2016 HRAFF Awards

Impact Award Winner: Chasing Asylum Eva Orner, Australia, 2016   Audience Award Winner: Chasing Asylum Eva Orner, Australia, 2016   Best International Short Winner: The Face of Ukraine: Casting of Oksana Baiul Kitty Green, Australia, 2014   Best Australian Short Winner: Bluey Darlene Johnson, Australia, 2015   Audience Award Australian Short Winner: Nowhere Lines: Voices from Manus Island Lucas Schrank, Australia, 2015 More…

A Note from HRAFF Chair and Co-Founder, Evelyn Tadros

  Evelyn Tadros HRAFF Chair and Co-Founder   I would like to extend a HUGE thank you to everyone who was involved with the 2016 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival. This year was HRAFF’s most successful creative program to date, presenting 97 film sessions, forums, exhibitions and performing arts events that reached more than More…

Lauren’s MIFF Picks

by Lauren Valmadre, HRAFF Programming Manager This year I was fortunate enough to once again be on the Short Film Selection Panel at the Melbourne International Film festival. As well as going to see the wonderful selection of shorts, here is a mere handful of films I am falling over myself to see at this More…

Opening Night Kicks Off HRAFF 2016

          Opening the 2016 Human Rights Arts & Film Festival to great acclaim, the ambitious documentary Chasing Asylum was well received by the Melbourne audience. Guardian Australia journalist, Van Badham moderated a thought-provoking Q&A with Chasing Asylum Director and Producer, Academy award winner, Eva Orner.     Eva Orner’s journey to producing Chasing More…

Setting Change in Motion (Pictures)

SeaWorld announced in March it was officially phasing out its orca captive-breeding  program, capping off a series of setbacks including dwindling ticket sales, declining share values, dropped corporate sponsorship, and the withdrawal of support from musicians and celebrities. Undoubtedly, what had instigated these was the 2013 documentary Blackfish, which tells the harrowing story of Tilikum, a SeaWorld orca More…

Alex Seton Exhibition Cancellation

Unfortunately due to unforeseen circumstances the Alex Seton Exhibition Someone Else’s Problem, to be held at Dark Horse Experiment, will no longer be part of this year’s Festival. We wish Alex all the best with his future endeavours.

Straight From Sundance

These three films come to HRAFF straight from the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Our Programming Manager, Lauren Valmadre attended the festival to scope out  powerful human rights stories from the highly esteemed showcase.  It is with great pleasure that we present these films following their incredibly well-received premieres at Sundance.   MAYA ANGELOU AND STILL I RISE Saturday 7 More…

HRAFF Themes: Female-Driven Films for Mum

At HRAFF, we are proud to present films that represent a female perspective in storytelling – whether that comes from the talented female filmmakers behind the scenes, or from the female-centric narratives they feature. Many of the films below are driven by strong (and at times vulnerable) female protagonists or address issues of women’s rights. We More…

Films for 15+ Audiences

We know human rights are for everyone, but with the often confronting content that we present in the HRAFF program, the films aren’t always suitable for younger audiences. But young people don’t have to miss out completely on engaging with issues of social justice through film. In 2016, we fortunately have a significant selection of films More…

HRAFF Themes: Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Our opening night film, Chasing Asylum, highlights the plight of asylum seekers as an ever important issue worth examining by Australian audiences. It’s a topic that we are proud to have at the forefront of the 2016 festival. We hope that our programming will spark many conversations around this contentious topic and engage audiences with More…

HRAFF: Proudly Supporting Women in Film

As always, HRAFF are proudly celebrating women in film and this year we have an incredibly strong line-up of female champions, including:   Chasing Asylum – Eva Orner (Australia) Orner’s previous works include include Untold Desires (Best Documentary at the Australian Film Institute Awards, the Logie Awards and the Australian Human Rights Awards) and Strange Fits of More…

Celebrating the 2016 HRAFF Program Launch

The diverse collection of entertaining, powerful and inspiring human stories that is HRAFF 2016 has launched. On April 4th at Bella Union, Program Director Malcolm Blaylock, shared with special guests, sponsors and festival partners, a sneak peak at all of the fascinating film, forums, music and arts programming  included in this year’s festival.     More…

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