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ATTN Women Filmmakers: Stranger With My Face International FF Submissions Open

By: Ruben Nuno-Ortiz

Tasmania’s Stranger With My Face International Film Festival will return this spring for its 5th edition, and submissions are now officially open!

Named after a Young Adult novel by Lois Duncan, Stranger With My Face focuses on female perspectives in genre film, with an emphasis on showcasing the work of women directors. Held over four days in Hobart, Tasmania’s capital city, the festival hosts screenings, conferences, workshops, and exhibitions, as well as satellite events year-round.

Stranger With My Face has become a key platform for genre film in Australia, and it is proud to spearhead the larger women-in-horror movement worldwide.

Events like this are needed more than ever, with women’s rights under threat around the world,” says Festival Director Briony Kidd. “Women are angry, and they have a lot to say. Genre filmmaking is enriched by that sense of urgency and energy and we’re seeing more and more extraordinary films directed by women emerging from the indie scene, but they’re often not as visible as they deserve to be, and that’s where Stranger With My Face comes in. Our mission is to celebrate these films and bring them to a broader audience.

A new addition to the festival in 2016 was the Attic Lab, a program to mentor and support women directors, giving them an opportunity to pitch new projects at the festival. The Lab will return in 2017, with details to be announced soon.

The call for submissions is now open, with both feature-length and short films made after January 1st, 2016 eligible for consideration. The festival takes a broad approach to horror, with dark fantasy, Gothic melodrama, horror comedy, dystopian sci-fi, animation, documentary and experimental hybrids all qualifying for the selective festival lineup. While the submissions are open to filmmakers of all genders, only films by those who identify as women are eligible for awards.

Stranger With My Face International Film Festival will take place from May 4th – 7th. You can find out more information about submissions at Follow SWMFIFF on social media on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and follow the hashtag #SWMFIF.

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