Fashion Film Awards Ceremony and Panel Discussion

Presented by RUSSH Magazine

The Festival’s Fashion Film Awards presented by RUSSH Magazine is the longest-running and leading Australian platform for the recognition and exposure of creative talent in the local and global fashion film genre.

Held in The Capitol Theatre, the 2020 Fashion Film Awards Ceremony, where the official selection of shortlisted films will be screened alongside the best of RMIT student fashion films, is an inspiring event where designers and filmmakers devise new and innovative ways of storytelling. 

The screening is followed by a panel discussion hosted by Victoria Pearson, Content Director at RUSSH Magazine and will explore the borders between content and art within the Fashion Film medium. 

The official selection was judged by esteemed industry professionals, including representatives from Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, Australian Centre for the Moving Image, National Gallery of Victoria, Broadsheet and RUSSH Magazine.

2020 Official Selection Films

Australian Category:

Your Time
Directed by: Phebe Schmidt
Your Time examines concepts of selfhood – seeking to make visible the gaps between image/brand and nebulous concepts of “reality” and “authenticity”.

Ankara Pride
Directed by: Emily Bui
Ankara Pride is a short documentary that explores the experiences of Nigerian born fashion designer Blessing, now based in Sydney, Australia. The documentary film explores the beginnings of her fashion design journey and issues such as the African Australian identity and racism experienced by new migrant and refugee communities in Australia.

Directed by: Victoria Thompson
Cinderella tells the story of a young independent woman with cerebral palsy who must enlist the help of the fairy god mother to design a dress for the ball.

Directed by: Amber Mealing
The recent winter collection for Melbourne faux fur label, GUNSHY, is entitled Big Bad Wolf. Taking inspiration from the garments and the name, the film project began as a simple exploration of anguish and primal fierceness, amplified by the garments. The end result is all those things, plus a beautiful and harrowing piece that almost paints fashion as a renaissance of pain and loss.

Bittersweet Libation
Directed by: Abbie Pobjoy
Paying homage to the documentary Grey Gardens, this distortion of consciousness travels through a day in the life of two characters as they sift through their daily rituals. Travelling through the narrative in a process of four acts, each vignette tells a new story at a different time of day. Before circling back to where it all began. An introspective aim to confuse and intrigue, you can’t turn away.

Directed by: Charlotte Mungomery
Crikey is a tropical infused dreamscape connecting culture with fashion for designer Iris Hall’s debut collection ‘Gumnut’. This cheeky fashion film follows an unconventional romance between a woman, a man and his outfit. Drawing strongly upon notions of ‘larrikinism’ and ‘kitschness’ this work captures the playfulness and irony inherent in Australia’s unique style.

International Category:

Say Aaahhh!
Directed by: Bine Bach Damsgård
A woman has forgotten her best friend’s birthday and with only a few minutes to spare she’s left with the one and only question: what to wear?

Loewe x Paula’s Ibiza 19
Directed by: Abteen Bagheri
An official campaign for Loewe shot for Loewe’s Instagram stories on an IPhone. Abteen captures the spirit and energy of summer in this campaign, documenting the journeys of street cast models on their journey around Ibiza.

VOGUE | Death Head Sphinx
Directed by: Daniel Iglesias Jr.
This fashion film, commissioned by Vogue China, is an experimental approach to a visual poem. The film compares the traits of exotic moths to the personalities of 2 lovers (played by Jing Bo Ran and Ouyang nana, both of whom are stars in China) symbolizing their relationship – tumultuous, magnetic, drawn to each other like a “moth to the flame”.

Directed by: Carla Parmo
Loosely based on the real daily routines of three of the most important writers of the 20th century- detailed in Mason Currey’s book ‘Daily Rituals’- Ninetofive is a short film that looks at our everyday chores with a playful approach.

This event is presented by RUSSH Magazine, supported by RMIT University, Val Morgan, ACMI, Cinema Nova, Virgin Australia and Post Lab IO.

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