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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Ten Films Nominated for the IDFA AWFJ EDA Award’s €2,500 Prize — Jennifer Merin reports

idfa-2016Programmers at IDFA have selected ten documentaries to be considered for this year’s IDFA AWFJ EDA Award, which bestows a prize of €2,500 for the Best Female-Directed Documentary. The winner will be announced and the award will be presented in Amsterdam on November 22, 2016. This year’s AWFJ jurors are Dorothy Woodend (Canada), Julide Tanriverdi (Germany) and Jennifer Merin (USA). 2016 is the third consecutive year that IDFA and AWFJ have partnered to recognize women’s outstanding achievements in documentary filmmaking, and it is the first year in which the EDA Award comes with a monetary prize. For the full list of films, read on…

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Who’s #1? AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown Of Best Fictional Female Characters

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact, social influence and long legs since the earliest days of cinema.
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Our members celebrate every imaginable liberated woman among their choices of our top 11 women characters, including a factory worker who demands her rights from her employer, a widow who founds her own successful company in the very unequal 1940s, a woman with no legal property rights who schemes to hold onto her family home, and two friends who take “Give me liberty or give me death” quite literally. And, of course, we reveal our No. 1 Wonder Woman, a favorite of everyone who meets her. Here is our final group of Wonder Women, numbers 11 through 1:

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 22 through 12

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.
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This week, our Wonder Women include some high-powered career women who have trouble with their work-life balance, a couple of New Yorkers with unique personal styles and some young women who find themselves facing dangerous enemies with determination in the face of their fears. Please meet our next group of Wonder Women, numbers 22 through 12:

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 33 through 23

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.
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This week, our Wonder Women include a pair of princesses who find adventure outside of their courtly isolation, ordinary women who face some difficult times with bravery and persistence, women who are dedicated to their various missions in life while finding—and sometimes losing—love, and girls who nurture their inborn talents to secure their place in the world. Please meet our next group of Wonder Women, numbers 33 through 23:

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 43 through 34

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.

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This week, our Wonder Women include two girls who learn some hard lessons about inequality and come out the better for it. Our Wonder Women also show their adaptability to change, their willingness to be generous, and importantly, their tenacious adherence to their own singular identities and personal integrity. Please meet our next group of Wonder Women, numbers 43 through 34:

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About AWFJ’s Wonder Women Project — Marilyn Ferdinand comments

The last year or so has given women some important reasons to celebrate. The United States finally has its first female candidate for President, the 2014 Sony hack that revealed the deliberate underpayment and disrespect of actresses has pushed many high-profile women to speak up and take action, and African-American director Ava DuVernay is one of the “Sheroes” in a new line of dolls from Mattel. Read on…

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AWFJ Wonder Women Countdown – Characters 55 through 44

To celebrate AWFJ’s tenth anniversary and mark the movie industry’s feminist developments since our inception, we present our Wonder Women Project, a list of cinema’s top 55 female fiction characters, each one a reminder to industry insiders and movie lovers that iconic females in film have had entertainment impact and social influence since the earliest days of cinema.

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Our Wonder Women run the gamut from girls to grandmothers. Many of them have children as well as careers. Many of them are survivors—of violence, of crime, of war, of discrimination. Some of them are hellcats, others are hell raisers. Many of them inspire or hope to find love. These characters do not represent all women, but they are a clear representation of how Hollywood and mainstream media have viewed women through the decades. We are releasing the names of our Wonder Women characters in groups of eleven per week, counting down to our number one favorite pick. Can you guess who she might be?

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AWFJ Wonder Women Are Coming! — Marilyn Ferdinand reports

Tired of waiting for the usual suspects to declare another Year of the Woman? Never fear. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists celebrates women all year every year—but especially this year! In honor of the 10th anniversary of AWFJ’s founding, we’re publishing the AWFJ Wonder Women project, an annotated list of the top 55 fictional female characters in movies from the birth of cinema to the present. Every Monday from Aug. 1 through Aug. 29, we’ll release the names of eleven fabulous women characters on our list, counting down to our members’ number one favorite. Get ready to cheer for our bevy of kickass heroines, outspoken working women, good-time gals and other unforgettable characters who comprise the AWFJ Wonder Women.
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AWFJ EDA Awards @ DOXA: Dr. Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers’ Moving Acceptance Speech

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VANCOUVER — At DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2016 awards ceremony, held on May 14, the AWFJ EDA Award for Best Female-Directed Documentary Short was presented to co-directors Dr. Heidi Janz and Eva Colmers for We Regret to Inform You, their very affecting and effective film about Heidi’s arduous battle to get disability support from the Canadian government. The directors were not present to receive the award from AWFJ’s Karen Martin, but the had prepared a very beautiful and affirming acceptance speech on tape. You can read the transcript and/or watch the video:

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AWFJ Presents EDA Awards @ DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2016: The Winners!

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists attended Vancouver’s DOXA Documentary Film Festival 2016 to present EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed documentary Feature and Best Female-directed documentary short. The festival took place from May 5 to 15. The EDA winners were announced and the awards presented at DOXA’s closing night ceremony on May 14, at The Playhouse in Vancouver.

At DOXA 2016, Karen Martin and Jennifer Merin present EDA Awards - Photo by Philip Martin

At DOXA 2016, Karen Martin and Jennifer Merin present EDA Awards – Photo by Philip Martin

This is the first year AWFJ has partnered with DOXA to present the EDA Awards for female-directed films at the festival. The awards honor outstanding achievements of women filmmakers working in the documentary realm. Read on…

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WHERE ARE THE WOMEN PROJECT: CRUNCHING THE NUMBERS – by MaryAnn Johanson

watwmainSOver the past 16 months, I examined 295 current-release films — including every US wide release of 2015 — for their representation of women, using criteria I designed that go way beyond the Bechdel Test. The project has now finished, and the results are, I believe, more nuanced and more in-depth than any similar project has previously found. Some of the results (such as how few films feature female protagonists) won’t be surprising. Some of the results (such as the profitability of films about women) may be. Read more>>

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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’s First Ten Years – Jennifer Merin reports

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists celebrates its tenth anniversary this year. AWFJ was formed in response to a need. Four founding members—Jenny Halper, Joanna Langfield, Maitland McDonagh and I—shared concerns about the disparity in opportunity and recognition for women film critics and feature writers. We were equally dismayed by the dearth of female-directed films and the pernicious stereotyping of female characters in mainstream Hollywood productions. his is a good time to take stock of the organization’s accomplishments and look to future goals. Read more>>

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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 NEWS: New Members for 2016 and AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel

The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is delighted to announce that Chaz Ebert, Candice Frederick and Giulia D’Agnolo Vallan have joined our organization. AWFJ accepts very few new members each year, and for 2016, we welcome these three outstanding women film journalists to our group.

Thelma Adams and Candice Frederick have joined AWFJ’s MOVIE OF THE WEEK panel, picking a best bet opening film that by and/or about women, or represents fully realized women characters on screen. MOVIE OF THE WEEK is a weekly weekly AWFJ.org feature written by Nikki Baughan and edited by Sandra Kraisirideja.

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On Multi-flexing Critical and Fictional Muscle – Thelma Adams comments

thelma-adamsIn recent years, when I’ve experienced so much strife in the New York Film Critics Circle after nearly two decades of active membership, I’ve often thought back to the first day I attended the voting meeting. I was seven or eight months pregnant with a child that would arrive early and with great difficulty, and I entered the meeting room with such hope and trepidation. Read on…

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2015 EDA Awards in the News

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Daily Mail

Examiner

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MovieCityNews

News OK

RogerEbert.com

Showbiz Junkies

Thompson on Hollywood

We Are Movie Geeks – Podcast

We Are Movie Geeks

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Women and Hollywood

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SPOTLIGHT Tops Annual AWFJ EDA Awards Winners 2015

spotlightposterSPOTLIGHT, and more SPOTLIGHT. The Alliance of Women Film Journalists’ members honor the fine film that honors the fine profession of journalism with four EDA Awards. CAROL and MAD MAX: FURY ROAD get AwFJ voters’ love with two EDAs each. And the other 17 categories are claimed by a wide and surprising range of winners. See the full roster, including AWFJ’s critical choices for best nudity and actress most in need of a new agent.
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AWFJ Members Score Achievements in 2015, and moves to level the playing field – Brandy McDonnell comments

Alliance of Women Film Journalists members celebrateD big achievements in 2015 – if only there were more women film critics to celebrate. The ongoing discussion about the need to level the playing ground for women working in Hollywood is expanding to include women filmmakers working in the documentary arena, and women who are working in film criticism. Looking ahead to 2016, the struggle continues for equality for women and for people of color in the film industry. The debate is actually heating up. Read more in THE WEEK IN WOMEN

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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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THE WEEK IN WOMEN: ‘Systematic Change Project’ for Gender Parity, HUNGER GAMES Sustain, Barbra is Back and more – Brandy McDonnell reports

‘It’s time for action’: With the new ‘Systemic Change Project,’ Women in Film Los Angeles and the Sundance Institute are initiating a joint effort to push for equal opportunity and gender parity in film and TV. Hunger Games rules box office for third week running. Barbra Streisand is set to direct a new project. Three femme-centric films win accolates. And more news in this week’s THE WEEK IN WOMEN.

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IDFA Selects Nominees for AWFJ EDA Award @ IDFA 2015

idfa2015logoFor the second consecutive year, the Alliance of Women Film Journalists is partnering with IDFA to present the AWFJ EDA Award for the Best Female-Directed Film at IDFA 2015, taking place in Amsterdam from November 18-29. IDFA programmers select ten feature length documentaries to be viewed in advance of the festival by members of the AWFJ EDA Award jury panel. The nominated filmmakers have been notified that they are in the competition, and the jurors — all of whom are members of the Alliace of Women Film Journalists — have received screeners of the films. Curious to know which films have been nominated? Here’s the list (in alphabetical order):

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St Louis International Film Festival Selects Nominees for AWFJ EDA Award @ SLIFF 2015 – Michelle McCue reports

sliff logoAWFJ will again partner with the St Louis International Film Festival to recognize women’s accomplishments in filmmaking, presenting AWFJ EDA Awards for the Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature and Best Female-Directed Documentary at the 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival will be held Nov. 5-15, 2015. Nominations for the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Film and Best Female-Directed Documentary are made by SLIFF and have been announced. Five films will compete in each category. Here’s a glimpse of the films that have been selected: Read on…

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AWFJ to Present EDA Awards @ SLIFF 2015 – Michelle McCue Reports

SLIFF_2015_poster-wideThe Alliance of Women Film Journalists will present juried AWFJ EDA Awards @ St Louis International Film Festival 2015 (SLIFF) for Best Female-Directed Narrative and Documentary Feature Films.

The 24th Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival takes place Nov. 5-15. This is the third year AWFJ partners with SLIFF to recognize outstanding achievements of women filmmakers. Read on…

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