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Neasa Hardiman selected for European Voices of Women in Film at Sydney International Film Festival's digital edition
29 May 2020 : Nathan Griffin
Europe! Voices of Women in Film
Irish director Neasa Hardiman debut feature, Sea Fever, has been named among ten selected European films by outstanding women directors, which will be presented alongside otherwise exclusively Australian works at the 67th Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition and Awards from 10th to 21st June, 2020.

In its fifth year of cooperation between European Film Promotion (EFP) and Sydney Film Festival (SFF), the programme of Europe! Voices of Women in Film has been given a special focus at this year's reduced digital festival edition.

“I'm honoured to be selected by Sydney International Film Festival's European Voices in Film with my début feature, Sea Fever,” director Neasa Hardiman told IFTN. “The film is a parable about taking responsibility for ourselves, for each other and for our broader world; it's wonderful to find this story has resonance for audiences across the globe.”

Speaking about this year’s inclusion in Sydney’s online edition, EFP's Managing Director Sonja Heinen said: "We are thrilled that we will become an even more visible part of SFF in this challenging festival year. Our thanks go to SFF's festival director Nashen Moodley for giving us such great exposure within the programme as well as the final selection of films. This year's Europe! Voices of Women in Film casts strong curatorial and thematic light on multiple gender issues and preconceptions in Europe. We are also grateful to the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and our member organisations, the national promotion institutes, who have made the programme possible".

The selected films that will be showcased alongside Neasa Hardiman’s Sea Fever (Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, UK) include: A Perfectly Normal Family by Malou Reymann (Denmark), A Year Full of Drama by Marta Pulk (Estonia, documentary), Charter by Amanda Kernell (Sweden, Denmark, Norway), Force of Habit by Kirsikka Saari, Elli Toivoniemi, Anna Paavilainen, Alli Haapasalo, Reetta Aalto, Jenni Toivoniemi and Miia Tervo (Finland), Kids Run by Barbara Ott (Germany), Lessons of Love by Malgorzata Goliszewska and Kasia Mateja (Poland, documentary), My Little Sister by Stéphanie Chuat and Véronique Reymond (Switzerland), They Call Me Babu by Sandra Beerends (The Netherlands, documentary) and Zana by Antoneta Kastrati (Kosovo*, Albania).

"Although we are unable to host Sydney Film Festival in cinemas this year, we are delighted to continue our partnership with European Film Promotion in co-presenting Europe! Voices of Women in Film at the 67th Sydney Film Festival: Virtual Edition and Awards,” said SFF Director Nashen Moodley. “We are excited to bring to the Australian audience ten vital new works by European women directors, and while we are, of course, sad that we cannot host these directors in Sydney as usual, we look forward to presenting them, and their wonderful films, virtually."

The national film promotion institutes supporting this year's edition of Europe! Voices of Women in Film are: Danish Film Institute, Estonian Film Institute, Finnish Film Foundation, German Films, Kosova Cinematography Center, Polish Film Institute, Screen Ireland, SEE NL (The Netherlands), Swedish Film Institute and Swiss Films.

Europe! Voices of Women in Film is supported by the Creative Europe - MEDIA Programme of the European Union and Eurimages and presented for the first time in cooperation with European Women's Audiovisual Network (EWA) and Festival Scope. The media partners are Screen International, Fade to Her and Fred Film Radio.

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