“The Setting Sun Short Film Festival women’s program is an important way to discover new female talent behind the camera and address the gender imbalance we have in the Australian screen industry. There are far too few films released each year with stories made by and about women. The Dressmaker Award recognises an outstanding female filmmaker and we are absolutely delighted to be associated with this wonderful festival.” Sue Maslin
Following on the success of last year’s inaugural Rouge Program, we are thrilled to be able to offer the program once again. Acclaimed Producer Sue Maslin, and author Rosalie Ham, will once again sponsor The Dressmaker Award for Best Film by a Female Filmmaker and donate a $1000 prize.
The award is named after the successful novel, The Dressmaker, by Rosalie Ham, that was turned into the blockbuster film The Dressmaker, produced by Sue Maslin. Parts of the film were filmed at The Sun Theatre Yarraville. To be included in the program and to be eligible for the prize, the film must be written, produced and directed by female(s). We will play films that fall outside the criteria, we just won’t put them in the competition. See Terms and Conditions for more specific information.