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Viewing films where tagged Women Filmmakers
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Accelerator Shorts 1

Accelerator Shorts 1

Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.

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Accelerator Shorts 2

Accelerator Shorts 2

Short films by emerging filmmakers from Australia participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021. See the work of tomorrow’s hottest directors today.

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Accelerator Shorts: MIFF 68½

Accelerator Shorts: MIFF 68½

Revisit selected Australian titles from the MIFF 68½ Shorts program, featuring work by filmmakers participating in the MIFF Accelerator Lab 2021.
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Ain't No Time for Women

Ain't No Time for Women

Hot Docs 2021’s Best Canadian Short Documentary winner turns the lens on Saïda’s, a salon where Tunisian women can talk politics while getting their hair done.

Alba

Alba

An aspiring Peruvian performer must decide whether she’s dancing for others or for herself.

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Animation Shorts

Animation Shorts

Diverse new animated shorts from around the world and closer to home.
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Are You Still Watching?

Are You Still Watching?

Zoe Terakes voices a sex-crazed twentysomething in this lurid fever dream of queerness in lockdown.

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As One

As One

In the woods, a young woman and man scuffle as they fight for life.

Aurora

Aurora

An unplanned pregnancy unites two very different Costa Rican women in unique ways.

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Australian Shorts

Australian Shorts

Australia’s finest short films.
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Bach-Hông

Bach-Hông

A young Vietnamese-French woman is faced with the communist takeover of Saigon on 30 April 1975.

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Ballad of a White Cow

Ballad of a White Cow

A bereaved single mother does battle with the Iranian justice system in this tense drama.

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Baltasar

Baltasar

An African migrant living in Spain is confronted with the bitter meaning of ‘home’.

Bandar Band

Bandar Band

Amid Iran’s widespread 2019 floods, three young musicians set out for a career-making gig in Tehran. But as the water rises, their chances of making it on time diminish.

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Beginning

Beginning

An explosive study of a woman unravelling, and awakening, amid religious intolerance, domestic indifference and gender-based persecution.

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Bergman Island

Bergman Island

One of world cinema’s most famous locations becomes the backdrop for this intricate relationship drama by Mia Hansen-Løve.

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Best Sellers

Best Sellers

Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza match wits – and red pens – as a cranky author and peppy publisher in this rollicking literary comedy.

Big

Big

The film that made Tom Hanks a genuine star is now roughly the same age as its grown-up lead was, yet it remains equally as innocent and charming.

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Bodies in Motion

Bodies in Motion

After 18 months and however many lockdowns later, bodies tremble for movement. But there is another performer on stage: the camera.
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Call History

Call History

Claudie seeks advice from an old flame as a new love is born from the embers.

Celts

Celts

This complex, evocative period piece about human disconnection invites you to a party in 1990s Belgrade – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume optional.

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Censor

Censor

At the height of the ‘video nasty’ era, a tightly wound film censor begins to unravel in this clever and subversive ode to the genre.

Children of Montmartre

Children of Montmartre

This 1933 French realist classic is a humane and subversive exploration of child poverty, the limits of schooling and the sanctuary offered by love.

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CODA

CODA

Director Siân Heder

A sweet, touchingly funny tale about a working-class teen whose newfound passion for singing helps her connect with her deaf family in new ways.

Come Here

Come Here

A striking work of mood and atmosphere from one of Thailand’s most daring formalist filmmakers.

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Craftsman

Craftsman

Isolated and maligned by her peers, a woodworker crafts a more assured self-image.

Disobedient Muses: Jackie Raynal, Les Insoumuses and Barbara Cleveland

Disobedient Muses: Jackie Raynal, Les Insoumuses and Barbara Cleveland

Feminism, media interrogation, relationships and exploratory art practices are showcased in this series spanning two continents and five decades.

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Documentary Shorts

Documentary Shorts

Short documentaries from around the globe.
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Don't Forget to Go Home

Don't Forget to Go Home

Two Fijian-Indian sisters escape their cousin’s wedding to get high on disobedience and drugs.

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The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

Leah Purcell AM writes, directs and stars in this highly anticipated adaptation – a vivid reckoning with Australia’s colonial history through the tale of one woman’s resilience.

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El Planeta

El Planeta

A real-life mother–daughter duo play a semi-fictional mother–daughter duo struggling to make ends meet in this charismatic feminist class comedy.

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Entre tú y Milagros

Entre tú y Milagros

In this coming-of-age tale, which won Venice’s Orizzonti Award for Best Short Film, a Colombian 15-year-old born into privilege experiences a rude awakening.

Experimental Shorts

Experimental Shorts

Films that experiment with form, content and style.
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Finding Jedda

Finding Jedda

The directorial debut from producer Tanith Glynn-Maloney reimagines the 1954 auditions for Charles Chauvel’s iconic final film.

Fist of Fury Noongar Daa

Fist of Fury Noongar Daa

A Bruce Lee martial-arts classic gets an Indigenous twist as the first feature film ever to be fully dubbed in an Aboriginal Australian language.

Girls | Museum

Girls | Museum

A guided tour through art history as seen through the female gaze – and a savvy, subversive rejoinder to centuries of representation from the eyes of the male beholder.

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Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995

Glimpses from a Visit to Orkney in Summer 1995

Director Ute Aurand

Remembrance blooms in this New York Film Festival–premiering avant-garde short.

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Gravedad

Gravedad

In a world with extremes of gravity, Rosa must navigate what it means to feel emotional ups and downs.

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The Hill Where Lionesses Roar

The Hill Where Lionesses Roar

The bold directorial debut of Portrait of a Lady on Fire actor Luàna Bajrami is a luminously kinetic depiction of teenage ennui and troublemaking.

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Hot Mother

Hot Mother

Director Lucy Knox

Attempting to quell some tension, a mother and daughter head to the hot springs… but more heat isn’t what they need.

International Shorts 1

International Shorts 1

Internationally acclaimed and awarded short films from around the globe.
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International Shorts 2

International Shorts 2

Internationally acclaimed and awarded short films from around the globe.
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The Justice of Bunny King

The Justice of Bunny King

Essie Davis is incandescent as a squeegee-wielding mama bear who won’t stop fighting for those she loves – even if it ruins her own life.

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La Civil

La Civil

This illustriously produced vigilante drama centres on a mother who will do anything to get her kidnapped daughter back.

Lagos at Large

Lagos at Large

Weave your way through the bustling streets and idyllic beaches of Lagos.

Language Lessons

Language Lessons

Co-writers Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales depict a modern-age bond in this touching SXSW Audience Award–winning film, told entirely across screens.

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Laura

Laura

Two estranged friends stumble upon each other and reconnect over a shared loss.

Le temps perdu

Le temps perdu

A book group of Proust superfans elevate the art of collective reading and sharing to delightful new heights.

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Lili Alone

Lili Alone

Director Zou Jing

Produced by Wang Yang and Palme d’Or winner Qiu Yang, Lili Alone is a beautifully mournful story about one woman’s sacrifice.

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Maat Means Land

Maat Means Land

Director Fox Maxy

Poised at the intersection of activism and art, wunderkind Fox Maxy’s TikTok-esque tapestry documents the injustice and legacy of colonisation.

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The Macaluso Sisters

The Macaluso Sisters

Director Emma Dante

Emma Dante adapts her own acclaimed play: a melancholy tale of five Sicilian sisters whose lives are forever changed by a trauma from their youth.

Mama

Mama

Director Li Dongmei

Göteborg’s 2021 Ingmar Bergman International Debut Award winner dives into personal memories that embody the persistence of life in the face of enormous tragedy.

Maso and Miso Go Boating

Maso and Miso Go Boating

Les Insoumuses tackle the French media’s sexism by taking playful aim at a misogynistic episode of a popular TV program hosted by Bernard Pivot.

MIFF Closing Night - Language Lessons

MIFF Closing Night - Language Lessons

Co-writers Mark Duplass and Natalie Morales depict a modern-age bond in this touching SXSW Audience Award–winning film, told entirely across screens.

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MIFF Opening Night Gala - The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

MIFF Opening Night Gala - The Drover's Wife The Legend of Molly Johnson

Leah Purcell AM writes, directs and stars in this highly anticipated adaptation – a vivid reckoning with Australia’s colonial history through the tale of one woman’s resilience.

Mr Bachmann and His Class

Mr Bachmann and His Class

Director Maria Speth

This sprawling, tender documentary captures the inspiring relationship between an unorthodox German schoolteacher and his culturally diverse teenage class.

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NFSA Restores: Radiance

NFSA Restores: Radiance

Rachel Perkins’ affecting Aussie classic sees three estranged sisters reluctantly reunite for their mother’s funeral and grapple with long-suppressed family secrets.

Ninjababy

Ninjababy

A twentysomething has to grapple with the pressures of impending maturity as well as the ‘ninjababy’ that has snuck inside her seemingly undetected.

No Home Movie

No Home Movie

“It is as if Chantal Akerman, perhaps for the first time in her career, has revealed the core of her work and her wounds in the most naked of ways.” – Cinema Scope

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Not a Wallflower

Not a Wallflower

An uplifting, flower shop–set meet-cute between an apprentice florist and the customer of his dreams.

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The Nowhere Inn

The Nowhere Inn

Director Bill Benz

Carrie Brownstein and St. Vincent play versions of themselves in this music mockumentary that explores the absurdities of fame and friendship.

Nudo Mixteco

Nudo Mixteco

The lives of Indigenous women collide in this powerful feature debut, which takes aim at poverty, prejudice and the patriarchy.

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O Black Hole!

O Black Hole!

Director Renee Zhan

Loneliness is operatic in the latest film by Renee Zhan.

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Off Country

Off Country

Indigenous teenagers navigate exams, social dramas and maintaining meaningful connections to home while at boarding school.

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One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

One Thousand and One Attempts to Be an Ocean

Director Wang Yuyan

In the age of information overload, the challenge is to avoid drowning.

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Petite Maman

Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma returns with a delicate tale of childhood and an intergenerational connection that crosses through time.

Playlist

Playlist

Director Nine Antico

In this delightful slacker story, a young Parisian comic-book artist is on the hunt for stability, a career, self-confidence, love – but nothing seems to go her way.

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Pleasure

Pleasure

Göteborg’s Best Feature Film winner fearlessly dissects the contemporary porn industry through the perspective of a young woman determined to be a star.

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Poleng

Poleng

Director Naina Sen

Naina Sen explores the relationship between biracial identity and generational belonging through traditional Balinese dance.

Prayers for the Stolen

Prayers for the Stolen

This adaptation of Jennifer Clement’s bestselling novel explores the visceral impact of Mexican drug cartels on the lives of three young girls.

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Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time

Love and reality go under the scalpel in this story of obsession on the streets of Budapest.

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President

President

This tense and timely docu-thriller, which won a Sundance award for vérité filmmaking, plunges into the chaos of Zimbabwe’s first democratic elections.

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Prom Night

Prom Night

Director Lydia Rui

A Lynchian depiction of self-transformation in the social media age.

Queen of Glory

Queen of Glory

Director Nana Mensah

This gutsy and charming film about a young Ghanaian-American woman at a crossroads marks the arrival of a filmmaker with a fresh, unique vision.

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Quo Vadis, Aida?

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Nominated for Best International Feature Film at this year’s Oscars, this extraordinary account of a 1995 Bosnian massacre is powerful, essential viewing.

Radiograph of a Family

Radiograph of a Family

A deeply personal portrait becomes a reflection on Iran’s turbulent political history in this striking, formally innovative memoir.

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River

River

From mountain high to river deep, director Jennifer Peedom follows her 2017 MIFF hit Mountain with a stunning new cine-sonic journey along the world’s waterways.

Rose: A Love Story

Rose: A Love Story

This unsettling chamber piece, while wearing the skin of a horror, is at heart a considered meditation on selflessness, loyalty and chronic illness.

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The Scary of Sixty-First

The Scary of Sixty-First

Horrific real-world news story becomes giallo-inspired horror in this gleefully deranged interrogation of our conspiracy-fuelled, edgelord-filled times.

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Sisters With Transistors

Sisters With Transistors

Director Lisa Rovner

Laurie Anderson narrates the untold history of the women who blazed a trail through electronic music.

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Slap

Slap

An intimidating encounter with a group of teens forces a 12-year-old to ponder her place in the world.

Smooth Talk

Smooth Talk

Laura Dern is unforgettable in this 1986 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner – now digitally restored – as a teen who pursues experiences she’s not really sure she wants.

Souad

Souad

Director Ayten Amin

Tradition and technology meet head-on in this tense coming-of-age drama about two Egyptian teens and a web of deceptions.

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Step Into the River

Step Into the River

Director Weijia Ma

This DOK Leipzig Silver Dove for Short Documentary and Animated Film winner grapples with China’s one-child policy through a story about two friends.

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The Story of Lee Ping

The Story of Lee Ping

Jillian Nguyen and Mark Coles Smith star as a Chinese erotic dancer and an Aboriginal farmhand in this 1920s period drama.

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Stray

Stray

Hot Docs 2020’s Best International Feature Documentary winner offers a dog’s-eye view of life in Istanbul.

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Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Street Gang: How We Got to Sesame Street

Sweep the clouds away with this joyous origin story of your favourite childhood TV show.

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Such Small Hands

Such Small Hands

When a new arrival is alienated by her peers at a girls’ orphanage, she exacts revenge by inventing an activity that takes gameplay to the extreme.

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Sunburn

Sunburn

Zoe Terakes and Brenna Harding star as best friends mutually overcoming a tragedy.

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Sunset Country

Sunset Country

A middle-aged woman cares for her elderly father, whose will to live is on the wane.

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Taming the Garden

Taming the Garden

Like a real-life fairytale, Taming the Garden is the story of an unseen billionaire who ‘steals’ trees in his desire to build his own private Eden.

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To Feather, to Wither

To Feather, to Wither

This cinematic insight into the craft of a taxidermist illuminates the relationship between artist and animal.

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Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Newly discovered archival footage provides a time capsule into the making of Tom Petty’s iconic 1994 album Wildflowers, revealing an artist at a career crossroads.

Topside

Topside

A tense mother–daughter survival story that paints an empathetic picture of outsider life across the subways and streets of New York City.

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Tough

Tough

After her father unexpectedly hits her, a young girl decides to toughen up.

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Trona Pinnacles

Trona Pinnacles

A family unravels while road-tripping near Death Valley in the California desert.

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Uluru & the Magician

Uluru & the Magician

A Sydney magician devises a stunt to disappear Uluru, but is his dream of making it big as illusory as his planned vanishing act?

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Unclenching the Fists

Unclenching the Fists

Winner of the 2021 Prix Un Certain Regard at Cannes, this Russian drama from the producers of Beanpole travels to the dark heart of an unusual family.

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Vacant Possession

Vacant Possession

Director Margot Nash

Starring Pamela Rabe, Margot Nash’s acclaimed first feature – now gloriously restored – is a must for the big screen.

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Valpi (Tectonics)

Valpi (Tectonics)

Dianna Barrie and Richard Tuohy present a lo-fi 3D film captured in the crushing shadow of volcanoes.

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Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

From race to religion, flesh to nature, this comprehensive documentary explores how cinema exhumes the old traumas that modernity tries to bury.

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Year of the Everlasting Storm

Year of the Everlasting Storm

Jafar Panahi, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Laura Poitras and other global cinema heavyweights reflect on 2020 in this sweeping anthology film for the COVID age.

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Yellow Girl and Me

Yellow Girl and Me

On the cusp of turning 10, a Jamaican girl is about to learn how not to drown.

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You and Me, Before and After

You and Me, Before and After

Yael Stone and Emily Barclay star as frenemy sisters in this sibling dramedy by Madeleine Gottlieb.

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Zola

Zola

An infamous tweetstorm about a wild, pole-dancing Florida road trip has become one of the most hotly anticipated movies of the year.