Fashion Film Series: Top Three Films Announced

The Cultural Program Launch Party on Thursday 11 February at ACMI signified the official beginning of the Festival, kicking off the start of a month long program of fashion related exhibitions, events, performances, and films. Utilising launch event host ACMI’s unparalleled screening facilities, the first point of call for guests straight to the cinema for the premier screenings of finalist film compilation of the 2016 Fashion Film Series Presented by RUSSH and Supported by Val Morgan, with Official Screening Partners ACMI and Fed Square

On Thursday night the awarded top three finalist films were announced as follows:

Laura Scrivano // Shadow / Self

Shadow / Self is a film project that combines dance, fashion and music to explore the darker side of the fem­inine psyche; a story of human struggle told with movement, beauty and light. Directed by Laura Scrivano, the film features pieces from Bianca Spender’s SS16 collection. Laura Scrivano is a writer and director, whose work spans narrative film, documentary, theatre, music videos, commercials, live art and digital content. Her films have screened at festivals around the world including Cannes, Sundance, Budapest, Glasgow and BFI Flare, London. As the daughter of Carla Zampatti, it’s no wonder Bianca Spender has made her own name in the fashion world. Known for combining mathematical inspirations with deftly draped fabrics, Spender’s de­signs translate intelligent, intriguing concepts into accessible garments that are strong, feminine and modern.

Isobel Knowles // Kuwaii Remix AW15

Kuwaii’s most recent film by multi-disciplinary Melbourne based artist Isobel Knowles is a riot of fun, colour and shape, and is a homage to all that is frivolous and feminine about Kuwaii. Each character is hand-cut in paper by the filmmaker herself, brought to life in an amazing, unique style of stop-mo­tion animation. An award winning artist and animator who has just recently finished working for Karl Lagerfeld, her multidisciplinary practice spans short film, interactive installation, cross-platform per­formance, music, painting, photography and illustration. Kuwaii, established in 2008 by designer Kristy Barber is duly esteemed for making beautiful, intelligently designed clothing and footwear for women. Kuwaii and Isobel’s collaboration was designed to challenge the standard notion of fashion film to cre­ate an uplifting piece of fun, intended to bring cheer to their audience.

Radioactive Gigantism Films (Ramona Telecican and Andrew Kavanagh) //Strangers In A Moment

Strangers In A Moment explores the meshing of the domestic with the celestial; humans in or­bit. It is a fashion film showcasing the new collection from CHORUS which is the result of a creative conversation between fashion house CHORUS and musician and artist BERTIE BLACKMAN. Radio­active Gigantism Films has been recently founded by Producer Ramona Telecican and Writer/Director Andrew Kavanagh. Ramona and Andrew’s previous films examine ideas of two strange worlds seam­lessly colliding, and Strangers in a Moment allowed them to create a film that honours movement, pat­tern and the uncanny nature of how involved we all are in each other’s orbits. Chorus is a Melbourne based fashion design studio established in 2012 by long term friends Cassandra Wheat and Lou­ise Pannell. They let the design process not the concept of a season dictate the aesthetic choices, whilst keeping true to their own functional and playful values - the core thread that binds each collec­tion to the next is the belief that looking dressed up and feeling relaxed needn’t be mutually exclusive.

You can view the three top films now at

.To view the compilation of the 10 finalist films in true cinematic style, check out these check out the numerous screening venues within Melbourne and Regional Victoria.

Featured image: Shadow / Self. Photo by Emma Furno
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