The Melbourne Women in Film Festival (MWFF) returns to the city this summer, bringing with it a stack of stories that showcase the diversity and calibre of women and gender diverse filmmakers.
In 2022, MWFF has opted for a "laugh louder" theme, focusing the festival on comedies and the often overlooked power humour has to affect change. In addition to a number of feature and short film screenings, you can also catch web series, music videos, talks and workshops, with opening night even hosted by the award-winning comedy star Geraldine Hickey.
Films to look out for include Rhapsody of Love, a film written and directed by Joy Hopwood that follows three couples navigating the trials and tribulations of romance at different stages of life. In Genevieve Clay-Smith and Rawley Reynolds film Groundhog Night, we're introduced to Gary who is a pro at caring for his disabled daughter Jess – until his in-laws come to visit and everyone receives a wake-up call. The festival is alsoscreening Viriginia Gay's 2018 Tropfest short, Paper Cut, in which a man who has never been a victim in his life experiences what it's like to be terrorised.
The Melbourne Women in Film Festival runs from February 10 to 14. Screenings are happening in-person at ACMI, as well as online via ACMI's Cinema3 streaming service. For more information visit the MWFF website.