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.
VMC Film Festival 2018 was held on Thursday 24 May 2018, 7.30pm - 9.30pm at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI), Federation Square, ACMI Cinema 2.
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.
All winning films and the 'People's Choice' will be available shortly.
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.
VMC Film Festival 2017
The first VMC Film Festival asked young people to share their perspective on multiculturalism to celebrate Cultural Diversity Week 2017, exploring the theme: Same, same but different: Is there more that unites us than divides us?
Winning and shortlisted entries below were screened at Victoria's Multicultural Festival on Saturday 25 March 2017.
Winning entries 2017
Directed by Tiffanie-Jowie Liew
In a time of fear, one woman strives to create positive change through conversation.
Hana Assafiri invites the community to her cafe, Moroccan Delicacy, for ‘Muslim speed dating’ where people have the opportunity to ask questions of Muslim women, to learn, and to break down barriers.
Directed by George Clipp
Highly talented spoken word artist and community educator, Abe Nouk, addresses both his relationship with Australia and Australia's own relationship with it's history.
Sudanese-born Abe was illiterate when he arrived in Australia in 2004. Since then he has read and written to improve his lyrical content for hip-hop, understanding the importance of sharing his voice with the wider community.
Directed by Mai Nguyen
Nur, a young Australian Muslim, reflects on her love for life - how that love is similar to, but also different from, the love experienced by others.
This entry was shortlisted.
Directed by Shing Hei Ho
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This film plays with expectations to show what it’s like on the other side of a language barrier and suggests that appearances can be deceiving.
Swinburne/VMC Summer Film Project 2017 - films screened at festival
Produced by Orson Dilje, Tiffanie Jowie-Liew and Baris Ulusoy.
A 22 year old refugee and university student reflects on the life she left and the destruction of her village and the hope that multiculturalism can bring.
Produced by Simon McWilliam and Bridget Webster
Siua is a migrant from Tonga who was awarded Australian Citizen of the Year in 2015 by the Swan Hill Shire and rejected from immigration 3 times. He reflects on the diverse small town in Australia he now lives in and how his community gave him support after he had contributed so much to them during his application for permanent residency.
Produced by Baris Ulusoy, Orson Dilje, Tiffanie-Jowie Liew
Mariam Issa is a human rights activist focused on supporting the rights of refugees and developing the strengths and confidence of women in Australia and Africa.
Produced by Guillermo Iganacio Perez Pedraza and Clarent Youale
A look at an Afro-Australian youth group that empowers young women to connect with their culture and create change through art and politics.