Back for its second year, the SAGA International Women’s Film Festival is set to present some of the most diverse cinema seen on our screens.
SAGA founder Mona Khizam is passionate about film, and about giving voice to marginalized narratives. She combines these passions in the festival, which she orginally founded in Sweden.
All films accepted for the festival must have a female-identifying major creative: director, screenwriter or producer. And although many of the stories are of women, it is also refreshing to see men’s stories told through female gaze, especially considering we have had nearly 150 years of female stories told through the male gaze!
This year’s festival will be held at Mercury Cinema, building on the success of last year’s premiere season. Featuring films from diverse nations around the world, as well as Australia, there are documentaries, comedies, dramas, experimental film and animated works.
Glam’s film editor, Tracey Korsten, was delighted to be one of the judges this year.
” I was absolutely blown away by the standard. Out of the nearly 100 films I viewed, only a handful didn’t really meet the bar. Of the rest, it was a difficult, but delightful matter, of choosing the best of the best.”
The festival runs from August 23rd to the 24th, with sessions based around world regions. Opening night, Friday 23rd, sees film, music, poetry and speakers, whilst Saturday’s sessions include “From Russia to Lebanon” “G7” “South America” and “Asia” (including Australia).
For the full program click here.
For tickets click here.
For further information about the festival, click here.