16th WOW FILM FESTIVAL 2009: WINNERS

•December 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

6TH WOW FILM FESTIVAL SHORT FILM COMPETITION WINNERS & PRIZES AWARDED:

BEST AUSTRALIAN FICTION [ DRAMA ] WINNER: JACOB

Producer: Rhea Stephenson Director: Dena Curtis $5,000 post production in Avid editing suite from Spectrum Films $1,500 Tresscox Lawyers – legal services for a film sponsored by Tresscox Lawyers 1 session of use of cinema 1 at AFTRS sponsored by AFTRS A subscription to Inside Film sponsored by Inside Film BEST

AUSTRALIAN FICTION [ COMEDY ] WINNER: TERROR ON THE NORTHSIDE

Producer: Venetia Taylor & Daniel Prypchan Director: Venetia Taylor $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 at AFTRS sponsored by AFTRS A subscription to Inside Film sponsored by Inside Film

BEST AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY WINNER: PALESTINE, BEER AND OKFOBERFEST: UNDER OCCUPATION

Producer: Lara Van Raay Director: Lara Van Raay $1,500 Tresscox Lawyers – legal services for a film sponsored by Tresscox Lawyers $1,000 negative processing and telecine services from Deluxe Australia and Efilm sponsored by Deluxe Australia & Efilm 1 session of use of a meeting room at AFTRS sponsored by AFTRS Australian Directors’ Guild Membership for 1 year

BEST AUSTRALIAN STUDENT FILM WINNER: MY LITTLE MUSICAL

Producer: Amelie Sandstrom Director: Amelie Sandstrom $600 value authoring of a DVD & 50 copies of the film sponsored by Art Resistance Production 6 month support with Amičko Films – an Independent Film Marketing business sponsored by Amičko Films $400 voucher toward short course from Metro Screen sponsored by Metro Screen $500 of equipment hire sponsored by Videocraft A subscription to Inside Film sponsored by Inside Film

BEST AUSTRALIAN ANIMATION WINNER: INK

Producer: Selin Yaman Director: Justine Wallace Intuos 4 graphics tablet sponsored by Wacom Accepted by Selin Yaman

BEST AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VIDEO WINNER: HEAD TO TOES

Producer: Michelle Ford Director: Jennifer Treur One Zx1 HD camera (Pink) sponsored by Kodak

BEST AUSTRALIAN DIGI-MEDIA VODULE WINNER: MOMENT OF LIFE

Producer: Asmaa Farzam Director: Asmaa Farzam One Zx1 HD camera (Pink) sponsored by Kodak

BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN CINEMATOGRAPHER WINNER: NICOLA DALEY for work on THE PARTY SHOES

 Miller equipment package sponsored by Miller Camera Support Tiffen lens package sponsored by Tiffen Australian Cinematographer Society associate membership sponsored by ACS 1 annual subscription to Australian Cinematographer Magazine

BEST AUSTRALIAN SCREENWRITER WINNER: Venetia Taylor Writer of TERROR ON THE NORTHSIDE

Weekend writer’s retreat in the Blue Mountains sponsored by Film Mosaics

SBS AW ARD WINNER: WARPAINT

Producer: Sarah Taghaode Director: Heather Phillips Opportunity for SBS screening on Shorts on Screen

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM WINNER: OPEN YOUR EYES

Producer: Alisa Wiegers, Amy Sommer, David Newsom Director: Susan Cohen 6 month support with Amičko Films – an Independent Film Marketing business sponsored by Amičko Films

WINNER OF INDIE-FEST @ WORLD OF WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL ON-LINE FILM COMPETITION sponsored by IndieFlix Inc

WINNER: PALESTINE, BEER AND OKTOBERFEST: UNDER OCCUPATION

Producer: Lara Van Raay Director: Lara Van Raay 90/10 Distribution opportunity with IndieFlix Inc

AUDIENCE CHOICE AWARD WINNERS 1 year membership of WIFT NSW

Wednesday 14th October: Session 1 WINNER: JACOB Producer: Rhea Stephenson Director: Dena Curtis

Wednesday 14th October: Session 2 WINNER: MISCONNECT Producer: Aloura Charles & Darryl Thoms Director: Aloura Charles Thursday

15th October: Session 1 WINNER: TWO DUCKS Producer: Dominic Allen Director: Shelley Lauman

Friday 16th October: Session 1 WINNER: MAVERICK MOTHER Producer: Janet Merewether Director: Janet Merewether

Friday 16th October: Session 2 WINNER: PALESTINE, BEER AND OKTOBERFEST: UNDER OCCUPATION Producer: Lara Van Raay Director: Lara Van Raay

Saturday 17th October Session 1 WINNER: HURIYYA AND HER SISTERS Producer: Barry Gamba, Bankstown Area Multicultural Network Director: Paula Abood

DIGI-MEDIA VODULE COMPETITION WINNER: WINNER: STAIN Producer: Emma Lagrutta Director: Emma Lagrutta

WOW FILM FESTIVAL TOUR 2009 UPDATE The WOW Film Festival Tour was hosted by Dance North in Townsville and screened on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th November. We’re really thrilled that audiences in Far North Queensland have the opportunity to see the diverse film programs which WOW offers. We thank Joanne Fisher and her team at Dance North for bringing WOW to Townsville. The Brisbane Powerhouse Arts Centre hosted the WOW Film Festival Tour in Brisbane at the chic Visy Theatre. Brisbane Powerhouse presents contemporary Arts programs and the WOW Tour is a great fit for this venue, a renovated Powerhouse by the banks of the Brisbane River. Patrons can catch a jetcat to Powerhouse which is set in a spacious park at New Farm. The audience while modest in number were enthusiastic about the programs. “The Prams” a funny satire on some modern childless career women’s attitude towards motherhood referencing Alfred Hitcock’s “The Birds” is a film produced and filmed in Brisbane. We thank the Powerhouse Arts team, particularly Tanya-Hiroko Martin, theatre programmer and Derek Griffin our projectionist for the evenings. Brisbane is the final WOW Tour destination for 2009 and we look forward to working with our WOW Tour partners to bring our new WOW 2009 Film Festival program to major cities and regional centres around Australia in the 2010 WOW Tour.

SIL-NYIN CAMERON – FESTIVAL DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

•December 14, 2009 • Leave a Comment

On a personal note organising the WOW Film Festival with so many components is a very big work of passion, full of ups and downs. The WOW Festival is only made possible through the passion, dedication and commitment of the volunteer effort of the WOW Festival Team – the committee, the selectors and judges, the administration volunteers and the technical team all of whom have been absolutely fabulous. There’s a huge list of acknowledgements in our program. However I must give special mention to Raksha Pinto, our technical director who also created the trailer and compiled the programs, Alia Stewart, our assistant director, Heidi Tobin who worked with publicity and organised the WOW forum at AFTRS, Rosemary Reid, our WOW Facebook co-ordinator, Leisle Grant who organised the Digimedia competition and forum, Deborah Szapiro who co-ordinated the animation competition and forum, Ana Tiwary for WOW/MMW input, Jill Dures & Margaret Berglund for financial administration and Pearl Lee, Steph Busby and Kieran Tully for front of house administration. Raelene Loong and a team from the Sydney Film School has filmed the Festival event and we look forward to excerpts which will be posted on our website. The wonderful WOW website is created and managed by Jennifer Treur of JAM Directions. The printed WOW program was produced by Jennifer Treur with the creative assistance of Bec James. The WOW Film Festival is trully an amazing team effort. Again thank you to all. Sponsors are so important to any event, and I sincerely thank each of our sponsors for their generous support of WOW. While I believe the WOW Film Festival and Tour is achieving our goals of promoting women in key creative roles in the screen industry by providing an opportunity to screen publically wonderful, diverse, stimulating, entertaining and challenging films made by women to a broad audience, there is still a lot to be done to dispel the stereotype of a “women’s film festival” and the notion that films made by women are too ernest and worthy and will not be entertaining and enjoyable. And that men will not enjoy the films and do not feel welcome. I’ve had feedback from Tour partners that their audiences have been limited by this notion. The audiences which have seen the WOW programs are always very positive and astounded by the diversity and high quality of the programs – but we need word of mouth and publicity to “get the word out” that the WOW Film Festival and films made by women are diverse and are stimulating, entertaining, funny, important, exhilarating, glorious in their cinematography and well worth watching. The WOW Film Festival has survived for 16 years, WIFT NSW would like it to prosper, to have full houses, to generate discussion, to create and maintain in an audience the excitement of films made by women, to provide an opportunity for established and emerging filmmakers to have their films screened and to tour nationally and internationally. Please help us to do this by supporting WOW, by attending the WOW Festival, by telling your friends to come along to the screenings and events .. by demonstrating that you support women in filmmaking by seeing the amazing and diverse selection of films that WOW has to offer … “bums on seats”! Hmm .. that is at least another year away! You can also volunteer to help with the organising and running of the WOW Festival & Tour. If you can help with administration, sponsorship or publicity or any of the techno- savvy areas of filmmaking, please give me a call 04 2 246 601 and join the team wowfilmfestival@wiftnsw.org.au Well, that’s all from me for now … thanks for supporting WOW! And see you next time … Nyin

16TH WOW FILM FESTIVAL 2009 FORUMS UPDATE

•December 13, 2009 • Leave a Comment

  
WOW FILMMAKERS FORUM held on Saturday 17th October, 12.30pm at Chauvel Cinema
“Women Filmmakers of Western Sydney”

“Women Filmmakers of Western Sydney” forum was held on Saturday morning at the Chauvel cinema after the screening of the Australian & International Shorts program.   This program featured several animations.  The topic was broadened on the day to include a discussion of animation.  Speakers were Huni Bolliger, writer/director of the animation “ The Dressmaker’s Daughter” who came from Melbourne to attend WOW, Cassandra Gaunson, director of “Sleeping in Circles” an animation produced in Sydney, Paula Abood, director of the animation “Huriyya & Her Sisters” and Asmah Gebara co-writer of “Huriyya & Her Sisters” who are filmmakers from Western Sydney.  Deborah Szapiro, creative producer with an extensive experience in animation & documentary and director of the Sydney International Animation Festival was the moderator and led the very interesting discussion. The discussion ranged from the making of the animation films, the technical aspects of animation and the purpose and themes of the short films, the influence of community and collaboration through to the influence of place in the sensibilities of the filmmakers. 

WOW/MMW DIGIMEDIA FORUM held on Saturday 17th October, 2.30pm at Metro Screen
WOW film Festival Kodak Digi Vodules Comp – A Few words from Leisle Grant

Well what a fantastic time we had creating the FIRST EVER “WOW film Festival Kodak Digi Vodules Comp”. This was my first foray into the wonderful world of creating a film festival segment and I have to say it ROCKED! So many great films and such diverse content, this competition had everything you could wish for: passion; laughter; joy; sadness, struggle and the enduring human spirit. I am so glad I got to bring these stories to the wider public and just in case you somehow missed out, here is the link so you can see it for yourselves.

WOW film Festival Kodak Digi Vodules Comp 09 Finalists
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=466DB84A5B64860B

The Big winners on the night were: Azmaa Farzam for her Vodule “Moment of Life”, taking out the top spot and Emma Lagrutta for “Stain” taking home the people’s choice award for 09. Congratulations both!

I would just like to say a quick THANK YOU to all our entrants as it was so tough to get down to the finalists we chose because the calibre overall was so good. So, over the coming months I am going to create two new play lists one for the “best of the rest” and the other for some FANTASTIC “TV show teasers”. This way, even though the WOW film Festival Kodak Digi Vodules Comp 09 is over for thisr year you can still subscribe to our YouTube site and get the latest from our talented digi creatives.  Ohh and while you are at our Tube site check out our Stats and Data it’s very cool to see who is watching our content and from where.

Another terrific Digital part of the Festival was the Forum “Future Screen Making a Mobile Digital World” the speakers were: David Cranswick – Director, Dlux Media Arts; Tiphereth Gloria – Social Media Strategist, Amnesia Razor Fish; and David Opitz – Projects and Production Manager, Metro Screen. I got so much out of this session – the advent of social media marketing has changed the way we communicate and market our digital content, and Tip had some great suggestions on how we can use social media to promote our content and on where we can put it to make the most of digital communities. David C had some fantastic ideas for mobile and GPS interactive media and David O made some terrific points on content creation and getting funding for your next digital project. But just in case you missed this session don’t feel blue – my creative team of Digi professionals have been slaving away producing a few short Vodules to pop up on our Tube site and the MMW forum, giving you access to the most creative minds in the biz to view at your leisure.

So look out for this stuff and more over the next few months, but till I chat again I will leave you with some words from the fabulous Tip, “There are no failures in Social Media only a failure to participate”.

So get out there and join the living.

WOW FILMMAKERS FORUM held on Sunday 18th October: “Director’s Vision Through The Cinematographer’s Lens”

The WOW filmmakers forum, “Director’s Vision Through The Cinematographer’s Lens”, presented by WIFT NSW and ACS and the ADG at AFTRS on Sunday 18th October, concluded the Festival for 2009.  It explored the issue of what makes a great working relationship between a film’s director and the cinematographer? How does this creative partnership work?

It was a very stimulating discussion where samples of the work of the directors and cinematographers illustrated the diversity of approaches of the participants in their craft.  Karen Pearlman, president of the Australian Editors Guild and Head of Screen Studies at AFTRS was the moderator.  The speakers were Carolyn Constantine, Director Of Photography, Pieter De Vries ACS – Director of Photography, Husein Alicajic – Director
Aloura Charles –  Director, Darryl Thoms – Producer/Director.  The speakers explored the creative relationship between the director and the cinematographer giving personal insights into this complex dynamic.

Caroline Constantine’s reputation has been solidified with her notable work as DOP on a number of films by emerging Australian directors such as Cate Shortland, Pentuphouse (Kodak and Dendy Award winner) and Somersault (2nd Unit DOP and director), Husein, Beginnings (Dendy Award winner) and Carla Drago, Boomerang (Tropfest best cinematography).  She has equally made a mark on US projects such as the feature, Night Owls of Coventry by the Sundance Award winning director Laura Paglin. Carolyn also has numerous TV drama operating and DOP credits (Wildside, Young Lions, Headstart, All Saints and Headland) as well as commercials for companies such as VW ,Nike and Kellogs she continues to pursue her cinematography career both here and abroad.

Pieter De Vries ACS is one of Australia’s most well known cinematographers and has photographed many important and acclaimed television series over his career. He has received international recognition for his documentary and drama cinematography and received high praise and numerous awards. “RAT” and “Animalicious” are both co-productions with National Geographic and Beyond Productions. “RAT” earned him the Australian Cinematographer of the Year Award at the 1998 Australian Cinematographers Society Awards. His work on this film additionally received an Emmy nomination in 1999.  A recent credit as Director of Photography was for the international co-production,” Darwin’s Lost Paradise“, a two part series about the anniversary of the publication of Charles Darwin’s book, “On the Origin of the Species”. Other credits include “Atlas – Australia Revealed”, part of Discovery Channel’s largest ever HD project. Other work includes, “Lonely Planet – Six Degrees” a series filmed in New York, Havana and Paris.  The Sony Corporation has engaged him in the demonstration phases of new High Definition camera technology. In 2001 he worked with Academy Award winning US director James Cameron (“Titanic”, “Terminator” 1 & 2, “The Abyss”) – topside DP of an large format Imax film, “Ghosts of the Abyss”, revisiting the wreck of the Titanic, using the Sony/Panavision High Definition 3D format.

Husein Alicajic has impressive directing credentials. Recently awarded Best in Show Gold at the 2008 Promax awards for his FOXTEL summer campaign and Best Unproduced Movie Trailer at the 2009 International Golden Trailer Awards in Los Angeles, Husein’s depth of knowledge, experience and natural talent allows him to apply his collaborative skills with confidence and ease.  Working with Director Alex Proyas he created a pre-trailer for the 20th Century Fox film I, Robot, and was Second Unit Director and additional Editor on the Fox 2000 film Aquamarine.  Husein also collaborated with acclaimed UK writer Jeff Noon on his IF award winning script Divine Shadows that is currently in pre-production with Producer Daria Jovicic (Girl with a Pearl Earring) and recently he became attached to direct the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowship winning feature screenplay The Secret Boy , collaborating again with producers Daria Jovicic and Peter Bogart (Con Air).

Aloura Charles a visiting USA director whose latest short, “Misconnect”  premiered at the 2009 WOW Film Festival and won an audience choice award.  She has an impressive list of short films and has completed two feature films.  “Paper Roses” was selected by 16 festivals and has won awards at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. “La Magique Noire” screened at five festivals, including Palm Springs and was followed by “Hold”, which was selected for the HBO Aspen Comedy Arts Festival
Aloura’s second feature film, “Reservations”, which took a Best Direction award at Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival was selected as Opening Night Film for The REEL Women’s International Film Festival and for the World Of Women Film Festival of Australia in 2008.
Darryl Thoms is a producer who also has substantial camera work experience.  He has worked extensively in film and documentary making in Australia and overseas, particularly in Asia.  He has collaborated with Aloura Charles in the production of the short, “Misconnect”.

The backgrounds of the speakers gives you an understanding of their breadth of experience.  The audience were privileged to engage in the discussion and to enjoy conversations with them during the delicious afternoon tea of petit fours.  Heidi Tobin, WIFT NSW Vice President organized this forum in association with the Australian Cinematographers Society.  We particularly thank AFTRS for providing sponsorship for the venue.

AWARDS PICTURES UPLOADED TO FLICKR

•October 17, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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16TH WORLD OF WOMEN AWARD WINNERS ANNOUNCED.

•October 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Friday 16th October, the Chauvel Cinemas hosted the 16th World of Women Film Festival Awards Night.

INDIE-FEST @ WORLD OF WOMEN FILM FESTIVAL ON-LINE
FILM COMPETITION sponsored by IndieFlix Inc
WINNER:
PALESTINE, BEER AND OKTOBERFEST: UNDER OCCUPATION
Producer:
Lara Van Raay, Director: Lara Van Raay
Prize Pack: 90/10 Distribution opportunity with IndieFlix Inc

BEST INTERNATIONAL FILM
WINNER:
OPEN YOUR EYES
Producer:
Alisa Wiegers, Amy Sommer, David Newsom, Director: Susan Cohen
Prize Pack: 6 month support with
Amičko Films – an Independent Film Marketing business sponsored by Amičko Films

SBS AWARD
WINNER:
WARPAINT
Producer:
Sarah Taghaode, Director: Heather Phillips
Prize Pack: Opportunity for SBS screening on Shorts
On Screen

BEST AUSTRALIAN SCREENWRITER
WINNER:
Venetia Taylor Writer of TERROR ON THE NORTHSIDE
Prize Pack: Weekend writer’s retreat in the Blue Mountains sponsored by Film Mosaics

BEST AUSTRALIAN WOMAN CINEMATOGRAPHER

WINNER:
NICOLA DALEY for her work on THE PARTY SHOES
Prize Pack: Miller Tripod sponsored by Miller Camera Support, Domke Camera Bag sponsored by Tiffen
, Australian Cinematographer Society yearly membership and 1 annual subscription to Australian Cinematographer Magazine sponsored by ACS

BEST AUSTRALIAN DIGI-MEDIA VODULE
WINNER:
MOMENT OF LIFE
Producer:
Asmaa Farzam, Director: Asmaa Farzam
Prize Pack: One Zx1 HD camera (Pink) sponsored by
Kodak

BEST AUSTRALIAN MUSIC VIDEO
WINNER:
HEAD TO TOES
Producer:
Michelle Ford, Director: Jennifer Treur
Prize Pack: One Zx1 HD camera (Pink) sponsored by
Kodak

BEST AUSTRALIAN ANIMATION
WINNER:
INK

Producer:
Selin Yaman, Director: Justine Wallace
Prize Pack; Intuos 4 graphics tablet sponsored by
Wacom

BEST AUSTRALIAN STUDENT FILM
WINNER:
MY LITTLE MUSICAL
Producer:
Amelie Sandstrom, Director: Amelie Sandstrom
Prize Pack: $600 value authoring of a DVD & 50 copies of the film sponsored by Art Resistance  Production, 6 month support with
Amičko Films – an Independent Film Marketing business sponsored by Amičko Films, $400 voucher toward short course from Metro Screen sponsored by Metro Screen, a subscription to Inside Film Magazine and $500 of equipment hire sponsored by Videocraft

BEST AUSTRALIAN DOCUMENTARY
WINNER:
PALESTINE, BEER AND OKFOBERFEST: UNDER OCCUPATION
Producer & Director:
Lara Van Raay
Prize Pack: $1,500 Tresscox Lawyers – legal services for a film sponsored
by Tresscox Lawyers , $1,000  negative processing and telecine services from Deluxe Australia and Efilm sponsored by Deluxe Australia & Efilm , 1 session of use of a meeting room at AFTRS sponsored by AFTRS, Australian Directors’ Guild Membership for 1 year

BEST AUSTRALIAN FICTION [ COMEDY ]
WINNER:
TERROR ON THE NORTHSIDE
Director:
Venetia Taylor, Producer: Venetia Taylor & Daniel Prypchan
Prize Pack: $5,000 worth of hire of film equipment from Panavision,
$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 and a subscription to Inside Film sponsored by Inside Film

BEST AUSTRALIAN FICTION [ DRAMA ]
WINNER:
JACOB
Producer:
Rhea Stephenson, Director: Dena Curtis
Prize pack: $5,000 post production in Avid editing suite from Spectrum Films
, $1,500 Tresscox Lawyers – legal services for a film sponsored by Tresscox Lawyers
, 1 session of use of cinema 1 at AFTRS sponsored by AFTRS and a  subscription to Inside Film.

FESTIVAL IMAGES NOW ONLINE!!

•October 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

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Use the above link to see all the images from festival week, currently opening night and thursday night are uploaded – more to come

•October 12, 2009 • Leave a Comment

TRAILER 16TH WOW Film festival web trailer