As the saying goes, “Behind every successful man, there is a woman.” However in the world of film, it appears that behind 2011’s 250 top-grossing films, only a shocking 5% are women directors. This issue sheds light on the much-debated topic about the presence (or rather, lack of) women in film. However, some might argue that women do have a place in Hollywood by citing Kathryn Bigelow’s big win at the Oscars. During the 2009 Oscars, Kathryn Bigelow shook the film industry by winning the award for Best Director, making her the first woman in history to achieve the top honor. Although her win paved the way for women filmmakers around the world, female film creators are still struggling to keep this glimmering flame of hope ablaze especially with the numbers proving otherwise. Yet, setting an example for Hollywood as the future of film, NFFTY is currently made up of 30% female directors.
Post Alley Film Festival
The “absolute deadline” for submissions to the 2012 Post Alley Film Festival (PAFF) is this Friday, January 13. On Saturday, February 25, PAFF will screen two dozen hand-picked shorts that range from 3 to 25 minutes from noon to 6:30pm at the new SIFF Film Center in the Seattle Center.
Women in Film
Last month marked the relocation of the Women in Film (WIF) “First Tuesday” gathering to the iconic Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous Lounge in Belltown. A panel discussion sets the tone for the evening, and prominent industry experts will impart their wise words carefully garnered from years of experience, and may even divulge stories from various productions. Susan LaSalle (Producer – Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas, Deadly Deception), Jane Charles (Producer – Fat Kid Rules the World, $5 Cover Seattle, Ira Finkelstein’s Christmas, Sold), Zita Mazzola (Production Manager – 21 and Under, The Details, World’s Greatest Dad), Lacee Leavitt (Producer/Director – Blood on the Flat Track: The rise of the Rat City Roller Girls, Safety no Guaranteed, The Ctechism Cataclysm, The Off Hours), and Corrie Moore (Director – Camilla Dickenson, The Dark Horse) will all be present. Attendees will enjoy food and drink as production stories fill the room and a rich discussion follows.
Reel Grrls is a Seattle-based nonprofit that strives to empower young women to realize their talent in the world of media by providing hands-on workshops related to every aspect of filmmaking. Reel Grrls is seeking an inspirational and visionary leader with a passion for film, digital media and the empowerment of young women to fill The Executive Director position. The Executive Director provides strategic leadership, direction, and guidance to Reel Grrls, oversees all organizational functions and programs and forges strategic partnerships with funding sources, governmental agencies, partner organizations and all stakeholder constituencies.
Women in Film
Tonight marks the relocation of the Women in Film (WIF) “First Tuesday” gathering to the iconic Jewel Box Theater at the Rendezvous Lounge in Belltown. To celebrate the new space, WIF will help to kick off the web launch of SmartGirls’ Way, an organization dedicated to encouraging, enabling and empowering women entrepreneurs. Their brand new project, 100×100, will feature video vignettes of 100 women entrepreneurs from over 40 industries across the United State telling their start-up stories. The videos will live on the web and last for the next 20 weeks.
Women in Film
September 6th sees the relocation of the Women in Film (WIF) “First Tuesday” gathering, which will move to the iconic Belltown Rendezvous Lounge. To kick off the new space, WIF helps to kick off the web launch of SmartGirls’ Way, an organization dedicated to encouraging, enabling and empowering women entrepreneurs. The First Tuesday will also include a talk by WIF staff about their upcoming 6-week Adobe After Effects workshop, launching September 12th. Finally, on September 24th, the Manhattan Short Film Festival settles into West Seattle’s Admiral Theater. Ten short films were chosen by professional producers, directors, and actors and the screening audience at the Admiral Theater will choose the ultimate winner.
Who doesn’t love Christmas? And honestly, who doesn’t love a good Christmas flick? In Ira Finkelstien’s Christmas, a Christmas-infatuated Jewish boy plots a strategic conspiracy that will bring him close to all the holiday festivities he aches after from afar. Local director Sue Corocan, vice-president of Seattle’s Women in Film (WIF), brings us this charming and comical feature-film about a boy whose perseverance and drive to experience Christmas never die. Much of the film is currently being shot in our very own backyard, as well as in nearby Leavenworth, Washington. Check out the trailer and expect to see familiar sites in full length film.
Women in Film
Women in Film-Seattle is an internationally connected professional organization of women working in film, television, video and new media dedicated to supporting and building not only the careers of its members, but the industry at large. Every first Tuesday of the month, find out what’s happening at WIF. Network, share stories of your most recent gig, bring a DVD to show off either a work in progress or finished video/film, have a glass of wine and snacks and donate to the WIF kitty. This month they will be meeting tonight, September 7 at Central Cinema in the Central District at 7:00 pm. It’s screening month so bring samples of your work and watch it come alive on the big screen. For more information, check out their website.
The 2nd Annual ISIS: Women Arts Festival, Seattle’s only all-female, arts-centered, community-building event, is searching for more grassroots female artists of all mediums and styles to contribute to the event on May 1st, 2010. This festival honors SWAN Day, or Support Women Artists Now Day, an international holiday started by the WomenArts organization. Sponsored by Steel Grace Dance/Jah Breeze Rhythms and the UW Ethnic Cultural Center, the goal of ISIS is to create a network of grassroots female artists and art-lovers of all walks of life to encourage and support one another. We are especially interested in women and female children who are working in spoken word/literary arts, theater/drama, and video/film, but all mediums are welcome. The deadline to apply is April 10. Follow the link for more information.
Women In Film
Women In Film & Television Vancouver (WIFTV) is pleased to announce that the 5th Annual Women In Film Festival (WIFF) will be presented April 17 &18th, 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada. This year, the Women In Film Festival will accept short film submissions (20 minutes maximum) in the following categories: narrative, documentary, new media, music videos, video poems, or experimental shorts. Submissions featuring strong female characters and stories are encouraged. Eligible films must have three of the following (one woman may serve more than one role): a woman as Writer, a woman as Producer, a woman as Director, a woman as D.O.P., a woman as lead Actor, a woman as lead. Submissions are due January 14, 2010 (thought the early bird deadline is tomorrow, December 17). To submit or for more information, please follow the above link.