Looking Back, Moving Forward: Retrospectives at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival

Loreck, Janice, Mitchell, Sian, Monaghan, Whitney and Stevens, Kirsten 2020, Looking Back, Moving Forward: Retrospectives at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival, Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, vol. 35, no. 2, pp. 159-169, doi: 10.1215/02705346-8359640.

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Title Looking Back, Moving Forward: Retrospectives at the Melbourne Women in Film Festival
Author(s) Loreck, Janice
Mitchell, SianORCID iD for Mitchell, Sian orcid.org/0000-0003-2843-2078
Monaghan, Whitney
Stevens, Kirsten
Journal name Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies
Volume number 35
Issue number 2
Start page 159
End page 169
Total pages 12
Publisher Duke University Press
Place of publication Durham, N.C.
Publication date 2020-09-01
ISSN 0270-5346
1529-1510
Keyword(s) women filmmakers
film festivals
retrospectives
feminism
Summary The Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) is a four-day event in Melbourne, Australia, that supports and celebrates the work of Australian women filmmakers. Launched in 2017, the festival emerged from our desire as screen academics to increase the visibility of both professional and amateur women filmmakers and their work. Despite a strong history of grassroots and state-supported women’s creative cultures in Australia, women have remained marginal within the domestic screen industry. Women filmmakers are also underrepresented within the global festival circuit. This article traces the curatorial practices underpinning MWFF since its inception. We describe our approach to running a locally based, women-centered film festival; how we define “women” and “women’s filmmaking”; and how our programing choices support our festival ethos. We also contextualize our event as one that both continues and is in dialogue with women’s screen culture in Australia, particularly the one-off Women’s International Film Festival held in 1975. Locating our festival in this historical context, we argue that retrospective screenings play a particularly vital role at MWFF in achieving our festival aims. We recount our inaugural festival in 2017 and explain the significance of retrospectives in building a legacy for women filmmakers and making their achievements visible to the next generation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1215/02705346-8359640
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 190201 Cinema Studies
190204 Film and Television
200212 Screen and Media Culture
1902 Film, Television and Digital Media
1905 Visual Arts and Crafts
2002 Cultural Studies
Socio Economic Objective 950199 Arts and Leisure not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30142731

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