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

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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…

Nominations for the AWFJ EDA Awards for Best Female-Directed Narrative and Best Female-Directed Documentary are made by SLIFF and will be announced in October. There will be five films in each category.

The jurors the AWFJ EDA Awards @ SLIFF are (in alphabetical order) Marina Antunes (, Vancouver), Laurie Coker (True View Reviews, Austin), Cate Marquis (St. Louis Jewish Light, St. Louis), Jennifer Merin (chair, Women’s eNews, New York), Michelle McCue (chair, We Are Movie Geeks, St. Louis), Rebecca Pahle (Film Journal International, Brooklyn), Betsy Pickle (Knoxville Sentinel, Knoxville, TN), and Diana Saenger (Review Express, Alpine, CA). All are members of the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

For the AWFJ EDA Awards @ SLIFF 2012, Ursula Meier’s Sister received the Best Female-Directed Narrative Feature award, while Debbie Lum’s Seeking Asian Female took the EDA for Best Female-Directed Documentary. The narrative feature Found Memories, directed by Julia Marat, and the documentary The World Before Her, directed by Nisha Pahuja, received Special Mentions from their respective juries.


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 annual EDA Awards in recognition of outstanding accomplishments (the best and worst) by and about women in the movies, and EDA Awards at selected film festivals throughout the year.


The St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) is one of the largest and highest­ profile international film festivals in the Midwest. Celebrating its 24th anniversary in 2015, SLIFF is presented by the nonprofit Cinema St. Louis, which also annually produces the locally focused St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase, the LGBTQ-­focused QFest, and the Classic French Film Festival. In addition, Cinema St. Louis is the local producer of the 48 Hour Film Project and hosts educational programs, competitions, screenings, and special events throughout the year.

Because SLIFF is one of only three dozen fests that serve as qualifying events for Oscar live­-action and animated narrative shorts, the festival has an especially strong selection of short subjects. In fact, in 2006, the Best Short Film ­Live Action winner, “West Bank Story,” received Oscar consideration because it won SLIFF’s “Best of Fest” shorts award in 2005. In 2014, the Academy added SLIFF as a qualifying festival for documentary shorts.

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