AWFJ EDA Awards 2014 Schedule

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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.18, 2014: Initial nominating ballots distributed to voting members.
  • Dec 22, 2014: Due date for completed nominating ballots.
  • 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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Jennifer Merin

Jennifer Merin is the Film Critic for Womens eNews and contributes the CINEMA CITIZEN blog for and is managing editor for Women on Film, the online magazine of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, of which she is President. She has served as a regular critic and film-related interviewer for The New York Press and She has written about entertainment for USA Today, The L.A. Times, US Magazine, Ms. Magazine, Endless Vacation Magazine, Daily News, New York Post, SoHo News and other publications. After receiving her MFA from Tisch School of the Arts (Grad Acting), Jennifer performed at the O'Neill Theater Center's Playwrights Conference, Long Wharf Theater, American Place Theatre and LaMamma, where she worked with renown Japanese director, Shuji Terayama. She subsequently joined Terayama's theater company in Tokyo, where she also acted in films. Her journalism career began when she was asked to write about Terayama for The Drama Review. She became a regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor after writing an article about Marketta Kimbrell's Theater For The Forgotten, with which she was performing at the time. She was an O'Neill Theater Center National Critics' Institute Fellow, and then became the institute's Coordinator. While teaching at the Universities of Wisconsin and Rhode Island, she wrote "A Directory of Festivals of Theater, Dance and Folklore Around the World," published by the International Theater Institute. Denmark's Odin Teatret's director, Eugenio Barba, wrote his manifesto in the form of a letter to "Dear Jennifer Merin," which has been published around the world, in languages as diverse as Farsi and Romanian. Jennifer's culturally-oriented travel column began in the LA Times in 1984, then moved to The Associated Press, LA Times Syndicate, Tribune Media, Creators Syndicate and (currently) Arcamax Publishing. She's been news writer/editor for ABC Radio Networks, on-air reporter for NBC, CBS Radio and, currently, for Westwood One's America In the Morning. She is a member of the Critics Choice Association in the Film, Documentary and TV branches and a voting member of the Black Reel Awards. For her AWFJ archive, type "Jennifer Merin" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).