The first edition of Women Media Arts and Film Festival, an audience development initiative between Cinewest and Sydney Olympic Park Authority, will take place in multiple venues in Sydney during 21st to 29thDecember 2013. The festival’s main objective is to present short and feature length films as well as media arts works that are conceived, written, directed and/or produced by women from around the world!
‘Since Cinewest in partnership with different local and state government bodies organizes various niche international screen events throughout the year, we noticed that many quality works received were overwhelmingly by women. Therefore, it was an obvious choice for us to start thinking about initiating a festival by women and dedicated to women’. Says Ms. Maryam Kassaie (Festival co-curator)
The festival received over 300 short, feature and media arts works from 38 countries for its first edition potentially becoming a significant platform for women film directors, producers, writers and media arts practitioners in Australia and beyond.
‘The films accepted into competition categories are from various genres and lengths to represent diverse forms of expressions by women utilizing moving images medium. The selected films are also diverse and rich in content reflecting specific historical and contemporary perspectives on cultural, social, economical and political issues.’ Says Mr. Vahid Vahed (Festival co-curator)
Many award winning Australian and international films are among the 23 media arts works and 88 films showcasing during the festival’s first edition includes; an incredible feature documentary debut by Irene Lusztig ‘The Motherhood Archives’ from USA, a short fiction comedy about cultural dislocation and assimilation by Pearl Tan (director) and Joy Hopwood (producer) ‘Colour of Change’ from Australia. Also, the festival presents an award winning short fiction about a 9 years old girl coming to terms with her father’s death by Natalia Lampropoulou ‘The Balloon’ from Greece.
‘The festival is a great opportunity for Sydney audiences to become familiar with women expressions and campaigns through the mediums of film ‘Traditional’ and media arts ‘Contemporary’ .’ Say Mr. Vahed (Festival co-curator)
The Festival showcases works by women graduates representing international film schools and fine arts institutions from Australia, Canada, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and UK. In the industry section, the festival presents a series of dynamic shorts by women producers from Australia and Spain.
‘The films were selected for their technical merits and diverse contents exploring many layers of women identities, concerns and preoccupations in the world today. ’ Says Ms. Kassaie (Festival co-curator)
The main program consists of 2 categories spread over 3 venues;
Media Arts Installations and projections/The Armory Tunnels/December 21-22 and 28-29, 2013
The Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 / 10.00 – 12.00 – 14.00 / Admission Free
Film screenings / The Armory Theatre / December 21-22, 2013
The Newington Armory Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127 / 10.00 – 16.00 / Admission Free
Film screenings / The Factory Theatre / December 21-29, 2013
105 Victoria Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204 / 16.00 – 18.00 / Buy Tickets http://www.factorytheatre.com.au/events/2013/12/21/women-media-arts-film-festival