The World of Women’s Cinema Film Festival (WoW Film Festival) is two decades strong in 2014 and this year’s patron is the internationally acclaimed actress Rachel Griffiths.
“Twenty years on, you could say WoW is an institution,” says publicist Renata Bialkowska of the festival that will also embark on a year-long national tour.
Centered around International Women’s Day, the festival, which Bialkowska describes as “inclusive, celebratory, funky and compelling”, invites audiences to see “through the eyes of women”– a point of view that remains underrepresented in industries like Hollywood.
Audiences can expect to see a diverse collection of films including shorts, documentaries and features, from a range of cutting-edge filmmakers. There are also a number of seminars taking place – which means aspiring filmmakers, writers or just fans of cinema and the incredible work today’s female writers, actors, producers, and directors are doing, can let their talents shine.
Asked about films that are particularly buzzworthy this year, Bialkowska suggests the “time travel love story” titled Godel, Incomplete starring The Great Gatsby’s Elizabeth Debicki, and for something a little more offbeat, Rock ‘n’ Roll Mamas – “The story of three well-known indie rock chicks touring, recording and bringing up their children,” she says. (SW)
Mar 4-14, various venues, $10-30, wift.org
BY SIRI WILLIAMS