In keeping with the festival objectives to celebrate the work and achievements of women filmmakers, showcase the films of established Australian women to the general public, and provide opportunities for dialogue and engagement between women filmmakers, the Australian screen industry and audiences, the festival opened with a retrospective selection of three films – STORYTIME (2006), THIS WOMAN IS NOT A CAR (1982) and ON GUARD (1983).
Following an acknowledgement of Country, audiences were treated to an opening speech by the Victorian Minister for Creative Industries, Equality and Mental Health, the Hon. Martin Foley MP, highlighting the importance of showcasing diverse women’s voices and stories.
The screening was followed by an after-party, celebrating the festival’s theme of ‘Dark Delights’ in Australian women’s filmmaking with a DJ playing a rich mix of spooky songs and horror movie themes. The party offered an opportunity for our audience to interact and engage with one another, filmmakers and invited guests.