Chicago International Film Festival to highlight 36 female directors
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Chicago International Film Festival to highlight 36 female directors

The 53rd Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF) is Oct. 12-26, featuring 36 films directed by women. The two-week festival will screen 140 films at the AMC River East downtown during the two-week festival, 25 percent of which have women at the helm. Cinema/Chicago is the presenting organization of CIFF, “A year round non-profit arts and…

NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective
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NYC's Film Society of Lincoln Center presents “Jane Campion’s Own Stories” Retrospective

Jane Campion, the pioneering New Zealand-born filmmaker known for her Oscar-winning film The Piano (1993) and now Sundance TV’s “Top of the Lake” series, is being honored with a retrospective look at her innovative film career. “Jane Campion’s Own Stories,” will run from September 8th through September 17th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center…

Women document impact of war, labor and injustice at Human Rights Watch Film Fest
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Women document impact of war, labor and injustice at Human Rights Watch Film Fest

Ten out of the 21 documentaries at the 28th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival New York City were directed by women, including a rare retrospective. Co-presented by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and IFC Center, most screenings were followed by Q&As with filmmakers, film subjects, Human Rights Watch researchers and other experts in…

Tel Aviv CinemaTheque hosts International LGBT Film Festival
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Tel Aviv CinemaTheque hosts International LGBT Film Festival

TLVFest is an international LGBT Film Festival held each June at the Tel Aviv CinemaTheque. The festival offers public screenings of films with no Israeli distribution, meetings with local as well as foreign filmmakers, panel discussions and special events. The impressive program includes many exciting films while aspiring to enrich and empower tolerance and pluralism in Israeli society.…

2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival to screen 'remarkable' films by women
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2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival to screen 'remarkable' films by women

Sexual exploitation, domestic violence, civic duty, and the rights of indigenous people are just some of the resonant topics that will be tackled in the films to be shown at NYC's 2017 Human Rights Watch Film Festival (June 9-18). The festival will screen 21 topical and provocative feature documentaries, along with panel discussions that showcase courageous resilience…

DocAviv '17:  Sneak Peeks from Israel's world-renown documentary film festival
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DocAviv '17: Sneak Peeks from Israel's world-renown documentary film festival

FF2 Media is proud to introduce Eti Or -- our new Israeli contributor -- with her report on Israeli women filmmaker screenings at this year's DocAviv (Israel's world-renown documentary film festival). Here are sneak peaks of Eti's Top Picks from DocAviv '17. Hopefully some of these films will make their way to festivals and theaters worldwide…

Does the future of films by women lie in shorts?
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Does the future of films by women lie in shorts?

This year’s Tribeca Film Festival marvelously demonstrated new platforms for women filmmakers outside of conventional feature films, particularly those eligible for the Nora Ephron Prize. The continuously blurring the lines of shorts, web series, apps, sponsors and “television” could mean more opportunities for women directors. Since the inaugural collection in 2014, the women-directed N.O.W. (New…

Pride, Determination & Resilience at the 24th Annual New York African Film Festival

Pride, Determination & Resilience at the 24th Annual New York African Film Festival

FROM THE FESTIVAL STATEMENT: The urge to reclaim stolen images and voices has been a motto for African filmmakers and artists since the 60s. Cinema has served as a megaphone for the African people to let the world know about their collective and individual struggles. As Frantz Fanon said: Each generation must, out of relative…

Siskel Center showcases female directors, contemporary Palestinian life
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Siskel Center showcases female directors, contemporary Palestinian life

The 16th annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival, in collaboration with the Gene Siskel Film Center, screened a variety of films focusing on contemporary Palestinian life. The festival, which runs through May 4th, was made possible by the Crossroads Fund and volunteers. Three of FF2 Media's Chicago team members (Stephanie A. Taylor, Brigid K. Presecky and…

Three women filmmakers featured at 2017 New York African Film Festival
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Three women filmmakers featured at 2017 New York African Film Festival

New York City is a hotbed for movie premieres and film festivals and, this week, there’s another film festival that deserves some attention. The 24th annual New York African Film Festival -- with the theme of “The People's’ Revolution” -- begins May 3rd and runs through May 9th at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The festival…

Female directors win top categories at Tribeca Film Festival
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Female directors win top categories at Tribeca Film Festival

The 16th Annual Tribeca Film Festival announced the top winners in all five feature categories were presented to women-directed films, including Keep the Change (Best U.S. Narrative) Son of Sofia (Best International Narrative) and Bobbi Jene (Best Documentary). The festival, which runs through April 30, also awarded the 5th Annual Nora Ephron Prize to Petra…

Female filmmakers shine at Siskel Center's Asian American Showcase

Female filmmakers shine at Siskel Center's Asian American Showcase

The 22nd annual Asian American Showcase ran from March 31 to April 12 at Chicago’s Gene Siskel Film Center and the Foundation for Asian American Independent Media. Read our “Best of the Fest” list below, ranked from highest to lowest. Number 1: The Tiger Hunter. USA. Lena Khan writes and directs a light-hearted and witty…

NYC's 2017 "Canada Now" Film Festival now playing at IFC Center

NYC's 2017 "Canada Now" Film Festival now playing at IFC Center

Jan Here: I saw two stunning new films from Canadian women filmmakers yesterday. The first was Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) written and directed by Ann Marie Fleming. The second was Nelly written and directed by Anne Émond. Both films are based on real Canadian women, but beyond that bare similarity, they couldn't be more…

LA International Film Festival celebrates women artists on International SWAN Day
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LA International Film Festival celebrates women artists on International SWAN Day

Celebrating its 13th year, the annual Los Angeles Women's International Film Festival offers a platform where women artists can showcase their work and tell their stories. Presented by the Alliance of Women Filmmakers at LA Live Regal Cinemas, the festival was a weekend not to be missed. This year’s Women’s International Film Festival also happened…

In "Pendular," two artists share one space for both living and working

In "Pendular," two artists share one space for both living and working

From the New Directors/New Films (2017) Website: A male sculptor and a female dancer live and work together in their big, barren loft, a mere strip of orange tape serving as the boundary between his atelier and her studio. Here, the stage is set for a low-key psychosexual drama centered around the couple’s erotic, artistic, and everyday…

Three Canadian Women struggle with multiple 'Boundaries' in mythical Besco

Three Canadian Women struggle with multiple 'Boundaries' in mythical Besco

From the New Directors/New Films (2017) Website: Chloé Robichaud’s sophomore feature centers on three women trying to square their political careers with complicated personal lives. Besco, a fictitious island country off the eastern coast of Canada, possesses vast natural resources that foreign companies would love to tap into, which occasions negotiations between Besco’s president (Macha…

Lone Scherfig reigns supreme at the Chicago European Union Film Festival

Lone Scherfig reigns supreme at the Chicago European Union Film Festival

Hosted by the Gene Siskel Film Center, the month-long Chicago European Union Film Festival (CEUFF) featured 15 films directed by women (15 out of 62 = ~ 25% = a record high for this event). FF2 Media has compiled “Best of the Fest” lists from three Chicago team members, recommending films ranging from food documentaries…