In hysterics: MWFF will make you laugh louder

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival opens tonight with a a lineup of gut-busting features and shorts.

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival opens tonight, 10 February, at The Capitol theatre on Swanston Street.

MC’d by award-winning comedian Geraldine Hickey, the Opening Night will showcase a series of short films from Australia’s best filmmakers and new talent.

Whether it’s a funny dinner party that takes a turn for the macabre, or a rogue printer terrorising the office, the night’s selection is bound to make you giggle, chuckle, or even gaffaw.

Then over the weekend you can catch festival highlights like Rhapsody of Love, a rom-com collage about four couples that’s being referred to as ‘Crazy Middle-class Asians’, and Hens’ Teeth: A Box of Birds, a documentary web-series about women comedians that toured the South Island of New Zealand in 1996.

Sharpen your skills

The festival will also host panel discussions in partnership with Monash University – all of which are accessible online after registering on the MWFF website. This includes Creating Comedy Online on Saturday 12 February – where experts share tips and advice for creating web-based comedy on social media, podcasts and more.

Emerging young filmmakers will want to catch the Visualise your Voice – Online Filmmaking Workshop. It’s designed for people between the ages of 15 and 25 who feel left out by the patriarchy. Get mentored by filmmakers in the industry and learn how to tell your story in a dynamic way on Sunday 13 February.

The Melbourne Women in Film Festival is on from 10–14 February, 2022. Register to attend at the MWFF website. To check out and rent the online film offerings, head to the ACMI website.

Silvi Vann-Wall is a journalist, podcaster, and filmmaker. They joined ScreenHub as Film Content Lead in 2022. Twitter: @SilviReports