Interview with Festival Director Gia Frino (Wollongong Film Festival)

Wollongong Film festival is about celebrating Women in Film both on and off the screen with all proceeds going to One Girl and giving a voice to Women Filmmakers and their stories.


1) What is your Film Festival succeeding at doing for filmmakers?

WFF provides a platform for Women in Film with all profits going to support Girl’s Education.

2) What would you expect to experience if you attend your upcoming festival?

We are a small festival, so it would be an enjoyable, intimate experience watching short films from around the world.

3) What are the qualifications for the selected films?

We except all film genres as long as a woman is in two of the following key positions on the film:
* Director
* Producer
* Writer
* Lead female Protagonist
* Cinematographer
* Editor
* Composer

4) Do you think that some films really don’t get a fair shake from film festivals? And if so, why?

There are definitely films that get overlooked and probably not always on purpose but much like broadcasters who don’t take risks on what they commission, there are times I feel some film festivals only back well-known filmmakers or actors. That said there are so many film festivals out there, an emerging filmmaker should find niche festivals, there are options.

5) What motivates you and your team to do this festival?

It originally started as a one-off give back to raise money for Girl’s Education, even though we are small, we will grow and it is a great way to help representation in the industry.

6) How has your FilmFreeway submission process been?

FilmFreeway has always been really simple and easy, I haven’t used any of the extra services they have on offer.

7) Where do you see the festival by 2023?

I’m currently working and researching on moving the festival to an SVOD service using blockchain technology which will move towards distributing short films for women in film and build the platform to expand to long form and other media.

8) What film have you seen the most times in your life?

This is hard as I’ve seen multiple films, multiple times. I’m a sucker for a good film but some would be: Remember the Titans, Glory Road, A Separation, Frida, All About My Mother, The Help, Fargo, I’ll stop now otherwise the list will get too long.

9) In one sentence, what makes a great film?

Another hard one, for me, a film that transforms me, that makes me look at the world through a different lens, and I’m a different person than I was before.

10) How is the film scene in your city?

It is an emerging market, there are a lot of people who enjoy films but only are aware of the commercial releases and they don’t realise how large the industry is unless they work in it.



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