Girls On Film Festival: In Conversation
Girls on Film Festival was founded in 2014 by a group of Melbourne movie-lovers who were sick of seeing the same dude-centric films with limited roles for women. They decided to create a fun space where they could watch some of their favourite female-driven stories together with a bunch of other feminists and promote the work of incredible local female creatives. Inspired by Riot Grrrl feminism, the festival brings together film, music, zine-making and of course parties!
Does collaboration play a part in the organisation of GOFF?
If so, in what ways? Collaboration is a big part of how GOFF runs. For starters, we are not-for-profit and entirely run by volunteers so job-sharing allows us to keep our lives in balance and ensure that organising GOFF is as fun as attending.
How important is the representation of women in cinema?
Very! From a young age we learn about the kinds of people we can be, and the kinds of roles we can fill in life from what we see around us, including
Events and festivals that promote women in the film industry show that there is a demand for better representation of women. It is so important that we celebrate and support the amazing talents of female filmmakers and actors in an industry that often leaves minorities behind. We also want to extend this support to emerging female and non-binary filmmakers, which is why we took submissions for our local shorts program this year. GOFF, and other festivals like it, provide a safe space for feminists to watch films that we like, to celebrate them, and to party with each other!
What events are you most excited about at this year’s festival?
MIMO: I’m most excited for the Aussie Double Feature on Sunday.
NAT: I’m a huge fan of genre cinema, and in particular horror films, so I’m most looking forward to our Scream Queens Double Feature Saturday night. We’re screening 90s teen classic The Craft – a film which had a big influence on my younger years – followed by The Love Witch which is one of my
MYF: As many of my friends know, I am a total 90s child. Therefore my fave picks for GOFF17 are pretty easy to pick – Clueless, The Craft and Spice World. I was quite unpopular in high school and film/tv became my escape from the harshness of high school. I think The Craft spoke to me in particular (plus I adore Neve Campbell) and I am so excited that we were able to program these gems. I’m also really excited for Inside Out – I think it’s a stunning and thoughtful movie that has a lot to say.
Next year GOFF will be even bigger and better! Of course, we will have Girl Germs back again, so you can count on more local bands, zines, food, and other riot grrrl inspired activities for feminists of all ages!
We will also be continuing our local shorts program, so we will be taking submissions for short films again next year. Female and non-binary filmmakers in Victoria, get your cameras out and make magic! We want to screen your films!