twice a year - once in February for the Gawler Fringe (arts festival) and once in August to bring great films to midwinter. Supported and judged by a panel of women from many walks of life, Midwinter SAGA Gawler is being held in recognition of the growing community participation at SAGA Gawler Fringe.
SAGA is a deliciously culturally diverse cacophony of ideas and world perspectives.
A celebration of the vision of women and girls behind the camera.
If you consider that 93% of directors are male, then the question must surely be :
’Where are the women’s stories? What’s happened to them?’
Well, some of them are here, at SAGA WIFF. Other than creating a great volunteering experience and building community around film, SAGA WIFF is about screening these films, telling these untold stories, in all their diversity and wonderfulness.
SAGA WIFF is a way for women to tell their own stories from their own world perspective. With women and girls behind the camera, SAGA WIFF will be a festival full of surprises - expect to see lots of unusual and interesting films!
In a nutshell, SAGA WIFF is a defiantly culturally inclusive women's film festival based on the notion that the stories of women and girls matter.
This year, we are proud to announce our continued cooperation with The Playford Women's Shed and to welcome MCCSA - The Multicultural Communities Council of South Australia - and to thank them for their generous support of Let's Eat! and Singing Away the Sorrow and Bringing Home the Joy.
We thank all our filmmakers in advance for their submissions. As always, we are honoured to receive your films and humbled by the range and quality of your storytelling.
This year, the submissions period is very short but we will happily judge all films that come in and we will be very pleased to share them with our beautiful Gawler audience at SAGA WIFF, part of the annual Gawler Fringe Festival.
NB Other than filmmakers, SAGA WIFF also showcases other female creatives - spoken word poets, musicians and visual artists.
Please note that this year, we are not offering any cash prizes. We hope to next year when we can stage a bigger festival, backed by more sponsors.
SAGA Gawler + Midwinter SAGA : Audience Pick
SAGA Gawler + Midwinter SAGA : Runner-up
PLEASE NOTE THAT SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED WITHOUT A SYNOPSIS, STILL SHOT AND SHORT BIOGRAPHY OF THE FILMMAKER. FILMS WITHOUT ENGLISH LANGUAGE CAPTIONING CANNOT BE CONSIDERED.
ALSO NOTE THAT FILMS MADE BY SOLO MALE DIRECTORS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED AT ALL. While film crews can be mixed (male, female, non-binary, trans), there must at least be a girl or a woman directing, writing or producing the film as SAGA is a women-behind-the-camera film festival. It is not a man-behind-the-camera film festival.