Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 March 2013
Deriving its name from the young adult novel by Lois Duncan, SWMF explores the idea of ‘the horror within’ and promotes discussion around genre and gender, from ghost stories to gore, from art house to exploitation. It’s focused on female filmmakers working in the genre, highlighting bold new work by independent filmmakers.
In 2012 the festival was an official Women in Horror Month event. WIHM is an international movement about increasing the visibility of women in horror, a notably male-dominated sphere of an already male-dominated industry.
In 2013, SWMF also aligns with International Women’s Day, as well as continuing to support the ideals of WiHM.
The inaugural festival took place in Hobart, Tasmania, from 17-19 February 2012. It was presented by Monsters Pictures, with support from Wide Angle Tasmania, the Salamanca Arts Centre and Adam Walker Film.