4th WOMEN Media Arts and Film Festival
September 02-03, 2017

MEDIA RELEASE
Source: Cinewest
August 01, 2017

Women Media Arts and Film Festival is dedicated to all women of the world will celebrate its 4th edition at the Newington Armory Theatre and Tunnels (Sydney Olympic Park) as well as Macquarie University (Faculty of Arts) during September 02-03, 2017.  WMAFF 2017 will be a part of Sydney Fringe Festival this year for the first time presenting 11 feature films, 43 short fiction and 8 documentary films and 10 media arts, animation and experimental works from 32 countries.

‘The amount of films written, directed and produced by women received this year is almost 40% increase from the last edition in 2016.  We were overwhelmed by the quality of films submitted in 2017 that made it very difficult for us to eliminate titles due to restricted timeframe.’ Says Maryam Kassaie (Festival Co-curator)

Among many multi-award winning feature films presented this year are Cloud Nine [Australian Premiere] by Anne-Marieke Graafmans from the Netherlands, Rupa’s Boutique [International Premiere] by Glória Halász from Spain and India, Ann [Asia-Pacific Premiere] by Carla Forte from USA and Maria Converses [Asia-Pacific Premiere] by Lydia Zimmermann from Spain.

‘It is an amazing discovery when we’re confronted with women filmmakers’ unique way of looking at the world as we often see the world from male point of view.  It is fresh, exciting and enlightening when becoming familiar with alternative perceptions of life on earth.’ Says Vahid Vahed (Festival Co-Curator)

The festival present multi-award winning short films in fiction category such as Age of the Moon by Shirley J Kim-Ryu from USA, Look into my Eyes by Olga Alamán from Spain, Night of Brass by Anna van Keimpema from the Netherlands, Pink by Memi Koupa from Greece, Side Effect by Veronika Galkina from Russia and Somersault by Kate Lefoe from Australia.

‘We are very excited to be a part of Sydney Fringe Festival this year representing Western Sydney for the first time in the recent history of SFF.  We are also in a process of becoming a partner with Macquarie University (Media and Communication Department) to reach wider audiences.’ Says Ms Kassaie

The festival presents a series of short documentaries with momentous subject matters defining the roles of women in everyday society referring to personal, social, cultural, political and economical discourses surrounding them. Among these powerful award winning documentaries are Forty Years by Irene Lusztig from USA, In the Heart of Vivianne Gauthier by Marie-Claude Fournier from Canada, Making in a Living in the Dry Season by Ines Ponte from Angola and Portugal, The Witcher by Maja Tschumi from Switzerland and Heidi by Fatema Abdoolcarim from Denmark.

‘The festival has a great line up of media arts, animation and experimental works this year among them are Double A by Yevgeniya Men from Australia, Light Play by Anne-Marie Bouchard from Canada, NYC by Danil Krivoruchko from USA and Please Listen! by Natalia Alfutova  from Russia.’ Says Mr. Vahed

The festival will be held in multiple venues around the Newington Armory from 11:00 to 16:00 on Saturday September 02, and Sunday September 03, 2017.  There will be possible sessions in the evenings held at Macquarie University.

Please contact Festival Curators for publicity purposes;
Tel: 0402707010 E: director@cinewest.org W: www.cinewest.org (festival updates, program and bookings).