FESTIVAL: For Films Sake 2017 (Sydney, Australia)

What? For Film’s Sake (formerly the WOW Film Festival) is a festival in Australia that challenges audiences to actively engage in the problem of a lack of thriving diversity in the film industry. For Film’s Sake objective is to pave the way for the future of audience – rather than the present – and will curate a wide selection of films made by women for audiences crossing all language groups and demographics.

When? 26 – 30 April 2017

Where? Sydney, Australia

Festival Website: https://www.forfilmssake.org


Cheer Up

Directed by Christy Garland

In the isolation of the Arctic Circle, Finland’s worst cheerleading team is led by Miia, an ambitious coach who’s tired of losing. To reverse the team’s fortunes, Miia seeks inspiration by visiting the world champions in Texas to soak up their winning ways. Emboldened, her new approach pushes her Ice Queens teenage team to its breaking point. The strain reveals that the source of the girls’ suffering lies much deeper than their lack of trophies.

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The Reunion

Directed by Anna Odell

Swedish artist Anna Odell invites us to a grim class reunion with a twist. What happens when old hierarchies and truths are questioned from an unexpected voice? The Reunion investigates how far too far really is.

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Emma Vestrheim

Emma Vestrheim is the editor-in-chief of Cinema Scandinavia. Originally from Australia, she is now based in Bergen, Norway, and attends major Nordic film festivals to conduct interviews and review new films.