$100 Lighthouse Rentals Vouchers for New Members

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To all of our fabulous WIFT VIC friends and supporters,
The incredible people at Lighthouse Rentals are kindly offering a $100 voucher to all new WIFT VIC members (!!!) PLUS an ongoing 20% discount for all WIFT VIC members, because they love everyone.
Simply jump across to our members page and join:
– Cannot be used in conjunction with any other voucher, credit or offer.
– Eligible for use within 6 months of signing up to WIFT VIC.
– Proof of membership and sign up date required.

Member Spotlight: Nassy Kova

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Written by Elizabeth Parisi

This month we’d like to introduce you to one of our brightest WIFT VIC members: animator extraordinaire, Nassy Kova (aka Anastasia Dyakova). Her latest short film, Ready for a Baby, is a brave and beautifully funny expression of a woman trying to conceive and has achieved recent success at film festivals the world over.

Hailing from Russia where she worked as a television news reporter, Nassy moved to Australia five years ago and began to draw. In fact, she drew every day for two months before deciding she needed to train.

Nassy subsequently completed her Certificate IV in Screen, Media and Animation at Holmesglen. “Animation really hit me hard,” she reflects. “You draw a line, it’s moving and reacting and you created it!” Nassy was then accepted to VCA’s Bachelor of Animation, which were “the best years of [her] life so far”.

Ready for a Baby is Nassy’s 2017 graduation film. After trying her hand at children’s animation, she wanted to do something different. Anxiety surrounding conception “is really hard to talk about it because it’s very personal, but once you start talking almost anyone can relate,” Nassy explains. “It’s a topic that isn’t covered much in animation or live action … Animation is such a unique way to express. It touches people.”

The film is voiced by talented actors, Clarisse Bonello and Milo Gluth, and complemented by the composition of Hamish Ander.


Still on the festival circuit, with a couple of months to go, Ready for a Baby has been screened at almost 70 festivals in the past year. Along the way, it has gained a plethora of nominations and awards, including a place on the short list for the BAFTA Student Film Awards. “It’s something I’m very proud of … it’s been a pretty great journey,” she gushes.


Armed with a growing pool of ideas and an insatiable desire to keep learning, Nassy is diving head first into the industry. While there are jobs available for animators, she has found that motion design is very popular and where most of the work lies. For Nassy, this is just another excuse to expand her skillset.

“I really would love to go to animation studios here in Melbourne,” she adds. “I know I can work on my own, but working in a team is a huge step forward for me at this moment. I am willing to give all I know and learn from the best.”

In addition, Nassy is participating in LoopdeLoop, a monthly animation challenge where animators from around the world create looping animations based on a given topic:

“When I became a member of WIFT VIC, I felt something that I had never experienced before. Being surrounded by women is a very special feeling and it’s great to know you’re not alone and you’re supported. My gratitude to the organisation. Everyone is very passionate – it’s beautiful.”

We wish Nassy all the best with her future endeavours. BTW, she is keen to collaborate with like minds on anything cool 😉

For those interested in seeing Ready for a Baby, it will be available on Vimeo in March. In the meantime, email Nassy for a private link:

Trailer and further deets:


Special advance screening of “Suffragette”

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Join us for this very special advanced preview of Suffragette directed by Sarah Gavron screenplay Abi Morgan featuring Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter and Meryl Streep followed by Q&A with Dr Helen Pankhurst – women’s rights activist and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst.

Meet up afterwards at the Nova bar to kick up our heels – high and low! – drinks at bar prices

Women in Film and Television Victoria (WIFT Vic) in association with the Australian Directors Guild (ADG – Vic chapter) and RMIT University

Special priced tickets for $15 each + booking fee.

WHEN: Tuesday 1st December @ 6.30pm
WHERE: Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
COST: $15 each + booking fee – tickets are limited 
Book at:
Release Date: 26 December 2015

SPECIAL EVENT: Dr Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, will screen and speak about SUFFRAGETTE and the cause of feminism. Hosted by Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director of the Victorian Woman’s Trust.

Further info and Trailer:

WIFT Vic Members only free screening and 2015 AGM – join now!

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To celebrate the end of year we are having a WIFT Vic Members Only free screening of “She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry”  – directed by Mary Dore preceded by AGM.

Join us after the film for an In Conversation Q&A with two special guests: Catherine Dwyer who worked on the film as assistant editor & post production producer and Sue Maslin – our WIFT Vic Patron and producer “The Dressmaker” and meet up with other WIFT Vic members!

Members Only WIFT Vic AGM, film screening and Q&A:

When Monday 23rd November AGM 6.00pm. Film from 6.45pm followed immediately by Q&A. As a member, you are welcome to attend either AGM only or film/Q&A only or both.

Not a WIFT Vic member yet? Join here:

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry reflects on the history of the women’s movement in the late 1960s, and focuses on the important women who fought for equality.