Women in film: Queensland Film Festival dominated by female voices

Founder John Edmond explains

Women in film: Queensland Film Festival dominated by female voices
Stars Insider

19/07/18 | StarsInsider

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In an industry that is predominantly run by males, Queensland Film Festival is showing a massive transformation with this years lineup. Of the films being showcased at the cinema event, 80% are created by women or non-binary directors.

"Queensland Film Festival is in some ways a utopian film festival," director and co-founder of the festival John Edmond, said, according to ABC. "What I'm passionate about is movies with flavour and colour that just pop through, and that carry with them a sense of purpose about why they exist," he explained. 

To show just how female-driven Queensland Film Festival is this year, compare it with the Cannes Film Festival, which received backlash for only featuring three female directors.

While the festival is making a giant step forward in gender parity, Edmond explains how the lineup was actually just a "happy accident". The motivation behind this year's showcase was to "treat QFF not just as a film festival but something that's contributing to the broader [art and film] ecology, a film festival that people can go to and love, while also sketching out other possibilities of what an Australian film festival could look like."


The Queensland Film Festival is currently underway and runs until July 29.

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