Whistler Film Festival 2016: Feminism Soars – Jennifer Merin reports

whistler-2016The 16th annual Whistler Film Festival has drawn to a close after five days packed with film screenings, a full house of filmmaker labs and pitch sessions, parties and power skiing. Parity for women is a cause that’s fully embraced by festival director Shauna Hardy Mishaw, who has established partnerships with female focused organizations to train, mentor and promote women directors and producers at the festival. Additionally, femme-helmed films scored big in award wins. Read more>>

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2016: The Winners — Jennifer Merin reports

whistler-2016For the fourth consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists was at Whistler Film Festival to present AWFJ EDA Awards to female filmmakers for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary. The winners were announced on December 4 at the festival’s awards ceremony at the Maury Young Arts Center. Read on…

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Women on Top Summit @ Whistler Film Festival: Keynote Address by Valerie Creighton, Canadian Media Fund

valerie-creightonAt Whistler Film Festival’s spirited Women on Top Summit (held December 3, atop Whistler Mountain), Canada Media Fund’s president and CEO Valerie Creighton affirmed and underscored Canada’s commitment to reach parity for women working in all aspects of the country’s moving image industries. Creighton’s speech provides comprehensive coverage of status and strategies re Canada reaching the goal of gender parity. The entire address is published on THE FEMALE GAZE

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AWFJ to Present EDA Awards at Whistler Film Festival — Jennifer Merin reports

whistler-2016This is the fourth consecutive year in which the Alliance of Women Film Journalists has the honor to partner with Whistler Film Festival to recognize women filmmakers with presentation of EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Feature Film and Best Female-Directed Documentary at this year’s festival, held in Whistler from November 30 to December 4, 2016. Whistler Film Festival nominates narrative features and documentaries for consideration. Selected by AWFJ jurors, the winners will be announced on December 4, at the Whistler Film Festival Awards Ceremony. Read on…

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival: The Winners! – Katherine Brodsky reports

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At the Whistler Film Festival Awards Brunch on Sunday, December 6, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) recognized the outstanding achievements by four women filmmakers by presenting its prestigious EDA Awards at the festival for the third consecutive year. Read more…

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AWFJ To Present EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2015 – Katherine Brodsky reports

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Inc. (AWFJ) is partnering with Whistler Film Festival 2015, held from December 2 to 6 in Whistler, British Columbia, to present juried AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Fiction Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary Feature. This is the third consecutive year of the partnership between Whistler Film Festival and AWFJ to recognize and honor excellent work by female directors. Read on…

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Women Rule Whistler Film Festival – Literally! – Katherine Brodsky reports

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The Whistler Film Festival (WFF) was founded some 14 years ago by Shauna Hardy Mishaw, its current executive director. Over time, WFF emerged as a significant player within the Canadian film fest circuit. Known for its intimate, casual environment, WFF is a major draw for filmmakers and industry leaders alike (this year, industry attendance doubled!).

Mishaw’s loyal and tireless admin team consists largely of women, most of whom have been with the festival for many years, supporting WFF through its ups and downs and setting the stage for film-centric hospitality for which WFF is known. filmmakers and industry honchos mingle, and deals are made not only through scheduled one-on-one meetings, but also in the hot tub or on the ski slopes. Read on…

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AWFJ Set to Present EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival December 3-7, 2014

thumbnail NEW YORK — The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Inc. (AWFJ) is pleased to announce the presentation of juried AWFJ EDA Awards at this year’s Whistler Film Festival, held from December 3 to 7, 2014 in Whistler, British Columbia.

AWFJ returns to Whistler Film Festival for the second year running with the presentation of EDA Awards for best female-directed films in both both narrative and documentary feature categories. Read on…

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AWFJ EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival: Veninger and Leo in the Spotlight

Jennifer Merin, Ingrid Veninger and Katherine Brodsky: EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival

Jennifer Merin, Ingrid Veninger and Katherine Brodsky: EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival

At Whistler Film Festival, during the presentation of the AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature to Ingrid Veninger for the innovative cinematic adventure called The Animal Project, actress Melissa Leo, who won both an EDA Award and an Oscar for Frozen River (2008), stepped up to fund Veninger’s next project — a collection of six female-directed films. So nice to know that AWFJ played a part in bringing about this wonderful collaboration. Congrats to Ingrid and Melissa, and thanks to the AWFJ narrative jurors Katherine Monk, Erin Trahan, Rebecca Murray, Govindini Murty and Katherine Brodsky. Read more>>

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AWFJ to Present EDA Awards @ Whistler Film Festival 2013

THE ALLIANCE OF WOMEN FILM JOURNALISTS ANNOUNCES PRESENTATION OF EDA AWARDS AT WHISTLER FILM FESTIVAL 2013

New York – The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Inc. (AWFJ) is pleased to announce the presentation of juried AWFJ EDA Awards at this year’s Whistler Film Festival, held from December 4 to 8, 2013 in Whistler, British Columbia. Read more>>

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AWFJ to Present EDA Awards @ DOXA Film Festival

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists and DOXA are partnering for the second consecutive year to present AWFJ EDA Awards at this year’s festival, taking place in Vancouver, BC, from May 4 to 14, 2017. doxa logo 2017DOXA programmers nominate ten female-directed films in each of the two EDA Awards categories. EDA Awards juries are comprised exclusively of AWJF members. This year’s nominated films and jury panels will be announced shortly. Continue reading…

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EDA Awards @ DOXA 2016: Nominated Films and Jurors — Jennifer Merin reports

doxa logo 1The DOXA Film Festival (held in Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 5 to 15, 2016) has announced the nomination of ten feature length documentaries and nine documentary shorts to be considered for the AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA. The award winners will be selected by two AWFJ jury panels, and will be presented at the festival’s gala awards ceremony on Saturday,May 14. Read on for the complete lists of nominated films and the names of the AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA jurors.

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AWFJ News: The EDA Awards go to DOXA Film Festival

doxa logo 1Throughout the year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists presents EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Film at select film festivals around the world. Our goal is to recognize and honor the outstanding work of women directors of narrative features, documentaries and shorts. This year, for the first time, AWFJ proudly adds the DOXA Documentary Film Festival to its list of partnerships. The 15th edition of the annual festival takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, from May 5 to 15, 2016. AWFJ will present EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Documentary Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary Short. Read on…

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AWFJ @ Whistler Film Fest Presents EDAs to Three Women Filmmakers — Jennifer Merin reports

awfjwhistler2.croppedReturning to Whistler Film Festival for the second year running, AWFJ honored women filmmakers whose works were screened in the 2014 program. Of the eight female-directed films nominated by the festival, five were narrative features and three were documentaries.

Because of the high quality of films in both genres, the AWFJ EDA Award jury decided to level the fic/nonfic playing field by combining the two categories, and assigning all jurors to vote on all films.

That decision resulted in the selection of three EDA Award winners. Read on…

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AWFJ Presents EDA Awards @ Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) has extended its EDA Awards festival program to include presentation of juried EDA Awards for best female-directed narrative and documentary features at the 2014 Edinburgh International Film Festival, held from June 18 to 30, 2014. The EDA Award winners were announced and EDA Award certificates presented by AWFJ President Jennifer Merin at EIFF’s awards ceremony on June 27, at Edinburgh’s FilmHouse. AWFJ jurors presented three awards to female-directed films at EIFF this year. Read on…

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It’s a Wrap: AWFJ Looks Back at 2016

AWFJ is completing our tenth anniversary year, and it’s time to take stock and evolve. What has our organization accomplished during 2016, and what are our goals for 2017. But as we look back to evaluate our accomplishments and before we set forth plans for a new year filled with worthwhile projects, let’s pause for a moment to give due credit to the AWFJ members who’ve contributed their ideas, time and energy to make our 2016 programs and enterprises so successful. Well done! And here’s round of applause and a virtual pat on the back to each of you in recognition of your collegiality and activism. Now on to the nitty gritty about what AWFJ has done curing 2016, with shout outs to individual members who helmed projects and made them happen. Read on…

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Maite Alberdi Wins IDFA 2016 AWFJ EDA Award for THE GROWN UPS, with 2,500 Euros Prize

idfa-2016For the third consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists presented the EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Film at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. At a ceremony hosted by Chile Docs and held on November 22, IDFA director Ally Derks introduced AWFJ jurors Jennifer Merin and Dorothy Woodend who were attending the festival, and they in turn announced winner of the award and the cash prize of 2,500 Euros. The winner of the IDFA 2016 AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed film is The Grown Ups, directed by Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi. Read more…

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AWFJ Announces Nominees for 2,500 Euro Prize for Best Female-Directed Documentary at IDFA 2016 – Jennifer Merin reports

idfa-2016The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is pleased to name three finalists in this year’s competition for the IDFA 2016 EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Feature Length Documentary. AWFJ is partnering with IDFA (International Dcoumentary Film Festival Amstersam) for the third consecutive year to honor female filmmakers whose documentaries are on the festival schedule. This is the first year the award includes the 2,500 Euro prize. The winner of the award will be announced at IDFA on November 22, and the award will be presented at that time. Read on…

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AWFJ Presents EDA Awards @ IDFA 2014

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The Alliance of Women Film Journalists Inc. (AWFJ) is pleased to announce the presentation of juried AWFJ EDA Awards at this year’s International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the world’s leading documentary film festival.

IDFA 2014 takes place in Amsterdam from November 19 to 30. The EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary at IDFA 2014 will presented at the festival on November 26.

AWFJ, a nonprofit organization of leading female film journalists with active members in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, recognizes outstanding achievements by women filmmakers by presenting its prestigious EDA Awards at select film festivals around the world, and at year’s end. Read on…

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AWFJ EDA Awards 2014 Schedule

awfjlinklogoThe Alliance of Women Film Journalists (AWFJ) is pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014 AWFJ EDA Awards, our eighth annual year end awards presentation.

As in previous years, the EDA Awards will recognize and honor outstanding achievement for Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress and the other ‘Best’ categories presented by other awards groups. Additionally, we will also continue our tradition of signature categories, such as ‘Actress Most in Need of a New Agent,’ ‘Best Nudity,”Hall of Shame’ and other distinctive AWFJ EDA Awards classifications.

Our voters are Alliance of Women Film Journalists membership, a consortium of 91 of the top female film critics, reporters and commentators working in print, broadcast and online in the United States, Canada and United Kingdom.

In addition to our year end celebrations, AWFJ presents EDA Awards at select film festivals throughout the year. Edinburgh International Film Festival, Salem Film Fest, St. Louis International Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fest and Whistler Film Festival have been on our festivals roster. We have also presented EDA Awards in conjunction with MoMA’s 25th Anniversary Retrospective of POV Programming on PBS.

Here is the 2014-15 AWFJ EDA AWARDS SCHEDULE:

  • Dec 16, 2014: 2013 EDA AWARDS CATEGORIES ANNOUNCED
  • Dec.18, 2014: Initial nominating ballots distributed to voting members.
  • Dec 22, 2014: Due date for completed nominating ballots.
  • Dec 29, 2014: 2012 EDA AWARDS NOMINEES ANNOUNCED.
  • Jan 02, 2015: Final voting ballots distributed to members.
  • Jan 07, 2015: Due date for completed voting ballots.
  • Jan 12, 2015: 2014 EDA AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED.

For an overview of the AWFJ EDA Awards and the lists of past winners, click here.

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