Forty Years On: The Women & Film International Film Festival 1973

Forty Years On: The Women & Film International Film Festival 1973

Forty Years On: The Women & Film International Film Festival 1973

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This three-day screening and panel series celebrates the 40th anniversary of the pioneering Toronto Women & Film International Film Festival, whose landmark 1973 debut is often regarded as the beginning of the city's rich film-festival scene.

Films in Forty Years On: The Women & Film International Film Festival 1973

    • Sambizanga introduced by Kay Armatage
    • University of Toronto Professor Emerita and former TIFF programmer Kay Armatage introduces Sarah Maldoror's shattering vision of the Angolan War of Independence, one of the most well-loved films at the 1973 Women & Film festival.

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    • Higher Learning: Women's Cinema and Film History
    • This free panel discussion with Melinda Barlow, Noreen Golfman and Kay Armatage considers the legacy of the Toronto Women & Film festival and the significance of women's film festivals on the transnational exhibition circuit.

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Founded in 1973, the Toronto Women & Film International Film Festival was only the second women's film festival ever mounted. Featuring screenings and workshops from morning to midnight, free on-site daycare (run by men!), special guests including Agnès Varda, Shirley Clarke, Viva Superstar and Madeline Anderson, and fabulous parties every night, W&F took Toronto by storm, and is now considered to be a progenitor of the city's rich film-festival scene.

As women's film festivals continue their resurgence around the globe in response to the continuing inequality of women filmmakers in production, exhibition, critical notice, and festival exposure, this programme of screenings and talks — featuring three films screened at the 1973 event and hosted by Kay Armatage, University of Toronto Professor Emerita, former TIFF programmer and one of the founders of W&F — both pays tribute to a groundbreaking event and attests to the continued and growing vitality of the women's film movement worldwide.

Co-presented with the University of Toronto's Cinema Studies Institute, the St. John's International Women's Film Festival, and Women in View.