London Feminist Film Festival submissions open

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

"Keep making feminist films, and keep resisting!" So says the London Feminist Film Festival, and we reckon they're right on the money.

Submissions for the festival's fifth edition are now open to all women filmmakers around the world. Deadline for entry: 30 April 2017.

2017 is shaping up to be a scary time, and women's rights are even more under threat. With the rise of right-wing politics in Europe and a US president who is threatening human rights and the future of the planet, it is even more important to amplify the voices of oppressed groups and to show different perspectives.

LFFF is calling on filmmakers from across the globe to send in their feminist films - as always, from any genre, year, or country - so they can continue to bring feminist concerns into the mainstream. LFFF is strongly committed to supporting first-time women filmmakers, and encourages women to get their viewpoint out there by picking up a camera, phone, or other device and starting making films.

Films can be submitted via their website: #LFFF2017

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Movie and Q&A with bona-fide ballet superstar Sergei Polunin

Posted Monday 20 Mar 2017

In New Zealand to perform at the Auckland Arts Festival, ballet superstar Sergei Polunin will appear tomorrow (that's Wednesday, folks!) at a Q&A after a screening of Dancer at the Academy Cinemas.

The documentary, from Oscar-nominated director Steven Cantor, charts Polunin's battles with identity and commitment as he makes the transition from ballet prodigy to legend.

Blessed with astonishing power and poise, Sergei Polunin took the dance world by storm and became the Royal Ballet's youngest-ever principal. However, at age 25 he walked away from it all, stardom having all but driven him to self destruction. Dancer is an unprecedented examination of this complex young man who made ballet go viral.

Meet and question the man himself, Wed 22 March, from 6pm. Tickets $25, book through the Academy Cinemas website.