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Welcome to AWFJ!

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ), was founded in 2006 by Jennifer Merin, Maitland McDonagh, Joanna Langfield and Jenny Halper. We were incorporated as a not-for-profit charitable organization in New York State in October, 2006.

Our members are highly qualified professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media. Members are required to meet AWFJ membership criteria.

Our purpose is to support work by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting the annual EDA Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies.

AWFJ keeps an active and interactive record of fiction feature and documentary films by and/or about women, and/or are of particular interest to women because they focus on women’s issues. We welcome information that will allow us to keep our lists updated. Lists are made available to members and the general public on our Web site.

AWFJ’s annual EDA Awards are announced in December. Films by and about women are eligible for awards. There are three classifications of awards categories: “Best of,” “Female Focus” and “Special Mention”. Each of the awards in the “Best of” and “Female Focus” categories are presented annually, while “Special Mention” Awards categories are subject to change each year, depending on the list of films released during the year. A record of winners, nominees and news coverage is available in the Eda Awards Archives.

AWFJ supports outreach initiatives made by members and/or other groups with analogous interests, similar values and comparable professional standards. We look forward to collaborating with organizations that, like AWFJ, work to support women in all aspects of filmmaking.

Our Mission:

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists, Inc. (AWFJ), a not-for-profit corporation, is an association of professional female movie critics, reporters and feature writers working in print, broadcast and online media, dedicated to supporting work by and about women – both in front of and behind the cameras – through intra-group promotional activities, outreach programs and by presenting awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies.

Members:

  • Erica Abeel – IndieWire
  • Cathryn Atkinson
  • Martha K.Baker – KDHX radio 88.1
  • Jessica Barnes – Film.coml
  • Monika Bartyzel – Film.com
  • Nikki Baughan – MovieScope
  • Marjorie Baumgarten – Austin Chronicle
  • Amy Benfer – Metro NY
  • Sheila Benson – Interview
  • Liz Braun – Sun Media
  • Anne Brodie – Metro Canada
  • Katherine Brodsky – Variety
  • Diane Carson – KDHX 88.1 FM
  • Carol Cling – Las Vegas Review Journal
  • Marcy Dermansky – Medium.com
  • Karen Durbin – Elle
  • Cheryl Eddy- San Francisco Bay Guardian
  • Laura Emerick – Chicago Sun Times
  • Lexi Feinberg – Big Picture Big Sound
  • Nikki Finke – LA Weekly/DeadlineHollywood.com
  • Cynthia Fuchs – PopMatters.com
  • Alison Gang- San Diego Union-Tribune
  • Pam Grady – San Francisco Chronicle
  • Susan Granger – SSG Syndicate
  • Jenny Halper – Spare Change News
  • Beth Hanna – Thompson on Hollywood
  • Dana Harris – IndieWire
  • Molly Haskell – Film Comment
  • Leba Hertz – San Francisco Chronicle
  • Carole Horst – Variety
  • Esther Iverem – SeeingBlack.com
  • MaryAnne Johanson – Film.com/FlickFilosopher.com (Vice President)
  • Kimberley Jones – Austin Chronicle
  • Lisa Kennedy – Denver Post
  • Jette Kernion – Slackerwood.com
  • Sally Kline – Washington Examiner
  • Loren King – Boston Globe
  • Sandra Kraisirideja – Audio/Hollywood.net
  • Joanna Langfield – The Movie Minute
  • Marsha Lederman – The Globe and Mail
  • Ann Lewinson – Hartford Courant
  • Kimberly Lindbergs – Cinebeats.com
  • Kim Linekin – CBC Radio/The Georgia Straight
  • Moira Macdonald – The Seattle Times
  • Nora Lee Mandel – Film Forward
  • Karen Martin – Arkansas Online
  • Michelle McCue – WeAreMovieGeeks.com
  • Maitland McDonagh – MissFlickChick.com
  • Brandy McDonnell – The Oklahoman
  • Katherine McLaughlin – Cinetalk
  • Jennifer Merin – About.com/Womens eNews (President)
  • Carla Meyer – Sacramento Bee
  • Amanda Meyncke – Film.com
  • Jenni Miller – Cinematical
  • Nell Minow – BeliefNet.com
  • Wendy Mitchell – Screen International/Screen Daily
  • Katherine Monk – Can West News Service
  • Rebecca Murray – About.com
  • Perri Nemiroff – CinemaBlend
  • Trish Olszewski – Washington City Paper
  • Betsy Pickle – Knoxville News/Scripps Howard News Service
  • Elisabeth Rappe – Film.com
  • Kiva Reardon – TheLoop.ca
  • B. Ruby Rich – The Guardian
  • Katey Rich – CinemaBlend.com
  • Rania Richardson
  • Carrie Rickey – Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Sheila Roberts – Collider.com
  • Diana Saenger – East County Gazette
  • Pat Saperstein – Variety
  • Betsy Sharkey – Los Angeles Times
  • Shelli Sonstein – Clear Channel
  • Nicole Sperling – Los Angeles Times
  • Sasha Stone – Awards Daily
  • Julide Tanriverdi – Gala
  • Anne Thompson – Thompson on Hollywood, IndieWire
  • Erin Trahan – The Independent (Vice President)
  • Sara Voorhees – KOB-TV
  • Kim Voynar – Movie City News
  • Susan Wloszczyna – USA Today
  • Jeanne Wolf – Parade Magazine
  • Dorothy Woodend – The Tyree
  • Jen Yamato – Movieline

Board of Directors:

  • Jennifer Merin, President and Treasurer
  • MaryAnn Johanson, Vice President and Web Guru
  • Erin Trahan, Vice President and Secretary

Board of Advisors:

  • Richard Pena – Columbia University, Lincoln Center Film Society, NY Film Festival
  • Mary Schmidt Campbell – Dean, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University
  • Sally Berger – Curator, Film Department, Museum of Modern Art
  • Dr. Martha M. Lauzen – Director, Center for the Study of Women in Film and Television at San Diego State University
  • Sharon Kahn – Kahn Media Strategies
  • Carol Jenkins – Director, Women’s Media Center
  • Barbara Morgan – Austin Film Festival
  • Karen Cooper – FilmForum
  • Kathleen Carroll – film critic, retired
  • Jonathan Gray, Esq. – Gray Krauss, LLP
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