Curation as intervention.
For Film's Sake is Australia's flagship female film festival, formerly the WOW Film Festival. Developed beyond an inaugural Festival, the entity provides a direct pipeline to Australia's AACTA awards, providing a vital function in raising visibility and participation within feature and short form content.
In partnership with Event Cinemas, UTS and Create NSW, FFS premiered its 23rd edition, awarding its feature film award and bursary named in honour of Australian feature director Samantha Rebillet to Jessica M. Thompson for her debut feature, The Light of the Moon.
The first year of AACTA accreditation, FFS was supported by Screen Australia, Create NSW and the City of Sydney hosting Swedish Film Institute CEO Anna Serner in her first Australian appearance discussing reaching parity in funding and production in her domestic role. The Festival unveiled a new screening strategy "Activated Screenings" hosting five cross-sectoral presentations and awarded its first production and post-production grant as part of the Big Pineapple scheme.
The first year in its new guise after a three year hiatus, FFS premiered a range of shorts and features direct from Berlinale, Cannes and TIFF. The Festival opened with a the first digital remastering of Gillian Armstrong's My Brilliant Career, with Gillian delivering the year's keynote as well as a 25th anniversary screening of Thelma and Louise with fan trivia contributed by the gals at SKITBOX.