A SUITE of female directors will be represented at this year's Breath of Fresh Air film festival, addressing issues such as life after divorce, human trafficking, and the Israeli-Palestine conflict.
BOFA film director Owen Tilbury said the majority of the film line-up had either female directors or protagonists, but still looked at issues that were relevant and interesting for both sexes.
He said females were often under-represented in the global film industry.
"We are a film festival that celebrates a breath of fresh air in terms of taking a differing point of view from the rest of the world, looking for films that have got a bit of a message," he said.
Mr Tilbury's wife Helen, who was also part of the film selection team, said it was a gritty and strong line- up.
Mrs Tilbury said stand- out films included Chilean film Gloria, which won best actress at the Berlin Film Festival, Australian documentary I Am A Girl, and Canadian film Inch'Allah.
"Gloria is very much about middle age female sexuality, and is a strong movie because it portrays a woman in her late 50s who is determined not to just grow old gracefully, but to get out there amongst it," Mrs Tilbury said.
"Inch'Allah takes on the complex issues of the Israeli-Palestine situation. A young female doctor from Canada is volunteering ... and living as resident in Israel. Every day she crosses the border into Palestine to work as a doctor in a clinic for women," she said.
"It is powerful as it handles topics that are often only handled by men."
Mrs Tilbury said I Am A Girl, by Australian director Rebecca Barry, looks at the current challenges of young women in both first and third world countries.