World of Women Film Festival celebrates 17th year

01 February, 2011 by IF

Press release from World of Women Film Festival

Sydney -siders in need of a cool, affordable yet satisfying indie film fix will be happy to hear that the WORLD OF WOMEN (WOW) FILM FESTIVAL will be celebrating 17 years of women’s short film excellence. WOW has announced an exciting, diverse showcase of contemporary short films with key creative input by women … fiction, documentary, animation and experimental.


Experience a different storytelling and a unique perspective … “seeing the world through the eyes of women”. This prestigious festival is presented by Women in Film and Television (WIFT) NSW and screens from March 8th -10th in Sydney at Dendy Opera Quays and Parliament House Theatre with the Awards Night on 11th March at the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS).

The WOW Film Festival will then travel to various locations throughout Australia and overseas.

Celebrate the 100 years anniversary of International Women’s Day, Tuesday March 8th 2011 with the launch of the 17th World of Women Film Festival. at the City of Sydney Library, Customs House at Circular Quay from 12.15pm to 1pm..

The Library Session will screen a diverse selection of short films by women filmmakers and feature an exclusive Q&A session with WOW Film Festival Director, Sil-Nyin Cameron.

Opening Night at the Dendy Opera Quays Cinema will begin at 6.15pm with drinks and live music by “Entangled Note” followed by the screening of an imaginative selection of Australian Shorts at 7pm.

The official WOW Festival Opening After Party will be held at Opera Bar, Lower Concourse Opera House where guests will enjoy drinks, live music and spectacular, uninterrupted views of Sydney Harbour.

Opera Bar -The Official Bar of the WOW Film Festival 2011. Join us at Opera Bar for 15% off drinks & food post screening each night of the Festival. Opera Bar offers live music every night from 8.30pm and the best view in Sydney.

Australian film director, Claire McCarthy, is 2011 WOW Film Festival patron and says, “I’m honoured to be this year's patron of the World of Women – WOW Film Festival. Audiences both in Australia and internationally will be treated to the complexity and eloquence of women’s voices, both as auteurs with unique visions as well as accomplished artists across all aspects of the filmmaking process. Presented here are a diverse selection of contemporary and vibrant films, all uniquely seeing the world through the eyes of women”

Claire Mc Carthy’s most recent feature film “The Waiting City” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (2009) .“The Waiting City” stars Rhada Mitchell ( “Finding Neverland”) and Isabel Lucas ( “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”, “Daybreakers”) and Joel Edgerton (“Starwars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith”, “Animal Kingdom”). Claire McCarthy has been making internationally acclaimed short films and documentaries and her second feature film is in preproduction.

WOW 2011 aims to be a festival of discovery, celebration, debate, and entertainment.. WOW Festival Director Sil-Nyin Cameron comments, "Our festival recognizes the diversity of independent filmmaking by women in an industry that’s male dominated and presents the unique vision of seeing the world through the eyes of women. So join us to enjoy our contemporary exciting best selection of short drama, comedy, animation and documentaries presented by Women in Film & Television NSW (WIFT) NSW to celebrate the 100 years anniversary of International Women’s Day “

The complete film festival schedule will be available in February, visit