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21-Apr-2014 5:15am PDT  

 

World of Women's Cinema - WOW Film Festival

20 Annual March 04, 2014 to March 14, 2014

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PO Box 12
Potts Point
Sydney NSW 1335
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Phone: +61 0410 840 259
wowfilmfestival@wiftnsw.org.au
http://www.wift.org/wow

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Short Films & Documentaries Competition under 55 mins
Send WOW your short film from experimental to drama and comedy, low or big budget drama, animated film, and humorous and serious documentaries on any topic..... The shorts are judged by industry professionals and screen with features and documentaries during the 10 day festival in Sydney.... and will tour Australia nationally & internationally. Only films made from the beginning of 2012 will be eligible ... as WOW presents the latest in films with key creative input by women
Non-competitive - Features & Documentaries
We are looking to premiere a feature either directed by a woman or women in two roles of: producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, production designer / art director, central acting role is a woman.

Over the last 19 years, the WOW Film Festival (a world of women's cinema) has premiered the features:

'Girlfight' by Karyn Kusama, 'The Tango Lesson' by Sally Potter, 'Channeling Baby' by Christine Parker and 'Dallas Doll' by Ann Turner (with Ann present to introduce her film). In 2001 we screened 'One Night the Moon', by Rachel Perkins with a Q & A, 'Gaudi Afternoon' by Susan Seidelman with Judy Davis as a special guest, and 'Luzhin Defence' by Marleen Gorris. In 2008 'Reservations' directed by Aloura Charles premiered at the Chauvel Cinema, Paddington with Kerry Armstrong & Aloura Charles in a Q&A, In 2009 WOW premiered "I Wish I Were Stephanie V" written and starring Chloe Traichos which then was screened at the New York International Film Festival in Times Square. Also premiering in Sydney at WOW in 2009 was "Four of a Kind" directed by Fiona Cochrane, an engrossing Australian crime fiction with Q&A by the director & actors.

WOW audiences love great cinematic documentaries on any topic. 'My Mother India' directed by Safina Uberoi about her Australian Mother's marriage to Indian Sikh and the political turmoil of Indian history had a sell out screening in 2001 and went on to win 12 awards. 'My Khmer Heart' by Janine Hoskings about a women struggling to run a Cambodian orphanage and 'McLibel' screened in 1999 and generated much media attention. In 2008 'River of No Return' directed by Darlene Johnson centred on Aboriginal actress, Frances Djulibing and her aspirations to have a career like her screen heroine, Marilyn Munroe while growing up and living in a remote indigenous community. In 2009 WOW premiered, "Palestine, Beer,and Oktoberfest: Under Occupation" directed by Lara Van Raay, an optimistic story about the development of the first brewery in the West Bank by a family with hope for a new Palestine. In 2011 the French documentary "Silence = Death" was a diverse and thought provoking collection of testimonies about women living with HIV. Australian documentaries, "Dancing With The Prime Minister" a story about twenty-five Aboriginal debutantes, the Prime Minister of Australia, and a glamorous night in 1968 that turned the heads of a nation at a pivotal time in Australia's race relations premiered at WOW 2011. In 2012 "Waste Not" revealing how our sparkling urban lifestyle is made possible by an army of people who deal with our garbage, recycling to create something valuable again has entertained audiences and won awards, as has "UMOJA: No Men Allowed" about the amusing and life-changing story of a group of tribal Samburu women, in Northern Kenya, who reclaim and empower their own lives, turning age-old patriarchy on its head, when they set up a women"s only village. Q&A segments following the screenings enhanced audience appreciation.
In 2013 WOW screened the Australian feature, "Being Venice", directed by Miro Bilbrough, an exploration of a woman and her relationships and the British film, "I, Anna" starring Charlotte Rampling & Gabrielle Byrne, a stylish detective thriller.





Multi-Platform Media Competition - digital media under 4 minutes, 1GB max
WOW is excited to announce a new arena for Women content producers – Multi-Platform Media. Under 4 minutes in length (2 to 3 minutes suggested). Multi-Platform Media are created to make use of the emerging market of mobile & internet technology and short form content. Just remember these Media are for the “Small Screen” so consider this in your production style eg: clean backgrounds and great sound
Using the World Wide digital distribution platform of YouTube WOW will post finalists on the WOW Youtube Channel for audience voting.


MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The World of Women's Cinema - WOW Film Festival is predominantly a short film festival, a screen culture event that promotes and awards the talents of women directors, producers, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers and other roles in the Australian and International film industry.

WOW offers emerging and established women filmmakers the opportunity to screen short works & feature films, thus giving a perspective of "seeing the world through the eyes of women".


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
20th WOW FILM FESTIVAL 2014 - a World of Women's Cinema ... Seeing the World Through the Eyes of Women ... and WOW FILM FESTIVAL TOUR 2014

WOW 2014 aims to be a festival of discovery, a celebration of cinema and screen production for filmmakers and the general public and a centre of debate, networking and an inspiration for new works. WOW is a short film competition and a screen culture event, a 10 day film festival, in Sydney, Australia celebrating International Women's Day, opening 4th March and screening to 14th March with awards on the 6th March - and an Australian wide tour from March 2014 - March 2015. There will be some international screenings.

Check out last festival's winners:

19TH WORLD OF WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL 2013

WOW FILM FESTIVAL COMPETITION WINNERS & Prizes Awarded

BEST AUSTRALIAN FICTION [ DRAMA ]

WINNER: SPINE

Producer: Sheila Jayadev
Director/ Writer: Sophie Miller
Editor: Melanie Annan
Lead Female: Sarah West

$5,000 value of hire of equipment from Lemac sponsored by Lemac
$2,000 value of digital post production services which include on line mastering, grading, sound mixing at Efilm sponsored by Efilm Australia
$1,500 TressCox Lawyers - legal services for a film sponsored by TressCox Lawyers
1 session of use of a meeting room with Audio Visual facilities at AFTRS sponsored by AFTRS
A subscription to Inside Film sponsored by IF Magazine

BEST AUSTRALIAN FICTION [ COMEDY ]

WINNER: POLARISED

Producer/ Writer: Emma Vickery
Producer/ Director: Steve Fleming

$5,000 worth of hire of film equipment from Panavision sponsored by Panavision
$1,500 TressCox Lawyers - legal services for a film sponsored
by TressCox Lawyers
1 session of use of a meeting room with Audio Visual facilities at AFTRS sponsored by AFTRS
A subscription to Inside Film sponsored by IF Magazine

HIGHLY COMMENDED: NATHAN DERRICK lead actor in Bruce Lee Played Badmington Too.

BEST AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY

WINNER: MOEDER

Producer: Emma Thompson-Macleod
Director: Roma D’Arrietta
DOP: Emma Thompson-Macleod

$5,000 post production value - 1 week editing package at Spectrum Films, Fox Studios
$1,500 TressCox Lawyers - legal services for a film sponsored by TressCox Lawyers
1 session of use of a meeting room at AFTRS sponsored by AFTRS
1 Australian Cinematographer Society Membership sponsored by ACS

BEST AUSTRALIAN STUDENT FILM

WINNER: GRACE
Producer: Annmaree J Bell
Director/ Writer: Liz Cooper
Editor: Danielle Boesenberg
Lead Females: Anni Finsterer, Ashley Ricardo

$600 value authoring of a DVD & 50 copies of the film sponsored by Art Resistance Production
$400 voucher toward short course from Metro Screen sponsored by Metro Screen
A subscription to Inside Film sponsored by IF Magazine

BEST AUSTRALIAN ANIMATION
WINNER: LETTER TAPE

Producer: Mitzi Goldman
Director / Co-Producer/DOP/Editor Rowena Crowe
Composer: Jessica Wells

Intuos 4 graphics tablet sponsored by Wacom


BEST AUSTRALIAN DIGI-MEDIA VODULE
WINNER: BROKEN INNOCENCE

Director/ Producer: Jazmin Kozowy

Bamboo Fun Pen and Touch Tablet sponsored by Wacom

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM FICTION
WINNER: SALOME

Producer: Pamela Toro Moreno
Director/ Writer: Laura Mora

1 year membership of WIFT NSW


BEST INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY
WINNER: NATSANAT

Director / Producer: Cheryl Halpern & Mitchell Stewart

1 year membership of WIFT NSW

BEST INTERNATIONAL ANIMATION
WINNER: ALL THAT GLISTERS

Director / Producer / Writer: Claire Lamond

1 year membership of WIFT NSW

BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN CINEMATOGRAPHER

WINNER: CATHY HENKEL
For cinematography for SHOW ME THE MAGIC

ARRILITE 600W Arri tungsten light sponsored by ARRI Australia

A screening at AFTRS state-of-the-art Cinema sponsored by AFTRS

GoPro HD Hero2 sponsored by Videocraft

1 annual subscription to Australian Cinematographer Magazine

1 Year Australian Cinematographer Society Membership &

A copy of “The Shadowcatchers: A History Of Cinematography In Australia” sponsored by ACS


BEST AUSTRALIAN SCREENWRITER

WINNER: SOPHIE MILLER
Writer of SPINE

1 Year Membership: Australian Writers Guild. Value $330.00

Copy of Final Draft 8 scrip writing software. Retail value $225.00 sponsored by Australian Writers Guild (AWG)


BEST AUSTRALIAN EDITOR

WINNER: MELANIE ANNAN
For work on SPINE

Australian Screen Editors Guild membership for a year.

HIGHLY COMMENDED: GWENDALINA SPUTORE
For work on LITTLE HANDS

BEST AUSTRALIAN DIRECTOR

WINNER: SOPHIE MILLER
Director of SPINE

Australian Directors’ Guild Membership for 1 year

A $400 voucher to be used towards any AFTRS OPEN short course sponsored by AFTRS

BEST AUSTRALIAN COMPOSER

WINNER: NICOLETTE BOAZ
Composer of SHOW ME THE MAGIC

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS

BEST AUSTRALIAN DIGI-MEDIA VODULE – WOW Youtube Channel
WINNER: MONK RELOADED
Producer: Karen Pearlman
Director: Richard J. Allen

Tuesday 5th March: Dendy Opening Night 7pm

WINNER: MOEDER
Producer: Emma Thompson-Macleod
Director: Roma D’Arrietta
DOP: Emma Thompson-Macleod

1 year membership of WIFT NSW

Wednesday 6th March: Parliament House, 12.30pm Aust. & Int. Shorts

WINNER: GREAT WESTERN
Producer: Rachel Antony
Director/ Writer: Tanya Goldberg

1 year membership of WIFT NSW

Wednesday 6th March: Dendy Australian & international Shorts, 6.30pm

WINNER: NATSANAT
Producer / Director: Cheryl Halpern & Mitchell Stewart
1 year membership of WIFT NSW

Thursday 7th March: Dendy Awards Night, 7pm: Aust. & Int. Shorts

WINNER: SCAR
Producer: Rhea Stephenson
Director: Tiffany Parker
1 year membership of WIFT NSW

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: Contact Tamara Popper, WOW Film Festival Director, ph +61 (0) 410 840 259


ORGANIZERS
Clare Martin (WOW Administrator) ; Sil-Nyin Cameron (WOW Film Festival Tour Director) ; Tamara Popper (Festival Director) ; Tamara Popper (Festival Director)

GENERAL RULES
Films must either have a woman director, if not directed by a woman, film must have a woman in at least TWO of these categories:
producer or writer or editor or cinematographer or production designer /art director or central acting role is a woman.

Entrants entering with a discount fee must provide photocopied proof of current membership of WIFT NSW, WIFT Victoria or WIFT International or student identification.

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

1. Films must either have a woman director or if not directed by a woman, must have a woman in at least TWO of these categories:
Producer, writer, editor, cinematographer, production designer / art
director, central acting role, vfx supervisor, stereographer, sound
designer, composer, special FX makeup/prosthetics, costume designer

2. All entries must send two DVDs for previewing. DVD should be Region Code free or set to Region 4 (Australia), Region 0 (Worldwide) or Region ALL. One film only per DVD.

3. Entries must be less than 55 minutes in duration.

4. All films must be in English or have English subtitles.

5. All films must have been completed in or after 1 January 2012 and must not have previously been screened in a WOW Film Festival.

6. Include cast/crew list, synopsis, and any press material where available in digital / electronic format. Paper copy may be accepted.

7. All entries must be sent postage paid to:
WOW Film Festival, PO Box 12, Potts Point, NSW 1335, Australia.
Submissions within Australia ONLY, enclose a stamped self-addressed padded bag or Postpak if you want your preview DVD returned. International entries will not be returned.

8. Submissions that arrive without the entry fee will not be considered for selection.

9. Selection is based on artistic merit and general audience appeal by an industry panel co-ordinated by WOW. We seek films for Australian premieres. WOW will accept work that has been previously screened or broadcast, but will take the number of public screenings into account when selecting films.

10. Entries must be received by the final deadline, 31 October 2013 Extended entry deadline 8 November 2013 is open only to Withoutabox entries. If your submission is unsuccessful you will be notified in December 2013

IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED WOW WILL NOTIFY YOU BY EMAIL

> WOW will request that you email jpeg stills for publicity.

> Filmmakers are responsible for freight of selected films to the Festival by 3 January, 2014 WOW will only pay return freight for selected films.

> If selected the film must be sent to WIFT NSW as a Quicktime .MOV file in Pro-Res HQ, Pro-Res or H.264 codec.
Aspect ration: 1920x1080 (HD) where possible. This may be submitted on an external hard drive, data DVD or USB.

> The Festival may use extracts from films and stills for promotional purposes and festival publicity.

> The festival trailer may screen on Free-to-air TV/ Pay TV/ Non-theatrical/ Internet.

> By entering your film into the WOW Film Festival you are agreeing to it being selected for screening in the WOW Film Festival Tour until end of March 2015.

Rules for Multi-Platform Media Entry

Using the World Wide digital distribution platform of YouTube WOW will now accept digital media in the following format:

- Video Format: H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 preferred
- Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3,16:9)
- Resolution: 640x360 (16:9) or 480x360 (4:3) recommended
- Audio Format: MP3 or AAC preferred
Frames per second: 30
Maximum length: 4 minutes (we recommend 2-3 minutes)
- Maximum file size: 1 GB
- Digital Media entries must be sent as QUICKTIME on DVD or USB DRIVE
- Finalists selected will be up loaded to our YouTube channel and the Vodule with the most hits will win our Vodule competition.

AGREEMENT:

I have read the WOW Film Festival guidelines and conditions of entry and agree to abide by them. I warrant that I have the authority to enter this film into the WOW Film Festival and WOW Film Festival Tour, and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY Films must either have a woman director, if not directed by a woman, film must have a woman in at least TWO of these categories: Producer, writer, editor, cinematographer, production designer / art director, central acting role, vfx supervisor, stereographer, sound designer, composer, special FX makeup/prosthetics, costume designer Entrants entering with a discount fee must provide photocopied proof of current membership of WIFT NSW, WIFT Victoria or WIFT International or student identification. CONDITIONS OF ENTRY 1. Films must either have a woman director or if not directed by a woman, must have a woman in at least TWO of these categories: Producer, writer, editor, cinematographer, production designer / art director, central acting role, vfx supervisor, stereographer, sound designer, composer, special FX makeup/prosthetics, costume designer 2. All entries must send two DVDs for previewing. DVD should be Region Code free or set to Region 4 (Australia), Region 0 (Worldwide) or Region ALL. One film only per DVD. 3. Entries must be less than 55 minutes in duration. 4. All films must be in English or have English subtitles. 5. All films must have been completed in or after 1 January 2012 and must not have previously been screened in a WOW Film Festival. 6. Include cast/crew list, synopsis, and any press material where available in digital / electronic format. Paper copy may be accepted. 7. All entries must be sent postage paid to: WOW Film Festival, PO Box 12, Potts Point, NSW 1335, Australia. Submissions within Australia ONLY, enclose a stamped self-addressed padded bag or Postpak if you want your preview DVD returned. International entries will not be returned. 8. Submissions that arrive without the entry fee will not be considered for selection. 9. Selection is based on artistic merit and general audience appeal by an industry panel co-ordinated by WOW. We seek films for Australian premieres. WOW will accept work that has been previously screened or broadcast, but will take the number of public screenings into account when selecting films. 10. Entries must be received by the final deadline, 31 October 2013 Extended entry deadline 8 November 2013 is open only to Withoutabox entries. If your submission is unsuccessful you will be notified in December 2013 IF YOUR FILM IS SELECTED WOW WILL NOTIFY YOU BY EMAIL > WOW will request that you email jpeg stills for publicity. > Filmmakers are responsible for freight of selected films to the Festival by 3 January, 2013. WOW will only pay return freight for selected films. > If selected the film must be sent to WIFT NSW as a Quicktime .MOV file in Pro-Res HQ, Pro-Res or H.264 codec. Aspect ration: 1920x1080 (HD) where possible. This may be submitted on an external hard drive, data DVD or USB. > The Festival may use extracts from films and stills for promotional purposes and festival publicity. > The festival trailer may screen on Free-to-air TV/ Pay TV/ Non-theatrical/ Internet. > By entering your film into the WOW Film Festival you are agreeing to it being selected for screening in the WOW Film Festival Tour until end of March 2015. Rules for Multi-Platform Media Entry Using the World Wide digital distribution platform of YouTube WOW will now accept Digital Media in the following format: - Video Format: H.264, MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 preferred - Aspect Ratio: Native aspect ratio without letterboxing (examples: 4:3,16:9) - Resolution: 640x360 (16:9) or 480x360 (4:3) recommended - Audio Format: MP3 or AAC preferred Frames per second: 30 Maximum length: 4 minutes (we recommend 2-3 minutes) - Maximum file size: 1 GB - Vodule entries must be sent as QUICKTIME on DVD or USB DRIVE - Finalists selected will be up loaded to our YouTube channel and the Vodule with the most hits will win our Vodule competition. AGREEMENT: I have read the WOW Film Festival guidelines and conditions of entry and agree to abide by them. I warrant that I have the authority to enter this film into the WOW Film Festival and WOW Film Festival Tour, and that the film does not infringe the rights, including copyright, of any third party.