The VMC Film Festival encourages Victorians to use the power of film to increase understandings of multiculturalism.
This year, the VMC Film Festival invited Victorians to show what multiculturalism means to us now and into the future through the lens of everyday stories.
The 2018 VMC Film Festival was held on Thursday 24 May at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square.
From over 70 inspiring entries to the festival, 13 shortlisted films hit the big screen on the night. Awards were presented in four categories by leading filmmakers Richard Keddie, Sue Maslin and Alkinos Tsilimidos while guests took a 'People's Choice' vote.
Watch the winning films and the People's Choice below.
All films screened at VMC Film Festival 2018 will be available shortly on this page and www.youtube.com/multiculturevic.*
*Some films deal with themes such as racial and ethnic discrimination, gender transitioning and exclusion. Please read the film synopsis before watching if these are potentially sensitive topics for you.
Winner of the People's Choice, 'You Know What? I Love You' is a tale of family, tradition, cultural identity and the migrant journey, inspired by filmmaker Natalie Cunningham's conversations with her grandmother, Giannoula Panagiotopoulos. On a sunny afternoon, the two women reflect on life, from the cheekiness of childhood mischief to the sadness of losing those we most love.
This is an excerpt version of the original film screened at VMC Film Festival 2018.
Under 25 winner
Under 25 winner, 'Frizz', is a documentary by Kenyan-born, Australian-raised writer/director/producer Ivy Mutuku. Sparked by the worldwide Natural Hair Movement, this short documentary introduces us to five young Afro-textured haired individuals living in Australia. Despite the pressure to 'relax' or straighten their hair we witness how they are responding to and redefining the typical Australian beauty standards.
Over 25 winner
Over 25 winner, 'Brotherboy', is the work of writer/director/producer Charlotte de la Fuente. Growing up in an Aboriginal community, Kai Clancy's culture has always been a big part of his identity. In recent years, something has changed in his life. Kai, who grew up as a girl, has transitioned into a man. This documentary explores the implications for Kai's relationship with his culture.
Winner of the Judges' Award, this short documentary is the work of director Aydin Bozkurt and writer/producer Tiffanie-Jowie Liew. The story explores the lack of Asian and minority representation within today's media by following Jean Tong and the cast of her lesbian pop musical, 'Romeo is Not The Only Fruit'.
Winner of the Encouragement Award, 'Outcasting' is directed by Natalia Chernaya and Vanessa Crouch, written by Natalia Chernaya and Christine Gjelstrup and produced by Natalia Chernaya, Katherine Graham and Christine Gjelstrup. As the conversation about diversity on screens moves to the forefront of audiences' attention, 'Outcasting' looks at the issue from a different angle: that of the actors. How do industry's practices affect culturally and linguistically diverse performers? Will they ever stop being cast as token sidekicks?
Shortlisted at the 2018 VMC Film Festival, 'John's Story' is a documentary of one Australian's journey from refugee to community leader, by writer/director Jenny Hodge and producers Jenny Hodge and Rodney Dekker.
John Gulzari came to Australia as a refugee from Aghanistan in 1999. Since then, he has seldom stayed still - volunteering, studying, starting a business, and running for state parliament. For John, Australia's great strength is its multiculturalism, which allows its citizens to be whoever and whatever they want.
VMC Film Festival 2018 wouldn't be possible without the support of our sponsors.
VMC Film Festival 2018 is proudly presented by the Victorian Multicultural Commission in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology as an offshoot of Cultural Diversity Week.
Past entries to VMC Film Festival
Watch the inspiring collection of films screened at VMC Film Festival 2017 exploring the theme: Same, same but different: Is there more that unites us than divides us?