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Sydney To Host 21st WOW Film Festival

Tickets are now on sale for The World of Women’s Cinema Film Festival.


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Australian Director Gillian Armstrong

Tim Baure

The World of Women’s (WOW) Cinema Film Festival has announced that its 21st anniversary event will take place in Sydney this year.

WOW Film Festival’s ultimate goal is to celebrate and recognise films by and about women in Australian and international creative teams. It will facilitate important conversations around increasing access, participation and recognition of women in all aspects of the film industry.

Acclaimed Australian director Gillian Armstrong has been announced as WOW Film Festival Patron this year. Her seminal 1979 drama film, My Brilliant Career, has been selected to screen at the WOW Film Festival opening night gala.

The festival will be held at various venues throughout Sydney from 28 April to 1 May as an initiative of Women in Film & Television (WIFT) NSW.  The festival will then move on to a number of other venues and locations throughout Australia between May 2016 and May 2017.

The program features eight curated programs of short films, as well as four international feature premieres.

A large series of masterclasses and panel discussions known as POW-WOW will run alongside film screenings. This offers film goers and makers the chance to learn firsthand from some of the most experienced and celebrated individuals in the Australian film industry.

'On the Table' is a new part of the WOW line-up. It will offer one female screenwriter the chance to have their unproduced feature screenplay read by Sydney actors in front of a live audience during the 3-day event.

Festival Director Sophie Mathisen said, “There were hundreds of submissions for Screen Australia’s Brilliant Stories initiative. By showcasing one new work, we hope to provide emerging screenwriters with the impetus to continue to develop their work, irrespective of the result of their funding applications.”

She added, “This is an important step in lifting the veil on the wealth of Australian talent not currently spotlighted and we hope that the feedback gained from the table reading can aid an emerging writer develop their work further.”

For details on submitting your film, keep an eye on the WOW Facebook Page.

For full program information and to buy tickets now, click here.

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