Melbourne Women In Film Festival 2018


The Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2018, running from 22 to 25 February, is delighted to announce new additions to its program and tickets now on sale.

Adding to this year’s stellar festival line-up is feature film Pretty Good Friends, written and directed by Sophie Townsend. Dubbed as Australia’s first ‘mumblecore’ film, (a subgenre of indie filmmaking characterised by its low budget and unpolished dialogue), the film embodies the energy and cool rawness of independent filmmaking. Set against the backdrop of Melbourne’s inner city, Pretty Good Friends focuses on Jules (Jenni Townsend), who moves back to her home city of Melbourne and in with her old childhood friend, Sam (Rain Fuller). Hoping to start a fresh, Jules struggles to maintain her old friendship while a new one emerges with Sam’s boyfriend, Alex (Nathan Barillaro). The film screens with Katrina Mathers and Graeme Base’s animated short film, The Gallant Captain.

Panellists for Money Matters: Making a Film on a Micro-budget and Side by side: Gender Equity in Film and Music have also been announced. Discussing ways to finance a film on low budget for Money Matters are Cathy Rodda (Program Manager for low budget features at Film Victoria), Sophie Mathisen (filmmaker and Festival Director of For Films’ Sake), Kylie Eddy (writer, director and producer, Lean Filmmaking), and Natalie Erika James (writer/director), with moderator, Dr. Grady Hancock (Lecturer, Deakin University). Exploring the roles of women across screen and music industries in Side by Side are Anna Laverty (music producer, mixer, engineer and writer), Claudia Sangiorgi-Dalimore (multi-disciplinary creative artist), Michelle Grace-Hunder (photographer, radio host), and Triana Hernandez (filmmaker, music journalist), with moderator Dr. Maura Edmonds (Lecturer, Monash University). Both panels will be held at ACMI, Federation Square on Saturday 24th February. Money Matters is free to attend, but requires registration via the ACMI website.

About the Festival

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 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.

Melbourne Women in Film Festival runs 22 – 25 February 2018 at ACMI, Hoyts Melbourne Central and RMIT Cinema, City Campus.

Tickets for Melbourne Women in Film Festival 2018 are on sale now. Please visit for more information.

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival gratefully acknowledges the support of sponsors: Film Victoria, City of Melbourne, Monash University, RMIT, SAE Creative Media Institute, Soundfirm Post Production, Lemac Film and Digital, Radical Yes, and Bird on a Wire Wines.


Andrew F Peirce

Andrew is passionate about Australian film and culture. He is the co-chair of the Australian Film Critics Association, a Golden Globes voter, and the author of two books on Australian film, The Australian Film Yearbook - 2021 Edition, and Lonely Spirits and the King. You can find him online trying to enlist people into the cult of Mac and Me.

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