Another Experiment by Women Film Festival (AXW) has promoted and screened women’s experimental films since 2010, live in Manhattan NY.
Many of these works feature underrepresented themes and issues distinct to women and girls. The presentation of experimental film remains somewhat invisible to the general public and is not usually seen outside of an academic or film society realm; these public screenings give visibility to women’s work; and all program notes are archived on our web-site. Additionally, http://axwonline.com features short shows of shorts designed so that each selected film is chosen and curated in sequence, forming a connective link to the following film, that to define an underlying quality between them all. The films in each show buzz in conversation with each other. This method curbs “searching” for experimental works via the Internet, while paying the filmmakers directly upon the shows purchase.
The Athena Film Festival at Barnard College in New York City, is a weekend of inspiring films that tell the extraordinary stories of fierce and fearless women leaders. Over the last nine years, the Festival has welcomed more than 30,000 people from all over the world to 200+ screenings of narratives, documentaries, and shorts that feature diverse stories of ambition, courage, and resilience. Additionally, as part of our work we offer writing labs for TV and film writers, masterclasses and works in progress programs for women filmmakers, and other skill-building panels and opportunities for women who are breaking into film.
The Artemis Women In Action Film Festival celebrates female action and empowerment heroes. We shine a spotlight on women in narrative, documentary and animated films who are fearless, fierce, and revolutionary. AWIAFF extols the women who kick ass and change culture! Film has both the power to entertain and to awaken – to awaken awareness of the dynamic and powerful roles of women in our society and throughout the world. Our festival mission is to both kick ass and open minds. Every spring, we offer a special affair to honor those contributing to the female action and empowerment genres, showcase amazing works featuring females leading roles of all kinds, and inspire audiences. AWIAFF is produced in partnership with Cinefemme, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
In 2013, Academy Award® winner Geena Davis and Inclusion Companies CEO Trevor Drinkwater, co-founded the Bentonville Film Festival to facilitate actionable change toward balanced, diverse and inclusive media. Under the direction of Wendy Guerrero, President of Programming, BFF has grown into a year-long platform culminating with an annual festival, in partnership with founding sponsor Walmart and presenting sponsor Coca-Cola. Over the years, BFF has taken the lead with festival initiatives like the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, 400 inclusive films, more than 60 impactful panels, and hundreds of powerful discussions on diversity in media. Each festival, BFF connects engaged entertainment industry leaders, diverse independent filmmakers and major corporate changemakers to move the needle on representation in media.
The Berlin Feminist Film Week is a feminist film festival founded in 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Since then, we annually dedicate a week in March to feminist film experiences with a focus on intersectional perspectives as well as host one-off events throughout the year. The mission of the Berlin Feminist Film Week is to inspire, entertain and most importantly, pay tribute to all wonderfully talented, inspiring filmmakers out there who challenge the hegemony of white cis-male filmmakers. We seek to increase visibility for all femtastic filmmakers out there and highlight films with interesting, complex female*, LGBTQI* and PoC characters and films which challenge existing gender norms. The BFFW accepts films from all genres and screens a mix of fiction and documentary short and feature films from all around the world, as well as hosts panels, workshops and talks on feminist topics and filmmaking. Our festival takes place around International Women’s Day.
Established in 2011, Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF) is a not for profit organization dedicated to supporting emerging filmmakers who identify as women, trans, or non-binary. Our main yearly event is a festival that takes place in downtown Toronto, showcasing Canadian and International short films in all genres made by directors of all ages. BFF’s vision is to bridge the gender gap in the filmmaking industry, where women-identifying, trans, and non-binary directors make up a small percentage and must work even harder than their male counterparts to finance and exhibit their projects. Acknowledging the lack of representation in mainstream festival spaces, we prioritize the work, expressions, and experiences of those who identify as Black, Indigenous, people of colour, trans, non-binary, working class, neurodiverse, or people with disabilities. BFF is committed to programming independent films by emerging artists whose voices, perspectives, and artistic approaches counter dominant mainstream narratives.
The China Women’s Film Festival (CWFF) was established in 2013. It is a non-profit organization based in Beijing that uses art and film to spark discussion among the Chinese community about women’s rights and LGBTQ+ rights. In addition to hosting film festivals, the CWFF curates art exhibitions and organizes cultural forums to challenge socially constructed and outdated perceptions of gender roles. Through these events, the CWFF hopes to increase public awareness and visibility of female directors, women in art, and the multitude of challenges facing women and the LGBTQ+ community around the world.
Unique in Germany, the Dortmund|Cologne International Women’s Film Festival provides a perfect platform for the presentation of the latest developments and trends as they relate to women working in all areas of film production. Not just women directors but women cinematographers, film-music composers and other women film-makers are given an unrivaled opportunity to showcase their latest work. The festival is open to all genres and styles. It takes place once a year, with the location alternating between two major and culturally important cities Cologne and Dortmund. The structures there that have organically grown over the last thirty years will guarantee that the tradition of expertly presenting the work of women involved in film production will be continued. The Festival is a forum for networking activities, sharing experience and training opportunities. Questions on gender equity, diversity, production conditions, the role of international women’s film networks etc. regularly come under the spotlight.
Etheria Film Showcase
Etheria is the world’s most respected competition showcase of new short sci-fi, fantasy, action, thriller and horror films directed by women.
Filmmor Women’s Cooperative; aims to increase the involvement of women in cinema and media, to enhance their communication and production areas, opportunities and empowering for them to express themselves in these fields, to spread women’s non-sexist representations and experiences. Organizes cinema workshops, courses, campaigns, films, videos, visuals, exhibitions, conferences, Filmmor Women’s Film Festival on Wheels for 17 years. Dreams of a life free of sexism, violence and discrimination in cinema, media and finally everywhere…
Fusion Film Festival at NYU, an Allied Partner of the Sundance Women’s Initiative, celebrates women in film, TV, and new media. Founded in 2003 at Tisch School of the Arts by two students Emma Heald and Gina Abatemarco, Fusion has been passionately guided by Kanbar Professor Susan Sandler. Fusion offers programming throughout the school year, culminating in a three day spring festival of screenings, industry panels, master classes, retrospectives, networking events, and student competitions in fourteen categories all focused on women’s voices and work behind the camera. In the seventeen years since its launch, Fusion has attracted scores of accomplished artists and visionaries from across the industry including Melina Matsoukas, Barbara Kopple, Reed Morano, Christine Vachon, Misha Green, Amy Sherman-Palladino, Kasi Lemmons, Maryse Alberti, Kelly Edwards, Amy Emmerich, and Lauren Zalaznick to mentor and inspire the next generation of great storytellers.
The High Falls Women’s Film Festival (HFWFF), held annually in Rochester, NY, celebrates the achievements of women in all aspects of filmmaking by screening the best independent films created by female cinematic artists. Founded in 2001 as the High Falls Film Festival, HFWFF’s focus on women in film is inspired by our city’s legacy as the birthplace of film (George Eastman) and the women’s rights movement (Susan B. Anthony). The primary goal of HFWFF is to help break down barriers faced by female filmmakers in a male-centric industry by creating opportunities for women in film, both behind and in front of the camera, through screenings, networking and educational opportunities. The Festival offers an international slate of feature length independent films and shorts programs, as well as panels, workshops, informal networking opportunities, award ceremonies, galas and celebrity appearances.
North America’s Longest Running & Canada’s Only Lesbian Film Festival
The London Lesbian Film Festival is a celebratory gathering at which we project our images, challenge our politics, and reflect upon our lives. The festival aims to portray the richness and diversity of lesbian experiences and to strengthen our communities. We are a registered not-for-profit organization.
The Festival is held every year in London, Ontario, Canada. There are usually 3 days of films, and each screening lasts 2-3 hours.The London Lesbian Film festival is organized every year by the Reeling Spinsters.
Anyone who self-identifies as a woman is welcome to attend all film screenings and all festival events. The Sunday film screening is open to all.
LUNAFEST – a traveling short film festival celebrating, showcasing and championing women in film. The festival is a fundraiser held by any host who wants to raise funds for a local women’s cause while supporting our main beneficiary – Chicken & Egg Pictures. LUNAFEST is making a mark in the industry by creating a platform for women’s untold stories and working to increase opportunity for women filmmakers. From the beginning, we knew women had a role to play in shaping the future of the film industry, so in 2000 LUNAFEST was born. LUNAFEST was the first all-women travelling film festival to hit the screens and amplify the voices of strong women everywhere. The first event was a small, but hopeful, screening in California. Today, there are screenings in more than 175 cities across the nation where the work of talented women filmmakers are showcased.
The London Feminist Film Festival is an independent festival set up in 2012, which celebrates feminist films past and present from international women directors.
We aim to support women filmmakers in the male-dominated film industry, to get women’s stories out there, and to inspire feminist discussion and activism.
At our annual festival, as well as at one-off screenings throughout the year, we screen films that deal with feminist issues and/or that show a feminist representation of women.
In November 2018, the Kinothek Asta Nielsen in Frankfurt am Main presented the inaugural edition of Remake. Frankfurt Women’s Film Days. “Remake” refers to the connection with history that characterises all the Kinothek’s work: films spanning more than a hundred years emerge anew in the perception of viewers when they are shown today. Films exist only in their screening, so that the presentation of films is itself a form of film-making, a re-make. The formal structure of Remake corresponds to the content, whereby various epochs and genres are woven together in the programme. Topics such as women and gender relations in film, or aspects of queer cinema, come to light through their interconnection with other social phenomena, as with women’s emancipation in the context of migration, colonialism, or racism. Each edition of the Frankfurt Women’s Film Days originates in contextual links and expands in a variety of programmes.
Contact: Gaby Babic & Karola Gramann
Through Women’s Eyes International Film Festival (TWE) is an international film festival offering films with a focus on international women’s issues, stories, and lives as well as films by women filmmakers on any topic by women. We seek film offerings from any and all nations. 2020 is the 21st year of TWE, and will take place on March 6, 7, and 8, 2020 in Sarasota, Florida. Volunteer-run, all TWE proceeds support programs of UN Women around the world.
Contact: E Scott Osborne, Festival Chair, email@example.com
TRICKY WOMEN/TRICKY REALITIES declared aim is to confront the world with the unlimited aesthetics of animation films made by female artists from around the world. Besides the competition the festival shows themed programs and retrospectives, historical curiosities and contemporary productions. The goal of creating a pool of international acknowledged experts is reached by now. Each year we give an overview about the latest trends and developments. Over the years a dense network emerged which reaches from Vienna over Moscow and Beijing to Montreal.
The annual Women’s Film Festival in Brattleboro, VT is the longest running women’s film festival in New England. It is a celebration of movies from around the world directed by and about women; a platform for women to tell their own stories. It is also a major fundraiser for the work of the Women’s Freedom Center, a non-profit domestic and sexual violence organization in Southeastern Vermont. Over the course of two weeks in March, documentaries, feature films, and shorts are screened. There is truly something for everyone with films about sports, arts, friendship, activism, lesbian/queer lives, motherhood, gender roles, religion, and romance. The festival brings films to Southern Vermont that can often only be seen if you’re lucky enough to be able to travel to film festivals like Tribeca and Sundance.
Contact: Vickie Sterling, firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Voices Now (WVN), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, uses the medium of film to advocate for global women’s rights. We carry out our mission with our annual online film festival, a free streaming archive of international women’s rights based films, educational programs, screening events, and multimedia workshops. As a non-governmental organization with special consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) since 2017, our work is internationally recognized as impacting the following UN Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs): increasing good health and well being (SDG3); providing quality education (SDG4); promoting gender equality (SDG5); working toward reduced inequalities (SDG10); establishing peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG16); and establishing partnerships to achieve the SDGs (SDG17).
Founded in 1993, Women Make Waves Film Festival has emerged as one of the major film festivals in Taiwan, and has established itself as the biggest one dedicated to the promotion of female talents. By covering a wide range of genres, issues, and representations of women, WMWFF seeks to promote great cinematic art by female directors, and to advocate gender equality through films with a feminist consciousness from a variety of subjects.
WUTI GOES IDYLLWILD is a three day festival celebrating film DIRECTED BY WOMEN, FOR EVERYONE PAST & PRESENT! Part festival, part creative experience, part summer camp. Prepare for a weekend of DISCOVERY, CULTURE AND COMMUNITY. This curated weekend champions the trailblazers who have paved the way, whilst spotlighting today’s creative talents. Programming ranges from art house to activism, comedy to cutting edge technology, gathering inspirational participants, and the creatively curious to the magical town of Idyllwild, CA.
WOMEN UNDER THE INFLUENCE is a community, founded in 2015 by Director Tabitha Denholm. By sharing the stories of cinema directed by women, through events and media, WUTI pushes back against the industry’s bias.”
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