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Seen and Heard Film Festival


Seen & Heard Film Festival

A Sydney and Melbourne-based film festival screening the diverse and exciting works of women in major production roles (directing, writing, producing).


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Seen & Heard Film Festival

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Festival presentation: 

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Seen & Heard was launched in Sydney in 2009 as a non-profit film festival by Lucy Randall with the view to promote women’s filmmaking and bring to light industry prejudices that may not be so clear to the consumer.

At that time, a woman had never won an Academy Award for Best Director (and only three females had ever been nominated in the entire history of The Oscars). Nobody talked about the absence of women in production roles in mainstream media. 

Female filmmakers, particularly in Australia, have long campaigned for their place in film as activists and as film collectives. Over the course of the festival's lifetime, both industry and media are slowly sitting up and taking more notice of these issues too. It is clear, though, that wider cultural change remains a distant goal.

According to the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film,

"Women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 (U.S.) grossing films of 2013. This figure represents a decrease of two percentage points from 2012.

In 2013, women accounted for 6% of (U.S.) directors. If foreign films in the top 250 are included, this figure increases to 8%. In other roles, women comprised 10% of writers, 15% of executive producers, 25% of producers, 17% of editors, and 3% of cinematographers."

The dramatic under-representation of female filmmakers inevitably leads to a dearth in solid female characterisation as well. Female characters remained dramatically under-represented as protagonists, major characters, and speaking (major and minor) characters in the top grossing films of 2013. Again, the Center for the Study of Women in Television & Film reveals in their most recent report:

"On-screen female presence remains abysmal. In 2013, females accounted for 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters. Female characters were younger than their male counterparts and were more likely than males to have an identifiable marital status. Further, female characters were less likely than males to have clearly identifiable goals or be portrayed as leaders of any kind."

Further disadvantages in the film industry exist for women of colour, non-cis women, queer women, women from low-income backgrounds, and women with disabilities.

It is not hard to see that the lack of any type of women in the film industry is an impoverishment to our culture, one that can only be rectified once we recognise that the dramatic under-representation of women amongst both cast & crew is a problem.

For the first time this year, Melbourne audiences are invited to join us in taking that small, but necessary, step towards female filmmakers being both Seen & Heard. We promote the message that films made by women are not just for women: they are wonderfully rich films that should be seen by everyoneTrust us, you're in for an exciting program of films that are as diverse as they are visually stunning.

We look forward to seeing you at ACMI from November 13 - 16.

Edition: 
1
Festival Logo: 
Seen & Heard Film Festival Melbourne
Theme: 
Adult
Adventure
African Films
American Films
Animation
Arabic Films
Art, Dance, Music
Art-house films
Asian Films
Awards
Black Culture Films
British Films
Children
Comedy
Crime
Digital
Documentary
Education
Environnement/Nature
European Films
Family
Fantasy/Science Fiction
Flash
French Films
German Films
Health/Medical
Historical
Homosexuality
Horror films
Human Rights
Independent
International
Italian Films
Japanese Films
Jewish Films
Latin American Films
Market
Multimedia
Music
National
Religious films
Romance
Science
Seminar
Senior
Silent films
Spanish Films
Sport
Student films
Television
Thriller
Underground
War
Western
Women
Youth/Teen
not specified
Category/Format: 
not specified
Animated Films
Digital / DVD
Documentaries
Experiment
Fiction Features
Independant
Industrial
Mixed
Music video
Short films
Student film
Video / TV
Festival Info
Price info: 
TBC
Next Festival Dates: 
11/13/2014 - 11/16/2014
Is the Festival open to the public ?: 
Yes
Does the Festival have a market?: 
No
Festival Submission
Film submission fee: 
Free
Film call for entry deadline: 
08/01/2014
Festival Contact
Festival Programmer Email: 
Festival Press Contact Email: 
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Submissions are now open for the 2014 Seen and Heard Festival in Melbourne.

Seen & Heard Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating the diverse and immense works from women working in an industry that under-represents their art.

We are currently taking film submissions from any female-identifying filmmaker (including directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, screenwriters, and production designers) wishing to apply. Shorts or features, animation, genre, documentary, comedy, experimental, horror, musicals, sci-fi, drama, silent cinema, and more are all welcome for what promises to be a thrilling and diverse festival in Melbourne, 2014.

Please note that premieres will be looked upon favourably, however we are happy to receive submissions that have screened at other festivals as well.

Conditions

To be eligible for consideration, all films must adhere to the following:

  • Films must have been completed after 1st January 2010 (and not before).
  • Films must be in their original language, with English subtitles if the original language is not English.
  • If you are submitting multiple films to the festival, you will need to fill out multiple forms (i.e. one submission form per film).
  • Submissions after the due date will only be accepted at the festival's discretion.
  • You must provide a preview of your film, either as an uploaded password-protected video on Vimeo (preferred) or YouTube, or sent to us directly as a file via WeTransfer.
  • If successful in your submission, you must mail a physical copy of your film into us (to be returned by us at the festival's end). The only accepted formats are: 16mm, 35mm, DCP, Digital Betacam, SP Betacam, DVCAM, or HDCAM.

  • Our selection decisions are final and we do not provide critical analysis or feedback to films that are not selected.

By submitting your film to our film festival, you are agreeing to the above conditions.

Entry is free, so all you need to do to enter your film is go to www.shmelb.com/submissions and we will be in contact shortly.

Festival Organization
Name: 
Seen & Heard Film Festival
Address: 
PO Box 21455
fest adr2: 
Little Lonsdale Street
City: 
Melbourne
State: 
Victoria
Zip code: 
8011
Country: 
Australia

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