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The Best of Sundance From Female Filmmakers

Now that I’ve had some time to recover from Sundance, I’d like to present the best films that I saw from female filmmakers at this year’s festival. There were some standout films from returning female filmmakers on the mountains. At the same time, it was also nice to discover some new filmmakers to keep an […]

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Haifaa Al-Mansour, Zeina Durra and other female filmakers make Sundance ‘best’ lists

This year’s Sundance Film Festival featured 48 percent of films (in competition) made by women, from features to shorts to documentaries. The Perfect Candidate directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour, follows Maryam, a young Saudi doctor, who runs for city council after the male incumbent repeatedly ignores her request to fix the muddy road leading to her […]

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Sundance 2020: ‘The Assistant,’ ‘Save Yourselves!’ top Best of the Fest

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival has wrapped, announced its winners, and has once again, stayed ahead of the industry curve by getting close to, achieving, and/or surpassing gender parity in filmmaking.  Statistics for this year show that 42 percent of the feature films are from women (directors and/or writers), 48 percent are features in competition, […]

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Sundance 2020: Olivia Wilde talks directing with newfound creative freedom

Gotham and Indie Spirit nominated director Olivia Wilde (Booksmart) debuts her new short film Wake Up at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival. From Anonymous Content: Wake Up comes off the heels of Olivia Wilde’s critically-acclaimed, award-winning, directorial debut, Booksmart. Wilde will next direct and star in the psychological thriller for the Time’s Up era Don’t Worry Darling for New Line. You can […]

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Women directors debut diverse, impactful stories at Sundance

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival inches closer to gender parity with 48 percent of the competition films directed by women.

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‘Miss Americana’ trailer released, more from Sundance 2020

Netflix has released the trailer for director Lana Wilson’s highly anticipated Taylor Swift documentary Miss Americana (available to stream on January 31, 2020). ***Updated as of 1/22/20*** Of the 65 directors in Sundance’s four competition categories, 46 percent are women. The lineup of the festival – which will run from January 23-February 3- was announced this week, […]

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Alison Reid and Anne Innis-Dagg help giraffes and women as a creative team

You may have already seen The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (playing in NYC until 1/23 and opening in LA on 2/21), in which case you’re probably as excited as me that I got to talk to director Alison Reid and scientist Anne Innis-Dagg in a double interview! Read on to hear a documentarian and her […]

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Female Eye Film Festival features 75 films directed by women

The 17th Annual Female Eye Festival (FeFF) began Nov. 7, featuring more than 75 films directed by women. Running through Nov. 10 at the ScotiaBank Theatre in Toronto, the festival is a proud showcase for “so many talented women, most of whom are writers, directors and producers,” according to FeFF Founder and Executive Director Leslie […]

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‘Varda’ tribute leads women directors at 2019 NY Film Festival

For 57 years, New York Film Festival at Lincoln Center has been U.S. flagship of “auteur” cinema.  Writer/directors who dominate their films were presumed male – with the exception of Belgian-born Agnès Varda.  Every decade, the Festival selected a film by her. She died March 29 at age 90. In tribute, the September 27 – […]

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Women directors come of age at Chicago International Film Festival

The 55th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off this weekend, featuring more than 40 films directed by women during its 11-day lineup.  The festival has a history of striving toward gender equality, featuring more than 30 films directed by women in 2017 and 2018. Favorite films in previous years have included Greta Gerwig’s Lady […]

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Fleabag’s last song (for now) in ‘National Theatre Live: Fleabag’

Fleabag is a raunchy, quirky, and sometimes completely heartbreaking meditation on the trials and tribulations of mid-twenties womanhood.

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Female filmmakers making overall ‘Best’ lists

The winners of the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) have been announced and as the dust is now settled, we can sift through the hype and clearly see the outcome at this year’s fest.  Yes, the stars were shining bright along the red carpet and there’s certainly a bit of Oscar buzz already, but […]

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Columbia College Chicago premieres ‘Ask for Jane’

Columbia College Chicago’s Film Row Cinema and the Chicago Women’s History Center showcased the premiere of Ask For Jane on Saturday, September 28, in honor of International Safe Abortion Day. Writer/director Rachel Carey’s 2018 film, based on a true story, takes place in Chicago in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s when abortion is illegal […]

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Architecture & Design Film Festival features international female filmmakers

The Architecture & Design Film Festival will run Oct. 16-20 at Cinépolis Chelsea in New York City. The 11th year of the nation’s largest film festival devoted to architecture and design will feature eight films directed by women. With 19 films screening, about 42 percent of the lineup is from female filmmakers.  Alysa Nahmias’ The […]

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Toronto 2019: Recapping the Best of Women in Film

Hermione Corfield in Sea Fever

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival may have come to an end but women in film had many achievements to celebrate. The Gala and Special Presentation programs were certainly the big headliners with the likes of Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in The Neighborhood. If you’re anything like me, you’re going to get emotional as […]

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Chicago International Film Festival celebrates women in cinema

The 55th Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) announced its full lineup Sept. 18, featuring 40 films directed by women. About 30 percent of the 136 films being screened at the AMC River East from Oct. 16-27 are from female filmmakers (on par with last year’s numbers). From gala presentations like Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet to festival-circuit […]

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TIFF directors honored at female filmmakers dinner

Women filmmakers were celebrated at IndieWire Female Filmmakers Dinner at Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 8 at The Purman (presented by Canada Goose). This year, TIFF (which runs through September 15) is presenting more than 330 films: 36 percent are directed, co-directed, and/or created by women; a slight increase from last year’s representation […]

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TIFF inches closer to gender parity

The 2019 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will take place September 5-15, presenting more than 330 films: 36 percent are directed, co-directed, and/or created by women; a slight increase from last year’s representation of 35 percent. TIFF will showcase world premieres and festival favorites alike at this year’s event comprising 84 feature films directed by […]

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51fest helps women tell ‘remarkable and often untold’ stories

51fest’s first-ever run took place July 18-21 at the IFC Center. The festival aligned with a heatwave, but nonetheless people lined up enthusiastically in anticipation. Partnering with Women in the World and IFC Center, 51fest is a festival centered on women filmmakers. According to their mission statement, “Women make up more than half of [the] […]

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NYFF to feature only six films by women

The 57th Annual New York Film Festival will feature 29 films on their main slate – six from female directors, making up 20 percent of the lineup. Running from September 27 through October 13 at Film at Lincoln Center, the festival’s lineup includes films from directors Kelly Reichardt, Agnes Varda, Celine Sciamma, Mati Diop, Justine […]

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‘For Sama’ director gives call to action at 51Fest

Last weekend, For Sama screened at the IFC Center in 51/Fest, a new film festival by and about women, celebrating the female majority in front of and behind the camera. The riveting documentary is about director Waad Al-Khateab’s journey through motherhood while living through the siege of Aleppo. The screening included a Q&A with Al-Khateab, […]

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'Otherhood' filmmakers discuss difficulties of Hollywood at 51Fest

On a hot afternoon during a heat wave, the theater for Otherhood in the IFC Center was entirely full. Screening at 51/Fest, a new festival by and about women, Angela Bassett, Patricia Arquette, and Felicity Huffman star as the three mothers who drive to New York City to move in with their sons after they […]

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51fest at IFC Center screens 'A Girl from Mogadishu', a film of female resilience

On Sunday, July 21, IFC Center screened A Girl from Mogadishu as a part of 51fest’s inaugural run. It is a narrative feature based on the life of Ifrah Omar, directed by Mary McGuckian. Born into a refugee-camp in Somalia, Ifrah (portrayed by Aja Naomi King) treks a tumultuous journey to seek asylum in Ireland […]

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Black Harvest Film Festival raises number of female directors 

The 25th annual Black Harvest Film Festival will run from August 3-29 with 60 films, including 27 directed by women (an increase from last year’s festival when there were only 17 female filmmakers). Two years ago, I interviewed Nancy Buirski, director of The Rape of Recy Taylor. The documentary was about a Black woman who […]

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Venice Film Festival doubles female directors – to two

The 76th Venice Film Festival, which runs from August 28 through September 7, has doubled the amount of women directors from last year’s slate – with a total of two out of 21 films directed by women. Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s The Perfect Candidate and Australian director Shannon Murphy’s Babyteeth are the only two […]

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42nd Asian American International Film Festival celebrates women filmmakers

Human rights, poverty, gangs, political revolution and LGBT issues are just some of the topics that will be covered at the Asian American International Film Festival (July 25-August 3) this year. The festival (also known as AAIFF) will screen 27 films and documentaries, along with workshops, shorts by local college students, Q&As, and panels discussing […]

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World Malala Day—remembering the fight for equality in education

In celebration of World Malala Day, China Women’s Film Festival organizes a screening of “Gul Makai”, a film based on Malala Yousafzai’s life.

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Women direct intensely personal autobiographies, portraits at HRWF

Women directed/co-directed more than half the films (seven of 13) in the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, at New York City’s Lincoln Center and IFC Center, June 14–20.  They were intensely personal autobiographies and portraits.  In 30th Anniversary trailer, past participating director Pamela Yates admires that the Fest “is not just about denunciation and exposure, […]

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Daisy Ridley talks ‘Ophelia’ and upcoming Virginia Hall biopic

Members of the FF2 Media team were able to attend a screening of Ophelia at the IFC Center on June 26, along with a Q&A with star, Daisy Ridley. Based on Lisa Klein’s novel of the same name, the film is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet from Ophelia’s point of view. Claire McCarthy directs the […]

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Free films, few female filmmakers at Lincoln Center this summer

In honor of their 50th anniversary, Film at Lincoln Center has programmed a whole summer of free and discounted films. Their 50th Mixtape series, full of free double features, started on June 27 with showings of Agnes Varda’s Cleo from 5 to 7 and Jane Campion’s The Portrait of a Lady. The series runs every […]

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