The Alliance of Women Film Journalists is set to present juried EDA Awards at Salem Film Fest for the third consecutive year, focusing attention on nine nominated female-directed films in the festival’s program and honoring the best of the lot. Read on….
Salem Film Fest, a superb documentaries-only festival in Salem, Massachusetts, has an excellent record for programming a high percentage of female-directed films. The 2014 program features nine films directed exclusively by women, nine films co-directed by a woman and a man, and one film co-directed by two women. Nominations for EDA Award consideration were made by the festival programmers.
This year, there are nine nominated films, including (in alphabetical order):
- Derby Crazy Love – directed by Maya Gallus & Justine Pimlott
- Everybody Street – directed by Cheryl Dunn
- A Fragile Trust – directed by Samantha Grant
- The Galapagos Affair – directed by Dayna Goldfine and Daniel Geller
- Here Was Cuba – directed by Emer Reynolds & John Murray
- Powerless – directed by Deepti Kakkar & Fahad Mustafa
- Rich Hill – directed by Tracy Droz Tragos & Andrew Droz Palermo
- Uranium Drive-In – directed by Suzan Beraza
- Watermark – directed by Jennifer Baichwal & Edward Burtynsky
The jury for the EDA Awards is made up of AWFJ members. This year’s panel for the AWFJ EDA Awards @ Salem Film includes (in alphabetical order) Monika Bartyzel, Cynthia Fuchs, Sheila Roberts, Diana Saenger, Erin Trahan (alternate juror) and Sara Vizcarrondo. Jennifer Merin is serving as the non-voting Jury Chair.
The 2014 Salem Film Fest takes place from March 6 to 13. Past winners of EDA Awards @ Salem Film Fest include Carole Morley’s Dreams of A Life, Sasha Friedlander’s Where Heaven Meets Hell, Bobbie Birleffi & Beverly Kopf’s Wish Me Away and Vivian Ducat’s All Me: The Life and Times of Winfred Rembert.