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Jul 13, 2015 12:25 EST

GIRLS ON FILM FESTIVAL 2015: a live mixtape of feminism, film and parties

iCrowdNewswire - Jul 13, 2015

GIRLS ON FILM FESTIVAL 2015

The story of the project

Dreamed up in 2013,  GOFF is a live mixtape of feminism, film and parties, and it is returning for its second year! It will be held in Brunswick, Melbourne from the 23rd to the 25th of October 2015.

More slumber party than competition, more mixtape than jury selection, more laid back than prestigious, and a rockin’ good time for feminists who love to watch movies, GOFF is like nothing else on Melbourne’s movie scene. Created for movie lovers tired of seeing films made by and about men, GOFF is your chance to watch movies chosen by feminists, made by feminists, with a bunch of other feminists, and feel the excitement that comes from seeing the stories of women and girls taken seriously, made with love and demonstrating their humour, solidarity and power.

In 2014, the dream came to life with the inaugural Girls On Film Festival, and lo and behold, it was a roaring success! We screened a program of incredible movies – underrated gems, cult classics and beloved feminist favourites – with special introductions, panels and conversations between sessions, as well as a party every night and performances peppered throughout. Inspired by our love of Riot Grrrl culture, GOFF14 wasn’t just about movies, but also included a zine program, live music performances, poetry, activism, badges, and a DIY ethic.

And this year we’re gonna do it all again – BIGGER and BETTER! It’s gonna be a helluva three-day party where you can meet other feminists, activists and fans in a space created just for you.

How the funds will be used

It costs a lot to throw the best party of the year! In 2014 we covered our costs, but to do it all again this year, we do need your help. Below is a breakdown of our primary expenses.

Pozible fees, transaction fees, credit card fees: $1,500

Reward costs, including materials and manufacturing costs for merch: $1,000

Venue and bar for three days: $4,000

Equipment – screens, projector, projectionist, microphones, sound system: $2,500

Film rights: $4,000

Design, website construction and hosting, printing, marketing and advertising: $2,000

Of course, it will take more than just this to bring the festival to life. But if we meet our target you’ll be helping us jump the biggest hurdle, and helping us bring you the biggest babefest this town has ever seen. And this year, we’ve got lots of surprises up our sleeves.

Some of my other work

Karen Pickering (Festival Director) has a long history of organising and hosting feminist events, including monthly talkshow and podcast Cherchez la Femme, which has run in Melbourne since 2010 and toured nationally. Now in her second year as GOFF Festival Director, she has also been an organiser of SlutWalk Melbourne, since co-founding the march in 2011, and produced SlutFest and the first CLF Feministmas show in 2013, which returned for a second year in 2014. She is the creator and co-producer of Wham Bam, a performance showcase of female  talent at Melbourne Fringe, and has MCed countless launches, premieres, and public conversations across the Melbourne arts and feminist communities.

Gus Berger (Associate Director) is an independent filmmaker who recently won Best Documentary for The Eagle at St Kilda Film Festival. He also produces the short film night Red Hot Shorts in conjunction with ACMI, the roving Blow Up Cinema and runs filmmaking workshops in remote indigenous communities across Australia. He was also recently responsible for reviving the much beloved St Kilda icon The George Revival Cinema.

Critic, broadcaster, programmer. UK based, Tara Judah (Curator) is currently Co-director at video library 20th Century Flicks, Events Co-ordinator at Curzon Cinema & Arts, Chair of the Bristol Film Critics Circle and a member of the film programming team at The Cube. Tara also co-hosts Movie Mondays, a weekly film review segment on Made in Bristol TV’s culture program, The Source. An active member of the Women Film Critics Circle and a freelance writer, Tara has contributed to Senses of Cinema, Desist Film, The Vine, Broadsheet Melbourne, Overland, Metro, Screen Education, The Big Issue and Time Out Bristol. She has been heard across the airwaves on Triple R, JOYFM, ABC 774, Radio National and Monocle24. An English language editor for FIPRESCI, Tara has served on a number of festival selection committees and juries including IFFR, Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, MIFF, Revelations Film Festival Perth, Encounters Short Film Festival Bristol, MIM and the AACTA and ATOM Awards.

Cassie Bone (Assistant Director) is currently completing a Masters degree in Art & Cultural Management with a specialisation in the Moving Image. She has previously worked for Umbrella Entertainment, was part of the 2015 Grrl Fest crew and last year was the Social Media Manager for GOFF. An unapologetic film nerd, Cassie has been known to voyage across state and country borders to catch the latest gems at the big film festivals, all for the love of it.

Isobel Taylor-Rodgers (Managing Director) is a Melbourne based artist, curator and event manager. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts, recipient of the Chin Chin Wall of Art prize in 2013 and has exhibited work nationwide. Isobel works as PR manager and contributor for the online feminist magazine Tigress, which was founded in 2014. She most recently spent four months overseas researching global independent filmmaking and video art and is hoping to commence her Masters in Arts and Cultural Management in 2016.

Lucy Adams (Executive Manager) is an editor at Voiceworks, a national youthliterary magazine, and podcast producer for the Melbourne International Film Festival. In 2014, she was the editor and coordinator of MIFF’s Buzzcuts program, which trains young writers in arts reviewing, and appeared on SYN radio as the host of film criticism and comedy programs. Since being awarded for her Honours degree in Film and Literature at the University of Melbourne, she has also judged Write Across Victoria and presented for National Young Writers’ Month. Lucy hopes to one day become The Girl who Walks Home Alone At Night and exact vampire vigilante justice on the streets of Melbourne.

Plus an amazing crew of Wendy Trieu, Bryanna Reynolds, Lauren Dinse, Suzanne Steinbruckner, Jessie Rizzi, Claudia Long, Emily Kersing, Joel Turner, Ruth Morris, Cat Scobie, Tam Zimet, Myf ClarkFury, Rachel Short, Mari Adams, Jo Daily, Subah Kamal and JB Knibbs.

Challenges

This year GOFF is going to be bigger, better and more badass! The challenge will be to top the runaway success of last year’s festival, which is no mean feat since the inaugural GOFF14 went above and beyond to show feminist film fans a ripper time! This year we have a larger dream team, a fancy new venue and more incredible films in the program. This all takes more money and more elbow grease, but it’s totally worth it to see more girls up there on the big screen. 

Pozible Video Credits
Producer: Isobel Taylor-Rodgers | DOP: Kirrilee Bailey | Director: Lucy Adams | First AD: Cassie Bone | Starring: Karen Pickering, Claudia Long, Jessica Rizzi, Lauren Dinse and Mietta Manning | Music: “Dreaming” by The Girl Fridas

     

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