20th WOW Film Festival


FESTIVAL PROGRAM:  TUE 4  |  WED 5  |  THU 6  |  FRI 7  |  SAT 8  |  SUN 9  |  MON 10  |  TUE 11  |  WED 12  |  THU 13  |  FRI 14


WOW awards

At Dendy Newtown, surrounded by friends, filmmakers, sponsors and special guests we had a exciting night celebrating and recognising the achievements of all of our filmmakers.


festival calendar


screening highlights


Rachel Griffiths

WOW Film Festival welcomes our new Festival Patron for our 20th Festival – internationally acclaimed actor, director, producer Rachel Griffiths.

Audiences will know her work in cinema including Saving Mr Banks, Burning Man, Muriel's Wedding, and television (Camp, Six Feet Under, Paper Giants) and the upcoming TV movie Stalking Julia.

Rachel is also an award-winning filmmaker whose short films Tulip and Roundabout have been seen around the world, produced by 2014 WOW Juror, Louise Smith.


WOW Film Festival is proud to award achievements by women in the screen industry and is excited to announce the Jury for the 20th anniversary:

Australian jury
Dr Karen Pearlman
– Head Of Screen Studies at AFTRS and film director
Jessica Hobbs – acclaimed film and television director (Rake, The Slap, Devils Dust and Curtin)
Louise Smith
– award winning producer (The Square, The Rage In Placid Lake)
International Jury
Silvia Colloca
– Actress/producer/writer (Vampire Killers, Van Helsing)
Erica Glynn – award winning filmmaker & Head Of Indigenous, Screen Australia and award winning director
Pauline Chan – director/actor (33 Postcards and Little White Lies)

WOW is honoured to have these highly respected film practitioners judging and selecting winners for 2014 WOW Awards.

WOW’s Short Form Digital Media Competition will enable viewers worldwide to watch the films and vote throughout March 2014 for the best Digital Media film on YouTube.

The WOW Film Festival Tour kicks off on March 15 with Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute’s screening of From the Spirit of Our Mother program in their Spirit Festival. WOW Tour will travel to various locations throughout Australia and overseas throughout 2014 to March 2015.


Perception | Dir. Miranda Nation | Starring Maia Thomas

Tango Underpants

Tango Underpants | Dir. Miranda Edmonds | Starring Emma Booth


Scratch | Dir. Danielle Bosenberg | Starring Claudia Karvan

Godel, Incomplete

Godel, Incomplete | Dir. Martha Goddard | Starring Elizabeth Debicki

Highlights from WOW's screening program include:

Australian shorts:
Scratch with Claudia Karvan, written and produced by Rachel Turk, executive produced by Sam Worthington, Booth starring Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, Rake) and The Road Home with Brenna Harding (AACTA winner and star of Puberty Blues), My Mother Her Daughter starring Susan Prior (Puberty Blues, Animal Kingdom) and Ashleigh Cummings (Puberty Blues, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries)

International films: For The Birds (USA), Aabida (India).

RocknRoll Mamas

Rock N Roll Mamas | Dir. Jackie Weissman

Screening at The Vanguard: Rock N Roll Mamas is a feature-length documentary about three indie rockers who strive to follow their creative dreams and raise their children. Over the course of six years, director Jackie Weissman, followed Kristin Hersh of Throwing Muses, Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols, and hip hop artist, Ms.Su’a. Cutting edge shorts will screen throughout the evening.

For lovers of dance: WOW presents a program of Australian and International contemporary dance films at Metro Screen and the Powerhouse Museum.

Filmmaker ‘In Conversation’: Events will be held at Surry Hills Library and at the Art Gallery of NSW with ABC TV film critic Margaret Pomeranz, to celebrate International Women’s Day.

WOW and the Australian Writers Guild (AWG) present a Writers Forum with acclaimed screenwriters Jacquelin Perske and Louise Fox at the Powerhouse Museum.

Both writers worked with Lucasfilm on the Star Wars live action television series.

Jacquelin Perske was co-creator, writer and producer of multi-award winning series of Love My Way and Spirited and the writer of award winning film Little Fish starring Cate Blanchett. Jacquelin is the 2013 Foxtel Fellowship recipient.

Louise Fox (Broadchurch, Love My Way) wrote the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film Dead Europe. She was nominated for an AACTA Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2014 awards and won the NSW Premier's Literary Award 2013 for Scriptwriting.

Also in celebration of WOW Film Festival, The Black Eye Gallery will host ‘Still Women’ – a photographic exhibition of images from classic Australian cinema.

We are really pleased to announce that ASCELLA PURE WINE is the

Come to Opening Night Tuesday 4 March and Awards Night 14th March
and enjoy the organic wines from this boutique Hunter Valley Winery, producers of award winning wines.

Ascella Pure Wine

Festival info & enquiries:

Festival Director Tamara Popper
Artistic Director Sil-Nyin Cameron
Assistant Festival Director Alex Petropoulos

02 9357 1490

Presented by Women in Film and Television NSW (WIFT NSW)


this page updated 20 February, 2014



Festival graphics and website design: Roger Griffin